Jacy Kruzel, Alysia Dusseau, Alex Bernardi, Lindsay Kos
Report from Jacy Kruzel & Veronica Jackson of the Open:
The Ted Corbitt 15K reminded us how difficult winter running is. It also reminded us how tough our women’s team is; as they took home the Open Women title! The team was led by runner-up, Kate Pallardy, finishing with a new club record of 53:37!
Photo: Ben Ko
The next two scorers also made their way into the CPTC record books, with Ivette Ramirez, finishing in 55:41, good for #4 all time and Alex Bernardi, finishing in 56:32, good for #9 all time. Colleen McGruk showed that the masters runners can compete with the best of the field, as she was our 4th runner in 59:40, followed closely behind by Jacy Kruzel in 59:45.
Photo: Ben Ko
Katherine Carrington led the next contingent, powering up Cat Hill to have a strong finish in 1:01:04. Then was a big course PR of 1:01:14 for Alysia Dusseau, a 39 second one to be exact, despite her face and hands being frozen the whole race! Nicole Falcaro and Lindsay Kos used team work to get in a great 15K race! More awesome races by Delphine Bietzer, Debbie Lee, and Anna Fyodorova as well!
Photo: Ben Ko
With that, our 2016 road racing season has come to an end. The Open Women finished in a strong 2nd place overall position, which included victories at the Washington Heights 5K, the Scotland 10K, the Bronx 10 Miler and the Ted Corbitt 15K. Talk about showing dominance across all distances! Congratulations to everyone who toed the line, ended the year with a new PR, or has high goals for 2017. We look forward to racing with all of you in 2017 and wish everyone a safe & happy holiday!
Jacy & Veronica
Report from Ani Go of the 40+:
2016 has been a fantastic year for the Ladies of the Orange, Masters 40+ team! In our last points race of the season, the Ted Corbitt 15k, we yet again scored in the top 3, this time taking the silver. Our first place team finish, already secure at the marathon, further cemented our victory by a landslide. Once again the Dream Team of Colleen McGurk, Amy Kvilhaug, and Elizabeth Lopes, showed an overwhelmingly strong presence on the course under the first arctic freeze in December.
The scoring team, was led by Colleen McG https://www.strava.com/athletes/2343758?oq=colleen who ran a PR (59:40!) and was 2nd in her age group. Colleen ran Pete McArdle 15k (XC) the week before and won the whole dang race. To add to the triumph she achieved her highest AG% to date: 82.82%. There’s more–she also scored for the open team. Holy crap. In a candid post race conversation, Colleen says:
“I wasn’t sure what would happen…my legs were awful the beginning of the week…and look what we accomplished (about Amy and teamwork)?!! It’s not always about the actual win but the stuff happening behind the scenes and how much grit you have to run through it! I am so proud of all of us!!!”.
Colleen has had a fantastic year, throwing PR after PR in all distances, and scoring at the very top for our races, in her age group, and overall. She is an inspiration, and it had took me a year to get her to join our team, but this golden goose was worth the climb up the beanstalk!
Amy K https://www.strava.com/athletes/3181856?oq=amy, who also ran a PR (1:02.52), and placed 3rd in her age group:
“Once I turned 40, I had this exciting vision of being part of what I thought could be a top masters team in NYC (and surrounding areas). This year we had a solid base of healthy women to share the scoring duties which was awesome. Our 40+ team set the goal to win the division this year. Through thick and thin, dings and fatigue we remained committed to seeing it through. So many people helped make it happen but I want to give special thanks to Colleen McGurk whose incredible performances all year long were the major catalyst for it all. I thoroughly enjoyed hilariously obsessing about results each race with Colleen. If you were anywhere near us after races, you probably heard the question “Did we win?” over and over.
As far as my Ted Corbitt 15k – It was a Christmas miracle that I made it to the start and then crossed the finish line. I had a really strong fall cycle and towards the end I was pretty dinged up. I knew I was pretty fit – the question was whether my body would hold up. Well thankfully it did. At about mile 4.5 I felt a slight sensation in my hamstring and my motto became “just make it another mile”. Then I ran into fellow masters teammate Nigel Francis and we worked together big time for the final 5 miles. He was a huge reason I was able to mentally remain in the game. We both ran PR’s which was so great. That course may be our home turf but it never gets any easier. Congrats on all the PR’s and great races to all of our CPTC-NB teams. Way to end the season!”
Amy is quite the team player, and always works so hard to insure our place for first. Her determination and tell-it-like-it-is frankness keeps us grounded and focused.
Elizabeth L, the third scorer, ran 1:07.22 and finished top 10 in her age group. Elizabeth has been an extraordinary team player all year long, scoring every time she races, and helped us rise like cream to the top. Brava, Elizabeth!
Meg B came out to represent and helped fill our stable of 40+ ladies. Everybody counts and it’s who actually shows up and completes the job shows dedication and demonstrates strength which will pay off in time. Thank you Meg!
Jennifer Ranck ran her longest race to date, and has had a great season! She’s been setting PR’s as well and had a goal in mind for this race:
“While I did not and am far from scoring positions, I did conquer a longer distance never raced before in tough weather despite fibromyalgia and did so in a pace close to my current 4M/5M/10K pace! Ran hills well first lap and only cat hill 2nd time around was a struggle – based on current paces of races and training runs, I aimed for 1:30:00 for my first 15K and I surprisingly ran thru at 1:28:11 (9:28 pace)! Felt strong and consistent and competitive even at a slow pace throughout the course despite being stuck in a relatively non-competitive corral (selfies, conversations, etc).
Glad to have run this race outside my comfort zone to build up mileage/endurance and continue to run consistently, even if slowly and not yet near potential, despite my fibromyalgia. And the cheers from teammates and volunteers (CPTC cap was noticed by announcer both times around!). Adding this race to my annual list!
(And thanks to Ani for not only convincing me to run but also for securing my race materials (bib/shirt) – huge help!)”
Jennifer also ran the Dash to the Finish 5k as well, here is that report:
“Ran the Dash to Finish 5K...had hoped for a decent time – think I managed that despite pretty awful corral starts and course management – shame because course is a good one. Being stuck in H corral, corral was full of I, J, K, L runners (not even collapsed yet) and in general was a majority non-competitive crowd. So start was awkward and for pretty much the whole race I was dodging selfies and flag bearing groups blocking width of course running much slower pace than my H corral (9min+). Also many spectators crossed course at inconvenient times with no NYRR or NYPD action. The homestretch and finish line made it nearly impossible to kick in a strong finish as I had to stop right at the line to avoid running through a crowd of runners standing still right at the line. Despite all of that, I still ran a 27:16 (8:47 pace–my master’s PR is 26:17) and I was racing especially through mile 2 and am really curious how I would have fared if crowd was not such an obstacle. AG was 58.16 yet I was 70/621 (11.27%) in AG and 887/5513 in gender (16.08%) and 2670/10446 (25.56%) so overall not such a competitive crowd. If there were a way to be placed in a “competitive” corral despite being slower in speed, I think I would do much better. Goal is to move up corral-wise and move up into 60%-70% AG (ran 20:21 in college). It was a good albeit frustrating race today and am looking forward to building on it and consistently improving and getting stronger/faster.”
And another shout out to Judy Stobbe, Stacy Creamer, and Barbara Byrne, who have also scored for the 40+ women’s team as well as their own divisions. Badass ladies! Judy also just ran a lifetime PR at this past TNAR in the mile (5:30.23) which is the fastest time on our women’s 50+ all time best list.
Congrats to the women’s and men’s masters and open teams, every teammate, and of course our incredible coaches. Special thank you’s to the ladies on the 40+ team, every single one of you who runs shows the talent and depth of our team.
And to answer Amy‘s question “Did we win?” for the 100th time–yes Amy, we won!
Wishing everyone a happy holiday season with more PR’s and no injuries in 2017!
Report from Sylvie Kimche of the 50+:
On a cold and sunny December morning, our ladies 50+, 60+ and 70+ toed the line for the last team race of the year. We got one gold and 2 silvers….☺
The W50+ team got 2nd place too to Taconic RRC.
Stacy Creamer led the charge and was 1st for the team and 2nd in her W55-59 age group in 1:08:47, a 7:23 pace good for 82.86% AG:
“The best part of team scoring races for me is hanging out with teammates in our corral for the nervous handful of moments before the start. And so it was that I got to chat with Hank Schiffman before we tackled the Ted Corbitt 15K on Saturday. What did we discuss? Appropriately enough: root canals! I have to confess that I had about as much enthusiasm for racing this 15K as I did for the Staten Island Half some weeks ago. You thought I was going to say root canal, right? Well, my antipathy wasn’t quite that strong.
This time instead of steady rain we had relatively arctic temperatures. At least the commute was much better! That said, I wouldn’t miss a team scoring race if I could help it and–as with the Staten Island Half–not running Ted Corbitt was never an option. I actually managed to feel pretty psyched about it by the time Hank and I were conversing about the virtues of modern dentistry. The weekend before I’d raced a similar distance: the Schuylkill Loop Run in my native Philadelphia, which is 8.4 miles long. I felt that I had the stamina for the distance but maybe not the speed–the Schuylkill Loop Run has a very flat course–but in the end, thanks to steady concentration, I surpassed my expectations, finishing with an official average pace of 7:23 per mile (although my loyal Garmin, as usual, had me at a faster rate: 7:18). I was second in my F55-59 division, finishing as “first loser,” as usual, to Tacnonic’s inimitable Jane Lundy.
The support on the course was crazy-great and plentiful: Devon and a group on the Upper West Side, Tony and a crew a little farther down from there, Frank Handelman on the Upper East Side, and Audrey Kingsley running against the race. All the cheering really buoyed my spirits. It was a great way to cap off the 2016 racing season. I also want to say that I am hugely grateful to have even had a 2016 race season. All year I have been postponing surgery for a rather large an unsightly incisional hernia (caused by last season’s kidney tumor surgery). Hope this isn’t tmi! But I scheduled surgery for this Friday just so that I could get in all the team scoring races I was in town for. So happy that I was able to get them in.
Looking forward to more team scoring come 2017. And I’m very happy that our women’s 50+ team finishes the year in second place. Hope to go for the gold next year!”
Barbara Byrne ran an excellent race and was 2nd for the W50+ team
Wanda Wang, always reliable, was 3rd for the team in 1:15:19, an 8:05 pace.
She seems to be another runner happy to take a break from racing from her comments below:
“Congrats to the 60+ team! And 1st place for the 70+ team! I am so happy 50+ came in 2nd. I wasn’t sure if I could run this morning. I woke up late with a head cold. I rushed to the start without any proper warm-up. I could not afford getting more sick anyway. 🙂
Last team race for the year! Hooray! 🙂
With their 2nd place, the CPTC W50+ team finished 2nd to Taconic RRC in the NYRR team competition.
Report from Sylvie Kimche of the 60+:
The W60+ team got 2nd place to Van Cortland TC:
Barbara Byrne got her mojo back and was 1st for the team and 1st in her new 65-69 age group in 1:13:18, a 7:52 pace, good for an excellent 86.79% AG performance (3rd AG place for over 50). Barbara also scored for the W50+ team – see below – keeping her habit of double-dipping intact….
In her own words:
“Congratulations to the ladies of the 70+ Team, it’s great to see you have recognition.
I was glad to end the year on a positive note after going through the motions all year, trying to regain some kind of running energy. And when making my way up Cat Hill, I was so grateful for the cold as opposed to choking heat”
Sylvie Kimche, your team captain, (one day short of turning 70) was 2nd for the team and 2nd in her still 65-69 age group in 1:22:27, a 8:51 pace, only good for 81.93% AG:
“This is a pretty poor result by my standards due to too much traveling, physical & emotional distress throughout the year and a bad cold, sore throat & cough in the past 10 days that I could not shake off. I’m glad I could finish the race “with dignity” despite a sore knee after mile 7. But I’m sorry I was not in good enough shape to help our team to 1st place. We had to settle for 2nd in this race and 2nd for the overall NYRR team competition to Van Cortland TC… I have to say though that we gave them a tough competition all year considering that they are a much younger team (61 average age to our 68 average age….). Ready for recovery in the winter months and a fresh & strong start in early spring 2017!”
Judith Tripp was 3rd for the W60+ team and 1st in her brand new 70-74 age group in 1:36:08 (and she was leading our brand new W70+ team to 1st place too!. See below).
Rebecca Guenther was there too, in case one of us would hit a snag and not finish. She ran 1:45:12:
“I wish I could have run faster to help the 60+ team more, but it is what it is. We should all be very pleased with ourselves even though we didn’t quite make first in 60+. But our 70+ team is the best!”
Report from Sylvie Kimche of the 70+:
The W70+ team was golden!
Judith Tripp was 1st for the team and 1st in her new 70-74 age group (which interestingly had more runners than the W65-69 age group…):
“Brrrr! It seems I either underestimated the cold or overestimated my tolerance for it. My limbs felt strangely detached, and my time was considerably slower than the last two years. However, I had not been intending to race this since I am still in a 6 week marathon recovery period. Somehow whatever your intentions you end up doing the best you can anyway, and hopefully being slow today was not simply due to age-related deterioration!”
Barbara Fratta was 2nd for the team and 3rd in her new 70-74 age group too (since August) in 1:40:43:
“I started the race totally unsure that I would finish. After finishing the first set of west side hills and passing my apt bldg:, I opted to continue. My knee was cooperating, and I love running in the cold. Cat Hill was doable the first time. On the second loop, I followed a younger runner, and she paced me to the top. Then I saw a runner wearing a shirt from a town I’m not fond of. So, I sped up and passed her. Not wanting to see her again, I booked to the finish at an 8:50 pace. After limping through the week with an arthritic knee, my goal was to finish under 2 hours. So, a 1:40 finish was a welcome surprise. Though I’m not, and never will be a speedster, I’m grateful for the ability I have at my age”
Caryl Baron was 3rd for the team in 2:04:00:
“What can I say? I ran it so we’d have a 70+ team. I haven’t been running much distance and my legs weren’t ready for 15K, but I finished. I guess cycling and rowing don’t count when it comes to pounding. Worse, I had the first-ever twinge in my lower back just before the start and at 7 miles my butt started hurting. But it was a beautiful day to be out, and not as cold as I’d feared, and I made it to Dave’s before everyone left. And we took first!”
Yes Caryl, you did complete the W70+ team and i’m sure you’ll have many more occasions in the next few years to score for the W70 team, now that NYRR finally realized that they needed to add 70+ teams!
*** Interesting tidbit to that effect: there were only 11 runners in the W65-69 age group but 16 runners in the 70-74 age group! ***
Thanks for the cheering to all our teammates who did not race and from our coach Tony (and from our Sid Howard too, near the finish)
REFLECTIONS ON THE 2016 YEAR:
It speaks volume to the talent of our runners and their dedication to the team that our W50+ team, with only 4 runners in that age group, managed to stay so competitive with Taconic RRC to the very end and that the W60+ team with runners much older than their competition Van Cortland TC (average age 68 vs VCTC 61) also stayed competitive until the very end. For both team the last team race being the decider.
That we came up just a little bit short should not take away the sense of accomplishment that all these runners should feel. Congrats and thanks again for your dedication!
Looking ahead to 2017, there is our new W70 age group. It is remarkable that Caryl who joined CPTC in 1974 and and Lynn Blackstone one of the CPTC founders in 1972 are still running so strong and have been scoring occasionally for the W60+ team. They better get used to score all the time for the W70+ team with the recent addition of Judith Tripp, Barbara Fratta and myself to that age group.
Ladies and gentlemen, get ready for the strongest (and youngest looking) W70+ team!!! ☺
Finally I want to personally thank you, my teammates in the W50+, W60+ and W70+ age groups, but also all of you, my big CPTC family, for your support during this really tough year for me. It means a lot to me!
Now on to a more joyful and healthier 2017!!!
Happy Holidays to all and wishing you a Happy, Healthy and Speedy New Year in 2017