Posted in Coach's CommentsOctober 18, 2011
We had a strong City Coach one-two punch at the Kurt Steiner Cross Country 5k this weekend. Luke McCambley and Kevin Starkes finished 5th and 12th respectively. Luke clocked 16:33 and Kevin's time was 17:18 on the challenging Van Cortlandt Park course.
Posted in Team Race ResultsOctober 17, 2011
It was another busy weekend of racing for our athletes. First up is the Captain of the Ohio chapter, Kevin Motsch. Careful readers will remember Kevin's recent impressive finish in a 100-mile trail race in July. This time around he ran "only" 26.2 miles, and finished the 32nd Annual Columbus Marathon is 3:11:38.
Don't worry folks, Kevin is taking a break. It's two weeks until his next race.
Posted in No WhiningOctober 17, 2011
At yesterday's Toronto Waterfront Marathon, there was an impressive daily double of performances by athletes who are redefining what age means.
The always amazing Ed Whitlock broke his own world record with a 3:15:54 marathon. I've written about Mr. Whitlock before, and he just keeps getting more impressive.
Getting even more attention yesterday was the only man in the field who could call Whitlock "sonny", Fauja Singh, who became the first 100-year old to complete a marathon. Singh clocked 8:11:05 in his record breaking effort.
And BTW ladies, in case you're looking for a role model, don't forget the indefatigable Ginette Bedard.
The next time I'm tempted to complain that I'm getting old and creaky, I'll think about these two, then shut up and run.
Posted in CheatersOctober 14, 2011
In the past, my healthy obsession with cheaters has led me to some very defensive and dishonest folks. There was one whose “lawyer” sent me a threatening letter explaining the subtleties of liable laws. Only there was no such lawyer. Then there was another whose “friends” defended her (and insulted me) via multiple nasty emails from multiple fake addresses, all from the same IP address. Even yesterday’s bus riding cheater got all indignant and said he was “upset and angry that someone wants to cast these aspersions.”
That brings us to a young man who was called out on Slowtwitch for his rather inelegant course cutting at Ironman last weekend. Rather than denying, threatening with lawsuits, claiming to have been abducted by aliens who magically transported him to the finish line, or some other excuse, he manned up and admitted his transgression. (See post #105 in the Slowtwtich thread for his mea culpa.) Sure he only came clean after he was called out, but at least he didn’t use the Deny, Deny, Deny defense. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not nominating him for a Nobel Peace Prize or excusing what he did, but he’s a 22-year old who screwed up and then told his friends, family and about a zillion tri-geeks on a popular message board what he did. Certainly I’ve made my share of mistakes, and at times been too embarrassed to admit it. It’s nice to see this young man come clean and put it behind him.
Posted in CheatersOctober 13, 2011
As both of my faithful blog readers know, I'm rather obsessed with folks who cheat at races. In the past we've written about a marathon who created his own fake bib, one who snuck fins into an Ironman swim, one who cuts courses and makes up fictitious races, and many other underhanded folks. Each of these racers should be ashamed and embarrassed, but at least they showed some ingenuity and creativity to make up for their lack of morals and decency.
No such luck for Rob Sloan, who was initially credited with finishing third at this weekend's Kielder Marathon near Newcastle, England. It seems that Mr. Sloan hopped on a bus near mile 20 and took a ride to the finish. Though he initially referred to the race as "unbelieveably tough", he later admitted to cheating. The fact that his time was 21 minutes faster than his previous best, folks witnessed him getting on and off the bus, and the true third place finisher insisted that no one was between him and second place, Mr. Sloan is apparently both a cheater and bad at it.
Many thanks to our team of intrepid reporters, including Steven Beck and Scott Towle for bringing this one to my attention.
Posted in Coach's CommentsOctober 12, 2011
NYRR has announced new guidelines for guaranteed entry to the marathon beginning next year. Here are the highlights:
- You can no longer repeatedly cancel and be guaranteed entry the following year. Now you will only be allowed to cancel once with guaranteed entry for the following year.
- No more three strikes and you're in. In the past if you were rejected from the lottery three years in a row you were assured of a spot in year four. Now you can continue to be unlucky indefinitely.
- The policy of guaranteed acceptance to 15x NYC Marathoners is being modified. They will grandfather those who make it by 2015, but there will be no consideration to those who hit their 15th marathon after 2015.
- The time requirements for guaranteed acceptance have gotten much faster. After this year it will take a 75% AG ranking (in five year age groups) in the marathon or half marathon. As the chart below shows, this is markedly faster than the current standards, and is especially so for women. At first glance this seems unfair to women, but considering that they are using 75% AG ranking across the board, it seems to simply be reflective of the fact that women's records are improving at a far faster rate than men's, and that the previous standards were soft for women.
Let's look at the new guidelines and what motivated them. The Marathon continues to grow in popularity, and more and more people are applying, so NYRR had no choice but to make some changes. Certainly they're not going to touch their 9+1 policy since it provides them with multiple entry fees and free labor. Similarly, there's a financial incentive to leave the tourism and charity entries alone since NYRR makes extra money on those entries. Fast runners who get in off of qualifying times only pay their marathon entry fee, but not the extra hundreds of dollars that NYRR collects for 9+1, charities and tourists. Back in the day NYRR's bread and butter was fast runners. But today it's MOP runners, charity runners and tourists, so who can blame them for the changes?
Ultimately, though it's not the way I would go, it is NYRR's ball, and they can do with it as they please. The average finishing time gets slower and slower, but the race is more popular, and presumably generates more sponsorship and revenue every year. If NYRR's goal is to continue to make more money every year, these adjustments seem to make sense even if they won't be popular among some fast runners.
Posted in Team Race ResultsOctober 11, 2011
Nice work by the City Coach crew out at the Staten Island Half this weekend.
- Jeffrey Dweck 1:34:33
- Sara Bibi 1:44:13
- Adele Laboz 1:44:56
- Jess Purcell 1:46:21
- Michele Levy 2:12:55
- Jeanne Campanelli 2:16:38
(Please remember to include CCMS on your race application so I know you're out there.)
Posted in Team Race ResultsOctober 11, 2011
Congratulations to Danielle Rosario for her 3:25:45 at this weekend's Steamtown Marathon. So far the the fall marathons are shaping up nicely.
Posted in Team Race ResultsOctober 11, 2011
The Get to the Point 5k is one of my favorite races. It's a local, independent event, the course is flat and fast, it starts at a civilized hour, and there's a great after party. Over the past few years our athletes have run good times, squeezed into Smart Cars, won the post-race dance contest, and had a general swell time. This year we were represented by Johanna Bjorken (25:xx) and Matt Duelka, who took 9th overall in a time of 17:07 (5:31 per mile.) Additionally, our friend Sebastian (pictured here) raced the Children's Dash. With another year of training under his belt, and the fancy blue cast off his arm, we expect an improved showing out of Seb once he ages up to the three year old AG.
Posted in Blog,NSQ's Blog,UncategorizedOctober 11, 2011
I don’t need to know yet how old my child must be to safely ride in a baby jogger. At 33+ weeks pregnant, we have a ways to go before settling into these runs. One forum I won’t go to to gather the information is letsrun.com. Folks with monikers like “manly man” whom I am certain are just adolescent boys (aren’t all the posters adolescent boys?) have responses like, “ …real men don't try to run pushing a stroller. you are just lazy. there are plenty of opportunities to run without looking like some milksop.”
Back to the baby jogger. Today our dear friends Alix, Ammon, and Ogden gave us a Schwinn joyride baby jogger with full suspension. One word: Ohmygawd!!! I think the maximum capacity is about 50 pounds or so, and the child should at least be able to hold up his head. Two things to report: my child is precocious, and companies give you weight restrictions for fear of lawsuits.
I am not sure how I let Cane convince me after dinner to go for a test ride, but that we did. Congrats Schwinn on being able to handle 141 pounds (I am sure it was more after dinner) for a very comfortable ride. And for all my teammates who are world record holders—Chris B., Chris S., Brad, Terence, Francis, Bea…, I think I may have to submit this one on behalf of Baby Sin Cane: youngest baby to go a block in a baby jogger at negative 6.5 weeks old.