Our 3rd Place Trophy from 2012
By Frank Georges
GLRR will be participating in the 2013 26×1 Mile Club Challenge Relay to be held at the Tufts University Ellis Oval track this year at 8:00 A.M on June 22nd. This is a co-ed event in which teams of 26 people have each person run a mile, with the whole team completing a marathon. (Actually each person runs 4 laps around a track or 1600 meters, which is only nine meters off from a mile.) Each team consists of 10 women and 16 men. Last year, GLRR fielded two teams and our top team took third place out of fifteen teams. This year we seek to move up the standings and place either first or second. This is a fun event which is held throughout the morning. It’s an opportunity for you to meet other club members, watch them run and cheer them on. (This usually doesn’t happen at a road race as everyone is running at the same time.)
The club pays for the entry. There is no charge to run in the event. You MUST be a signed-up GLRR member to participate.
If you are interested in doing this event follow these two steps:
1) Go to this website to register:https://www.racemenu.com/events/25461-26×1-Mile-Club-Challenge-Relay-2013
You will need to make a racemenu account to sign up if you don’t already have one. When you sign up, join the team called
“Greater Lowell Road Runners A”.
2) Send an e-mail to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Indicate your best guess for the mile time. I will do my best to put everyone on an appropriate team.
Thanks everyone. Hope to see you all on June 22nd in Somerville!
fabulous Greater Lowell logo courtesy of Andrew Biancheri
By EJ Hyrnowski
We have (at long last) arrived at the AOW week that includes Patriots’ Day, and in spite of a number of award-worthy performances I think we all know who the King of Marathon Monday was. James “the Pocatello Kid” Sullivan was the unanimous choice, and the only difficult task for the committee was going to be selecting the picture that best represented his epic run from Hopkinton to Copley Square.
But just prior to his coronation, he contacted the AOW committee and abdicated. As AOW czar, my first inclination was to reject the request outright. After thinking about it, I decided when you train as hard as The Kid, and you RACE a marathon as hard as The Kid…you’ve earned the right to designate an alternate. And a fine alternate he has chosen, the club officers and volunteers that make Greater Lowell the outstanding organization that it is.
It really starts with the members of the board (including The Kid) who put in the long hours organizing the races that contribute to our coffers. This allows us to support club members and the Merrimack Valley running community in a variety of ways, including the on-course marathon training runs that help to get so many of our runners race-ready.
The volunteers who assist our marathon runners make it incredibly easy to relax and focus on training for the race, and then focus on cashing in those fitness chips and running the race you trained for. On Marathon Monday they give up a day in the life to handle baggage, apply sunscreen, provide last minute supplies and encouragement, etc, etc, etc. The support gets even more amazing after we cross the line.
All of this is true for each running of the world’s oldest annual marathon, but was especially true this year. The importance of our officers and volunteers was amplified on a day when the Boston Marathon was attacked and forever changed. Under difficult circumstances, we saw the fortitude that is the foundation of Boston Strong.
AOW Cody Freihofer at the start of GT5K
By EJ Hyrnowski
On April 9th, the times they were a changin’ at the Bob Dylan concert and on the streets outside the Tsongas. Cody Freihofer changed his Good Times PR time by finishing first overall on the re-routed course in 16:25. That is an outstanding time on ANY 5k course, AND he edged out Michael Quintal for the win. Don’t try that at home folks, leave it to the professionals.
Please join me in congratulating Cody on his selection as AOW for week ending April 14th. (We’re getting close to getting close to being current, stay tuned…)
Photo of Cody (#469) towering over his fellow Angry Chickens at the start courtesy of Mike Stanwyck.
Jason Bui led the way with a 2:46:57 - good for 7th overall at the Cox Providence Marathon. Not far back was professor Mark Reeder (Jason's elder by 19 yrs) in 2:49:09 good for 11th overall and first senior. Up in Maine at the Maine Coast Marathon it was James DeLuca in 8th place overall with a 3:02:46 and Chris Hancock running 3:04:37 to take 10th.
Back in Providence - Fil Faria helped fellow chicken Matt Story to BQ and PR in 3:13, while James (The Kid) Sullivan loafed to a 2:57. Zona Sharfman ran a 3:34 and Cullen Madden grabs a 3:58.