GLRR Calendar

October 2014
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Category: Open MeetingGLRR Club Meeting

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September 29, 2014 7:30 pm

Monthly Club Meeting; socializing, race updates, club news, raffles, drinks and appetizers. New members and lurkers welcomed and encouraged.
Frequently we have guest speakers (check the main page for updates and news).
Meeting starts at 7:30 PM at the Princeton Station, 147 Princeton St., Chelmsford, MA.


Princeton Station
147 Princeton Street
North Chelmsford MA 01863

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Category: Group RunsSaturday Morning Training Runs

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October 4, 2014 8:00 am

These runs are on from April 1st through December 31st. During January and February we do the Fudgical 5K series on Saturdays morning in Tewksbury. During March we train for the Boston Marathon on the Boston course.

For more information: CLICK
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GLRR Office
116 Merrimack Street
Lowell MA 01852

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Category: Group RunsSaturday Morning Training Runs

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October 11, 2014 8:00 am

These runs are on from April 1st through December 31st. During January and February we do the Fudgical 5K series on Saturdays morning in Tewksbury. During March we train for the Boston Marathon on the Boston course.

For more information: CLICK
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GLRR Office
116 Merrimack Street
Lowell MA 01852

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Category: Group RunsSaturday Morning Training Runs

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October 18, 2014 8:00 am

These runs are on from April 1st through December 31st. During January and February we do the Fudgical 5K series on Saturdays morning in Tewksbury. During March we train for the Boston Marathon on the Boston course.

For more information: CLICK
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GLRR Office
116 Merrimack Street
Lowell MA 01852

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Category: RaceAshworth Awards Baystate Marathon and Half-Marathon

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October 19, 2014 N/A

Full and half marathon events in Lowell. All day event, and TRAFFIC DELAYS 8:00AM - 2:00PM.

Races begin and end at the UML Tsongas Arena.
Rourke Bridge will be CLOSED from 8:00am - 2:00pm. Other bridges closed upon rolling basis.

email info@baystatemarathon.com





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Category: Board/Planning MeetingGLRR Board Meeting

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October 20, 2014 7:30 pm

The monthly board meeting of GLRR Officers. Discussions include upcoming events, membership totals, budgetary items, and general day to day operation of the running club.
These meetings are open to all club members. Email president@glrr.net, vice_president@glrr.net or secretary@glrr.net for more information.


GLRR Offices
114 Merrimack St.
Lowell MA

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Category: Group RunsSaturday Morning Training Runs

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October 25, 2014 8:00 am

These runs are on from April 1st through December 31st. During January and February we do the Fudgical 5K series on Saturdays morning in Tewksbury. During March we train for the Boston Marathon on the Boston course.

For more information: CLICK
HERE


GLRR Office
116 Merrimack Street
Lowell MA 01852
http://www.glrr.net/running/group-runs/

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Category: Open MeetingGLRR Club Meeting

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October 27, 2014 7:30 pm

Monthly Club Meeting; socializing, race updates, club news, raffles, drinks and appetizers. New members and lurkers welcomed and encouraged.
Frequently we have guest speakers (check the main page for updates and news).
Meeting starts at 7:30 PM at the Princeton Station, 147 Princeton St., Chelmsford, MA.


Princeton Station
147 Princeton Street
North Chelmsford MA 01863

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Category: Group RunsSaturday Morning Training Runs

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November 1, 2014 8:00 am

These runs are on from April 1st through December 31st. During January and February we do the Fudgical 5K series on Saturdays morning in Tewksbury. During March we train for the Boston Marathon on the Boston course.

For more information: CLICK
HERE


GLRR Office
116 Merrimack Street
Lowell MA 01852
http://www.glrr.net/running/group-runs/

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Upcoming Events

  • October 20, 2014 – GLRR Board Meeting
    7:30 pm, Board/Planning Meeting

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A Green Day at the Shore

GLRR Men at the Lone Gull 10K

GLRR Men at the Lone Gull 10K

The Green Team traveled to Gloucester for the sixth stop on the USATF-NE Grand Prix tour yesterday (Sept 14th). Overall it was a fine day for us. Albeit a bit chilly at the start. With the temp about 50 and a strong NW wind – we were all trying to figure out how to dress for this one. In the end most went with just singlets and made out fine (the sun helped a lot).

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Katie Gessler

One the ladies side the fast improving Katie Gessler ran a 5K, 5 Mile and 10K PR to lead the way with a 40:12. With her most of the way was Candice Gagnon, who crossed in 40:34. The rest of the ladies team were gals scoring down from the older age divisions. First among them was, the never aging, Senior Trish Bourne in 40:57 and then Masters Kristen Allen in 43:29 and new club member Karen O’Dell in 43:46. All toll the ladies grabbed 8th the Open Division.

If you suspected they must have done well in the Masters division with Trish, Kristen and Karen, you’d be right on! The trio ran the Green Team to third place in the Ladies Masters division (ka-ching).

In the Seniors division, Trish was supported by Liane Pancoast (45:51) and Mary Casey-Gorman (47:46) to finish in fifth place.

Dan Button

Dan Button

Over on the guys side – it was Dan Button out front for the green with a time of 34:03. The ageless one, Senior Mark Reeder was next in an amazing 34:12 (that’s 92%+ on the age grader!). Patrick Mahoney followed Mark with a 35:48. As with the ladies, it was score downs that rounded out the team. Master Shawn Conway ran it in 36:34, with The Legend – Veteran John Barbour on his heels at 36:40 (that’s 91%!). That placed the Open Men at tenth.

The Mens Masters was also supported by score downs from the Seniors. With Mark first, then Shawn and John, next in was new club member (and husband to Karen) Mark O’Dell in 36:42 and the flaxen one EJ Hyrnowski two ticks back at 36:44 as the Masters Men finished sixth.

Mark Reeder

Mark Reeder

With lots of Senior (and older) talent scoring down, hopes were high to knock Whirlaway off the Senior pedestal. Alas it was not to be, as new comer Andrew Gordon was struck with a stomach virus Sunday morning and was scratched from the lineup. That meant the team of Mark, John and EJ was rounded out by Jim Garcia (37:44) and Ken Goodin (41:56) as they took Second Seniors (ka-ching) for the fourth time this year. Hard to know if Andrew would have changed the outcome – it would have been close.

Of course led by Johnny B – the Veteran Men easily dispatched all comers in the division for the sixth straight time, finishing as First Veterans (ka-ching). As usual it was Tom Peters next in 42:54 and for this one we had Stephen Sartori who was third man in 43:06. So strong was the Vets team, even without John, and almost any combo of our seven Vet runners it would have been enough to win. After the race we (the Vets) all breathed a sigh of relief – with a 10 point lead the Vets Division Championship is clinched, regardless of the marathon outcome.

Speaking of the Marathon outcome – that is the next and final stop on the tour, in Manchester on Nov 2nd. Sign up for that event, as it was last year, is done by you runners the individual runners.   Be sure specify “Greater Lowell Road Runners” as your team. Each runner will be compensated $70 for competing after the event. Click here to go to the registration page (it’s $85 until Sept 30).

 

Wellesley XC 9/07/14

The Green Gang at Wellesley.

By John Barbour

Great GLRR turnout and great GLRR racing this morning at the GBTC cross country festival at Elm Bank in Wellesley. Trish Bourne won Masters and Seniors women, Mark Reeder was 1st Senior and 3rd on the Masters race, and GLRR won both men’s Masters and Senior divisions.  Dan Button had a fine Open race in his first-ever XC race, while Shadi Reeder (not GLRR but Spouse-o-Mark, nonetheless) also mucked into XC for the first time.  Pies, forks, and Tom Derderian’s harmonica were among the many highlights. http://www.coolrunning.com/results/14/ma/Sep7_Greate_set6.shtml

It also bears adding that the GBTC folks who put on this race do a fine job, so thanks to them for their efforts.  Low entry fees, relaxed and friendly atmosphere yet well organized and with spirited competition, good post-race refreshments (mmmmm, hot dooogggs), plus engraved forks for prizes.  (You gotta love the imagination.)

Great to run with so many old cross country amigos y amigas (both GLRR and non-GLRR) as well as many new faces.  Cross country is the best – keep at it!

More soon regarding WMDP event in Holyoke on Saturday, October 4 . . . (of course, you can find out yourself at www.usatfne.org . . .  )

Track Location Change

I know we all love the new McCarthy track…  maybe we loved it too much.

As many have heard – we were kinda busted this past Thursday.  The track workout program has grown tremendously – which is great!!  But this presents new challenges.  One of which is we are now high impact on the venues we use.

I talked to the Chelmsford AD last Friday.  They would obviously like to recoup the investment in the McCarthy facility – which they do by renting out the field and the concession building.  When we are there – 50 strong as it was last Thursday, it comprises their rental activities.  Even if we are just on the track (we affect parking and access).  So they’ve asked us not to use McCarthy.

I’ve proposed we use the Carson track (which we used to use before McCarthy).  Ultimate resolution has not come back yet, but I’m hopeful we can have an arrangement with them.

For this week – Sept 4th, we’ll try to use the Carson track– it is only 2 minutes from the McCarthy track.  From the McCarthy track, go west (away from Drum Hill) and take the fork to the right for Grantville Rd.  Bear/turn right after Sully’s Ice Cream (on the right).  Take the second right (just before the Harrington Middle School).  The track is on the right.

Here is a link to Google Map from which you can get directions.

If for some reason we are unable to use the Carson track – our fall back plan (this week) is to use the Westford Stony Brook Middle School track.  It is located 12 minutes away – one exit up Route 3 and 3 miles west.  Here is a link for the Stony Brook Middle School.

Green Team Goes to the Green Mountain State

GMAA Labor Day 15K Race Report

The race was far from home and on a holiday weekend – the last weekend of the summer – so to speak. Despite that – 32 GLRR runners made the trek to Burlington VT for the GMAA Labor Day 15K. It was perfect attendance!!!

As oft happens up in Vermont – the weather was steamy!!! With 100% humidity, it had us remarking all day – “it’s only 78 degrees? –feels like 85 or 90!”

On the ladies team side – our dedicated core ran hard to secure a 10th place in the open division, with Candice (Ms Perfect Form) Gagnon leading the way with 1:03:59. Next across was the ever reliable Liane Pancoast (who rebounded from a tough day at Chamberas eight days earlier) to finish in 1:13:24. The open team was rounded out by Allyson Casey, whom I’m pretty sure stayed on her feet the whole way, to finish it in 1:14:42.

On the Men’s side in the open – we were not able to provide much young talent to support Dan Button and Alex Eld in the open division, as the lads carried us to a 10th place finish. The youngins finished in 53:57 (Dan) and 55:57 (Alex). The next three Road Runners to finish were a Senior, a Veteran and a Master. That would be the irrepressible Mr Hyrnowski finishing in 57:24; The legendary John Barbour (now 60) in 57:31 (he passed EJ, but got passed back and just couldn’t quite hold him at the end); and Mr Master (always there – this time without his axe murderer roommate – see Facebook to get the joke) Mike Girouard just missing the magic one hour mark in (oh so close) 1:00:24.

Heroic efforts by the young folks – despite the lack of numbers.

But we did better in the older divisions. For the ladies, Liane scored in all of the divisions – Open, Master and Seniors. She was our first Masters team finisher and was followed by Jill Lohmeier in 1:15:46 and fellow senior (the ever GP reliable) Nancy Dorn in 1:20:25. The Masters ladies grabbed 6th. In the Senior division, add in Madeline Febo (who agreed last minute to help us by running and completing the team), so the ladies took 4th place, with Madeline crossing the line in 1:20:48.

Good news on the Men’s side of the older divisions. Although we were still thin in the under 50 age range, after EJ, John and Mike came seniors Fil Faria in 1:04:51 and Ken Goodin in 1:05:05 to get us 6th place in the Masters division. Take out Mike (the only master) and add in Tom (safety gear on a cutting tool – why would I need that?) Peters who crossed the line at 1:07:24. That gave the Senior men (with help from a couple of vets) 3rd place and ka-ching.

The Veteran men continued their assault on the division – with John and Tom supported by Chip Mann’s 1:08:05 to handily win their 5th straight GP race edging out a talented home squad from GMAA (by just over two mintues). The vets team now leads the division by 9 points with only 2 races to go – so it is ka-ching from this race and more ka-ching at the end of the season.

BTW – with just the 10K race and the marathon to go, it appears likely the Men’s Senior team will finish 2nd for the season (ka-ching) and the Lady Seniors are tied with GMAA for the 3rd in the season standings. Go ladies!!

 

At the individual level – John Barbour bested all 60-64 men (and women and most of the runners younger than him). John was also 3rd overall age-graded with an 88% (of theoretical max) for a graded time of 46:23. For comparison Olympian Rubin Senca (27) won in 47:09. EJ was next on the age-graded list in 45th with a 82% effort.

All of the results can be found here: http://802timing.com/results/14results/14results.html (and hopefully someday on coolrunning)

 

One last closing note – a huge thank you to Patty and Tom Foltz who hosted a bunch of us chickens on Saturday and a party on Sunday.  Great fun!  Thanks for letting us crash there.