The Little Things . . . a Going the Distance newsletter Mid-September 2014 || issue #25 Share on Facebook Track to Roads -- Some Race Results A w


The Little Things . . .

a Going the Distance newsletter

Mid-September 2014 || issue #25
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Sue Kiley & Linsey Pimentel

Track to Roads -- Some Race Results

A weekly track session might be the "high" of your week. And it might be prep for your next race. Here are some recent GTD race results.

At the USATF-NE 15K Championship in S Burlington, VT, on August 31, Nate Jenkins ran a bristling 47:28, good for 2nd overall. Karen Durante topped her 60+ age group with a dominating 1:08:35, which also earned her the “age graded result” victory.

Katrina Vassallo was first woman in 19:29 at the 13th International Race for Progeria Research in Peabody on Sep 6. Michael Day ran 18:52 at the Last Call 5K in Lowell on Aug 26. Linsey Pimentel ran 20:13 at the 5th Annual Baystate Memorial 5K in Lowell on Aug 24.

At the 10K on the Bay (San Francisco) on Aug 24, Shawn Conway was 2nd overall in 18:13. Over a “long” 3.1 mile course, Shawn broke the 40-49 course record.

On Aug 21 at the Saunders 10K in Rye, Carmela Taveras was 2nd senior woman in 44:15. Michele Gorham ran 49:36 and Sharon Yu 54:38.

At the Level Renner 10K in Brockton on Aug 17, Nate Jenkins ran 31:10 and Shawn Conway 37:10.

Jodie Conway was 1st woman (and 5th overall) on Aug 16 at the Graniteman Triathlon in Wolfeboro. Jodie’s splits were 22:11 (3/4M swim), 47:20 (15M bike, 19.0 pace), and 26:31 (4.2M run, 6:19 pace). Total = 1:36:02. Jodie reports that she was happy to hold the 6:19s after the swim and bike, even with the “insanely hilly” 4.2 mile loop. (And why wouldn’t the run leg of a tri be insanely hilly?)

At the Kingston Tri on Aug 10, Allen Beebe won his age group. Allen’s splits were 10:19 (1/4M swim), 50:36 (15M bike), and 33:04 (5K run) – total of 1:39:10. Allen reports that this was “four minutes faster than my time in this event last year. I do attribute the GTD sessions as part of this improvement.”

Michele Gorham attacked the Spartan Race in Amesbury on Aug 9. Michele writes “The course was about 4.7 miles and I want to say there were about 15 obstacles. My time was 1:26:25, not quite enough to place in my age like I wanted....but still better than everyone else I knew who ran ;). My final stats were (O/G/A) 243, 18, 4.” Whether it’s a 5K on the roads or a Spartan “event” – it’s a race. As Michele sums it up – “woot!”

At the 47th Annual Beverly Homecoming Race on Aug 7, Larissa Park ran 19:34 and Arianna Maida 19:52. At the High Street Mile in Newburyport on Aug 3, Mia Gorham ran 8:03, Michele Gorham 6:36, and Sharon Yu 7:51 – that’s 3 generations!
Larissa Park was 3rd woman overall in 5:26, and Carmela Taveras was 1st senior in 6:05.

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XC Season Is Here

The scholastic cross-country season is NOW. All the summer conditioning in Coach Braz's XC program (and other programs) has prepared runners for the challenging XC meets.

Here are some early results. To be included in the next issue, send in your results. Send to

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Emily DeMarco - always focused

Ipswich's Emily DeMarco was 1st in a tri meet against Hamilton-Wenham and Amesbury on 9/3 in 19:46. Also for Ipswich, Caitlyn Scola in her 1st xc race ran 21:21, and Annie Zampitella ran 21:41 over the muddy and rocky 5K course.

Against Georgetown on 9/10, Emily won in 19:31 over the Winnekinni Lake 2.93 mile course. In her 2nd xc race, Caitlyn was 2nd overall in 20:15, and Annie was 3rd in 21:36.

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Tia Patterson training to hop over horse poop

Lynnfield's Tia Patterson took 1st in a tri meet (vs. Masco and Georgetown) on 9/3 with a time of 19:59 at the Bradley Palmer 5K course. Tia reports that "it was a nice race to start my season off. The course had two hills, one of them was pretty big, and it also had a lot of horse poop that I had to dodge."

On 9/10 against Pentucket, Tia took 1st place in 18:43, which was a personal best on her 2.9 mile home course. The course has a large hill that is run twice.

Central Catholic ran against Lawrence on 9/10. Over the 3.08 mile course, Tiffany Simione ran 19:12, Katie Freeman 20:15, Avery Hayes 20:41, Katie Anne Hayes 21:52, Lauren Donald 22:56, Deryn St. James 26:00, and in her 1st xc race, Lexi Lowrie 26:06.

At the Clipper Relays in Newburyport on 9/6, Marblehead's Adam Linsky ran10:51 and Mike Weidenbruch 11:36. Teams consist of 3 runners who each run 2 miles.
Running for Peabody at the Clipper Relays were Riley Dowd, Anthony Pizzo, and Shane Braz.
Abby Walsh ran for Beverly.

Fall Session Continues for 8 More Weeks

It's not too late to join the GTD Fall Session. Track sessions on Tuesday evenings. Weekly outline of training to meet your goal for the season.
Select a racing or maintenance goal.

For program information and sign-up steps, go here:
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