The Cooks: A Request

A request was made to post a picture of the winter party cooking crew to the website, so here we go. The first image shows the masterminds of the operation, John and Paul.

John and Paul

John and Paul

The next image shows Michelle and Diane.

Michelle and Diane

Michelle and Diane

Finally, the whole crew:

Steve, John, Mike, Michelle, Paul, Sarah, and Diane

Steve, John, Mike, Michelle, Paul, Sarah, and Diane

The dinner setup and meal required careful planning and preparation, and the execution on party day was hectic, nerve-wracking business. Thanks to Joyce for taking this last picture!

December Race Report

Happy New Year!! Here is the December race results. Congratulations to all those who raced this month! Well done Mike Tammaro, Brian McNeiece, Tim Kobylenski, and Michelle San Antonio! All placed in their age group at the December 7th, Jingle Bell Beach 5k Run. Representing the NRA 2nd Generation, was Dante San Antonio. Dante came in 5th for his age group. Some top performances at the 10K By the Bay in Newport by Vinny Hey, Claire Gadrow, and Linda Hurteau. Congratulations on a great race. Nooseneck was covered by both Mike Tammaro and Murray Norcross. In case you missed the email here are some highlights. Congratulations to our winners, two-time champ Kaela O’Neil and five-time champ Matt Pelletier, each smashing the previous course  records in the female and male divisions, respectively.

On December 21st, the NRA and friends, headed for the trails.  The South County 4th Season Race Series is a sequence of off-road trail running races held throughout the winter months. Check out the series here. Each race offers awards and raffle prizes to participants of that event. All races raise awareness of local recreational resources, charities, and small businesses.  The next race in the series is Resolution 5k Beach & Trail Race : Sun, Jan 11, 2015 – REGISTER ONLINE. Hope to see you there!!

Summary of Race Results for December

Macau China – Dec 7: Macau Marathon
339   82    PETER BARBERA        4:21:05

MA – Dec 7: 3rd Annual Frosty Five Mansfield 5k
50    Michael Scott             22:23.00

RI – Dec 7: Jingle Bell Beach 5k Run
1     Brian McNeiece               1 40-49   17:58 5:48
2     Michael Tammaro           2 40-49   18:43 6:02
7     Tim Kobylenski               2 50-59   23:01 7:25
30    Dante San Antonio          5 01-18   37:04 11:57
31    Michelle San Antonio       3 40-49  37:09 11:59

RI – Dec 14: 10k By the Bay
24    Vincent Hey               1  60-69     40:44   6:34
29    David Tetreault          5  50-59     41:47   6:44
31    Mark Fuller               14  19-39    42:11   6:48
44    Claire Gadrow            2   40-49    43:22   7:00
88    Shira Fuller               11  19-39     46:47   7:33
101   Linda Hurteau            3 50-59     48:01   7:45
163   Jim Cotter                10  60-69    53:20   8:36
249   Jennifer McCaffrey     20 40-49   59:30    9:36

RI – Dec 21: Old Mountain 5k Trail Race
20    Aj Fournier                         21:24 6:54
23    Mark Fuller                         22:05 7:07
24    Ben Folsom                        22:14 7:10
37    Jess Kutcher                       23:15 7:30
53    Shira Fuller                        24:11 7:48
54    Diane Leith-Doucett          24:13 7:49
74    George Ross                      26:26 8:32
78    David Tetreault                  26:52 8:40
81    John Peabody                     27:14 8:47
83    Diane Senecal                    27:29 8:52

RI – Dec 26: Nooseneck 18K
3     Brian McNeiece                    1:08:55 0:06:10
11    Kaela Oneil                         1:13:43 0:06:35
13    Zachary Kudlak                   1:14:50 0:06:41
18    Brian Sweenor                     1:16:58 0:06:53
19    Paul LeToile                        1:17:50 0:06:58
22    Vinny Hey                           1:19:04 0:07:04
28    Chris Spaight                      1:21:15 0:07:16
29    David Tetreault                    1:21:22 0:07:16
34    John Gadrow                        1:23:35 0:07:28
35    Rick Cota                             1:24:17 0:07:32
36    Claire Gadrow                       1:24:31 0:07:33
45    Mary Camire                         1:27:38 0:07:50
46    Ken Abrams                          1:27:39 0:07:50
49    Elizabeth Marchetti               1:29:11 0:07:58
53    John Brindamour                   1:31:03 0:08:08
54    Pat Ferrigno                          1:31:23 0:08:10
55    Amy Rice                               1:32:05 0:08:14
62    David Heskett                       1:35:05 0:08:30
64    Rich Falvo                             1:36:00 0:08:35
69    John Peabody                        1:36:57 0:08:40
76    Linda Hurteau                       1:40:27 0:08:59
80    Joyce Lin                               1:41:37 0:09:05
82    Ray Isacco                             1:43:47 0:09:17
85    Steven Ahern                        1:44:52 0:09:23
96    Deborah Lysik                       1:57:20 0:10:29

January 3, 2015, Narragansett Running Assn Winter Party

January 3, 2015, Wickford, RI. Narragansett Running Assn holds its winter dinner at the Wickford Yatcht Club. This year the group was treated to a special sit down dinner prepared by NRA President Michelle Theriault San Antonio, former NRA President Michael Tammaro along with special chefs John Brindamour and Paul & Diane Senecal Over 55 NRA members and their guests attended. H’orderves were crab cakes, bacon wrapped scallops, oysters on the half shell, spring rolls, and seafood stuffed endive. The soup was a delicious squash soup topped with sour cream. The main entrees were delicious: chicken, beef, or vegetable tart. Dessert was lemon cookies and cranberry-chocolate brownie alamode with chocolate sauce. We can eat meals like this because we are runners!! A great evening was enjoyed by all.

Claire, Ann, and Fran

Claire, Ann, and Fran

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Wendy and Nicole

John, Ann, and Kate

John, Ann, and Kate

Pat and Ken

Pat and Ken

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NRA President, Michelle San Antonio

Photo credit: Ann Norcross.

New Year’s Eve: To the border, beyond, and back.

On Sunday, 12/28/14, Brian and I ran from downtown Coventry to Rte. 102 via the Washington Secondary Trail: an impressive new multi-use path that connects Cranston to Coventry along an abandoned rail corridor. Our route was an out-and-back, with the turn-around point being about 0.3 miles west of Rte. 102: at the Summit General Store in Greene, RI.

The Summit General Store

The Summit General Store

From the turn-around point, we saw that the paved path continue west, but how far west? We set out to explore this question on Wednesday, 1/31/14, meeting at the Summit General Store at 11:33am to run west to the CT border. There was designated parking for path users, which averted any anxiety that might have come with utilizing the store parking.

Parking area for path users

Parking area for path users

We stepped out onto the path, and turned west to find an immediate answer to our question: The paved path ends about 100 meters west of the Summit General Store.

The end of the paved part of the Washington Secondary Trail

The end of the paved part of the Washington Secondary Trail

We had been looking over satellite images since Sunday’s run, and it was clear that, paved or not, the trail continued west, so west we went. The path was wide and clear, and usually straight and level, as far as the eye could see. Some sections contain a regular pattern of bumps, separated by about 5-10 meters, and with heights varying from very small to about one meter. These so-called “doop de doos” were initially annoying, then funny. Is there a training benefit to running this terrain? We don’t yet know the answer, but the soreness in my glutes might be a clue.

Abandoned railway conversions always produce trails without sharp bends or steep hills.

Abandoned railway conversions always produce trails without sharp bends or steep hills.

A few short sections were flooded out, forcing us to run around the frozen edges of the puddles. Several times we had to abandon the trail altogether, but at these points there were clear secondary trails that ran alongside the main path.

Some doop de doos hold water

Some doop de doos hold water

We encountered an obstacle at about 2.2 miles: an abandoned iron bridge. The bridge once carried trains over a river, but only the truss remains. We tiptoed carefully across the truss (not looking down). In the photograph, you can see a granite stone that has somehow fallen onto the truss. The stone bears word “ZEPPELIN,” written as graffiti.

The Zeppelin Bridge

The Zeppelin Bridge

The next bridge crossing occurred at 3.3 miles. This bridge was much higher than the Zeppelin bridge (approximately 60 feet high compared with perhaps 15 feet) and spanned a more substantial waterway.

The 3.3 bridge

The 3.3 bridge

Looking down from the 3.3 bridge

Looking down from the 3.3 bridge

A train cannot climb anything but gradual hills, so railways are necessarily quite flat. As a consequence, the railway bed is often built up quite high in low areas, offering scenic views of the surroundings. The photo below was taken at about 3.7 miles, where Carbuncle Pond can be seen beyond the marshy area.

A view of Carbuncle pond from the heights of the trail.

A view of Carbuncle Pond from the heights of the trail.

We estimated our pace to be about 8 min/mile, and, from the time, we estimated that we were closing in on the CT border. We expected no “Welcome to Connecticut” sign, so our plan was to was to turn around when we reached Plainfield Pike, which we knew to be just across the CT border. We first spied Plainfield Pike through an opening in the trees that, in an erie way, appeared perfectly circular from a distance. Looking through the circular hole and seeing cars pass confirmed our conjecture that we had, indeed, passed into CT and wer

Plainfield Pike in the distance

Plainfield Pike in the distance

Crossing Plainfield Pike

Crossing Plainfield Pike

We decided to cross Plainfield Pike and continue on the path for a few more minutes, turning around at 0:47:00 on the watch. On the way back, we stopped in Greene (RI) center and took a few pictures.

Map showing Coventry in relation to Rhode Island and Greene in relation to Coventry

Map showing Coventry in relation to Rhode Island and Greene in relation to Coventry

We learned, from a monument placard, that Greene was once a rail stop along the Washington Secondary Trail, with the rail built in the early 1850s.

Greene center

Greene center

Monument to the rail

Monument to the rail

We completed the return trip in fewer minutes than the outbound trip, and called the total distance 12 miles. The Summit General Store claims to be Rhode Island’s only real general store, and we saw no reason to disagree. There was no indoor seating, but they did serve food and coffee, so we each purchased a muffin and coffee, got in our cars, and drove home. (The muffins were delicious, by the way.)

Nooseneck 18K – December 26, 2014

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Dateline West Greenwich, RI: Friday, 26 December 2014, over 107 runners came out to participate in one of New England’s most eclectic old-time style road races. Under a clear azure blue sky with brilliant sunshine, Rhode Island State Trooper, #16, John Gadrow, gave opening remarks welcoming all participants and thanking Mr Mike Tammaro, past-president of the Narragansett Running Assn for once again organizing the race. Running conditions were perfect with the air temperature at race time being 45F with a mild 10 mph westerly wind. Runners gathered at the Tavern on the Hill on RI Route #3 across from the West Greenwich, RI Police-Fire complex. The cost to participate was left to the runner. Contributions were later split so that the first male and female runner would win a purse and then three shares were raffled off to race participants. As shown in the photo, runners covered an 18 Kilometer scenic course of old homesteads, country farms, pastures, paddocks, and lichen covered stone walls. The course is challenging but achievable for all runners, male and female. No glitz or glitter. Just a great post- Christmas group run which has become an annual tradition for runners in Southern New England and beyond. The post-race festivities included a gift swap (items that you received but really wanted to get rid of, like that peppermint body lotion or green crystal candy dish). As a race reviewer, I give the 2014 Nooseneck 18K, 5 stars. One star for the concept, one star for the outstanding course setup with mile markers and cones at all turns, a star for the degree of difficulty / challenge, a star for the outstanding scenery, and a star for delicious food and post-run party at the Tavern-on-the-Hill. Spread the word and Mark your calendar for next year’s Nooseneck 18K which will mark its 10th year in 2015! Always held on the day after Christmas, December 26. A must for any serious runner’s bucket list.

Photo credit: Roving Reporter Murray Norcross

November Race Report

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November race results are in. Here are a few highlights! John Brindamour finished his first marathon at the Mount Desert Island Marathon on 10/19, congratulations John!  The month started with NRA’s own Gansett Half Marathon in a Nor’Easter and ended with the Newport Running Club’s Pie Run in perfect weather. Michelle San Antonio qualifies for Boston at Philly. Several NRAers hit the trails for the Li’l Rhody Runaround. Many overall and age group winners – see results below!
Belated October Results:
ME – Oct 19: Mount Desert Island Marathon
        253 John Brindamour          4:10:35  9:34/mi
MA- Oct 26: Cape Cod Marathon
        3:04:14      7:02/mi   Jessica Kutcher
VA – Oct 26: Marine Corps Marathon
        Byron McKenzie            3:45:51 8:36/mi
November Race Results:
RI – Nov 1: Run for Open Space
       19    Joyce lin                 2 30-39   22:46.0     7:21/M
NH – Anthem Mancester City Marathon
       124  CLEARY, ALISON         4 F20-29 8:22 3:39:12
RI – Nov 2: Stephen Marra 5k
       124   Alison Pudjunis           12/29   F1929 29:50.4 9:37
       183   Fred Zuleger                 2/2       33:59.6 10:57
RI – Nov 2: Gansett Half Marathon
       7      Kaela O’Neil                2/100  F3039 6:20 1:22:55.55
       14    Brian Sweenor            2/62   M4049 6:42 1:27:42.80
       20    Gordon Fletcher         1/41   M5059 6:58 1:31:14.85
       27    Vinny Hey                   1/13   M6069 7:07 1:33:08.31
       32    Peter Barbera             2/41   M5059 7:14 1:34:37.49
       33    David Tetreault           3/41   M5059 7:16 1:35:01.88
       37    Rick Cota                   5/62   M4049 7:21 1:36:10.36
       61    Jim Sullivan               5/41   M5059 7:45 1:41:13.73
       76    Pat Ferrigno              4/13   M6069 7:51 1:42:31.27
       86    Terri Martland            1/6    F6069 7:55 1:43:31.76
       89    Rebecca Allen           7/71   F4049 7:57 1:43:54.54
       105   Steven Ahern            8/41   M5059 8:08 1:46:09.42
       152   Amy Grzybowski      22/100  F3039 8:33 1:51:44.70
       154   Tim Kobylenski        12/41   M5059 8:34 1:52:01.55
       199   Sue Bush                 19/71   F4049 8:56 1:56:44.77
       206   Tara Phelps               34/100  F3039 8:59 1:57:14.83
       242   Deborah Lysik          9/27   F5059 9:07 1:59:05.23
       289   Jim Cotter                5/13   M6069 9:36 2:05:18.19
       308   John Righi                6/13   M6069 9:47 2:07:40.46
       373   Ken Straight             7/13   M6069 10:20 2:15:03.96
       380   Belinda Maltz            4/6    F6069 10:25 2:16:15.79
       435   Jennifer McCaffrey   85/100  F3039 11:09 2:25:27.63
MA – Nov 8: Edaville Rail Run  – Overall 5 Mile
       93    Diane Adams               5 50-59   41:09.0 8:14/M
RI – Nov 9: Performance 5K
       97    PATRICE FRENCH            6 50-59   27:05.9 8:43/M
       191   GENE FRENCH               19 50-59  32:32.4 10:28/M
       221   FRED ZULEGER              3 70-99   35:55.8 11:33/M
RI- Nov 9: Colt State Park Half Marathon & 5K
          70   9/39   M5059      Michael Scott   54 M   318 1:42:52.5  7:52 1:42:57.3
RI – Nov 11: 2014 Park View Veterans Day 5k Run Walk and 1 Mile Kids Run – 5k Overall
         23   20:58  6:46    1 30-39      3 F      303 Elizabeth Marchetti
        193   33:05 10:40    3 70-98  123 M   470 Fred Zuleger III
RI- Nov 16: Li’l Rhody Runaround 8-Mi Trail Run
       40    Rick Cota                      10 40-49  58:31.0 7:19/M
       41    John Gadrow                11 40-49  58:36.0 7:20/M
       44    Diane Leith-Doucett      1 30-39   58:43.0 7:20/M
       128   Shira Fuller                    9 20-29   1:10:25.0 8:48/M
       169   George Ross                23 50-59  1:14:19.0 9:17/M
       170   David Heskett              24 50-59  1:14:19.0 9:17/M
       171   Jim Cotter                    9 60-69   1:14:20.0 9:18/M
       239   Diane Adams               13 50-59  1:21:59.0 10:15/M
       240   John Righi                    14 60-69  1:22:13.0 10:17/M
CT – Nov 22: Turkey Can Can
          12 178 Elizabeth Marchetti   23:13.8  7:29 F  35 3/11     3/39   F3039
PA – Nov 23: Philadelphia Marathon
             AROLINE SEIBERT HANSON    3:09:22   7:14/mi
             MICHELLE SAN ANTONIO        3:32:59   8:07/mi
             ELIZABETH SULLIVAN             4:24:34  10:05/mi
PA – Nov 23: Philadelphia Half Marathon
             JAMES SULLIVAN                 1:41:01   7:42/mi
RI – Nov 23: 15th Annual “Gear N Beer” 6.9K
       4     Kaela O’Neil                 1/3      25:20 5:55
       8     Brian Sweenor             1/169  M4049 25:41 6:00
       9     Warren Angell              1/90     M5059 25:43 6:00
       21    Jess Kutcher              1/228     F3039 26:58 6:18
       70    Diane Leith-Doucett   5/228    F3039 29:37 6:55
       75    Austin Becker             12/169  M4049 29:41 6:56
       116   John Brindamour       27/156  M3039 31:13 7:17
       136   Amy Rice                  2/82       F5059 31:46 7:25
       158   David Heskett           16/90     M5059 32:34 7:36
       177   Michael Scott             19/90   M5059 32:54 7:41
       216   Mary D’Arcy               8/188    F4049 33:32 7:50
       232   Linda Hurteau             4/82      F5059 33:49 7:54
       239   Heath Henley              53/129  M1929 34:02 7:57
       253   Bill Maine                     28/90   M5059 34:19 8:01
       355   Sarah Fields                 33/232  F1929 36:06 8:26
       513   Thomas Sinotte            90/169  M4049 38:37 9:01
       1145  Fred Zuleger                 4/4      M7099 51:54 12:07
CT – Nov 27: 78th Manchester Road Race
       3675  Tara Phelps               213/993  F3039 43:41 9:12
RI – Nov 27: Pie Run
       4     Keven O’neil              1 40-44   28:21.0 5:40/M
       13   Michael Tammaro       2 45-49   29:36.0 5:55/M
       15    Kaela O’neil               1 35-39   29:41.0 5:56/M
       22    Warren Angell             1 50-54   30:36.0 6:07/M
       36    Chris Spaight             1 55-59   32:16.0 6:27/M
       39    Diane Senecal             2 40-44   32:18.0 6:28/M
       55    Vincent Hey                 1 60-64   33:12.0 6:38/M
       75    John Gadrow               9 45-49   34:19.0 6:52/M
       78    David Tetreault             6 50-54   34:22.0 6:52/M
       118   Claire Gadrow             1 45-49   35:55.0 7:11/M
       171   Joyce Lin                     3 35-39   37:18.0 7:28/M
       172   Rebecca allen             2 45-49   37:19.0 7:28/M
       200   Terri Martland             1 60-64   37:41.0 7:32/M
       216   Tim Kobylenski           10 55-59  37:56.0 7:35/M
       220   Nicole Rattay             5 35-39   38:01.0 7:36/M
       257   Shira fuller                   21 20-29  38:56.0 7:47/M
       265   Peter Barbera             12 55-59  39:05.0 7:49/M
       299   Bill Maine                     33 50-54  39:43.0 7:57/M
       336   tracy smith                  13 35-39  40:40.0 8:08/M
       349   David Heskett             15 55-59  40:59.0 8:12/M
       380   Diane Adams               5 55-59   41:46.0 8:21/M
       476   Jim cotter                    10 60-64  43:47.0 8:45/M
       1003  Elise Hedglen             40 50-54  57:29.0 11:30/M
MA – Nov 27: 25th Annual Winnerâs Circle Running Club Greater Newburyport Wild Turkey Trot 3.1 Mile X-Country Run/Walk
       95    Joe Behl                  1/3    M7079 31:38.7 10:12
CT – Nov 27: Run Turkey Run 5k and 10k Races
       24    Austin Becker           45:39.1 7:22/M