Gansett Does Boston

Thank you Murray, for the following:

On Saturday April 19, 2014, in keeping with the Narragansett Running Association’s mission to give back to our running community, NRA members, Terri Martland, Ray Issaco, and Murray Norcross, volunteered at the Boston Athletic Association’s 5K Race, that kicks off the Boston Marathon weekend. Over 10,000 runners turned out for the BAA 5 K that started on Charles Street near the Boston Common, over nearby streets, Beacon, Arlington, and Commonwealth Ave, ending back on Charles Street after taking the runners down Boylston Street and over the heralded BAA Marathon Finish Line near Copley Plaza. Terri, Ray, and Murray were assigned to the T shirt station where they distributed over 10,000 race shirts to the finishers. The weather was cool to start but Sunny. A near perfect 5K race day. A television crew from CBS News invited Terri, Ray, and Murray up to the CBS News Morning Show for a visit to their booth after learning that they had traveled up from Rhode Island to help out at the race. The nationally televised “CBS This Morning News” broadcast with Charlie Rose will come live from their outdoor news room set up on Boston Common. In the photo attached, Terri, Ray, and Murray are sitting in the news anchor chairs with a spectacular view of Boston’s Back Bay area that includes the John Hancock Tower, The Prudential Tower, and The Boston Public Gardens. CBS News will be covering the 118th Boston Marathon from this special news set on Monday April 21, 2014 beginning at 0700 am on local CBS affiliate Channel 12, WPRI in Providence.

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Thursdays from Camire’s

Today’s Thursday run is the last from Camire’s before moving back to the beach for the summer. Thanks to Murray for supplying the following two photos. The first shows the runners assembled in front of Camire’s before a recent Thursday run, and the next shows some of those people running down the bike path.



March Race Report

Party bus on the way to the New Bedford Half Marathon. Diane Sencal, Chris Spaight, Dave Tetreault, Nicole Rattay, Mary Camire, Vinny Hey, and Laurie Feit-Melnick.

Driving to the New Bedford Half Marathon. Diane Senecal, Chris Spaight,  Nicole Rattay, Mary Camire, Vinny Hey, and Laurie Feit-Melnick.

We had some very impressive performances the past few weeks leading up to Spring Marathons. With the winter coming to an end and the chilling weather behind us, a few NRA runners are in the final stretch to Boston, Cox Providence, Big Sur, and Gettysburg Marathon.

Brody Williams (age 11) ran a PR of at the Beat the Chill 5K. Make sure you congratulate this superstar the next time you see him! Congratulations to Diane Leith-Doucett for placing 3rd in her age group at Oceans Run Half Marathon. Way to go Diane! Diane ran a 1:35:20 which is a 7:17 pace. A BIG congratulations to Stephanie Canter who ran her first half marathon at the Oceans Run. Breaking two hours with a time of 1:51:37. Keep up the good work Stephanie! Despite the pouring rain, the NRA had a good showing at the Quonset 10 Miler. Paul Letoile placed 2nd overall, with a time of 1:08:48. Laurie Feit-Melnick took first place for the women and 3rd overall running a time of 1:12:18. Congratulations to Laurie and Paul, your hard work paid off!

The New Bedford Marathon went off without a hitch. A little windy at times but overall a nice day for running. Vinny Hey and Mary Camire placed first in their age group, while Diane Senecal took 2nd for the masters division. This race draws in some of the best runners in New England. Great work team!! The NRA welcomes back runner Glenn Anderson from his hiatus. Glenn ran the Pound the Pavement 5K on March 29th. Great to have you back Glenn!

Summary of Race Results including NRA Friendlies

Mar 1: Beat the Chill 5K
Rick Cota 23:30. 7:35/M
Lisa Garzilli 27:17 8:48/M
Brody Williams 27:16 8:48 /M
Fred Zuleger 33:19. 10:45/M
Luke Williams 45:25 14:39/M
Rob George 45:31. 14:41/M

Mar 9: Oceans Run Half Marathon & 5K
Diane Leith-Doucett 1:35:20 7:17
Peter Rumsey 1:38:47 7:33
Austin Becker 1:40:07 7:39
Rebecca Allen 1:41:12 7:44
Pat Ferrigno 1:42:11 7:48
George Ross 1:48:55 8:19
Michelle San Antonio 1:42:58 7:52
Melissa Nathaniel 1:49:36 8:22
Stephanie Canter 1:51:37 8:32
Diane Adams 1:54:36 8:45
David Heskett 1:54:36 8:45
Lisa Garzilli       1:54:57 8:47
Mary D’Arcy       1:54:57 8:47
Amy Grzybowski       1:55:22  8:49
Michael Grzybowski    1:55:22  8:49
Deborah Lysik         2:00:40 9:13

Mar 16: 37th Annual New Bedford Half Marathon
DIANE SENECAL 1:25:07 6:30
VINCENT HEY 1:27:35 6:41
AUSTIN BECKER 1:29:33 6:50
CHRIS SPAIGHT 1:30:05 6:53
NICOLE RATTAY 1:30:22 6:54
JOHN GADROW 1:33:50 7:10
MARY CAMIRE 1:38:04 7:29

Mar 22: Brrr-lingame 5 & 10 Mile Trail Races
John Gadrow 44:15 8:51
John Peabody 44:00 8:48
Elise Hedglen 53:57 10:47

Mar 29: Pound the Pavement 5k
Glenn Anderson 24:10.0 7:48/M
Adam Melnick 25:24.0 8:12/M
Laurie Melnick 25:28.0 8:13/M

Mar 29: Run The Reservoir 15K & 5K
JIM COTTER 1:34:12 10:08
FRED ZULEGER III 1:54:25 12:19

Mar 30: Quonset Point 10 Miler and 5k
Paul Letoile 1:08:48 6:53
Laurie Feit-Melnick 1:12:18 7:14
Gordon Fletcher 1:12:19 7:14
Mary Camire 1:14:35 7:28
Rebecca Allen 1:16:42 7:41
Michelle San Antonio 1:20:03 8:01
Lisa Garzilli 1:24:07 8:25
Tammy McNeiece 1:25:56 8:36
David Heskett 1:30:37 9:04
Vincent Hey 1:30:38 9:04
Deborah Lysik 1:38:47 9:53
Fred Zuleger III 2:05:37 12:34

Quonset Point 10 Miler

The QP10 has a reputation for wind and weather, and the 2014 edition did not disappoint. Flooding near mile 8 forced a change from a loop course to an out-and-back with mile 5 as the turn-around point. Even with the course change, there were many rivers to cross, and about 70 runners did just that. The people shown here are just a few of the NRA folks at the race.


Mt. Washington Road Race

The Mount Washington road race is a hallowed NRA tradition, and once again the lottery has opened and closed, with many NRA members winning a spot in the race.

Paul L. climbing the wall.

Paul L. climbing the wall.

Peter B, almost at the top.

Peter B, almost at the top.

NRA crew, relaxing at the base.

NRA crew, relaxing at the base.

NRA crew, on the porch.

NRA crew, on the porch.

Super 5K

The 10th annual Super 5K went off without a hitch. These photos (courtesy of Paul LeToile) are of the male and female winners (William Sanders and Trish Hillery) and then a shot of the towers just after the start.

Going into the race, there were 12 people who had perfect attendance. After the race, there are still 12 people with perfect attendance. These people, who have run all 10 Super 5Ks, are listed after the photos.




McNeiece Brian M Narragansett RI

Schaad Dave M E Greenwich RI

Barbera Peter M Wakefield RI

schonning stephen M westerly RI

Gadrow Claire F Wakefield RI



Pember David M Medfield MA


Zuleger Fred M Coventry RI




Thanks to Murray for this photo and caption:


NRA runners, Joyce Lin, Terri Martland, Ray Isacco, and Andrea Brayman, stop for a quick photo near the Beavertail Light House on the southern end of Jamestown Island in Rhode Island. Running on Jamestown’s scenic country roads with beautiful ocean vistas is just one of the many training courses NRA members enjoy each week. Winter or summer, NRA members are never deterred by the weather. The Beavertail Light House pictured below is the third oldest light house constructed in the United States dating back to 1789.

Nooseneck 18K Race Report

Race Review: For runners who want a challenge, the annual 18K Nooseneck Run, presented by the Narragansett Running Association on the 26th of December each year, is a must do! Hosted out of the Tavern on the Hill in Exeter Rhode Island just off Rte 3, the course is a large loop with varying topography of down and up hills. Mid way through the course, runners turn onto a dirt trail with a steep grade and an extended half mile climb. Mike Tammaro, President of the Narragansett Running Assn, marks the course with mile signs and plenty of orange cones so runners do not get lost. Ample water was placed for thirsty runners at the foot of the steep dirt incline described above. This year’s run was well attended with several running groups in attendance that included the Rhode Island Running Club, the Tuesday Night Turtles and the NRA. The weather changed dramatically during the race. At the start, the air was still and cold. The ominous grey clouds overhead gave the appearance that snow would fall at sometime during the afternoon run and it did. By mile 7, a mixture of sleet and snow pellets began to fall on the field of runners making the final push up the remaining hills slippery with very little traction. Participants were definitely challenged not only by the terrain but by the changing weather conditions. All runners later enjoyed warm food and beverages inside the Tavern on the Hill, where Mike Tammaro made presentations to the various winners. In the attached photo, Ms Tammy McNiece is seen signing up for her race bib with Mr Mike Tammaro looking over the great room at the Tavern on the Hill. On a scale of 5, this annual race earns Five Stars, one each for the challenging course, the uncertainty of the weather , the expertly marked course, the one-of-a kind nature of this race, and the after race gathering. Photo and Race Review by NRA member, Murray Norcross


10th Annual Super 5K

The SUPER 5K Race, on SUPER BOWL SUNDAY February 2, 2014 in Narragansett RI will also feature over 31 raffle items thanks to the generosity of local Narragansett Bay area merchants and organizations. Race participants will be offered the opportunity to purchase tickets to be placed in the bag of their choice that features that particular prize. Single tickets will cost $1. An arm’s length will cost $5. The winning numbers will be drawn immediately at the start of the race so that racers can find out if they won a prize at the conclusion of the run and posted prominently inside the Village Inn. The following is a list of raffle prizes collected as of Saturday 18 January 2014:

Camire’s Athletic Soles (6 prizes) (25.00 gift certificates)
Boston Strong Ornament (5 prizes) (see attached photo) from New England Gold and Silver of Pawtucket RI
Newport Restaurant Group (2 prizes) value of each gift certificate $75
Coffee ‘n Bagel Connection (1 prize) $25 gift card
Newport Storm Beer / Thomas Tew Rum (case of beer) ( bottle of rum)
Brick Alley Pub (1 prize) $25 gift certificate
NBX Bike Shop (2 prizes) $25 gift certificates
The Bike Shop Café in Narragansett RI (2) dinner gift certificates
Roger Williams Park Zoo, Family Membership for 2014
Jason & Co. Jeweler, Newport, RI, (1) Necklace
Boston Red Sox GIFT BOX filled with RED SOX Memorabilia/ Shirt / Hat
GOLF GIFT Basket filled with golf balls, golfing items
Mama Leone’s pizzeria in Newport RI, 1 large pizza, valued $17.00
Sullivan Tire, (1) Free Oil Change, in Newport RI
Bagel Boys in Middletown RI, (2) prizes, a dozen bagels a month for a year
Rhode Joe’s in Wakefield RI, (2) $25 gift certificates

Additionally, all entrants will receive a free ticket to a future New England Collegiate Baseball League Summer 2014 season courtesy of the Newport Gulls and the Ocean State Waves with appearances of their team mascots.
All entrants will receive a coupon from Rhody Joe’s for a free appetizer with the purchase of two entrees. The Bike Stop Café on Boon Street in Narragansett will also have free coupons for pizza and pitchers of beer specials.

All proceeds raised from the SUPER 5K Raffle will support the Summer Youth Track Series. Please plan to bring extra money to purchase raffle tickets.

(5) Boston Strong Ornament for SUPER 5K Raffle