Embracing the crazy, one mile at a time . . .

Day for Dads
Wishing the happiest of Father's Days to all of our Flyer dads and dads of Flyers.

Kings and Queens
I'm not sure whether this is an overall change to the points race scoring system or just a blip, but it looks like only the top three runners scored points for the men's and women's Open divisions in the Queens 10K, instead of the top five per team. We'll see how this shakes out over the next points race, but for the moment we bow to how it looks like the scoring was done this time and report accordingly.

The Flyer Open Men and the Flyer Veteran Men finished thirtyt-third and sixteenth in their divisions, and the scoring roster was exactly the same for both: Mr. President led the charge with a 39:33 finish (6:22 pace), followed by Tomohiro Inoue in 42:01 (6:46 pace) and David Ezra in 42:44 (6:53 pace). Jon Riecke led the Flyer Veteran Men to a tenth place team finish in 43:21 (6:59 pace), followed by Andreas Werder, who double scored with a first place finish for the fifth place Flyer Senior Veteran Men in 44:11 (7:07 pace); and William Herbert, who crossed the finish line in 45:17 (7:13 pace). Ricky Lam picked up a second place finish for the Flyer Senior Veteran Men in 49:36 (7:59 pace), followed by Peter Lewy in 51:42 (8:20 pace).

In the women's race, Friederieke Edelman led the Flyer Open Women to a twenty-first place finish, also double scoring with a first place finish for the seventh place Flyer Master Women in 43:08 (6:57 pace). Ainslie Chandler picked up second for the Flyer Open Women in 47:42 (7:41 pace), folowed by Sungwon Hwang, who also finished second for the Flyer Master Women in 48:08 (7:45 pace). Mary Beth Ezra finished in third place for the Flyer Master Women in 50:08 (8:05 pace).

Lora Danley paced the ninth place Flyer Veteran Women to a 52:48 finish (8:30 pace), followed by Elaine Rosen in 54:05 (8:43 pace) and Anky Lam, who also finished first for the second place Flyer Senior Veteran Women in 54:29 (8:46 pace). Fran Breslauer placed second for the team in 59:20 (9:33 pace), followed by Maggie Schwarz in 1:11:48 (11:34 pace).

Running of the what, now?
I don't make this up . . . on Sunday, NYCRUNS sponsored the Running of the Balls 5K and 10K. Jessical Vega scored third in the women's 40-49 age group in the 10K with a finish time of 54:16 (8:45 pace), and Richard Garland placed second in the men's 70+ age group in the 5K in 29:36 (9:33 pace).

That's all I got today
Check the Announcements for the latest and greatest news and upcoming events. Meanwhile, it's a beautiful day outside, and I'm going out to play. You should, too.

Wonder Women
Summer showed up just in time for the event that kicked off the women's running boom, the NYRR New York Mini 10K. Pamela Hunt led the Flyer women across the finish line with a first place team finish and second in the 45-49 age group in 40:14 (6:29 pace). The ever-speedy Kate Comisso captured second for the team and fourth in the 35-39 age group in 41:02 (6:37 pace). Laura Tancredi and Vicky Tiase placed third and fourth for the team and twenty-third and twenty-eighth in the 40-44 age group in 47:22 (7:38 pace) and 47:42 (7:41 pace). Sheila Barrett came in just one second later, finishing 29th in the 40-44 age group and placing fifth for the team in 47:43 (7:41 pace). Additional age group honors went to Heather Tolford, sixth in the 55-59 age group; Marjorie Kos, seventh in the 70-74 age group; and Joan Cassidy, ninth in the 70-74 age group.

Wonder Women in Training
Girls also had the chance to shine on Saturday in a race of their own on a 1.4 mile course covering part of the same route as the Mini. Francine Alfandary did some detective work throug the results and found that at least two next-generation Flyers made their parents proud: Orla O'Keefe, age 11, finished the course in a speedy 11:49 (8:27 pace); and Helena Rocha, age 11, completed the race in 12:16 (8:46 pace). Congratulations to both!

I hope you all busted out your knee-high sweat socks for this one
Sunday brought with it humidity and plenty of old, stained cotton T-shirts for the NYRR Retro Run 5-Miler. The Flyer Open Men placed eleventh in their division, and three of those guys also comprised the seventh place Flyer Master Men's scoring team. Deniz Saat sat for the kick with a first place team finish and tenth in the 20-24 age group in 32:04 (6:25 pace). Michael Alexander double scored with a second place finish for the Flyer Open Men and first for the Flyer Master Men in 33:39 (6:44 pace). Sebastian Lieng also double scored, placing third for the Flyer Open Men and second for the Flyer Master Men in 34:27 (6:54 pace). Tim Decker captured the third double score with Open and Master finishes of fourth and third for the Flyers in 35:20 (7:04 pace), and Adam Morgenlender placed fifth for the Flyer Open Men in 36:14 (7:15 pace).

In the Veteran Men's division, the Flyers took eighth place. Dietrich Lingenthal led them in with a first place team finish, also placing twenty-third in the 55-59 age group in 37:44 (7:33 pace). Thomas Daniels captured second for the team in 39:31 (7:55 pace), followed by the double scoring Jack Adler, who placed third for the Flyer Veteran Men and first for the fifth place Flyer Senior Veteran Men and fifteenth in the 60-64 age group in 39:42 (7:57 pace). David Dempsey placed second for the Flyer Senior Veteran Men and ninth in the 65-69 age group in 40:40 (8:08 pace), and William Nealon brought the house down for the team with a third place finish in 42:29 (8:30 pace).

Meanwhile, Marcy Withington led the Flyer Open and Master women to fourth and second places in their respective divisions, placing first in both and winning the 45-49 age group in 35:19 (7:04 pace). Amy Knepper and Amanda Schachter brought in second and third place in both divisions in 35:20 (7:04 pace and fourth in the 40-44 age group) and 39:39 (7:56 pace and sixteenth in the 45-49 age group). Denise Iannizzotto and Jennifer Coyne also double scored, taking fourth and fifth for the Flyer Open Women and first and second for the first place Flyer Veteran Women in 39:53 (7:59 pace and tenth in the 50-54 age group) and 40:10 (8:02 pace and eleventh in the 50-54 age group). Moira Zelin cruised across the finish line in third place for the Flyer Veteran Women and fifth in the 55-59 age group in 42:08 (8:26 pace). Additional age group honors went to Anne Mullin (ninth in the women's 55-59 age group) and Fran Breslauer, first in the women's 75-79 age group.

Let the good times roll
Summer activities are kicking off, starting with the Flyers Cheering Zone at next week's Mini 10K, to be followed by brunch; the Randall's Island Long Training Run; and of course, Summer MTP, Summer SpeedPass, and the ongoing Flyer Fridays at the Boat Basin.

The unofficial start of summer
First up, thanks and appreciation to Richard for covering this space while I was doing my thing with the family in Oregon over the last week and a half. It seems that there were no NYRR or NYCRUNS races with Flyer results thus far on the Memorial Day weekend holiday, but it's been a great few days of fun Flyer activities. On Friday, Secretary Yinglee Wong led the charge back to the Boat Basin for happy hour specials at the inaugural Flyer Friday, a past Flyer tradition whose time has come again. If you missed this one like I did, thanks to my own poor planning, you can drink away your work week with Jesus (seriously, that's the bartender's name) each and every Friday night starting at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday morning brought the Escape from Manhattan group run to Long Island City, mapped out and arranged by Brad Goz, who not only marked out the route in advance but came prepared with a wealth of historical knowledge about the area. If you're ready to head out of town again, come hit the trails up in Van Cortlandt Park at the Scenic Van Cortlandt Park Training Run. This is a supported run with fluid stations, so volunteers to help bag watch, sling Gatorade, and mark the course are greatly appreciated and will receive a generous allotment of good Flyer karma and a gift card for some stuff at JackRabbit for their assistance. Until next week, Webmistress out.

On Sunday, the Prospect Park Group Run pretty much consisted of Mr. President and first lady Beth Brennan and some pigeons, but we understand that for anyone looking for a race on Monday, NYCRUNS is putting on 5K and 10K races at Roosevelt Island.

In the meantime, we wish you an extra day of leisure (for most, anyway), as well as thanks and appreciation for our fallen soldiers and all veterans, because that's why this holiday exists.

This is why I love Brooklyn
On a near-perfect running Saturday, over 150 Flyers were among the over 27,000 runners who came out for the Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon. I was so happy to see so many new Flyers and long-time Veterans come out. They came for the race, but stayed for the Beer and carnival food. A couple dozen Flyers hung out after the race at Ruby's on the Boardwalk. Thank you to Beth Dorgan for getting there early and holding tables and holding off the other thousands of race weary people wanting a beer. The race was a fabulous event as well.

The Flyer Senior Veteran Women scored a second place win in this very competitve event. A special shout out to Frances Breslauer, who once again came in first in her age, something she does very often. She finished in 2:10:01 (9:55 pace).

The other fast Flyer Ladies were Madeline Steiner finishing in 1:37:09 (7:24 pace) followed closely by Amy Knepper in 1:38:03 (7:29 pace).

The Flyer Men were led by our fast coach Brian Rosetti finishing in 1:22:11 (6:16 pace) but not too far behind is our very speedy Francesco Presutti who scored a first place over 55 age award finishing in 1:24:27 (6:26 pace). You are truly amazing guys!

For just 1 day, I think I'm turning Japanese
On a beautiful spring day in Central Park, the Flyers were among the thousands of runners to run the 4-mile loop really, really fast at the Japan Day 4-Miler. The Flyer ladies finished with a 3rd Place Win in a very competitive field. Leading the Flyer ladies for this win was Silke Eiserbeck finishing in 28:08 (7:02 pace) followed by Amanda Schachter in 30:29 and Mary Beth Ezra in 30:31 (7:37 Pace).

The men were led by Andrew Flood finishing in 24:37 (6:09 pace) followed closely by Francesco Presutti with a first place win in 24:51 (6:12 pace) and Deniz Saat in 25:23 (6:20 pace)!

Rooty toot toot
There were no NYRR races this weekend, no Flyers turned up in the NYCRuns results, and our Facebook group suggests that it was pretty much a weekend for hanging out and doing runs with the club either at the Saturday Brooklyn Run, the Saturday Central Park Run, or during Sunday's Little Toot Long Training Run (toot toot!). Mr. President wrote a great post in our Facebook group acknowledging the organizing masterminds and willing volunteers, and without a shred of respect for intellectual property rights, we present a snippet of it here:

Please allow me to recognize 8 Flyer volunteers who were instrumental in planning and executing today's Little Toot Long-Training Run: Denise Iannizzotto, Jennifer Choi, John McCreesh, Michelle Dempsey, Gerlyn Perlas, and Elaine Rosen.

Special thanks to our Event Captain, Rachel Allen Duncan, and our Member-At-Large, Frank Annino, for their superior planning and organizational skills.