Because running helps your goals get bigger and your angst get smaller . . .

Will run for cocoa
On Sunday, it rained into everyone's cocoa, but that didn't stop a handful of hardy Flyers from coming out for the NYCRUNS Cocoa Classic 5K and 10K. Mike Folger completed the 10K in a flat 51:00 (8:14 pace), which gave him sixteenth place in the men's 30-39 age group. Melissa Labozzetta captured sixth in the women's 40-49 age group in 58:45 (9:29 pace).

In the 5K, Anne Mullin, who also ran the Jingle Bell Jog 5K the day before, placed fourth in the women's 50-59 age group with her 26:01 finish (8:24 pace). Peter Lewy placed second in the men's 60-69 age group in 27:38 (8:55 pace), followed by Papa Bear himself, Richard Garland, who won the men's 70+ age group in 32:06 (10:21 pace). Denna Novick placed eleventh in the women's 40-49 age group in 33:07 (10:41 pace).

Jingle jangle
Candy stripes and jingle bells were all over the course in Saturday's Jingle Bell Jog 5K. The Flyer women captured third place in their division, led by Veteran dynamo Pamela Hunt, who placed first for the team, second Flyer overall, first in the 50-54 age group, and third woman overall in 18:57 (6:06 pace). Jillian Hobson placed second for the team in 23:22 (7:32 pace), and Stephanie Tang placed third for the team and twenty-third in the 35-39 age group in 23:47 (7:39 pace). Hiromi Nobata captured fourth for the Flyer women and fourth in the 50-54 age group in 23:58 (7:43 pace), and Noreen Okarter placed fifth for the team in 25:09 (8:06 pace).

In the men's race, Mr. President placed first for the team and fifth in the 40-44 age group in 18:55 (6:06 pace). Gregory Hawryluk came in second for the Flyer men, crossing the finish line in 21:34 (6:57 pace). Vincent Eng placed third for the team and twenty-second in the 50-54 age group in 23:51 (7:41 pace), followed by Ramanarayanan Kalakkad Rangnathan in 27:22 (8:49 pace). Joel Gunderson captured the rest of the team points in 29:56 (9:38 pace). Vincent Doogan also earned age group honors for his ninth place finish in the 70-74 age group.

The other reason we do this
Whether you're a new Flyer or a long-term member, come on out on Monday night to the New Flyer Run and Social and get to know some new faces and friends. Later in the week, we also have an annual favorite, the Annual Holiday Party. Finally, if you want to get your hands dirty and help bring beauty to our Manhattan urban oasis, the winter Central Park Conservancy Volunteer Cleanup Day is just around the corner.

You guys are already amazing
Thanks to a flurry of donations on Giving Tuesday that put us over the top, we reached and topped our goal for the eleventh annual Flyer Holiday Food Drive Fundraiser. Thank you to all our donors for their kindness and generosity in helping the less fortunate in our own community. The drive remains open until December 16, so if you're still finalizing your end of year giving plans, there's still time to send us even higher over goal.

Starting that calorie deficit out right
Thanksgiving morning was brutally cold, but that didn't stop Elaine Rosen, Jaclyn Valero, and Yinglee Wong from heading out to Prospect Park for the Prospect Park Track Club 5 Miler. Elaine Rosen blew away the competition with a first place team finish and second in the 60-64 age group in 43:41 (8:44 pace). Jaclyn captured second for the team in 46:21 (9:16 pace), and Ying placed third for the Flyers in 49:44 (9:57 pace). The air hurt my face, so I just stayed in and ate. Kudos to you three for doing so much more.

We're like the post office: Often late, but we usually deliver and don't break too much stuff doing it
The NYRR NYC 60K results are up, and we remain astonished. Four Flyer women and ten Flyer dudes completed this mind-blowing ultra in circles. Frieda Edelman was the first Flyer overall as well as first for the Flyer women, tenth woman overall, and second in the 45-49 age group in 5:30:55 (8:53 pace). Jo Rees placed second for the Flyer women and sixth in the 40-44 age group in 6:59:08 (11:15 pace), followed by Kathleen McCormack in 7:03:27 (11:22 pace and sixth in the 45-49 age group), and Joyce McGrath-MacFarlane in 8:52:50 (14:18 pace and seventh in the 55-59 age group).

Dave Kleckner captured first for the Flyer men and fourth in the 55-59 age group in 5:54:32 (9:31 pace), followed by Jorge and Ernesto Giraldo in 6:12:33 (10:00 pace and seventeenth in the 45-49 age group) and 6:23:23 (10:17 pace and twelfth in the 40-44 age group). Michael Yakubov came in fourth for the Flyer men in 6:29:07 (10:27 pace and twenty-second in the 45-49 age group), and Philip Giang captured the remaining men's team points in 6:32:53 (10:33 pace and ninth in the 50-54 age group). The rest of the Flyer men's roster included Dev Baid in 6:47:25 (10:56 pace and twenty-second in the 40-44 age group), Christian Rodriquez in 6:50:57 (11:02 pace and twelfth in the 25-29 age group), Filo Fiorani in 7:00:34 (11:17 pace and twenty-seventh in the 40-44 age group), Andy Tse in 8:04:39 (13:00 pace and thirty-ninth in the men's 45-49 age group), and Daniel Seite in 8:53:34 (14:19 pace and eighteenth in the 50-54 age group.

In the run-up to Thanksgiving, a few brave Flyer souls ran the November 18 Fred Lebow Cross Country Championships 5K. Pat Duffy gracefully sped across the finish line in first place for the team and fourth in the men's 55-59 age group in 20:58 (6:45 pace). David Toung picked up a second place team finish and ninth in the men's 60-64 age group in 28:46 (9:16 pace). Carrie Barratt was third for the Flyers and second in the women's 55-59 age group in 30:21 (9:47 pace), and Jeanhie Hahn was the fourth Flyer in and fourth in the women's 50-54 age group in 31:23 (10:06 pace).

I'm ready for more turkey, so that's all I have. Hope to see you all festived up at the upcoming holiday party on December 06.

Special delivery
Thanksgiving is all about the food, and today's Race to Deliver 4 Miler benefited God's Love We Deliver, a local organization devoted to providing nutritious meals to men, women, and children living with AIDS or other serious illnesses. The Flyer women captured third place in their division, led by the ever-speedy milennial missile Elena Riecke, who also placed third in the 20-24 age group and twelfth woman overall in 26:41 (6:41 pace). Michelle Yuen placed second for the team and eleventh in the 30-34 age group in 29:05 (7:17 pace), followed by Amanda Schachter, who placed fifth in the 45-49 age group in 29:59 (7:30 pace). Ilse Abusamra and Susan Riskin captured fourth and fifth for the team and twenty-fifth and twenty-sixth i nthe 40-44 age group in 31:49 (7:58 pace) each.

In the men's race, Deniz Saat placed first for the Flyers and thirteenth in the 25-29 age group in 25:46 (6:27 pace). Jon Riecke appears to have been pacing with the speedy Elena, which brought him in for second place for the Flyers and fifth in the 50-54 age group in 26:50 (6:43 pace). Babak Ghatan finished in third place for the team and twenty-third in the 40-44 age group in 27:11 (6:48 pace). Senior veteran superstar Andreas Werder notched a fourth place team finish and first in the 60-64 age group in 27:39 (6:55 pace), and Eduardo Fajardo neatly picked up a fifth place team finish and ninth in the 55-59 age group in 28:13 (7:04 pace). Other age group honors went to Ricky Lam (eighth in the men's 65-69 age group); Deborah McDuffie-Saat (third in the women's 60-65 age group); Anky Lam (second in the women's 65-69 age group); Fran Breslauer (first in the women's 75-79 age group); and Barbara Trazino (second in the women's 70-74 age group).