Archive for March, 2009

Ukrop Monument Avenue 10K in Richmond, Virginia

Back to Richmond for live tv for the 10th running of the Monument Avenue 10K, the fourth largest 10K in the U.S. I also spoke to some school ckids and at some other events prior to race day. The race has more than 35,000 runners and features a total of $25,000 in prize money with $7,500 for the champion. The race also features a real fun opportunity for any lucky pre-registered entrant, the AT & T Dash for Cash. One lucky participant in the 10k on March 28 is given a head start to race against the top finisher. Here’s how it works:  The contest draws one random winner from among everyone who has registered by March 1. That person is given a pre-determined head start on the course based on their most recent 10K time if available. This year’s lucky contestant, Anne Parker of Midlothian got advice and guidance prior to the race from the contest’s honorary coach which happened to be me. When the race begins at 8:30 a.m., the contestant will try to out-run the rest of the field to the finish line. The person who crosses the finish line first will win the $2,500 prize. This year, Ann did it and won by a nose. Congrats Ann.

Co-Hosting NYRRC’s Big “Club Night”

If there ever was a running club version of the Academy Awards, this would be it. The New York Road Runner Club’s annual awards banquet, “Club Night,” was held in the Live Venue at the Times Square’s Hard Rock Café. I served as co-host along with WABC meteorologist Heidi Jones. We spent two straight hours presenting awards, honoring top-ranked runners, teams and other notables during a festive eveningfastest folks. Heidi presented to the men, and I presented to the women. The evening culminated with the honoring of the  both of WTC.


il Nostro Anniversario & a Race T-shirt Quilt

quiltcatEight years ago today was a beautiful and unseasonably warm day in Casoli, Italy where Laura and I were married in her grandparent’s hometown village with 27 friends and famiglia in tow. Today, we celebrated, just the two of us, at a local Indian restaurant. Laura had a quilt made for me  - using t-shirts from my favorite races including Badwater, Smoky Mountain Marathon and various Ironmans. Here’s a photo Laura took of me under the quilt and our cat on top of it. (A shout out to runner Jackie Kelly of Tennessee for her amazing work on the quilt. Nobody makes better t-shirt quilts than Jackie.) Mojave never slept on the couch when other blankets were there but he does now – he loves this quilt for some reason.


4th Running of National Marathon & Half in DC

The National Marathon and Half Marathon in DC is a fairly new event. The half sold out with about 5,000 entrants and the full is a perfect compliment to its sister race, MCIM in October. One big difference is is that National is run solely in DC whereas most of MCIM is run in Virginia. Both events take you by lots of our nation’s monuments. The one-day expo totally rocks. I sold out of books before closing and met a lot of first-timers and interestingly many, many triathletes in the course of the day. Race day started a bit chilly – a perfect day for unning long. I shared finish line announcing duties with Robbie Powers. Three-time National Marathon winner Michael Wardian finished second to new course record holder, 27-year old Patrick Moulton of Rhode Island. Jeannette Seckinger, 26, of MA wad the top female in at 2:48. DC mayor, Adrian Fenty, age 28, came in 249th overall with his time of 3:25 perhaps making him the fastest big city mayor in the country. Also impressive: Wardian, our country’s national 50K, 50-mile and 100K champ drove down to Virginia Beach so he could run the Shamrock Sportsfest Marathon on Sunday. There, the 34-year-old, ran a 2:35, good enough for third place overall.


Emmaus, NYC & The Poconos

Today was one of those “on the road” days – buses, cars and bikes but lots of work done! I went into the office eat 6 am to get some work done before catching a bus into the city so I could do rehearsal – four hours worth of rehearsal -  for next week’s “Club Night” – New York Road Runner Club’s annual awards banquet, I am scheduled to co-host with WABC meteorologist Heidi Jones. The NYRRC takes their events seriously whether it’s a race or a social soiree like this one. After I returned home I was able to get in a 30-minute bike ride before heading back to work and then up to the Poconos to the Aardvark Running Store in East Stroudsburg for a wonderful gathering of 30 or so local race directors.

Big Fun @ Little Rock Marathon

LR expo

This was my fourth trip down to Little Rock. The race, in its seventh year, is always fun and a bit crazy as the CICs (Chicks in Charge) Gina and Geneva want it to be. Met lots of wonderful runners at the two-day expo including Dick Soler, age 80 who was running his first marathon ever (6:15) and caught up with Gary Smith of Easy Runner as well as ultrarunning legend and pioneer, Lou Peyton, one of the first women to do the Grand Slam (four 100-milers in a six-week period). On Saturday night, I was honored to serve as honorary Duck Master at the famous Peabody hotel. One of the craziest things I’ve ever done. Fortunately, I wasn’t bumped as DM by Joe Biden who was at The Peabody doing a fundraiser for a local senator. Race day: For 7+ hours, I shared finish line announcing duties with Mark Bravo. Runners can even relive their finish with an online video. Check:


The 7-inch finisher’s medal is by far the largest one on the planet – and weighs about 37 pounds The post-race party, complete with local live music and BBQ-Little Rock style, was held at The Clinton Library.


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“Greetings from The Indian Himilaya!”

It’s good to hear from people I’ve met during my travels near and far. I recently received this email from Mr. Pandey of Delhi, India, the race director of the Himilayan 100 I ran in the 90s.:


Greetings from Indian Himalaya!


Hope my email finds you and your family in good health and spirits.


By now readers must be enjoying reading your book and wishing you the very best for its massive circulation.  May I request your goodselves to kindly send me a copy of the same at my given postal address.

Thank you and look forward to hearing from you soon.


With warmest regards,



Q’town & Shiver By The River

Staying local this weekend but still at the races – the Quakertown 10-miler  - about 15 miles from home, and then the fourth installment of the Pagoda Pacer’s Shiver by the River 5K/10K series at Mt. Penn in Reading. Later we went to the awards ceremony at a local hall and celebrated St. Patty’s day early with lots of beer, food, more beer and music by the Martin Family Band – five very talented Irish-American kids, ages 5 to 17, and their parents who do it all  - play about four instruments each and specialize in Celtic Music and Irish step dancing.