Thursday, April 23, 2015

Fast Times in DC

Several of our members turned out for the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run.  We are truly fortunate to have an event nearby that draws immense local, national, and international talent for us to compete against.  An incident on the course before the start of the race caused the course to be shortened to 9.39 miles, but the Striders came through with some huge performances despite the last minute change.  Many members almost certainly would have run PRs had the course been regulation length.

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The Women's Team Came in 3rd

The Men's Team came in 2nd

We also fielded a mixed Master's Team which took 5th (but sadly with no picture).

Great job to everyone who ran!  Here are the overall performances from the day at CB:

Carlos Renjifo49:0126th
Andrew Madison49:2728th
Kevin Ford51:3545th
Jason Tripp54:5086th
Akintunde Morakinyo1:01:21287th
Mick Slonaker1:02:23353rd
Julia Roman-Duval54:5218th
Tori Berard1:00:5166th
Jess Ivy1:01:0673rd
Tiffany Hevner1:01:5482nd
Beth Hannon1:02:2293rd
Tasha Hogan1:04:18147th
Linda Lou O'Connor1:05:36174th
Tammy Liu Hermstein1:08:44276th
Dorothy Beckett1:09:20297th

Monday, April 13, 2015

March Performances

March proved to be a month of many excellent running performances for the racing team.  Notably, a new Racing Team record set for the 5k (Julia - 17:12), and several of our runners set big PRs (Julia, Jess, Tammy, and Mark).  Keep up the good work everyone!

3/1/2015St. Patrick's Day 5kLinda Lou O'Connor20:4216th2nd (F45-49)
3/1/2015St. Patrick's Day 10kJulia Roman-Duval35:412nd
Linda Lou O'Connor43:0120th1st (F45-49)
3/1/2015St. Patrick's Day Double (5k + 10k)Linda Lou O'Connor1:03:434th1st (F45-49)
3/1/2015Tim Kennard 10-milerTori Berard1:02:241st
3/1/2015Reston 10-milerTiffany Hevner1:06:555th1st (F30-34)
3/1/2015Napa Valley MarathonTammy Liu Hermstein3:30:1552ndPR, 5th (F45-49)
3/7/2015USATF Eastern Region Indoor Masters Championships (1 mile)Brian Shadrick4:583rd1st (M40-44)
3/15/2015Kelly Shamrock 5kAndrew Madison15:171st
Carlos Renjifo15:304th1st (M30-39)
Craig Lebro17:0415th5th (M20-29)
Jason Tripp17:2325th1st Master
Nick Grossi17:5329th12th (M30-39)
Brian Shadrick18:2539th1st (M40-44)
Chris Chattin18:4747th3rd (M50-54)
Tunde Morakinyo19:4376th5th (M50-54)
Mick Slonaker19:5380th1st (M65-69)
John Chall19:5582nd1st (M55-59)
Julia Roman-Duval17:121stPR, RTR
Tori Berard18:234th1st (F20-29)
Tiffany Hevner19:328th2nd (F30-39)
Noel McCracken19:4110thPR, 4th (F30-39)
Beth Hannon19:4211thPR, 5th (F30-39)
Joelle Chall21:2125th10th (F30-39)
Tammy Liu Hermstein21:281st Master
3/15/2015NYC Half MarathonDorothy Beckett1:40:31517th7th (F55-59)
3/21/2015Whitehall 15kLinda-Lou O'Connor1:03:563rd1st Master, PR
3/21/2015Tri-Mania 1 miler (track)Jess Ivy5:211stPR
3/28/2015UMBC Big Dawg Invite 5k (track)Andrew Madison15:461st
3/28/2015Monument Avenue 10kTiffany Hevner39:4125th4th (F30-34)
3/29/2015B&A Half MarathonNoel McCracken1:30:584th1st (F30-34)
Linda-Lou O'Connor1:32:426th1st (F45-49)
Tammy Liu Hermstein1:38:4718th2nd (F45-49), PR
3/29/2015B&A MarathonBeth Hannon3:16:425th1st (F30-34)
3/29/2015Dundalk Challenge 5kMark Eagles17:032ndPR

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

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We've finally made it to March!  This warmer weather couldn't come a moment too soon.  Hats off to our runners who braved record-breaking cold temperatures and snowy/icy conditions (or terminally boring treadmills) this winter to keep their spring racing goals alive.

The RRCA Ten Mile Challenge was postponed due to weather conditions and may (or may not) be rescheduled in the coming months.  But don't let that get you down, there are still some awesome races (and nicer racing conditions) coming soon.  The Boston Marathon is just around the corner and Clyde's 10k, the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Race and many more are coming up even sooner.

Some Striders did manage to get a race (or three) in last month.  Here's the rundown:

Nick Grossi and John Chall entered the Penguin Pace 5k, running 18:43 for 4th and 20:19 for 9th overall, respectively.

One week later Nick entered another 5k and bettered his previous time, running 18:01 for 22nd place at the Love the Run You're With 5k.  He was joined by Linda Lou O'Connor who ran 20:40 for 14th (she also won her age group!).

Less than a week after that, the flurry of 5k performances continued, with Linda Lou and Mark Eagles running 20:51 for 4th and 17:53 for 6th, respectively.

Kevin Ford made a trip out to Pasadena, CA to visit family and ran the Race on the Base 10k in 34:01 (a PR), coming in 1st.  On the same day, Mark Eagles ran the Sykesville Shiver Shuffle 5k in 18:33 for 3rd while Carlos Renjifo destroyed the Color Your Heart 5k, running 16:01 for 1st by a sizable margin.

Great job everybody!

Friday, February 6, 2015

January Wrap-Up

Striders Awards Ceremony:
Congratulations to all of our members who won awards at the Strider Banquet on January 10th, 2015.  A special shout out goes to Dorothy Becket and Carlos Renjifo.  Their years of hard work and contributions to the club have earned them each a spot in the Striders Hall of Fame!

Strider Races:
January this year was a fairly quiet month for the Striders Racing Team but there were still some notable performances:

On New Year's Day Brian Shadrick lit up the Winfield Mile in Sykesville, setting a Masters course record and nabbing 4th place in a competitive race.  Brian also got 4th place at the Freeze Your Buns 5k, running a solid 18:18.

Chris Chattin and John Chall turned out for the Burleigh Manor 5k, running 19:17 for 8th place and 20:21 for 14th place, repectively.  Great job guys!

To finish off the month, Tiffany Hevner cracked 90 minutes for the half in the High Cloud Snapple Half Marathon in Potomac, MD.  She ran 1:29:41 for second place!

February is now upon us and the end of winter is sorta almost maybe in sight!  There are only three weeks left until the RRCA Ten Mile Challenge.  Good luck with your training, and stay warm if you can!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Striders in the Rankings!

Last year was a great year for the Striders Racing Team, with several of our members being recognized in Racepacket's regional runner rankings.

Here are the Striders who snagged some of the top spots in their respective divisions:


7 - Julia Roman-Duval
14 - Tori Berard
27 - Jess Ivy
46 - Kelly Westlake

Age 40-44
4 - Kelly Westlake

Age 45-49
4 - Robyn Humphrey
8 - Linda Lou O'Connor

Age 50-54
3 - Robyn Humphrey
7 - Janeth Scott

Age 55-59
4 - Dorothy Beckett


27 - Carlos Renjifo

11 - Steve Olenick

5 - Conrad Orloff
14 - Jason Tripp

45- 49
3 - Pete Keating
18 - Phil Lang

3 - Dave Berardi
18 - Tunde Morakinyo

7 - John Chall
8 - Bobby Gessler

1 - Mick Slonaker
4 - Bob Burns

Monday, January 5, 2015

HCS Racing Team Blog is Back!

Thanks for your patience!  As an apology for not posting in a while, please accept this gif of a penguin fetching a newspaper:
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2015 promises to be a big year for the Striders!  Everyone's favorite race (The RRCA 10 Mile Challenge) is only seven weeks away and should be a good opportunity to see the benefits from this winter's training.  Good luck to everyone this week, we're going to have a few chilly days out there!

Wrapping up December of 2014:

Jason Tripp participated in the Jingle Bell Walk/Run 5k and walked or ran his way to the W in 18:50 which is either impressive or very impressive depending on his choice.

Mick Slonaker, Jess Ivy, and Tiffany Hevner represented the Striders at the Reston Run for Santa 5k.  Mick (20:22) and Tiffany (19:23) ran well, winning their respective age groups.  Jess kicked butt and snagged 3rd place overall in the female division.

A large contingent of Striders turned out for the Celtic Solstice 5 Miler in Baltimore.  There were a handful of PRs set in addition to many impressive overall and age-group performances.  Julia set a racing team record for the 5 mile distance (with a victory to boot).  Carlos also took first place and was finally able to grab his first win on the course after many valiant attempts.  Great job everyone who ran!
Carlos Renjifo25:591st
Andrew Madison27:243rd
Jason Tripp29:4813th2nd (M40-44)
Ed Wilson31:1231st3rd (M50-54)
John Chall32:4761st2nd (M55-59)
Julia Roman-Duval28:501stPR, RTR
Tori Berard30:083rdPR
Dorothy Beckett36:571st (F55-59)

Peter Keating and  Conrad Orloff  made the trek up to the Lehigh Valley to run at XC Club Nationals.  They performed very well, with Conrad running 34:19 for 42nd and Peter running 35:02 for 69th on the grassy 10k course.

Mark Eagles wrapped up our year with a trio of performances at the Anniversary 15k (57:55 for 9th), the Rudolph Run 6k (21:24 for 6th), and the Seneca Slopes 9k Trail Race (39:22 for 7th).  Great job Mark!

Thanks for a wonderful 2014.  We hope 2015 will be even better!

Monday, March 17, 2014


This blog's manager has been absolutely horrendous at developing posts so far in 2014 but rest assured, that will change.  Unfortunately, there's been so many past performances thus far, I'm forced to summarize or else this would be a book...

This winter has been a nightmare for training.  Bitter cold, above average snow, and lots of wind have made it much tougher to log the miles and get in some quality work along the way.  However, with the conditions the way they've been, it has made it that much more satisfying to enter the spring racing season with a solid fitness level.

So here we go, here's a summary of results since the New Year:

1/26/2014BRRC GPS 8 MilerPhil Lang53:166th1st (M40-49)

2/2/2014Penguin Pace 5kConrad Orloff17:203rd1st (M40-49)

Nick Grossi18:475th2nd (M30-39)

Robyn Humphrey21:123rd1st (F40-49)

2/8/2014Mid-Maryland 50kAdam Wytko4:08:494th

2/9/2014Love the Run You're With 5kNick Grossi17:5922nd

2/22/2014Gasparilla 15kMick Slonaker1:01:5476th1st (M60-69)

February 23rd featured the first big team race of the year and I know it's everyone's favorite....RRCA Club Challenge.  The Georgetown Running Company (GRC) showed up for the first time this year which I was personally very happy to see.  They have many talented runners on both the men's and ladies side (though they didn't field a complete women's team this year) and should make this race much more competitive in the coming years.  Falls Road took the overall crown once again, with a narrow one point victory in the men's team race.  Conditions were near perfect for a late February morning.  As for us, the men's team took 3rd.  Mark led the way in 54:25, followed closely by Madison (54:32; PR) and Carlos (54:34).  David had a great race, running a PR by roughly 2 minutes in 57:05Steve was next in 57:41 with Conrad right behind (57:52, a PR)Craig (59:12) and Peter (59:51) closed out the sub-60 performances.  Dave ran a solid race in 60:56.  Phil clocked a 62:52 as he battles his on-going nagging injuries and Tunde was 64:28.

The ladies team was 2nd.  Tori led the way and had the race of the day, running 63:06 in her first 10 mile race EVER!  She has a chance to run around an hour at Cherry Blossom in a couple weeks.  Julia finished in 64:37, right in front of Jess (64:49).  Kelly ran 66:25, Tiff was 68:58, Robyn cracked 70 (69:40), and Dorothy wrecked her AG (75:51).

A few pics (courtesy of Denise Hyde):

Fast forward to March 9th, Mick and Tiff took to the streets of DC for the St. Patrick's Day 8kMick took 2nd in his AG in 31:39 and Tiff ran a PR in 31:17.  She's looking good for Boston!

Kevin, also returning from an achilles injury and training for Boston, clocked a solid effort of 76:04 at the Rock 'N Roll USA Half this past Saturday.

And finally, yesterday was the Kelly's Shamrock 5k in B-more.  Carlos led the way running 15:26 for 3rd.  Steve ran a PR (16:37) by a fraction.  Seth, who hasn't ran much as of late was next in 16:41.  Craig broken 17 (16:54), Jason in 17:15, Nick was 17:32.  Dave ran 17:44, Tunde ran 18:07, and Phil was right on his heels in 18:10 the day after an 18.5 mile long run.

Julia ran a NEW TEAM RECORD in 17:45 for 3rd!  Kelly had a nice day as well in 18:54 for top Master.  Vicki made her return to the racing scene winning her AG in 20:52, and Dorothy followed suit in 21:26.

I nabbed a couple race photos from Pete Mulligan:

Carlos rounding the last turn
Phil's finishing kick