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New England Walkers Newsletter
January 2001

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2001: A racewalking odyssey

As the new millennium arrives for real, we are rolling out a 21st century racewalking program to suit all.

Our schedule for 2001 includes the popular club 5-kilometer races in Danehy Park in Cambridge, MA., held the second Sunday of the month from April through October. The races are judged but no one is disqualified; the judges offer encouragement and useful advice.

Another series of club walks is planned for the fourth Sunday of the month at the Brookline Reservoir on Route 9 in Brookline, MA. The first walk will begin on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 10 a.m., with walkers meeting at the corner of Lee Street and Dudley Way. For further information, call Carol Kuo at 617-731-9889.

Also in store is our annual Grand Prix competition. Participants are ranked by their times in their best four of seven designated events, as measured against age-graded tables. The Prix begins with the New England indoor 3K in Boston on Feb. 18 and continues through the National One-Hour and Two-Hour Championships in Worcester on Oct. 7. New year's resolutions

What are club members' racewalking goals, hopes and fanciful wishes for the year? As was the case in 2000, the query brings a variety of sentiments:


Fred Anderson
I am just looking to improve in 2001. As simple as that.

Mrs. Sheila Sosnowski (And proud of it, Brian)
A NEW millennium, A NEW name,
Will I come out of retirement
and join in the game???
What is my goal?
Is it glory or fame?
Just to finish all races
without being LAME!!!

This is my hope and goal for the year 2001

Bill Harriman
1.  Survive an entire season without injury for a change
2.  Complete at least 4 Grand Prix races
3.  Make the ladders in the 5, 10, and 20k
4.  Host another successful season at Danehy Park

Stan Sosnowski (Stan the newlywed man)
I'm being more conservative this year with my resolutions, as follows.

My list of resolutions are things I plan on not doing this year. For starters I don't want to break bones, receive contusions or stop traffic by body surfing on the center line of the highway. I'll try to avoid ant bites, morphine and large doses of ibuprofen. Instead of cross-training I might try cross-dressing. And finally I promise not to sit in a recliner for more than 20 minutes at a time.

Joe Light
Resolution: To avoid making them, since last year's resolution to end a string of personal worst race times was a complete fiasco.

Joanne Harriman
Complete at least 4 Grand Prix races, make the ladders for the first time in the 5 and 10K and hopefully the 20 as well, and just keep on getting faster.

Tom Knatt
My resolution to set a one-hour age-group record didn't pan out, because I was sick the day of the race. My resolution for the new year is to hold a race in southern France, for NEW members, near the house I am hoping to buy. Contingencies have to go through, but things look good at the moment.

Charlie Mansbach
Like others, I try to make the ladders in the 5K, 10K and 20K. I have to admit that getting there was not terribly difficult in my first full year in the 55-59 age bracket. My goal is to regain enough speed to meet the ladder standards for my previous age group. Perhaps with enough hard work, I can pretend to be 50 forever.

Membership renewal time

If the date atop your mailing label for this issue does not say "2001" or later, your New England Walkers dues are due. The payments support races, clinics, mailings and other NEW activities throughout the region. At $6 a year, it's still the best deal around. Please send your check to Justin Kuo, 39 Oakland Road, Brookline, MA 02445. Members may also renew membership or sign-up online by visiting our web page at:


Our one-year USA Track & Field membership cards expired as of Dec. 31. The fastest and most efficient way to renew is through the USATF-New England office, PO Box 1905, Brookline, MA 02446. For a renewal form, call the office at 617-566-7600, e-mail at, or go the web site at

USATF dues are $15. Membership gives walkers eligibility for local, regional and national events and helps support a wide range of programs. Indoor workouts

Ken Mattsson is conducting racewalking sessions at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School track in Cambridge, MA in conjunction with the Cambridge Sports Union.

For information, call Ken at 617-576-9331. 2001 race calendar

As always, our listing of racewalking events is not engraved in stone. Some races are added during the season, others are changed or canceled. It's always best to verify the time, date and location with the race director before setting out.


12 - Dartmouth Relays - Hanover, NH. Masters 3K

14 - Dartmouth Relays - Open Mile, 9 a.m. (603) 646-3821.

21 - Greater Boston Track Club Invitational 3K - 9:30 a.m., Harvard University. 20-minute time limit. (617) 282-5537.


18 - USATF New England Championship 3K. Boston University Armory track, 1:25 p.m. Grand Prix event. 20-minute time limit. USATF-NE office, (617) 566-7600.

18 - 11th annual Connecticut Post Mall 3K, 9:30 a.m., Milford, CT. A local favorite and an event unique in the world. Gus Davis, (203) 384-3157.

19 - 26th annual Presidents Day 3.7-miler, 2 p.m., D.W. Field Park, Brockton, MA. Group meal to follow at nearby restaurant. Justin Kuo, (617) 731-9889.

24 or 25 - USATF Maine Championships. 1 Mile TBA

25 - Brookline Reservoir walk. 617-731-9889


17 or 18 - Eastern Regional Masters 3K, Landover MD

18 - Brookline Reservoir walk. 617-731-9889

25 - USATF National Masters 3K, 1p.m., Reggie Lewis Track, Boston. Grand Prix event. USATF-NE office, 617-566-7600.


8- 5K, Danehy Park, Cambridge, 9:30 a.m. contact Bill Harriman at 978-640-9676 (before 9:30 p.m.).

15? - Brookline Reservoir walk. 617-731-9889.

22 - Clamdigger five-miler, Town Beach, Westerly, RI. Grand Prix event. A traditional favorite for New England Walkers. Joe Light, 401-596-3173


6 - Sherwood Foundation 15K and 30K, Foster, RI. Unjudged racewalks held in conjunction with running races. Hilly course for the shorter race, downright mountainous for the really long one. 401-943-1123.

13 -5K, Danehy Park, Cambridge, 9:30 a.m. (See April listing.)

Late in month - Great Bear 5K. Pollard School, Needham, MA, 3:20 p.m. An unjudged walk as part of a daylong series of road races. 781-444-8499.

27 - Brookline Reservoir walk. 617-731-9889


Sometime around here, perhaps? - New England 20K.

Early in month - Massachusetts Senior Games, 1500-meter and 5K racewalks for ages 50 and above. Springfield. 413-788-2457.

10 -5K, Danehy Park, Cambridge, 9:30 a.m. (See April listing.)

24 - Brookline Reservoir walk. 617-731-9889.


4 - Dedham 5-miler, Dedham, MA. An unjudged walking division as part of the town's holiday road race.

10 - 5K, Danehy Park, Cambridge, 9:30 a.m. (See April listing.)

22 - Brookline Reservoir walk. 617-731-9889.

Late in month -Bay State Games 3K, Worcester State College. Part of the track and field portion of the statewide athletics festival. 781-932-6555.


12 - 5K, Danehy Park, Cambridge, 9:30 a.m. (See April listing)

26 - Brookline Reservoir walk. 617-731-9889.

26 - Sherwood Foundation 10K. Unjudged walk in conjunction with running race. 401-943-1123.


9 - 5K, Danehy Park, Cambridge, 9:30 a.m. (See April listing)

23 - Brookline Reservoir walk. 617-731-9889.


7 -- National One- and Two-Hour Championships, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA. Grand Prix event. Justin Kuo, 617-731-9889.

26 - Sherwood Foundation 5K, Providence, RI. 401-943-1123

Team in Training report

By Michael Hoffer

The year 2000 was a watershed year for me as the Rhode Island Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's walking coach. After five years we still maintain a100 percent completion record. I competed in four marathons during the year, one each in Bermuda, Maine, Alaska and Cape Cod. As we enter 2001 we have marathons in Disney World in January, Mardi Gras in February and Country Music in April. To date I have raised over $63,000 and knowing that it goes towards enhancing the cure rates in people diagnosed with cancer makes all of the hours of training and creative methods of fund raising very rewarding.

The highlight of 2000 occurred at the Mayor's Sunrise Marathon in Alaska on June 17. My 11-year-old partner, Caitlin, was the National Honored Patient as she completed her fifth year in remission. To commemorate the event we received special permission for her to compete in the marathon. So after five months of training, under some very adverse conditions, Caitlin, her mother, my wife and I set out at 7 a.m. to complete the marathon. Our times were not record pace, but our determination was outstanding and the four of us crossed the finish line holding hands. This is the " Ultimate Success Story " and shows that by using our athletic abilities and raising research dollars we can favorably impact people who are afflicted with these dreaded diseases.

I would like to wish everyone a happy, healthy and enjoyable new year. It was great seeing some of the New England Walkers at the different races and I hope we cross [walking] courses again this year. So hopefully everyone is looking forward to another active racing year, and with good luck we can stay healthy and avoid injuries.

Be well and have fun.

For further information about the fund-raising and marathoning program, contact Michael Hoffer, 1 Garden Court Drive, Narragansett, R. I. 02882. Telephone: 401 - 789 - 2866. E Mail:

Honor roll

The year was nothing if not eventful for Stan Sosnowski. Along with a bone-crunching bicycle accident in the spring and a heart-warming marriage to Sheila Danahey in the fall, Stan shared national honors as outstanding masters racewalker in the 45-49 age bracket. We can't wait to see what he does for an encore at age 50.

2000 Grand Prix results

Thanks, as always, to professor Savilonis for calculating the point totals. Keating comes out on top for the fourth year in a row.

Men Women
Bob Keating 343.5 Marica Gutsche 315.3
Brian Savilonis 321 Joanne Harriman 283.9
Bill McCann 299.7 Sheila Danahey 266.3
Bob Beaudet 297.2 Rachel Beaudet 220.8*
Stan Sosnowski 293.1 Florence Dagata 214.9*
Louis Free 290.5 Mary Flanagan 199.7*
Bob Ullman 289.8
Chuck Dolecki 280.3
Charlie Mansbach 276.6
Tom Knatt 236.7*
Bill Harriman 217.7*
Stuart Corning 205.1*
Ken Mattsson 194.6*
* three events

Race results

National One-Hour and Two-Hour Championships - October 1, Worcester Polytechnic Institute track. A grand response for our 12th consecutive year of hosting this major event. Terrific turnouts for the one-hour races (the small field for the two-hour continues to be a concern), a great post-race dinner and awards ceremony, high spirits all around. Special thanks to Carol and Justin Kuo and family, Brian and Meg Savilonis, Florence Dagata, the judges and the many volunteers.

Men's Two Hour
1. Dave McGovern Mobile, AL 35 24432
2. John P Soucheck Little Silver, NJ 36 22375
3. William R Vayo Scarsdale , NY 36 21506
4. Andrew T Cable Shelton, CT 35 18971
5. Paul F DeMeester San Francisco, CA 40 18217
Women's One Hour
1. Victoria S. Herazo Carson City, NV 41 11728
2. Caitlin F Bonney New Sharon, ME 17 11150
3. Donna M Chamberlain Etters, PA 43 10825
4. Marcia A Gutsche Newton, MA 39 10316
5. Jackie L Reitz Indianapolis, IN 52 10300
6. Lee Chase S Glastonbury, CT 46 10241
7. Jean G Tenan Bristol, CT 37 10194
8. Anne K Faviolise Columbia, ME 17 9923
9. Ann T Percival New Britiain, CT 42 9917
10. Loretta M Schuellein Queens Village, NY 23 9639
11. Elton Richardson New York City, NY 61 9482
12. Ginger M Armstrong Taftville, CT 37 9463
13. Holly Wenninger Malden, MA 36 9227
14. Mary S Flanagan Mansfield, MA 41 9204
15. Stephanie S Lyness Guilford, CT 44 9087
16. Joanne M Harriman Tewksbury, MA 57 8660
17. Patricia L Godfrey Winthrop, MA 54 8625
18. Itzi Garcia Jamaica Plain, MA 37 8482
19. Annie Montgomery Concord, MA 53 8434
20. Sheila S. Danahey Mystic, CT 49 8332
21. Hilary F Martin Addison, ME 15 8154
22. Maria E Saiz Watertown, MA 47 7937
23. Lorelei R. Ruben Rockport, MA 68 7164
Florence Dagata Pawtucket, RI 71 DQ
Meg A Faddick Worcester, MA 34 DQ
Pat Walker Greenwood , IN 53 DQ
Men's One Hour
1. Daniel L Pendergast Gorham, ME 18 12201
2. Reynaldo A Carrazana Ravena, NY 42 11787
3. Leon J Jasionowski Shelby Twp., MI 55 11466
4. Max Walker Greenwood, IN 54 11117
5. James L. Carmines Etters, PA 57 11036
6. Brian Davis Batavia, OH 16 10993
7. Robert H Keating Nashua, NH 53 10882
8. Nick D Manuzzi Monroe, CT 40 10829
9. Richard M McElvery Hollis, NH 43 10813
10. Joe W. Light Westerly, RI 53 10752
11. Adam Staier Farmington, ME 16 10642
12. John Chasse Readfield, ME 17 10464
13. David P Baldwin Harrington, ME 57 10414
14. Shawn Frederick Piermont, NY 47 10144
15. Thomas Knatt Concord, MA 60 10016
16. Bob E Barrett Smallwood, NY 66 10000
17. Stanley C. Sosnowski West Kingston, RI 50 9910
18. John D. Costello Sherborne, MA 45 9902
19. Robert N Ullman Merrimack, NH 51 9872
20. Jack Starr Newark, DE 72 9767
21. Mark Dennet Winthrop, ME 15 9298
22. Charles F Mansbach Newton, MA 56 9133
23. Yuri J. Kuo Brookline, MA 15 8686
24. Bill McCann Longmeadow, MA 71 8439
25. Aaron J Whitten Farmington, ME 14 7806
26. Tim Dyas Ridgewood, NJ 80 7673
27. Stuart S Corning Wenham, MA 75 7194
28. Brian E Logan Albany, NY 35 7063
29. Thomas P Fitzgerald Niskayuna, NY 59 6895
Brian J. Savilonis Greene, RI 50 DQ
Richard V Huie Branford, CT 65 DQ
William F. Hogan Rensselaer, NY 71 DQ
Louis J. Free Uncasville, CT 70 DQ
William H. O'Leary Westwood, MA 76 DQ

Phone any time

For up-to-the-minute information on race schedules, clinics and other events, call the New England Walkers hotline at: 781-433-7142

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