2001: A racewalking odyssey
As the new millennium arrives for real, we are
rolling out a 21st century racewalking program to
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
- Fred Anderson
- I am just looking to improve in 2001. As
simple as that.
- Mrs. Sheila Sosnowski (And proud of it,
- 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
3. Make the ladders in the 5, 10, and
4. Host another successful season at
- 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
- Joe Light
- Resolution: To avoid making them, since
last year's resolution to end a string of
personal worst race times was a complete
- 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
- 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: http://newalkers.tripod.com
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 email@example.com,
or go the web site at www.usatfne.org.
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
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
12 - Dartmouth Relays - Hanover, NH.
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)
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
25 - Brookline Reservoir walk.
17 or 18 - Eastern Regional Masters 3K,
18 - Brookline Reservoir walk.
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.
22 - Clamdigger five-miler, Town Beach,
Westerly, RI. Grand Prix event. A traditional
favorite for New England Walkers. Joe Light,
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.
27 - Brookline Reservoir walk.
Sometime around here, perhaps? - New
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.
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.
Late in month -Bay State Games 3K,
Worcester State College. Part of the track and
field portion of the statewide athletics
12 - 5K, Danehy Park, Cambridge, 9:30
a.m. (See April listing)
26 - Brookline Reservoir walk.
26 - Sherwood Foundation 10K. Unjudged
walk in conjunction with running race.
9 - 5K, Danehy Park, Cambridge, 9:30
a.m. (See April listing)
23 - Brookline Reservoir walk.
7 -- National One- and Two-Hour
Championships, Worcester Polytechnic Institute,
Worcester, MA. Grand Prix event. Justin Kuo,
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
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:
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
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.
|* three events
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
||John P Soucheck
||Little Silver, NJ
||William R Vayo
||Scarsdale , NY
||Andrew T Cable
||Paul F DeMeester
||San Francisco, CA
||Victoria S. Herazo
||Carson City, NV
||Caitlin F Bonney
||New Sharon, ME
||Donna M Chamberlain
||Marcia A Gutsche
||Jackie L Reitz
||S Glastonbury, CT
||Jean G Tenan
||Anne K Faviolise
||Ann T Percival
||New Britiain, CT
||Loretta M Schuellein
||Queens Village, NY
||New York City, NY
||Ginger M Armstrong
||Mary S Flanagan
||Stephanie S Lyness
||Joanne M Harriman
||Patricia L Godfrey
||Jamaica Plain, MA
||Sheila S. Danahey
||Hilary F Martin
||Maria E Saiz
||Lorelei R. Ruben
||Meg A Faddick
||Greenwood , IN
||Daniel L Pendergast
||Reynaldo A Carrazana
||Leon J Jasionowski
||Shelby Twp., MI
||James L. Carmines
||Robert H Keating
||Nick D Manuzzi
||Richard M McElvery
||Joe W. Light
||David P Baldwin
||Bob E Barrett
||Stanley C. Sosnowski
||West Kingston, RI
||John D. Costello
||Robert N Ullman
||Charles F Mansbach
||Yuri J. Kuo
||Aaron J Whitten
||Stuart S Corning
||Brian E Logan
||Thomas P Fitzgerald
||Brian J. Savilonis
||Richard V Huie
||William F. Hogan
||Louis J. Free
||William H. O'Leary
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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