In Memorium: Louise Rossetti

On Monday, June 30th, a long-time member of the North Shore Striders, Louise Rossetti passed away – just a couple of weeks after the 21st successful running of the Louise Rossetti 5K.

For those wishing to attend services, the wake is Monday, July 7th from 2-4PM and 6-9PM at the Bisbee/Portcella Funeral Home 549 Lincoln Ave. The funeral will be a 10:30AM mass on Tuesday the 8th at Blessed Sacrament. A touching obituary honoring Louise’s long and full life, as well as directions to the services can be found on the Bisbee/Portacella website.

Jill Page, the race’s director, wishes to thank the Striders so much for all of their help with the Louise Rossetti 5k, and adds that it was a blessing that Louise was able to attend. This race honors the memory Louise’s sweet daughter Suzanne, and recognizes a remarkable mother – Louise.

NERC 10 Mile Recap

sloth2Sunday, June 22nd was the first New England Running Company 10 Mile Road Race which is not only a very long race title but also the third race in the eight race New England Running Company Road Race Series.

See the NERC 10 Mile Road Race post for a race review and bonus musings on sloth ecstasy, banana hunting, unified club fashion, The Substance Ale, and a possible sighting of Voltron.*

*Likely not Voltron.

What a Difference a Year Makes!

By Michael Pelletier

After being the top-ranked Super Veteran team in USATF/NE for 2013, the NSS 70+ men reassembled the team last Sunday to compete for the 2014 New England 5-Mile Championship.

In 2013 on a very humid July day, Joe Giannone, George Geis, Mike Pelletier, and Armand Claveau were the first Super Veteran team in the Carver Cranberry 5-Miler, last year’s USATF/NE Championship.

In 2014 in Merrimack, NH, the temperature and the humidity were significantly lower, but the four Striders were each a year older and to increase the odds against a repeat performance, the Gate City Striders had found two 70-year-olds, new young guns in the division. Read more

Let’s Party with the Mystic Runners!

The Mystic Runners have invited the North Shore Striders to join them in a 5K race around Lake Wakefield on Wednesday, July 16th. The race will begin at the Clarion Hotel (formerly the Lord Wakefield) on North Avenue. The start times are:

5:30-6:45 – Registration
6:45 – Opening Remarks and Race Start

37th Annual Swampscott Dory Run & Run To Remember

By Mike Pelletier

On Memorial Day, one Sue, two Vanessa’s and six Kays dominated the Swampscott Dory Run. Sean Kay the Younger, and Alexandra Kay each took 1st in their respective age groups, while Aidan Kay, Sue Quimby, Vanessa Freedman, and Natalia Kay each took second in their age groups. As often happens, nine Striders competed in a stellar fashion and six of the nine came away with medals.
3rd OA  Sean Kay              19:17  6:13   1/9    M0113
14th OA Alexandra Kay         22:14  7:10   1/3    F1418
17th OA  Aidan Kay             22:44  7:19   2/9    M0113
23rd OA  Sue Quimby            23:12  7:28   2/10   F4049
35th OA  Vanessa Freedman      24:03  7:45   2/3    F1418
47th OA  Vanessa Diranian      24:55  8:02   6/12   F3039
54th OA  Halyna Kay            25:29  8:13   7/12   F3039
86th OA  Natalia Kay           29:45  9:35   2/5    F0113
115th OA Cecilia Kay           37:44 12:09   5/5    F0113
Thanks to Race Director Gary Freedman, Timing Guru Mike Page, and to all of the volunteers who made the Dory Run a success.

Also running at the Run to Remember this weekend: Run-to_Remember
Half Marathon:
Rosie Kyes 2:03:19 (9:25 pace)
Mariellen Hayward 2:07:43 (9:45 pace)
Denise Young 2:08:52 (9:50 pace)
Maureen Kelly 2:17:37 (10:30 pace)photo(4)

Annajean McMahon 4th/33 F6069 47:37 (9:25 pace)

N.S. Striders Show Best Bang for the Buck at the Chelsea Chase 5K

By Mike Pelletier

Chelsea5KRosie tried to recruit a large number of North Shore Striders to compete in the Chelsea Chase 5K, but on one week’s notice it was hard to get big numbers. Instead, Rosie got high quality. In a race with 298 finishers, all six of the North Shore Striders ran with distinction and finished at or near the top of their respective age groups.

Andy Moore was 1st Master and fourth overall; Bill Kobus was 1st Veteran and eighteenth overall; and Mike Pelletier was 1st Super Veteran. Rosie Kyes was 2nd Woman Master and new Strider Vanessa Diranian was 3rd Woman sub-Master. Another new Strider, Brian Kyes, the Chelsea Chief of Police, finished in the top half of the Male Masters division, eleventh out of twenty-five men. Read more