Stew Chase Update

Roger Perham’s Stew Chase, a 15K ramble from Lynn to Peabody’s Centennial Park and back, has been postponed to Sunday, March 8th, because of too much snow on the roads.

The NSSSSSSC is now considering making the Stew Chase the first race in the 2015 NSS GP with 5 points available for either running or volunteering. Contact Mike with your thoughts on that proposal.

Scenes from NSS Awards Night!

Great times were had at this year’s North Shore Strider Awards Banquet!

Thanks Mariellen for all your hard work hosting last night’s banquet, and congratulations for setting a PR at every distance that you ran in 2014! Thanks, Neil, for arranging to have John as our speaker.  His story is inspirational, and we look forward to following him.

Boston Marathon Buses 2015

Special Boston Marathon Buses to Athlete’s Village in Hopkinton Monday, April 20, 2015!

Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon

Got your Boston Qualifier? Got your number? Get your ride to the race!

Once again, the North Shore Striders will provide transportation for runners officially registered for the Boston Marathon. Two spacious, 54-person, restroom-equipped buses will deliver registered Boston Marathon runners from the North Shore directly to Hopkinton on Monday, April 20, 2015.

Please see the Boston Marathon Bus Info and Signup page for all details and to reserve your seat.

New Year’s Day – January 1, 2015

Race Recaps by Mike Pelletier

On New Year’s Day, 2015, a beautiful day with strong winds and 22 degree temperatures, Annajean McMahon showed her heels to the competition in the 10K division of the Lowell Elks 1st Run, and another twenty-one Striders stayed closer to home and raced through Salem.

Lowell Elks 1st Run – 10K: Annajean McMahon, 1st W60-69, 53:01

At the Frosty Four in Salem, Nancy Wilson and Vanessa Freedman celebrated their December birthdays by breezing to victory in their respective age groups (80-89 and 15-19). It was Nancy’s second day in her new age group. Also bringing home gold medals were Deb Jackson, Mike Pelletier, and Martin Tighe. Earning Silver was Bonnie Hallinan while Bill Kobus and Anne Pelletier were awarded bronze medals.

Note: Bill Kobus claims he is a 5K specialist who hit a wall beyond 3.1 miles because he hasn’t trained to run farther than 3.1 miles. More likely the wall he hit was the full-on head-wind that hammered everyone as we ran alongside Collins Cove beginning at 3 miles.

Frosty Four – 4 Miles:

Martin Tighe

1st/25 M5559


Bill Kobus

3rd/27 M6064


Vanessa Freedman

1st/10 F1519


Gary Freedman

10/38 M5054


Vanessa Diranian

12/78 F3539


Neil Bernstein

5/27 M6064


Jennifer O’Neil

4/58 F5054


Tom McMahon

15/27 M6064


Mariellen Hayward

9/35 F5559


Mike Pelletier

1st/4 M7099


Betsy O’Brine

16/35 F5559


Denise Young

18/35 F5559


Sarah Shepard

34/78 F3539


Bonnie Hallinan

2nd/4 F65-69


Marisol Ficaro

23/58 F5054


Tom Lima

23/27 M6064


Deb Jackson

1st/4 F6064


Jackie Gomez

46/78 F3539


Rosie Kyes

32/46 F4044


Krissy Kozlosky

42/46 F4044


Shannon Downey

43/46 F4044


Maureen Kelly

70/76 F4549


Anne Pelletier

3rd/4 F6569


Nancy Wilson




USATF Junior Nationals and Festivus 5K Results

On Saturday, December 13th at the USATF Junior National Cross Country Championships in North Carolina, Sean Michael Kay was 12/362, boys aged 11-12, running a 3K in 10:10.64 (5:27.6/pace) and Alexandra Kay was 86/165, girls aged 15-16, running a 5K in 21:11.89, (6:49 pace).

Meanwhile in Salem on Sunday, December 14th in the Festivus 5K (NSS VP Rick Johnson is Race Director) , Vanessa Freedman led six Striders across the finish line and captured 2ndplace in her division. Vanessa also teamed up with her dad, Gary, and with Mike Pelletier to form a Coed relay team that finished 6th of 11 coed teams.

North Shore Striders in the Festivus 5K:

Vanessa Freedman 2/11 F14-19 24:10
Gary Freedman 12/22 M50-59 24:10
Michael Pelletier 1/1 M70+ 27:03
Rosie Kyes 14/58 F40-49 28:52
Jackie Gomez 22/61 F30-39 29:23
Hope Abramson 13/30 F50-59 29:24

Next up is the Run a Latke 5K in Swampscott at 10 am next Sunday. This one features great latkes and a great Race Director: North Shore Strider Allie Vered.

2014 Chanukah Run – a – Latke Family Fun 5K

Hope to see you there, Mike.