Striders are invited to attend a talk by Dave McGillivray

On Wednesday, Oct. 22nd, the Mystic Runners are hosting a talk by Dave McGillivray, and they have generously extended an invitation for all the members of the North Shore Striders to join.

The talk will take place on that Wednesday, following the Mystic Runners’ weekly “Lake Q 5K.” Come to run the race (not required), then stay to listen to Dave.

The 5K starts at 6:45 at the Clarion Wakefield (formerly the Lord Wakefield) at 595 North Ave, Wakefield.

The talk by Dave McGillivray, scheduled to start at 8 p.m., will be nearby at the Crystal Community Club, 77 Preston St., Wakefield.

Lone Gull Recap

Below is a recap of this weekend’s 8th Annual Lone Gull Race in Gloucester by Mike Pelletier (with contributions from Linda Desjardins). Grand Prix results will be updated next week.

By Mike Pelletier


Today in Gloucester at the Lone Gull, at least twenty Striders competed in the USATF/NE 10K Championship. I’ve listed the twenty below. The Lone Gull offered a fair and beautiful course on a day made for running.

 Annajean McMahon took a break from her marathon training and returned to the USATF/NE Grand Prix for the first time in a year. The results were magical as Annajean led the NSS Veteran Women’s team to a first place finish over three other Veteran women’s teams, beating the second place team by 4:40 and snagged second place for herself in the Women 60-69 age group. Rounding out this prize-money-winning team were Linda Desjardins and Deb Jackson. Deb had just finished 350 miles of bicycling in Maine over the previous 6 days, but held on gamely to Melsi_LoneGullcap the week with a 10K race.

Meanwhile, on the Men’s side, the NSS Male Super Veteran Team of George Geis, Michael Pelletier, and Armand Claveau won the 70+ division, setting them first place in the year-long USATF/NE team competition with only one race, the Manchester City Marathon left in the 2014 series

Rachel’s Run 5K – November 29th

For those Striders eager for more races on cross-country terrain, or for those looking for another fun opportunity to burn off some Thanksgiving pie, consider running Rachel’s Run on Saturday, November 29th. This race will honor the memory of Rachel Morrison who whose life was tragically ended this past March when she was struck by a drunk driver in Del Mar, California.  Rachel was an avid runner, and the daughter of a long time member in our neighboring running club, the GLRR. For more information on what sounds like a really fun and friendly fall race, please see this letter from Rachel’s dad, and mail-in registration form, or register online.

Lynn Woods Relay

Bonnie&PattiCongrats to everyone who ran (and/or cheered) the 2014 Lynn Woods Relay, and especially to those who set new PRs for pizza eating! Grand Prix results have been updated. Please check your score and email me if you believe there are any errors. Following is a race report with thanks to Mike Pelletier:

Complete results are available at but here is a complete report of how we did as a club. The short summary is “Fantastic!” Read more

An Old New England Favorite From Many Perspectives

DSC_0677We asked for a few (or many) words to describe Tuesday night’s 55th running of the Yankee Homecoming 5k/10m in Newburyport. Here are the terrific responses (can you see a theme?). Additionally, the Grand Prix results have been updated (we’re still awaiting the final results of the Weiner Run 10K). Please check your score and email me if you note any errors.

Molly: I’m happy to write one but it will focus more on my desperate search for porta potties and creepy male runners than the actual race. If you want a true race report, I’m not the best one to do it. :)

Linda: Newburyport has to be one of the best running cities EVER! Folks lined the streets for the 5K and 10 miler and set up their own water stops for us and had hoses out to offer a cooling-off spray.  We’re talking at least 30  formal and informal water stations over 10 miles! The 10 miler is one of my favorite races – and I did pretty well, despite feeling oh-so-warm.  I’m just not a warm weather person!  Read more

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.