On April 26th, the North Shore Striders Men’s Super Veteran Team finished in 4th place at the USATF Masters National Championship 10K. For the third year in a row, the USATF Masters National Championship 10K was held as part of the James Joyce Ramble. And for the third year in a row, the North Shore Striders Men’s Super Veteran Team was there to compete.
The Masters competition started 3 minutes ahead of the start of the main field at the James Joyce. This meant that those of us in the elite Masters field running at 8:30 pace weren’t passed by the leaders of the main race until about the 1-mile mark. Once we were overtaken by the leaders, over the next five miles we were passed by hundreds of younger, faster runners in the regular race, but lots of them were very generous with the compliments.
In response to my begging him to join us at the James Joyce, Joe Giannone agreed to cut short his winter training in Florida and rush back for the race. Unfortunately, Joe and Nancy had to drive the entire 1600 miles in just 3 days and Joe paid dearly for that drive with resulting hip and back pain which dropped him from fastest runner on our team to third fastest and at least 12 minutes slower than he would usually run a 10K race.
|Mike Pelletier||11th M70+||54:58|
|George Geis||12th M70+||55:01|
|Joe Giannone||15th M70+||1:06:13|
|Armand Claveau||16th M70+||1:12:18|
All photos courtesy of Krissy Kozlosky.