2016 Composite Boys Pre-Season Rankings

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  1. Brother Martin- The Crusaders took some lumps in the fall of 2015 but should emerge as one of the favorites for the 5A title.  Their 1-2 punch will be tough for any other team to better, but they will need a strong 5 to take 5A this year.
  2. St. Paul’s- Depending on how SPS develops over the course of the season, they could easily be the favorite in November.  They have more talent across the board than the other teams, but they’ve had issues in post season races with their back of the pack falling off a bit.
  3. EHS- The talent stacked at EHS this year is amazing and this could be a year where they take down all the big schools throughout the season like Curtis did two years ago.  This team enters the season better depth-wise than that Curtis team, so they could do some damage against the 5A schools.
  4. Jesuit- It seems like Jesuit is always ranked way too low each season and this is probably another case of that, but Jesuit did lose a couple top men and the other teams returned everyone so for now, Jesuit looks like the outsider looking in at the awards stand, but never get surprised if they come and win all the marbles.
  5. Parkway- The top program in North LA the past couple years has been Parkway and never discount a Northern school at the state meet.
  6. Holy Cross- The Tigers return all they need to give the 5A title a run.  Their depth is the best it has been in over half a decade.
  7. Catholic- CHS is in a state meet drought for XC right now, and at some point they will return themselves to the throne.  They lost some major runners this year but the ability for such a big and storied program to turn it around in a short time shouldn’t be discounted.
  8. St. Michael- The favorite in the 4A race is one of only two non-5A schools on the list.  Led by Alex Landry, they should repeat as champions fairly easily.
  9. ED White- ED White looks to be the top team in the 3A race and bring back a good squad that should average low-mid 16s (of course as long as the weather cooperates).
  10. Curtis- The post-Devyn Keith/Austin Brown era has started.  The good news is there are no seniors on this team and they will have time to grow over the next couple years.  Though young, there is a ton of talent still on this team.  Curtis has been ranked in the top 10 composite rankings for the last 4 years and should still have a home here.

2016 Composite Girls XC Team Rankings

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Emily Doyle leads a hungry Dominican squad this year.

Composite Girls Teams-

  1. St. Joseph’s Academy- SJA returns a great squad which should be far and away the top team in the state.
  2. Mandeville- The exodus of talent did not leave Mandeville dry.  There is still more than enough to earn a trophy at the state meet. If the new head coach can motivate this crew, months down the line they might be able to be close to the Redstickers.allymccullyLA
  3. Dominican- Dominican is a consistent force in the state and is in a good position to take advantage of one of the first two teams slipping up.
  4. Ascension Catholic- The Bulldogs have been the little engine that could recently, taking on top bigger schools effectively though they are only a 1A program.  Their coach has moved on to the college ranks so we will see if they can keep their elite status in the years to come.
  5. St. Michael- The 4A race looks like a two team competition between St. Michael and Vandebilt, but entering the season St. Michael looks to have a slight lead as the the top program this year.
  6. Menard- Menard has been in the mix for 2A titles on a yearly basis and this year they enter the season with a very narrow lead over a few other teams, but with the strength of competition they will need to maintain their health to win.
  7. Lusher- Last years 3A state champs have all the ingredients to return to the awards stand with a first place trophy this year but Sacred Heart will be motivated to take the honors back.  Lusher is transitioning to the head track coach (winner of both Indoor and outdoor state titles) taking over cross country as the previous coach has moved on.
  8. St. Thomas Aquinas- STA won 2A and surprised many last year but they’ll be on the radar going into the season, having a great shot at repeating.
  9. EHS- The third 2A school in the span of 4 spots shows how close this race could be this year.  EHS is a quality program and returns two top ten runners.  If the rest of the team steps up, they could easily take the crown.
  10. Sacred Heart NOLA- Narrowly beaten last year, Sacred Heart returns a strong corps of runners and hasn’t been a program to stay off the top of the podium very long.

Composite HS Boys Individual XC Rankings

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Adam Wise of Fontainebleau finishes the 3200 at the 2016 outdoor state meet.

Composite Individual Boys-

  1. Eric Coston, St. Paul’s- It was a pretty obvious choice for top runner in the state this year.  The question is, how fast can he go?
  2. Adam Wise, Fontainebleau- Wise came along strong in the spring after a good campaign in the fall. He went under 4:20 at regionals to finish second behind Coston.appletonkilliankelley
  3. Hunter Appleton, Brother Martin- Last year’s freshman phenom finds himself at third to start the season. His 9:40 indoors is only 4 seconds off Coston’s freshman state record.
  4. Hayden Courrege, Brother Martin- The previous year’s top freshman is second on his team in this list and is poised to help his school win a team state title this fall.
  5. Alex Landry, St. Michael- The presumptive 4A favorite ran strong at the end of outdoor which is a good sign of momentum heading into senior year.
  6. Graham Frazier, EHS- The 2A 3200 champ looked great against tough competition in the spring.
  7. Cole Billiot, Parkway- Billiot looks to continue the string of great runners put out by coach Falting at Parkway.
  8. Cody Robinson, Lakeside- Robinson also hails from a school that knows how to produce amazing talent.  Laskeside always has a runner breaking through expectations and we can expect Robinson to remain at a high ranking.
  9. Alex Lewis, Holy Rosary- Lewis will have to work to win his division this year against tough competitor Randy Carter.
  10. Reed Meric, Jesuit- Meric is a speedster but was also 11th at the state meet in 5A last year for cross.mericalbrightLA

Composite High School Girls XC Rankings

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  1. Alicia Stamey, EHS- Stamey is poised to make a great run this year and could be LA’s top pick to be a possible national caliber runner on the girls side.primeauxcrosby
  2. Angelle Primeaux, Lafayette- Primeaux gained a lot of experience this year, toeing the line against good local and regional competition.  She spent part of the spring competing at Texas Relays and New Balance Nationals.
  3. Alissa Landers, Lakeside- Anyone that can give Stamey a good run, and even beat her, deserves to be high on the list.
  4. Gabriella Chauvin, SJA- Chauvin has steadily improved each year and as a senior, she will want to ensure she does her part to help her team win the 5A title.
  5. Adele Broussard, EHS- Adele finished 3rd in the 3200 at state with an 11:44, putting her name in the hat for top sophomore this year.anniehill
  6. Annie Hill, SJA- Hill has all the talent she needs to make a splash and move up in the rankings quickly.
  7. Sophie Daigle, Ascension Catholic- Daigle has raced well against competition from the big schools so far through her career.
  8. Emily Doyle, Dominican- Doyle has been on the cusp of a state title for a while, finishing 3rd twice.  Can she put together the year she needs to get that elusive title?
  9. Kirsten Landry, Ascension Episcopal- The 1A individual race between Landry and Daigle should be a fun one to watch.
  10. Emily Blanchard, Hahnville- Blanchard has placed well in recent state championships and with much of her competition off to college this year, she should see the podium more often than not.

LRC Run Group #645

The ‘Lympics are in full swing.  After a long day of pretending to work, we’ve become savvy on the art of the breastroke, the volleyball serve, and how to crash on your bike.  We know you also like hanging out with us (I mean, who wouldn’t, right?), so we will be doing a viewing party for a distance race coming up, so stay tuned for info.  We will announce which race on Wednesday.  We will most likely do a run in conjunction and then come back to the store and fume it up while we cheer.

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Here in NOLA, the run group is in full swing.  In order to get in the spirit, we listened to “Born in the USA” by Springsteen, over and over and over and over again.  Thanks Will.  We appreciate the five song playlist of Springsteen that included a Christmas song.

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We had a great turnout which included the usual ilk, but it was good to see some of the youth in the running community show up.  We had a fifth grader knock out two miles (congrats bro) and a few other recent high school grads grace us with their presence before they move off to bigger and better things.  Former LRC runner and member of LDP Austin Brown heads off to Houston for college this weekend.  If you see him Wednesday, tell him good luck!  We tried to get rid of Aislinn, but she decided to go to Tulane, so apparently we are stuck with her for 4 more years.  We’re not sure when Kyle leaves, and we are currently still investigating if he is a real human or a sexy-stache robot.

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We also want to remind you that, as the cooler weather rolls in next month and you decide to run longer, we have a 7 mile, 8 mile and 10 mile route that you can route.  Ask one of the store employees about them! Oh yea get this, once upon a time we had the routes posted online.  Now that we have our website up and running with the new constructions, stay tuned for the return in new comers getting an early glimpse of where they are going, with the return to a fully functional run group page via this website!

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Lastly, do you like Elvis?  If you bleed red, white and blue, of course the answer is yes.  The Elvis Lives run sponsored by Guido Sportif next Tuesday.

From Mr. Guido himself:

Elvis Lives 2016 next tuesday night at the Rivershack tavern east bank of course 7pm.there will be karaoke by tankaraoke so get your costumes and voices ready-by the way the run is 2 miles and cost 10 bucks.tell your friends tell your neighbors about the best party of the year.

For a full gallery of photos from LRC Run Group #645 visit our facebook album here.

High School Boys Class of ’17 Rankings

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Eric Coston finishing at Footlocker South last November.

Boys Seniors-

  1. Eric Coston, St. Paul’s- There really isn’t competition for this spot this year.  It would take something beyond drastic to have the 11th place finisher at Footlocker South drop from the 1st position in the senior rankings.
  2. Alex Landry, St. Michael- With standout Jacob Daigle moving on to college, the 4A XC and 3200 runner up should easily fill his shoes.alexlandryoutdoor2016
  3. Cody Robinson, Lakeside- Robinson finished the season in 2A as the 3200 runner-up against a strong field.
  4. Alex Lewis, Holy Rosary- Lewis ran a phenomenal 3 mile last fall and has a ton of potential.  He has a fluid, efficient stride that can carry him to the runner-up spot in this ranking sooner rather than later.
  5. Reed Meric, Jesuit- Reed finished the year on a high note, running 1:56 to finish 5th at the state championship.  He is the top returning Jesuit cross runner, having placed 11th at state.
  6. John Paul Hardin, Zachary- Hardin is the third fastest cross returner in the senior class, having gone 15:32 in the fall.  His coach left in the off season so we will have to see if he can keep up the level of training he did in the past.
  7. Michael Brown, Newman- The 2A 800 and 1600 state champ also returns with a 16:00 PR.
  8. Seth Papineau, Airline- Papineau came on strong at the end of the year finishing 7th in the 1600 and 6th in the 3200 in 5A.
  9. Kris Jackson, EHS- Jackson ran 15:34 in the fall and finished 4th indoors at the state meet in the 3200.
  10. Kasey Tinnerello, West Monroe- Kasey finished 6th in cross country and 5th in the 1600 at state.

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Alex Lewis races Randy Carter at state.

High School Girls Class of ’17 Rankings

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Alissa Landers of Lakeside takes home gold in the 2A XC Meet last fall over Alicia Stamey.

This year’s girls class has some great names up top.  Currently, they look a step behind the previous senior class but all that can change if this class comes out swinging.

Stamey on her way to a great race in the 2A 1600 this past spring.

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  1. Alicia Stamey, EHS- Stamey looks to be a cut above the rest right now, already having run sub-12 during summer cross country races at Highland Park.  Her incredible spring could be the leap she needs to be a national caliber runner in the fall.
  2. Alissa Landers, Lakeside- Landers gave Stamey everything she wanted in the the 3200 at the state meet, as well as beat her head to head in cross country for the 2A title.  Don’t take anything for granted in this matchup.
  3. Gabriella Chauvin, SJA- Chavin made a home on the podium this year, doing so in cross, indoor and outdoor.  She and teammate Hill should push each other to be a force in the fall as the Redstickers look to reclaim the harrier crown.
  4. Annie Hill, SJA- Suffering from various bouts of sickness and injuries, Annie has dealt with the worst but has still produced great efforts along the way.  She put together an 18:00 3 miler and 2:21 in the 800 this past spring.
  5. Sophie Daigle, Ascension Catholic- Daigle dropped an 11:49 this spring in addition to a 5:27, showing off her track prowess.  She did lose her coach who has moved on to SLU, but being a senior she should know what it takes to kick it up in the fall.
  6. Emily Doyle, Dominican- Emily made the podium at state in the indoor 3200 and will easily be a favorite for the podium in the 5A race in November.
  7. Kirsten Landry, Ascension Episcopal- Landry is the other 1A runner on this list behind Daigle but, having already taken a state title in the 3200 in the spring, she could easily find herself in position to be state xc champ.
  8. Aly McCulley, Mandeville- There was a mass exodus of talent this past year from Mandeville, but don’t blink, they will still be a very highly ranked team this year with McCully leading the crew.  McCulley ran for 4th place during the fall XC campaign at the state meet.
  9. Tara Stuntz, Dutchtown- Tara finished the outdoor season with a 5:34 PR after a fall state meet with an 11th place finish in 5A.
  10. Rachel Pendleton, St. Michael- Pendleton is the presumptive 4A state favorite coming into the season after having broke 19 last year.  She does not run track.

Gabriella Chauvin checks her watch in the 5A 1600 this past May.

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2016 NOTC Summer Series Comes to a Close

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New Orleans Track Club hosted its final summer series two miler of the year Friday night, with runners and walkers traversing the wet, hilly Lafreniere Park course. Three runners finished in 10:30 or faster, impressive times considering the conditions. Former Sumner High School, LDP member,  and incoming LA Tech distance runner Austin Ballow took the win with a quick 10:02, positioning himself for a strong start to his collegiate career. Louisiana Distance Project’s Ian Carr finished a strong summer of racing with a 10:30 and a top three finish. In the women’s race LDP’s Kristin Wenstrom would take the title in 11:58.IMG_9791

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As has been the case all summer, NOTC provided a warm, hospitable environment to a field easily clearing 500 participants, encouraging all members of the running community to enjoy the camaraderie of shared achievement, exhibited more lucidly when the terrain and conditions are less than optimal. Parents pushing strollers through mud, beginners attempting their first races, those coming back through injury, and those participating for no other reason than personal enjoyment and fulfillment comprise just as much, if not more, of the foundation to the pillars supporting the sport of distance running as the elites breaking the tape. All were rewarded afterwards with tasty watermelon, sliced in never before seen patterns by LRC’s creative staff, and IPA beers to take the edge off from two miles of pleasant unpleasantry.

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The night was capped off with the usual push-up and plank contests. The plank contest winner made even the fittest athletes in the park feel out of shape, indefatigably grinding out a 6 minute plank, easily one of the most impressive feats of the evening.

After a fitting close to another great year of the NOTC summer series, the LRC staff and community offers its thanks to the club for the effort put forth year after year, and we look forward to future events!

 

 

 

LRC Run Group # 643

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.  I read that in a magazine once.  In the worst category, the heat level is still obscene, oppressive is perhaps the correct nomenclature.  At least a vast majority of the runners finished looking as if they had just stumbled out of the pool.  Actually, the runners were asked by pedestrian passerby’s if they had jumped in the bayou, a slightly dirtier body of water.

In the best category, there was some wonderfully delicious flavored ice pops to cool everyone down after the run.  Yellow is NOT banana flavored, it is peach as a heated debate would reveal, eitherway the most staisfying food group to grace the steps of this Canal Street locale.

Also, we want to thank our friend Reid who helped deliver a special case of Yuengling beer, new to Louisiana but not new to our hearts, to help in the post run hydration process.  Kyle, as we found out, doesn’t know how to pack beer into a cooler, but he’s learning.  Bless his heart.

We’re also proud to say that we have been keeping a steady stream of 30-50 runners at each run group, even in the doldrums of summer.  Pat, taking over for Aislinn’s absurdly obvious weather information, reported it “was hot”.

Join us Wednesday @ 630PM for Run  Group #643.  Runners, joggers, & walkers –  welcome!

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For a Full list of photos visit our Facebook album here: https://www.facebook.com/louisianarunningcompany/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1156521404418910

Boys High School Top 5 Storylines Heading into the 2016 XC Season.

#5 Class C Heavy Hitters

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It is rare to have one standout in a sub-A division that can compete with the large school runners, but t0 have two is a treat for the fans.  Seniors Randy Carter Jr of Jehovah-Jireh and Alex Lewis of Holy Rosary take their rivalry to the test in one more cross country season.  Lewis leads Carter 2-1 as a harrier and has taken the last two state cross titles, but Carter has demonstrated his prowess by winning all 3 distance events over Lewis at the outdoor state meet.  Both should be mid-low 15 minute candidates by the end of the season.

#4 The Post Season 5A Grind

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The post season gets started a couple weeks early this year due to a change in the 5A qualifying format with the top 8 teams needing to advance to the state meet from the regional competition (same regions as track).  The New Orleans Metro Championship is set for October 15th.  6 of the top 8 teams from 5A last year competed at the NOLA Championship and 5 of those teams belong to 9-5A.  Will teams take certain races lightly (as in, will those teams run B squads at regionals knowing that it would be nearly impossible to not make the top 8), or will those squads give it their all in every meet?  9-5A bragging rights are huge and those teams certainly won’t want to cruise through district without their best effort.  We may see some of the other districts score their district titles out of the regional meet, but this shake-up in the schedule could mean some earlier peaking.

#3 The Freshman Line of Destiny

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2011- Zach Capello, 2012- Devyn Keith, 2013- Eric Coston, 2014- Hayden Courrege, 2015- Hunter Appleton, 2016-?  We have had an impressive string of freshmen in the past few years who have so far proven their toughness and stood tall through the rest of their careers up until today.  We will patiently await to see who takes the crown this year as top freshman, as well as look to see if the past 9th grade leaders continue their later-career dominance.

#2 EHS As Top Program

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Small schools in the composite top 10 hasn’t been a big deal in the past few years on either the girls or boys side with several schools occupying spots in the top 3 at some point.  EHS has a great shot to finish as the top team in the state this year, two years after John Curtis did so out of the 3A.  Episcopal has top notch coaching and is in the midst of a run of talent that should be able to toe the line with anyone they face.  

#1 The 5A State Championship Title Run

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November is going to be nasty.  St. Paul’s returns most their team.  Brother Martin returns all their scorers from state last year. Jesuit and Catholic can always graduate a bunch and then be better the next year because they are Jesuit and Catholic.  Parkway has a good squad.  Holy Cross will be much improved.  Last year’s runner-up Curtis has a strong young corps.  Several teams are definitely more inclined to be favorites right now, but as mentioned with the girls, take nothing for granted at the 5A state championship.  

 

Elites, Familiar Faces Shine at 2nd Annual Power Mile

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One of the few road miles in New Orleans boasted a fantastic field comprised of some of both professionals and some of New Orleans’ top high school and post-collegiate runners. Word of 2016 Olympic Trials 1500 qualifier Frezer Legesse and former McNeese State standouts Brock Moreau and Jarrett Leblanc’s participation in the championship mile generated buzz in the days leading up to the race.  They did not disappoint, with Legesse taking the win in 4:24 in championship field of 68.  Moreau and Leblanc finished second and third, with Moreau turning in a time of 4:26 and Leblanc a 4:35.  Brother Martin High School’s Hayden Courrege was the top local finisher, covering the course in 4:36.

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On the women’s side Louisiana Distance Project’s Malia Cali dominated the women’s field.  The former University of North Carolina athlete and multi-time high school state Championship for St. Thomas Aquinas posted a winning time of 5:06.  Rounding out the women’s top three were Lindsay Yenni and Rachel Quintana, with finishing times of 5:26 and 5:40, respectively.

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The championship race was not the only event of the day, however, as the open mile and youth half mile featured runners ranging from 2 to 72 years old.  They spent their Friday evenings sweating it out for a tough mile, while afterwards enjoying live music, Abita beer and sno-balls on Edward Hynes Charter School’s campus.  Notably, the number of race entries rose significantly from the previous year’s inaugural race, as this year’s 132 entries in the open events totaled over thirty more participants from the 2015 races.

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Videos:

For Full Results visit:

http://www.powermilers.org/blog/the-second-annual-power-mile-results

Come Celebrate National Run Day!

This Wednesday, June 1st  is National Running Day! Come ring in everyone’s favorite holiday at  at our twice weekly run group.  Besides refreshments (barbecue, beers, soda, H20, and a self fulfilling run), Brooks will be on hand helping us celebrate this global holiday with their ever popular lightweight Launch. Feel free to take them for a spin around our 3 or 5 mile courses, who knows they may even carry you to victory. Victory in our second installment of the predict-a-run -run-group that is.  That’s right the person to run closest to their pre-run prediction (watchless), wins a $100 gift certificate to Brooks.  So come come with an appetite, be a self-contained metronome of the streets, and we will see you tomorrow afternoon!  In the mean time Happy National Run Day Eve!

The fun starts at 6:00, the run at 6:30PM sharp!

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2016 Greek Fest Race

In what was one of the most competitive local road races in recent history, the Greek Fest 1 Mile and 5K run was home to many top runners from SELA.  Though overcast, there was a strong wind in the warm evening air that would temper the paces just a bit.  A new course due to construction made for some uncertainty whether the times would be fast or not.

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To start the evening was the one mile run.  The out and back nature of the course made the shorter race a little slower than a track mile would be, but the effort level was still high.  Ian Carr, last week running 4:29 at Meet Under the Lights, surged strong at the end but came up just short with a 4:42 second place finish to Patrick Aucoin who ran 4:42.  In the budding team match-up of the Power Miler Track Club vs the Louisiana Distance Project, this was a preview of things to come in the future.  Third place was PMTC runner Casey Keiser in 4:43 and fourth was Louisiana Distance Projects Paul Freese.  Top high schooler was Michael Buisson of Jesuit in 5:59.

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Laura Carleton of Louisiana Distance Project defended her status as top local female miler (okay, a race between her and Gabrielle Jennings would be fun to watch as Carleton ran 4:43 while at LSU) with a 5:27 victory over Meghan Gohres (another former LSU runner).  Carleton was the top miler last week in the womens invite section at the Meet Under the Lights.  Top high school runner was Cabrini’s Lauren Klemm with a 6:09.

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In the womens 5K, Carleton returned to attempt the double victory but the depth of the Louisiana Distance Project was astounding, leading a womens finish that rivals any local womens road race for amount of high level performances. Two women were under 18, six under 19, and ten under 19:45.  A new era of womens road running could be emerging in Louisiana.  Kat Telfeyan of the Louisiana Distance Project out sprinted teammate Kir Selert Faraud 17:54-17:59 while leading a team sweep of the top 5 places.  Carleton took third in 18:17 in her second race in 30 minutes. Rounding out the sweep for Louisiana Distance Project was Kara Marlatt and Krista Moylan who ran 18:36 and 18:38 respectively.  Gohres broke up the string of LDP finishers by running 18:59 over Kristin Wenstrom who ran 19:24.  Top high school runner was Emily Blanchard of Hahnville who ran 19:33.

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The men’s race would not be as dominated by LDP as PMTC also made some great finishes.  The pack was tight until after the midway point where Louisiana Running Company owner and LDP member Pat Gavin took over and powered home in the windy evening with a 15:33.  Closing hard was Austin Ballow, recent graduate of Sumner who is training and racing with LDP.  With a late surge, third place finisher was Brother Martin coach and PMTC runner Drew Haro.  Dropping a few places in the last mile was Devyn Keith of LDP who tied with teammate Ian Carr in a 15:59 for fourth and fifth place.  Top master runner and first stroller across the line was Brandon Wingate in 16:14 of PMTC.  Other finishers for Louisiana Distance Project included Christian Britto in 7th with a 16:16, Andy Barton in 8th with a 16:38, Kyle Montgomery in 10th with a 17:21, and Sean Fitzwilliams in 12th with a 17:33.

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Both LDP and PMTC had key contributors not compete, so expect to see some good races between the squads in the near future.

Full Results can be found at the New Orleans Track Club site here.

LRC Run Group # 611 & 612

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Denial isn’t just a river that starts at the confluence of two other rivers near Khartoum. No, it’s much more than that. If you aren’t at the Louisiana Running Company run group, you are denying yourself fun. In a statistic I made up for this recap, 101% of people who attend run group get in better shape and experience a fantastic social bond that is formed over the course of our treks. But also, there are freeze pops.

Today we want to showcase some of the new and old faces that you can see chatting, stretching, or in a state of repose after an effort harder than they had originally planned.

 

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There’s Pat, the fearless leader. His immortal portrait hangs near the fireplace above the Nike section of our shoe selection. When asked what Pat thinks about during his runs he said “The bathroom in the main room is now operational once more, and that the gatorade concentrate to water ratio has been perfected as noted by a 95% feedback rating” as he finished the final bite of his red flavor freeze pop.

Then there is Aislinn, our resident high school photographer and social mediaist. She can be seen taking pictures of the run group, safeguarding items left at the store and giving obvious weather reports. She mentioned there was humidity in the air. Yes Aislinn, there was.

 

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Don Hebert is our comedian. He can be seen telling jokes right before the run and often holds a pineapple, the source of his humor. Don had been the feature of our Run Group Board as of late, celebrating his year of birth. He much enjoyed this recognition and offered a pineapple as a thank you.

Rock climber extraordinaire Kristin Wenstrom has taken to showing some of the other runners the joy of strength training after the run. If you thought running in the humidity was miserable, wait until you do saw planks!

 

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We have a newcomer as well, welcome Julia! She’s a travelling nurse from up north who braved the dense humidity to swim a three mile run! Another newcomer was piglet. Piglet made friends with dog. It was a great experience.

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This coming week you an expect more running and festivities on Wednesday. Mizuno is making an appearance to let our group sample a couple of their shoes including a new shoe to LRC, the Wave Catalyst. Lace em up, hydrate and come see us at run group!

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LRC Run Group meets runs/walks every Monday and Wednesday @ 6:30 (sharp).

All ages and ability levels welcome!

’16 Bursting with Speed 5K

With great weather promised and $1,000 on the line, some of the best local talent showed up to race at Saturday’s “Bursting With Speed” 5k. The fast and scenic course on the Bucktown Lakefront gave runners and spectators a beautiful backdrop to this fast race.  From the gun Kenyan native, Alfred Kiplagat broke away from the field and never looked back, winning the race in a course record time of 14:37. Behind Kiplagat a chase pack formed of New Orleans locals, Richard Bouckaert, Brandon Wingate, and Kenyan native Micah Tirop. At the half way point, Bouckeart forged into the wind and sealed his second place finish in a time of 15:36 with Wingate (15:59) rounding out the top three men. 

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The women’s race was battled out between Louisiana Distance Project teammates Kat Telfeyan and Laura Carleton. Carleton was coming off her 1st place local finish at the Crescent City Classic, but Saturdays race would belong to Kat in a personal best and course record time of 17:48.  Laura came in 20 seconds behind in 18:08. After the race participants enjoyed jambalaya, gumbo and post-race beers, all while listening to live music and raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in honor of Benny Burst.

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Check out our favorite photos from the race below!

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Top 5 Males

1 Alfred Kiplagat 27 14:37 14:37 4:43 1488
2 Richard Bouckaert 31 15:36 15:36 5:02 1041
3 Brandon Wingate 41 15:59 15:59 5:09 1000
4 Micah Tirop 32 16:43 16:43 5:23 1486
5 Felipe Pelaez 19 17:06 17:06 5:31 1342

Top 5 Females:

1 Katherine Telfeyan 28 17:48 17:48 5:44 1502
2 Laura Carleton 26 18:08 18:08 5:51 1001
3 Elisabeth Stancioff 26 20:09 20:04 6:28 1412
4 Bethany Burs Perez 25 20:18 20:17 6:32 1346
5 Sadie Burst 12 20:24 20:23 6:34 1075

For Full Results visit New Orleans’ Track Club’s website HERE.

For a full gallery of the photos we took from the race, visit Louisiana Running Company’s facebook page HERE.

Run Group Recap # 610

The weekly run group: a time for joyous laughter, friendship, and disembodied gnome heads. To pass the time in early evenings, the bi-weekly crew (Monday and Wednesdays at 6:30 sharp) complete a course of 3 or 5 miles through the botanical wonders of City Park and the architectural feats of mid-city.  Our strength is 30-40 on most evenings, many of which is include walkers and joggers, though a few intrepid runners seek out paces that would make Rudyard Kipling blush.  

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Patrick Gavin, Will Wherrit, Paul Freese, Aislinn Roberts, Chaz Caiado and other under the employ of LRC traverse the course each week, aiding others in finding their running destiny (as well as serving iced refreshments on occasion).  The crew has also been known to frequent local haunts on Wednesday evenings with other outgoing runners, sipping pints of the finest tap brews the city has to offer.  

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Upon finishing a thorough 7 mile run, Paul Freese proclaimed all was good along the Bayou of St. John, and thus we are happy to let our crowd of harriers know that if they add the grass loop along the bayou, you can add 2 miles to the 5 mile loop.  Aislinn Roberts noted that “the weather was good” to which we all agreed.

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It is a common Wednesday tradition of giving at the LRC compound, and items such as coffee, shirts, socks and the occasional nutritional supplement are handed out to lucky runners who have signed the runner log, the leather bound book which allows all runners to proudly show off their status as a true Louisiana Runner. 

Now that you know the secrets of our traveling band of pedestrians, expect weekly recapitulations of the funny, happy and sometimes weird world of Louisiana Running Company run groups!

2016 Q50 Sunset Trail Run

“Race at the End of the World”

by Chad Rice

-Photo Credit Chris Gavin

 

Everyone’s favorite race director shouted enthusiastically through his megaphone for everyone to get together for his usual, unrehearsed pre-race meeting. He asked for a brief show of hands, whether he should speak through the megaphone or not. The crowd was about one hundred trail runners deep, so he continued using it. Cesar Torres welcomed everyone to the race. He called our attention to the fact that one of the runners had built a handsome bench for the mission, commemorating the collaboration between Q50 and the New Orleans Mission. He pointed out a container for donations. An anonymous donor was going to match all donations made over the weekend. Awesome!

 Then it was down to business.

“The first race is 6.5 miles, not 6.2. There are no cups on the course, this is a green race. So you have to bring cups, bottles or backpacks or whatever. There are two water stops. But we going to do something different this time. We all going to do 22 push ups. Is to remember the 22 soldiers per day who commit suicide. You can do the situps or whatdoyoucallthem?

–Jumpingjacks!”—someone shouted.

We all scrambled down the boardwalk to the beach path. I quickly rounded up my daughter who was gleefully running ahead of us trying to get someone to chase her. When we got there everyone was standing in a circle anticipating the newly added push-up ritual. César Torres laid his megaphone on the ground. At the count of three a bunch of us dropped down for 22 pushups while the rest did their 22 jumping jacks. César banged all 22 out counting the whole time for everyone. Then there was only a minute to go. Suddenly, César started counting down from ten and before you could say vámonos we were running along the beach.

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The sun was still rather high in the sky for 5 o’clock, so we started to warm up a bit. The crowd support was scattered and thin, as you might expect for a trail race at the end of the world. Nevertheless we were greeted by several spring break parties along the course playing Bob Marley and Dave Matthews Band, and the occasional fishermen, whose lines unapologetically interrupted our path, forcing us to run around them.

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All along the beach was a line where the surf had swept aside all of the driftwood and debris, leaving a clear path of packed sand where we only had to sidestep the incoming waves. In the distance, steel drums played Dixie and the music drifted in and out like someone with poor reception was trying to tune in a radio station. Every so often the wind would shift direction and I would smell fish.
The runners spread out very quickly. The two frontrunners put some distance between the rest of us, surging side by side like two horses drawing a chariot. Another three runners chased them and I followed close behind. I managed to pass one guy with a hydration pack, who like me had probably gone out too fast.

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We hit the 3 mile mark somewhere around 20:49, way too fast for a beach run with 10 miles left to go. Since the runners ahead of me were wearing their race bibs in front, I couldn’t see who had a pink bib (for the half) or a green bib for the 6.5 miler. Luckily, three of the runners quickly turned and doubled back around the 3.25 mi flag, putting me in second plae for the half. All of a sudden the tallest, craziest, bearded-est Mexican you’ve ever seen came running out of nowhere shouting at the top of his lungs:

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“ALRIGHT, MAN! COME ON, CHAD! LOOKIN’ GOOD, BABY!”
I can’t help but smile. This never gets old.

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I pass the first water stop, run for a bit and strain to listen for César cheering the runner behind me. The runner in first place still had quite a lead like last year. I could barely make him out on the horizon if I squinted he looked like a blue peg. Behind me there was considerable distance between the next runner and me. So I worked on stretching out my lead, alternating between a 7:18 and a 7:40 pace.
Now that I had a chance to breathe, I took in the scenery a little bit. The first couple I passed was observing the race from their golf cart parked neatly at the top of a dune. I waved but received no response. Later came a group of dudes with curly brown wigs who came out and in a very organized fashion lined up to high-five me as I passed by. Their cheers of “You got this!” gave me a burst of energy.

That was a nice contrast to several large, motionless redfish lying belly-up on the course who didn´t seem to notice my effort.

I ran through a beach party of spring breakers that was having too much fun to notice there was a race going on. One of them accidentally booted a football in my direction and I managed to kick it back toward him as I ran off. For some reason I awkwardly thanked him. 

Next, came the photographer, who gave me a chuckle as I gave him the thumbs up and flexed. 

“Looks like you got a couple of spring breakers out here,¨ he joked, snapping a couple of shots.

“Yeah, really!” The funny thing was I had just seen this guy three miles back. Did he teleport there?

A few minutes later I hit the turnaround, where I realized I had run to the far end of the island. I managed to get back up to a 7:28 pace. Then came the frantic run home. I looked over my shoulder every five minutes or so and I thought I could see some runners chasing after me, coming over the dune fast like the zombies in World War Z. I kept pushing while clapping for the smiling runners that I encountered on the leg back to the finish. At this point the sun had hid behind a few clouds and I thought I was racing against the twilight. At some point the sun reappeared and I had another half hour of daylight.
I managed to push until I could see the raised boardwalk and shelter of the park site. Brandon Ferrari, who had just won the 6.5 miler, ran alongside me for a few yards and took what I assume were several unflattering pictures. I plodded across the finish line in my Vibrams, dead tired. Several people cheered. My calf muscles had seized up and so I limped to the after-party area. There I was greeted with a medal and a towel by my daughter, who had been placed in charge of handing them out to the finishers.

The food, as always, was on point. The chefs from the New Orleans Mission had showed up in a big way with a hearty bowtie pasta, red beans and rice and fruit cup. Dominique Meekers had bought a box full of the freshest strawberries on the way down and donated them to the cause. I grabbed a NOLA blonde from the blue cooler at the end of the buffet and sat down to relax. Runners started trickling in while I ate. The crowd was clearly pleased with the exceptional weather this year (Last year, it we were greeted with thunder, lightning and horizontal rain—one of the infamous ¨Lightning Runs¨).

The ceremony awarded the top men and women from each race exotic ceramic fish-shaped plates and wall hangings, as well as some of Q50’s trademark plants. I won a Mexican clay sun mask that’s going to look really spiffy on my office wall. Everybody else went home happy with a new Q50 surf-themed towel, custom beach-themed medal, and memories of an epic race

 

See more of our favorite photos from the race below, or check out the rest by visiting Facebook here.

Race results available on Q50 Races.com (coming soon).

 

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2016 Crescent City Classic Training Program

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Details:

Whether you are trying to finish your first 10K at one of Louisiana’s largest and most popular races, or you are trying to get a little bit quicker and drop your PR for that distance, this program has a little bit of something for everyone.

Cost: $75 for FULL 12 weeks. Pro-rated by week as we go.

Start Date: Thursday, January 7, 2016

Make-up of the program: 

  • Thursday evening – faster session (track or road) / Sunday AM – long run.
  • Optional runs at Louisiana Running Co. on Monday and Wednesday evening @6:30 PM
  • All paces and distances are subjective to ability level.

Perks of the Program:

  • Coached by one of Louisiana’s most recognized running coaches.
  • Assisted by Louisiana Distance Project (LRC’s racing team and some of the more successful runners in Louisiana)

“We all had to start somewhere, and it will be a great to get people involved in the sport we all love.” – Louisiana Distance Project

  • Discounts at LRC while program is underway (15%)
  • Personal Training Discount at Vintage Performance (20%)
  • Team specific T-shirt / Singlet (option)  for completing the program
  • Weekly schedule – catered to the individual –  by the team’s coach
  • 1-ON-1 in-person with the coach every Monday between 6-6:30 PM for those with questions, etc.

To learn more or register visit:

Louisiana Running Company

4153 Canal Street New Orleans, Louisiana 70119