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

2016 Q50 Resolution Run

Be sure to click “HD” to see a higher quality version of the video —————————-^

Nearly one hundred runners woke yesterday morning to get an early start to their year and their resolutions where fittingly the race for which they traveled was entitled the Q50 Resolution Run. Despite less than ideal temperatures and footing, runners came trotting through the woods, exiting the final puddles with smiles and laughter to finish to the high five’s of race director Cesar Torres.

First to the finish in the 5 mile course was LRC’s own camera man Kyle Montgomery (unofficially).   Unfortunately, he was unable to get in-race footage due to a malfunctioning go-pro /  in a classic mix up where the  “still-camera” option was selected instead of the “video-camera” mode.  So without further ado enjoy this awesome photo – and great job Kyle! 😉

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Moving on to the longer races:  Rod Gomez, a familiar face at the Q50 trail races, trailed by a few feet coming through 5 miles (loop 1), but was able close the gap and open up daylight over the next loop,   going on to win by several minutes in the  10 mile run.

(More recaps as results pile in – so keep checking back)

Following the race runners were treated by the New Orleans Mission to warm red beans & rice / pasta.  Food selections were probably influenced by layers of clothing and the number of mud puddles one was able to dodge.  The red beans and rice seemed to go fast and be the more popular choice.

After all was said and done, in an annual tradition,  Cesar once again cut a check to his favorite local charity.  This time in the amount of $2,000 (wow).

For our full gallery from the race check out our Facebook album here, or see our favorite photos from the nearly 500 we shot below..

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2015 Ole Man River Half Marathon and 5K

After touching every body of water in New Orleans, the Ole Man Half Marathon & 5K finally saw its return to the river for which it was named, the great Missisippi. In a twist, however, instead of running on the New Orleans side of the river runners traveled to the historic district of Gretna to enjoy a  skyline view of the city that most of the racers call home.

In chilly temperatures and incessant winds, Ty McCormack (former Clemson / Auburn runner) and 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier, battled the wind and solitude to win in an impressive time of 1:07:31. Local standouts Brandon Wingate and Ian Carr ran together most of the way before separating in the final miles –  each going on to earn new personal bests of 1:10 and 1:11 respectively.

In the women’s race, Kylie Kastes (Tulane swimmer turned runner), recorded her first New Orleans road race win in a time of 1:25 while Laura Aleman formely of Dominican/LSU rounded out second in 1:27.

Check out our favorite photos below, or for a list of our 800+ photos of the race / results – scroll to the very bottom.

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Randy Schmidt – The Guido

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LRC’s Patrick Madore
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Jim Marsalis
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Ty McCormack, the men’s champion recording a 1:07 in the distance.
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Kylie Kastes, women’s champion in 1:25.
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Dewey Dewey

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Jen Novak of the Nth Degree.

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Annie Chambers, women’s 5K champ.

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Bannana

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Ian Carr and Brandon Wingate, the 1/2 Marathon 2nd and 3rd place finishers.
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LRC’s Max Miller

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For more photos visit our facebook album of the race here.

Full results can be found on New Orleans Track Club’s site here.

2015 Turkey Day Race – Unofficial Alumni State Championships

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Thanksgiving is a time for remembrance, thoughtfulness, family, and a old-fashioned gallup through City Park. Every year the annual Turkey Day race brings together a stacked field of distance runners looking to try their hand at the rarely contested 5 mile distance. For many it is simply a great race with great weather, while for others there are bragging rights on the line.  No other race outside of the Crescent City Classic brings the local running community together like Turkey Day.

This year the competition was fierce and some usual suspects found themselves in the mix for the individual title (there is an informal alumni title as well).  Familiar names to be found on the men’s side include Zachary Albright of Princeton (formerly of St. Paul’s) back in town on holiday; Beau Robinson of UL-Lafayette (formerly of Hahnville); DC Lipani of LSU (also of St. Paul’s); Corbett Ourso of UL-Lafayette (St. Thomas Aquinas); Adam Wise of Fontainebleau; Christian Bergeron of UL-Lafayette (St. Paul’s); and Dylan Heck of UL-Lafayette (Mandeville) were all found in the top 15 finishers.
The race took out slow compared to usual Turkey Day races with the first mile only in around 5:15 which kept a large pack in the race through the first half of the race.  A pack of five runners including Albright and Robinson held through the middle of the race before starting to break up slightly during the last two miles (coinciding with the weather warming up a bit towards the end of the race).  Locals Richard Bouckaert (25:52) and Ian Carr (25:57) battled through the end of the race with Bouckaert taking a five second lead into Tad Gormley which Carr could not recover from.  Albright took a close third in 26:05, five seconds over Beau Robinson (26:10) who coincidentally battled Albright all through high school as well.  Only two seconds behind Robinson was masters runner Brandon Wingate (26:12) who is getting better with age, now at 41 years young.  A big surprise is high school sophomore Adam Wise who ran 27:28.  Take note college coaches, this kid could be major star by the time he graduates. Other local high schoolers in the top 50 include: Matthew Myrtue of Fontainbleau in 20th, Carlos Zervigon of Jesuit in 22nd, Bryant White of Shaw in 32nd, John James of Jesuit in 33rd, John Kling of Jesuit in 34th, Antonio Imbornone of St. Martin’s in 38th, Bryce Monier of St. Martin’s in 43rd, Luke Malter of Jesuit in 46th, and Andre Aguillard of Catholic in 50th.

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Richard Bouchert, Men’s champion.

In the women’s race, LRC’s leading lady Mia Meydrich, fresh off her competition at NCAA nationals, took it to the women’s field and won in a commanding 30:01 over local Katherine Telfeyan who ran 30:56. Former Texas high school standout Daphney Stanford, now of Southern Miss, took third in 31:32.  Dominican assistance coach Laura Aleman took fourth in 31:48. Local high school runners who competed and placed in the top 50 include: Paige Anderson of Fontainebleau in 28th, Natalie Aguillard of SJA in 37th, Sam Messonier of Dominican in 40th, Maddie Bogart of Dominican 43rd, and Anne Marie Young of Mandeville in 45th.

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In the alumni division St. Paul’s scored a close victory over Brother Martin for the 2015 title.  Scoring is the same as XC and top 5 alumni score.

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Alumni Teams posing for a photo: Photo credit New Orleans Track Club

For more photos visit our Facebook Here.

 


 

Bring in your 2015 Turkey Day race number for a 10% discount (excluding sale items) at Louisiana Running Company – good until the end of the year!

 

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NOTC 2 Mile Cross Country Race Recap

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Yesterday at the NOTC cross country 2 mile race, afternoon showers cooled Lafreniere Park for a crowd of about 100 runners. The event was divided into two races, male and female with the men’s race going off first. Well represented among the field was a contingent of runners from St. Martin’s, Country Day and John Curtis.

Immediately from the gun, local standouts Devyn Keith and Brandon Wingate took to the lead, pushing the pace through the mile in around 5:05. Wingate recently became a masters runner, but has been competing for top overall honors on the local circuit. The fast pace brought through the rest of the field on pace to run quick times on the hilly course.

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The battle between the two top runners would be thick all the way through the race with Wingate looking to take the victory with just minutes to go. A strong surge by Keith with less than a quarter mile to go sealed the victory with a time of 10:28, a performance akin to his season opening race at Lafreniere two years ago when he won the JCCS season opener with 10:08 for 3k. Wingate finished in second a few seconds behind. A bevy of high school runners rounded out the rest of the top 10.

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In the womens race, Becky Younger took the lead early and did not relinquish it the rest of the race. She finished with a winning time of 12:26 on the wet, hilly course. Followed closely behind her was a strong string of high school girls who battled it out for second. The group of 3-4 girls flipped position several times in the second half of the race.

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For Full Results NOTC should be posting the results here soon.

For more photos check out our Facebook Albums here: [ Boys 2 Mile ] [ Girls 2 Mile ]