The party was back in Brooklyn today, as City Coach was out in force at PPTC's Cherry Tree 10-miler. Aside from having the cutest cheering squad (including Simon, Seb, Henry and a bunch of grown ups), the team performed admirably. Nicole made her return to racing after the baby, and Lete made her return to racing after a four year hiatus due to injury. Here's the scoop:
- Bridget McKenna 1:03:33 (PR) 4th Place, 1st in AG
- Lete Berhe 1:06:16 6th Place 1st in AG
- Jessica Purcell 1:12:02
- Nicole Sin Quee 1:12:30 1st in AG
- Jennifer Heister 1:15:52
- Lauri Young 1:23:47
- Jeanne Campanelli 1:40:18
- Chris Solarz 58:03
- Steven Zebrak 1:13:22
- Jeffrey Dweck 1:08:31
- Bobby Dweck 1:20:03
- Danforth Houle 1:21:13
Also congratulations to our friends Laura Coogan (3rd overall), Troy Squire, MaryBeth Smith, Bridget McMahon, and all the JRab relayers.
And for the record, let me commend PPTC and NYC Runs for their race organization. While I wish they'd do away with the relay, I understand that economics dictate that they include it. (In case anyone cares, my objection is because I feel that it detracts from the winners and others in the main race. The lead men and women in the full race came across the line practically unnoticed. On what is already a multiple lap course with slow runners getting lapped on their first lap, adding relay runners just adds to the confusion and makes it hard to follow who's who.) The race was well organized, started promptly, results were posted to the web and pushed to racers' inboxes quickly. Three different packet pickup options were offered, fresh bagels and hot chocolate were provided after the race at the indoor awards ceremony, as were free massages. And though the souvenir hats looked like they belong on a cross of Barry Bonds and Elmer Fudd, at least it wasn't another lame race shirt.
Inexplicably, I've seen complaints from some runners who seem to object to anything aside from another carbon copy NYRR race. One malcontent complained about horses that wandered off the bridle path and onto the race course, as well as walkers and baby carriages, and said that NYRR never has such problems. I've seen NYRR half marathons that were 13.3 miles. I've seen women walking and holding hands four across at the More Half Marathon. I've seen dogs and pedicabs on NYRR courses. I've seen misplaced mile markers at NYRR races. I've also seen NYRR runners allowed to disrupt ther park-goers by selfishly monopolizing the entire road rather than sharing the public space. Let's not pretend that NYRR races are perfect. There were complaints about the increased fee on race day, yet there were countless emails, website and facebook posts warning that the race was near capacity, and imploring folks to enter early to avoid the increased cost and the risk of getting closed out.
Speaking for my happy group of racers, I can say that I'm always happy to see Cherry Tree on the calendar.
Congrats all around.