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2015 Soapstone Mountain Trail Races

Today was the 31st annual Soapstone Mountain Trail Race. The joy that Soapstone brings never fades. After 16 years total and 12 or so with Debbie as the Race Director, you would think that the race would be tiresome. There is no question that it is a lot of work, and that it impacts our household during the weeks leading up to the race, but we love it so much. We have met so many people through our involvement in the event. We miss many of the names from the past, but we enjoy meeting new people.

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Thankfully, our Shenipsit Striders running club is going strong after more than 35 years. We still have some original members in the club, but it is the new members that are important to keeping both the club and the races, including Soapstone and also the NipMuck Trail Marathon, growing. The course is part of what makes the race so special. 138 runners finished the 22 kilometer race and 70 runners finished the 6 kilometer Soapstone Sampler.

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We had summer weather after several weeks of warmer than usual temperatures, so the trail was dry. Unlike the past few editions, there was little mud to be found. It was dusty and the heat made it challenging for the runners. After such a long and harsh winter, many of them looked like they were melting in the sun.

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There were a few minor injuries, including the usual falls resulting in cuts and bruises; but no one was seriously hurt. There were also a few cases of dehydration. Notably, the overall leader through aid station three (the last one) was left debilitated by his case of dehydration and he did not finish. That left the door open for Samuel Jurek, to take the win in 1:51:00. He was followed by super master runner, Brett Stoeffler, in 1:52:45. Brett is 20 years senior to Sam, and he was hot on his heels. That brought a smile to my face. The first woman, Kehr Davis, had an awesome result, finishing third overall in 2:00:25. Stanislav Trufanov was the third men’s finisher. Kehr, was followed by Stacia Broderick in 2:21:33 and third was Peggy Horgan.

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I ran the Sampler with our son, Shepard. He wanted the company and I’m taking it easy, though I still managed to take a hard file after tweaking my ankle. Oh well. If you don’t fall, it isn’t trail running. Our son had a great time, particularly at the quarry/sand pit, where the dry conditions forced the runners to scramble hand over fist up the loose slope. We had a some folks lose their way and go off trail, but by the afternoon, everyone (in both races) was accounted for.

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The first finisher in the age/gender graded (handicap start) Sampler was AJ Fournier. He was followed by Jason Dominick and then by last year’s winner, Luke Stoeffler. This is a very family friendly race. We made it that way years ago and we have kept it that way. The evidence is right here in the results with both Stoeffler’s (father and son) on the podium of their respective events. Brett’s Dad, Dick, was standing at the top of the sand pit taking photographs. I gave him a big hug and apologized for beating him in the Sampler in 2003. I’ve always felt guilty about catching him in this Dipsea Trail Race inspired event that was the brainchild of longtime Soapstone Race Director, the late Jerry Stage. Dick told me, “I’m over it,” which made me feel a whole lot better!’

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Further evidence of the family friendly environment is our kid’s race. About 20 little ones lined up and ran either a 1/2 mile or full mile loop that included single track, rocks, roots, and a fair amount of horse “poop.” It was exciting to watch and as our son put it, the course was “rugged.” Nothing like a little challenge to introduce the next generation to the thrill of New England trail running.

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The core of Shenipsit Strider volunteers, and also many friends, pulled together to help Debbie with the production. Special thanks go to Dominic Wilson who is Debbie’s right hand man. He helped her mark the course yesterday and stayed with us until the last of the items were packed away in our van and we had returned the Reddington Rock Riding Club to its pre-race status. It is also important to thank Barbara Schieffer and Joe King, who have manned the cook shed for years. They are responsible for serving the post-race vegetarian feast. Barbara, my mother-in-law, does a ton of work in support of Debbie. There were about 30 volunteers total, between the three aid stations and the start/finish area. Thankfully, we don’t have to worry as much about timing nowadays. That was handled by Jerry Turk and Kerry Arsenault at RAT Race Timing.

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Soapstone was the third race in this year’s Connecticut Blue-Blazed Trail Running Series and the fifth race in this year’s New England Grand Tree Trail Running Series. Historically, Soapstone has benefited the Connecticut Forest & Park Association and supported the wonder work done by CFPA’s trail volunteers. The next race in both series is on 07 June at the Goodwin Forest Trail Run. Soapstone is also the first race in the Blue Dot Trail Race Trilogy, which is the invention of NipMuck Dave Raczkowski, the longtime Race Director of the NipMuck Trail Marathon. Goodwin is the second race and Southern Nipmuck is the third. There is no shortage of great trail races in New England.

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We had everything packed up by 3:00 P.M. It will take a few weeks to clean up all the gear and organize everything in our basement, but it won’t be long and we will be making plans for the 32nd edition of the Soapstone Mountain Trail Race.

Race Results

2015 Bobby’s Run

This morning I did Bobby’s Run for the second time. Hosted by one of my favorite running clubs, the Silk City Striders, this eight mile race on a mix of rolling roads (including three miles of dirt). The loop around Snipsic (Shenipsit) Lake is lovely. I last ran this race in 2010, which was a banner sporting year for me. I was in the best shape of my life. That day, I pushed our Chariot CX-2 with both of our kids and finished in 53:30. Today, without the stroller, and five years older, I ran 51:05, which is not that much faster given the handicap I had with the stroller.

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Even still, I really enjoyed this morning’s run, which was the 12th year for the race. I didn’t remember that the race was today until scrolling through my Facebook feed last night. Race Director, Bekkie Wright, posted about the race and I thought it would be a fun way to get in a workout and improve my running fitness. Bekkie and her partner, Joe Poliquin with help from several volunteers deserve credit for keeping this race going in Bob Bonadies’ memory. The low-key event wouldn’t happen without them and I’m glad they were issuing numbers,  marshaling corners, manning aid stations, and taking photos.

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Tomorrow is the Soapstone Mountain Trail Races. Soapstone always follows Bobby’s Run. I’m looking forward to a great day with my other favorite running club, the Shenipsit Striders.

Race Results

2015 CCAP Kermis & National Ride Your Bike to Work Day

Today was both National Bike to Work Day and the CCAP Kermis. I rode to and from work, and visited the kermis. I race this criterium/circuit race in 2014, but skipped this year as I’m working my way back in to shape. The Horst Engineering Masters Cycling Team had a great turnout with seven riders in the Men’s 40+ race and one rider in the Men’s 4/5 race.

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It was Friday, and it was a great day for cycling in Connecticut, particularly the Hartford area. I participated in a morning rally at the Old State House to celebrate this national holiday (bike to work) and the kermis was held at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. At the race, I had a chance to catch up with J.D. Bilodeau, who is the new director of the New England Bicycle Racing Association. Though cyclocross is strong in New England, and mountain biking is stable, the road cycling continues to decline. Many of the hallmark races are gone, the racing population is dwindling, and the road racing community needs to be strengthened. CCAP and several other efforts to get juniors on bikes, are bright spots. I have high hopes for the future, but it is going to take a big effort to revive New England road cycling.

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2015 Alcatraz Swim

This morning, I departed from my usual swim training (laps at the local YMCA), and swam from Alcatraz Island to Aquatic Park Cove in San Francisco. That may not seem exotic if you live and swim regularly in San Francisco, but for guy from Connecticut, it was a lot of fun and very different from my normal open water swimming in the local lakes or Long Island Sound.


The Alcatraz swim is a rite of passage if you swim in the Bay Area. The experience was made possible thanks to my friend Tony, who shares a passion for endurance sports. Debbie, the kids, and I have been fortunate to be hosted by Tony several times in the past few years, including during last summer’s Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Run.

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Now I owe Tony again! I’ve taken him mountain biking in his native Connecticut in the past (rocky trails) and I’ll have to take him mountain biking in Vermont or hiking in New Hampshire, or something very New England oriented again. I need to do something to tire him out. We tend to get in trouble when we hook up, like in Truckee last summer, when during a long road bicycle ride, we got pulled over for running a red light.

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I was entrusting him with my life, swimming from Alcatraz! He is a member of the venerable South End Rowing Club, where there is an incredible tradition of long-distance swimming. Members, going back more than 140 years have accomplished amazing feats in the water, including English Channel Swims, 100 mile swims, and all kinds of crazy aquatic adventure.

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Tony shares my adventure spirit and has multiple Ironman’s under his belt, including the 2010 Ironman Brasil, where we met for the first time. It’s hard to believe that was five years ago this month. The swim in Brasil was twice the distance of Alcatraz and in rough ocean water. We had a blast. Tony has several notable swims on his palmares, but his Crater Lake swim is probably the coolest record he owns. Being first at something like that increases the endorphin rush by multiple factors.


Bay swimmers have many challenging routes, including Alcatraz, which isn’t as extreme as many of the other swims they do, but still has the “cool” factor thanks to the island’s rich history. This weekend, they have a big swim to the Bay Bridge and back. I would stick around for that too, but after nearly 10 days of family fun in Marin and San Francisco, it’s nearly time to get back to work.


Yesterday morning, I ran down to the cove and swam for 25 minutes to get used to the water temperature and make sure my goggles didn’t leak. I had my wetsuit and a neoprene cap, so it was very tolerable. Yesterday afternoon, Debbie, the kids, and I did the tourist version of the Alcatraz cruise and tour. The swim and tour is what I call “training.” My other research consisted of listening to Coach Al Lyman’s podcast with Gary Emich, one of the most experienced Alcatraz swimmers/guides of all time.

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Gary literally wrote the book on Alcatraz, which Coach Al brought for me to read when we met up at last weekend’s Miwok 100K . The book is not just about Alcatraz, but is a great overall guide for open water swimmers and triathletes. Both the book and Coach Al’s podcast are highly recommended. Gary’s co-author is Joe Oakes, who has Western States Endurance Run pedigree. A plaque hangs on the wall at the SERC with a list of 100-mile run finishers and Joe’s name is up there for the 1979 WSER. Next door (literally) to the SERC clubhouse is the Dolphin Club, friendly rivals. Their swimmers have also done crazy stuff. I had a blast walking through both clubhouses admiring all the cups, plaques, and certificates that line the walls. The old boats are gorgeous. So, you can see how this ultraswimming/ultrarunning/triathlon/rowing thing all fits. Adventurers tend to stick together.

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The plan worked perfectly and Tony’s logistics were spot on. Our pilot was SERC mate, Andy. He took us out to the island, called the swim in to the authorities (I presume Coast Guard or harbor master), snapped photos, and piloted a safety boat next to us as we made the 41 minute swim. The current wasn’t super strong, but it did pull us a bit west in the direction of the Golden Gate, which is clear when you look at the GPS data.


I’m not much of a swimmer, but the sport of open water swimming favors participation over speed, so I fit right in. I can see how once you do a few of these iconic routes, you get the itch to do more. Of course, a true open water swimmer skips the wetsuit and sticks with the Speedo. I’m game.


When I left to run down to the cove this morning, my daughter said, “Daddy, I hope you survive.” I didn’t have doubts, but after her trip to Alcatraz yesterday, I understand why she said it. I’m happy to say that I’m more alive than ever.

2015 Miwok 100K Trail Run

The 20th Miwok 100K Trail Run is what I call a “classic.” It’s one of the iconic American ultramarathons, and has been on Debbie’s “to do” list for many years. She skipped another iconic event, the 7 Sisters Trail Race, in favor of Miwok after running it 15 years in a row. The Sisters course was built for Debbie’s strengths, but it was time for a change. I’m sure that she will return to the Holyoke Range of Massachusetts again, but this time the first weekend in May was all about Miwok.


She last ran in the Marin Headlands in 2002 when she did the Headlands 50K. One look at the results, and it’s evident that it is an all-star list of men and female ultrarunners both past and present. It’s great to see that many of them are going strong into their 40’s and 50’s. She was 27 at the time. It was her first ultra outside of New England after doing the Vermont 50 in 1999, 2000, and 2001. Miwok was her first ultra as a 40+ runner, which is a noble distinction and a very competitive group to join. Ultras favor the wise.



In 2002, I joined her on the trip and fell in love with the trails north of San Francisco. We’ve been here a few more times over the years and she ran the Way Too Cool 50K in 2007, six months after our first child was born. That race wasn’t in the Headlands, but it was in northern California near Sacramento.


Since then, we have been to California for several other races, including the 2013 and 2014 Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Runs. Debbie was also here as a crew member and pacer at the 2014 Western States Endurance Run. We have come to love both the trails and the great ultrarunning community.



Miwok’s Race Director is Tia Bodington, who is past editor of Ultrarunning MagazineI’ve worked with Tia many times in the past as a periodic contributor to the magazine. She told me about the magic of Miwok many years ago and when the opportunity came to register, Debbie jumped on it. She was in the Western States lottery, but had no luck, so jiggered her 2015 plan and made this event a priority.


Despite a long, cold, and snowy winter, she is in very good shape. The race went well for her. The most important results were that the issues that bothered her in 2013 and early 2014 didn’t crop up. She has put her stomach issues behind her and a couple of pesky soft tissue injuries were not aggravated. She ran a “clean” race.


The Miwok course changes from year to year, though many of the trails are the same. The direction and combination of trails changes. This year, the course ran a southern loop first and then a northern loop second. The course is known for its relentless up and down, with more than 22,000 feet of elevation change. In my opinion, nothing is better than the combination of mountains and oceans. The coastal course has amazing views.


Debbie was joined by her longtime coach, Al Lyman. He finally joined her at an ultra as a fellow runner. This was his longest run to date, and he had a gutsy performance. If I can move my body at the age of 55 like Al, then I’ll be pleased. Al’s partner Terry, and his son, A.J. were the core of his crew. Debbie had support from our son, daughter, and our cousin, Dan Roy.


Dan has been a fixture crew member and pacer at several of Debbie’s bigger ultras in recent years. I last saw Dan at the finish line of last month’s Boston Marathon, where he had a fine performance. He hails from Northern Maine, but drove up from Los Angeles, where he currently resides, to help us again.


We flew in to San Francisco last Thursday and set-up our headquarters in Muir Beach, right near the course. We got to check out some of the trails on Friday morning. The weather was spectacular with warmer than usual temperatures, and fog-less blue skies. That changed a bit as the weekend approached. The race day weather was cool and overcast in the morning with low-lying clouds, fog, and mist. However, late in the day, the sun burned off some of the overcast layer and the temperature warmed up. It was perfect running weather.



The start/finish was at the Stinson Beach Community Center about 25 minutes north of Muir Beach on the Pacific Coast Highway. We were on east coast time, so it wasn’t a problem to get up early on Saturday and drop Debbie and Al off at the start. We watched the more than 480 registered runners file up the steep steps on the Dipsea Trail. It was a hilarious bottleneck to observe.


We were able to see them at several aid stations, including Tennessee Valley (miles 13.8 and 26), at Muir Beach (mile 30.3), at the Randall Trailhead (mile 49.2), and at the finish. The first half of the race ran much quicker than the second half, where there was much more climbing. It seemed like after the second time through Muir Beach, the gaps increased and the pace of the runners slowed.


I’m sure Debbie will have a more detailed race report, so I’ll only share highlights. She ran very well through Muir Beach and was in the top three women most of the time. At one point during the race, she dropped back to fifth, but quickly moved back to fourth, where she remained through the finish. She was only five minutes behind third at the end of the day.


She slowed a bit after 40 miles with the big climbs up Cardiac and to the Bolinas Ridge. When we saw her for the final time at Randall, she was in good spirits, but low on energy. Dan joined her with 13 miles to go and I’m sure that his company helped her pick up the pace, particularly after the final ascent and subsequent big plunge downhill to the finish. Apparently, she really wanted to be done because she hammered the last bit of the course.


The kids and I were waiting for her at the finish in Stinson Beach, and we were very happy to see her. Coach Al was a farther behind, so Terry and A.J. had taken their own vehicle to Randall. We left them and A.J. waited for Al and then escorted him a ways back up the hill. We were moderately concerned about the tight cutoff on the Bolinas Ridge and decided to go check on Al. So, after Terry and A.J. met up with us at Stinson Beach, Dan and I decided to run up and intercept Al to see how he was doing.


It took us about an hour and 15 minutes to connect with him when he had four miles to go. He was moving well, though slowly after 58 miles on his feet. Dan and I passed so many runners headed towards the finish. The trail was narrow, so we would step off and cheer them on. Some were thrilled that they had only a handful of miles to go, whereas others were a bit discouraged by our reports of how close the finish was.


The views were amazing with lush green grass and rolling hillsides. We got a chance to see the famous abandoned and rusted out car. The sun was going down, low clouds and fog had rolled in, but the combination made for a visual delight. Dan and I encouraged Al as he picked up the pace when the trail pointed downward. After the race, we were laughing about our repertoire.

Our list of favorite sayings:

“Good job!”

“Nice running.”

“Way to go!”

“Drop the hammer.”

“Keep pushing.”

Dan joked that, “The next thing I say is going to be the best thing you’ve ever heard.” We both agreed that in the future we will try to avoid the usual catchphrases and come up with more proprietary stuff to say. When we finally emerged from the wooded trail on to the street that led to the finish line, we practically ran in to A.J. He and his Dad have a tight bond. The thrill of Al’s finish is something I’ll remember for a long time. A.J. was ecstatic. I ran alongside his Dad for the last 150 meters letting out whoops and screaming “Yeah baby!” at the top of his lungs. It was a fantastic way to end the day.


The volunteers were awesome. Tia and her crew work hard to put on a race that is on protected land and involves major logistics and coordination. I’ve heard that working with the various government agencies, including the park service is challenging. I’m sure the runners appreciate the work that she and her team do to keep this race going on such beautiful lands.


We didn’t get to watch much of the fast men. They seemed to always be ahead of our crewing pace. We did get to see many of the top 10 as they came and left Randall. Miwok doesn’t attract the same depth in the elite fields as it used to, but there were still many strong performances on a difficult course. The first man was Benjamin Stern, a young ultrarunner at age 23, who ran 8:50. He was followed by Galen Burrell and Christopher Wehan. The drama in the women’s race was high with several lead changes.


Last year’s winner, Bree Lambert, ran strong and led much of the way, but was overtaken by a surging Laura Richard, just before Randall Trailhead at 49.2 miles. Laura had moved up steadily throughout the race and looked very strong both descending and climbing. Bree didn’t give up and came out of Randall charging, but eventually lost ground. Laura took the win in 10:54. Bree followed her and then Julie Fingar was third. Debbie wasn’t far behind Julie.


It was great to see old friends and meet new ones too. It was wonderful to see Mary Fagan Churchill. She (and her twin sister Liz) have Connecticut (and Vermont) roots, so I was cheering loudly for her. Mary won that Headlands 50K back in 2002. That’s when we first met her. She and Debbie have stayed in touch all of these years later. They have raced together, run together on her occasional visits to New England, and each raised families. Mary lives in the Bay Area and these are now her trails. It was great to see her smiling on the trails.

It would be awesome to see the Headlands unspoiled when the Miwok’s lived here and ruled the land. Their name lives on and the tradition of tramping on foot is alive.

Speaking on behalf of all the Livingston’s and our crew, we had a great time at the Miwok 100K.

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Note: apologies for the awful watermarks on these images. I’ll fix when I get back to “my” Mac. Working from the road has its drawbacks. I’ve have many more (and better) pictures to share too. 

2015 Fat Tire Classic

I got a great workout at today’s Fat Tire Classic at Winding Trails in Farmington, Connecticut. This is a race I’ve done many times, so it is a great benchmark. It was the second race in this year’s Root 66 Northeast XC Mountain Bike Series. The weather was cooler than normal, but the trails were dry, but still grippy.

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I was happy with my ride. I was able to maintain my pace without slowing too much in the second half of the 20 mile/four lap race. I felt like my last lap was pretty strong. I rode my single speed Seven Sola and cleared a tough hill on the last lap that I had run the previous three. It was a great way to finish strongly.

Despite the lack of any spring warmth, there were a lot of people at today’s race. The fields seemed larger than at Hop Brook two weeks ago. We got to see many friends. Debbie, our kids, and our niece and nephew hung out and played while I rode. We will be back at Winding Trails in June for the Summer Tri Series. Three other Horst Engineering Cycling Team riders tackled today’s race. Mike Wonderly had a strong ride, as did Paul Nyberg, and Art Roti.

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I was worried that my four-minute effort at yesterday’s Fight For Air Climb would tire me out, but alas, I didn’t have much to worry about. I rallied and despite still hacking from the stairwell dust, I got in another good effort as I work my way back to full strength.

Race Results (will be posted when available)

2015 Fight for Air Climb (Hartford)

When I registered for today’s American Lung Association Fight For Air Climb, I had two goals in mind:

1) Support the Horst Engineering Health & Wellness Committee (HAWC) Team.

2) Don’t get hurt.

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I think I succeeded in both. I know that support for the HAWC Team was strong. I got to spend part of the morning with six colleagues from our Connecticut operations and together, we have raised more than $1,300 to date. Thank you to our donors. A lot of the support came from our other Horst Engineering colleagues, vendors, and friends. At our quarterly all-hands meeting earlier this week, we raffled off a bunch of New England Patriots, New York Giants, BostonRed Sox, and New York Yankees regalia with all proceeds going to the cause.


I didn’t fully appreciate the connection between stair climbing and the Lung Association until I reached the 38th floor of City Place I, Hartford’s tallest building. More than 320 people climbed the last 34 of those floors in the stairwell, and it was brutal. I led off our team and they rest of them followed at 20 second intervals. With chip timing (you wore the chip band on your wrist), they were able to send people off 20 seconds apart, all morning long.

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When I burst on to the 38th floor, I was gasping for air and my heart rate was jacked. I might have gone faster if I could have gotten my heart rate above 182 where it maxed out. I averaged 176, which is pretty good for a four minute burst. Before the race, I was worried about my calves and my pesky plantar fasciitis (left foot), but they seem to be fine and its my lungs that got worked over. I guess that’s the point. Between the nasty warm stairwell air (dust and particulate) and the out of control breathing, I singed my lungs. So, when it comes to taking care of your lungs, I have even more appreciation.

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This was my first ever stair climb. I trained for the event by jogging over to City Place from Horst Engineering’s Cedar Street plant. I ran across the Founder’s Bridge on a cold, but beautiful morning. My cool down took me down Main Street, past the music theatre, into Riverside Park, up on the dike, and across the Connecticut Southern Railroad Train Bridge, which is like 500 feet from Horst. The Connecticut River has flooded a little, but that is normal for spring.

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It is worth noting that their was a normal amount of water flooding Riverside Park for April. The 2017 USA Cyclocross National Championships are scheduled to take place in that park on a course that will have elements taken from the early cyclocross races that Team Horst Sports promoted there in 2002 and 2003. It’s a great venue, and will be even better if there is no flooding in January 2017. We did our races in October and December, and January should be OK, but you never know.

I might give this stair climb thing a go again in the future. I’ve always wanted to do the granddaddy of stair climbs, the Empire State Building Run-Up. It’s on the to-do list now.

Whenever I’m in City Place, I think of 1980’s Hartford when the Russian Lady was going strong (in its first incarnation), the Whalers were still in town, and business was vibrant in the city. The building now has a 30% vacancy rate and last fall, was sold for the second time in three years. Hartford is far from what it used to be and the lack of tenants in this building is just one sign.

Of course, if I worked in that building on a daily basis, I would take the stairs.

Race Results

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