Table of Contents – Jan/Feb ’09


Race Spotlights On:

10    ING Hartford Marathon/Half Marathon
RI’s Moulton Leads “New England’s Finest” at ING Hartford
Pat Moulton led a bevy of New England’s best Open and age-group competitors through the Soldiers and Sailors arch to the finish area by Bushnell Park during autumn’s most competitive marathon/half marathon combo
by Bob Fitzgerald

72    ING New York City Marathon
Radcliffe Three-Peats, Gomes Double-Clutches Gotham
Marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe laid down the law in NYC while Oregon’s Kara Goucher placed third in the fastest debut ever by an American woman. Brazil’s Marilson Gomes Dos Santo rallied late while American men recorded their best top 10 finish since 1987
by Bob Fitzgerald

26    Cross is Boss
The sport in its most natural form is followed from high school state meets, New Englands, Foot Locker Regionals and Nike Cross Nationals, to collegiate Regional and NCAA Championships and Open championship action

38    Year in Review
World records from 100m to the marathon; a double pump of adrenalin with the US Olympic Team Trials-Women’s Marathon and 111th B.A.A. Boston Marathon a day apart in gorgeous weather; The Green Mountain State receives its first ever sub-4:00 mile from a Vermont native; the fastest ever debut marathon by a US woman-and yes, it was an Olympic year replete with a double Bolt of lightning

40    Race of the Year
For over a quarter-century, half marathoners and their families have been flocking to tiny, Hollis, NH during fall foliage season for the Applefest Half Marathon. With unique and numerous awards, signature apple crisp, a post-race harvest repast bar none and a rolling course through quintessential New England countryside, Applefest keeps pulling ’em back’ for all the right reasons
by Skip Cleaver

42    Runners of the Year
Honorable mentions and a quartet of top picks for male and female New England and New York “Runner of the Year.”
by Jean Cann, John Barbour, Emily Bryans and Vince Juliano

48    State by State
NER’s picks of top performers in New England & New York for 2008, with 7-state high school, collegiate, open and age-group selections

49    Best of the Best-NE’s Top 80
Based on annual survey reader response, from NER’s existential experience and gleaned from a database of over 1600 active races

51    New York’s 50 Finest
A month by month compilation of the Empire State’s marquee events


4    Editor’s Letter

6    Intervals
Ryan Hall to Run Boston Marathon; Wami Whammied, WMM Check Goes to Mikitenko; Keene State’s Edson Enters D2 XC Hall of Fame; Bench in Central Park Dedicated to Ryan Shay; New Englanders Jenkins, Huddle Receive $4K Grants; Regional Elite Recognized at USATF Convention

12    It’s Not Always About The Run
The OBX Marathon in Kitty Hawk, NC
by The Three Amigos

16    Letters from Readers


23    Club Notes
The Numbers Tell It All
by Lonny Townley

24    Nutrition
Nutrition News from the ADA
by Nancy Clark

53    Race Results
The Finale of the USATF-NE GP Series and NER Pub Series XI, along with Marathons, Half Marathons, 10-Milers, 10Ks and Turkey Day Extravaganzas; Plus, Faces at Races

71    My Word
Glorious Losers
by Tom Derderian

74    Retro Running
Poetry in Motion
by John J. Kelley

75    Scenic Stridings
Castle Island in South Boston
text and photos by Emily Raymond

76    Our Back Page
Wintry Philosophical Musings
by Kara Haas

T of C.jpg: THE RACE FOR 25TH PLACE at the ECAC Div. III men’s cross country championships-it’s all about attitude.
Photo by George Ross

ABOUT THE COVER: New England male “Runner of the Year” Matt Pelletier of Warwick, RI.
Photo by George Ross

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