2015 USA Track & Field New England Race Walk Grand Prix

Results: 2015 Greater Boston Track Club Invitational – 1/25/2015

2015 Greater Boston Track Club Invitational – 1/25/2015
Gordon Indoor Track – Harvard University

Mixed 1 Mile Race Walk Junior
1 Allen, Maegan            W16 Unattached             7:41.17
2 Allen, Nolan                M14 Unattached             8:17.28
3 Caira, Alessia              W14 Waltham Track       9:13.47
4 Burgess, Moira           W14 LA Racewalkers    10:28.80

Mixed 3000 Meter Race Walk
1 Dunn, Spencer            M16 Unattached           14:48.50
2 Brenner, Samuel         M18 Unattached           14:55.79
3 Sirois, Sydney             W LA Racewalkers        15:01.91
4 Allen, Kayla                 W LA Racewalkers        15:24.04
5 O’Rourke, Ed              M52 New England        15:57.93
6 Lindoe, Holly               W Franklin Pierce         16:07.51
7 Daniel, Maryanne        W56 ConnQuest          16:44.09
8 Emery, Siana              W16 LA Racewalkers    16:47.28
9 Peckiconis, Stephen    M55 Cambridge SU      17:16.54
10 Allie-Morrill, Pam        W Unattached             17:47.64
11 Bickford, Hayley         W15 Gorham               18:25.67
12 Wilder, Clyde             M78 Unattached           22:35.99

Results: 46th Dartmouth Relays, 1 Mile Race Walk – 1/11/2015

Leverone Field House
Dartmouth College, Hanover NH
Source: Lancer Timing Services

Women 1 Mile Race Walk
1. Sirois, Sydney               LA Racewalkers        7:37.68
2. Allen, Kayla                   LA Racewalkers        7:38.51
3. Lindoe, Holly                Franklin Pierce         8:27.44
4. Barret, Kelsey               Lancaster RW           8:29.79
5. Vaitones, Valentina       NEWalkers             8:43.01
6. Emery, Siana                 Unattached             8:49.38
7. Bickford, Hayley             Gorham                 9:08.25
8. Jargiello, Katy                Lancaster RW           9:15.60
9. Folster, Sarah                Lancaster RW           9:46.50
10. Staskiewicz, Morgan    Lancaster RW           9:50.79
11. Guénard, Danika          Club Gatineau         10:05.23
12. Luthart, Briona            Lancaster RW         10:17.40
13. Petit, Lexi                    Lancaster RW         10:51.21
14. Burgess, Moira             LA Racewalkers      10:53.71

Men 1 Mile Race Walk
1. Adamowicz, Marek          Rive-Sud                 6:26.51
2. Dunn, Spencer                Unattached             7:25.98
3. Brenner, Sam                 Unattached             7:48.58
4. Côté, Donald                  Club Gatineau         8:08.01


Lindoe & O’Rourke Winners of the Tom Knatt NE 1-Mile Championship

Tom Knatt USATF New England Indoor 1 Mile Race Walk Championship
Johnson Athletic Center, M.I.T, Cambridge MA
13 December 2014

In a classic photo finish, Holly Lindoe of Franklin Pierce University edged out New England Walkers Ed O’Rourke at the line to win the overall inaugural Tom Knatt NE 1-Mile Championship at MIT last Saturday.

Photo Finish: Lindoe/O'Rourke

1    Holly Lindoe         Franklin Pierce U     7:49.33

2    Ed O’Rourke         NEWalkers              7:49.36

3    Nolan Allen           Unattached             7:56.22

4    Maegan Allen        Unattached             7:59.64

5    Val Vaitones          NEWalkers              9:06.59

6    Alessia Caira          Waltham TC            9:34.18

7    Jay Diener             Granite State RW    9:40.43

8    Charles Mansbach  NEWalkers            10:49.92

9    Tom Knatt             NEWalkers            11:50.65

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Tom Knatt NE 1-Mile Championship (Photo: Ed Vaitones)

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Winners Holly Lindoe and Ed O’Rourke with Tom Knatt (Photo: Ed Vaitones)

Sat Dec 13th: Tom Knatt NE 1-Mile Championship

The first race of the 2015 New England Race Walking season is upon us! The first annual Tom Knatt NE Indoor 1-Mile Championship, will be held on Saturday, December 13th at MIT in Cambridge, MA, at the Johnson Athletic Center. The race is open to all ages, and will start at 9:45 a.m.

For the list of 2015 New England Race Walking and Grand Prix events, click on Upcoming Events – “2015 Grand Prix Events + Novice Events.”

Final Results: 2014 USA Track & Field New England Race Walk Grand Prix

Congratulations to this year’s USATF New England Race Walk Grand Prix winners Bob Keating and Maryanne Daniel. In addition, USATF-NE awards were earned by Keating and Valia Vaitones.

In all, seven men and three women completed the four events, with 31 athletes participating in at least one of our 12 Grand Prix races. Scores are based on a walker’s race time in relation to the international age-graded tables.

Men (4 events)        Points:
Robert Keating        337.75
Edward O'Rourke III   328.69
Spencer Dunn          308.28 (USATF-ME)
Stephen Peckiconis    298.46
Larry Epstein         293.76
Charlie Mansbach      284.82
Clyde Wilder          281.45

Women (4 events)     Points:
Maryanne Daniel      333.51 (USATF-CT)
Holly Lindoe         290.24 (Franklin Pierce College)
Valentina Vaitones   272.47

Results: 2014 CT Association 10,000m Championship

Peter’s Recreational Complex, Clinton, CT
Sunday Nov 2, 2014

Weather: Partly sunny, 42 degrees, extreme wind, gusts up to 50mph

Many thanks to Maryanne Daniel and the CT Walkers for hosting the race, and the volunteers and judges making the last 2014 USATF-NE Race Walk Grand Prix event a success.

1. Meaghan Podlaski 17  Unattached, NY              54:01.21 (1st open/Jr Girls)
2. Valentina Vaitones 18  Golden Spikes, Derry NH   1:05:24 (2nd open/Jr Girls)
3. Charlie Mansbach   70  NEWalkers, Waban MA      1:13:20 (1st Masters Men)
4. Ginger Armstrong   52  CTRW, Canterbury CT      1:17:27 (1st Masters Women)

1. Bill Vayo    50    Shore AC, NY       29:02 (1st open/Masters Men)
2. Joe Light    67    NEWalkers, RI       34:57 (2nd open/Masters Men)
3. Lucy Vayo   13   Ursuline School, NY  36:40 (1st Jr Girls)

Judges: Debbie and Shawn Frederick, Geoff Bye, Ron Daniel, Jean Tenan (Chief)
Lap counting, timing and marshalling: John Palmer, Ed Vaitones and Linda Podlaski

New England Walkers Annual Meeting Minutes, Sunday, October 19th

The New England Walkers explored ways to attract young participants, discussed a bid for a 2015 national championship, and elected a new vice president and member-at-large at the group’s annual meeting Oct. 19 in Groton, MA.

Club president Ed O’Rourke identified his primary concern as promoting racewalking and reaching young athletes who are already participating in track. Tom Menendez said his experience in Maine underscored the need to show youths the value and the opportunity in racewalking events. He discussed the lack of available indoor tracks in Maine, and Ed Vaitones talked of similar challenges in New Hampshire.

Ed O’Rourke offered a goal of compiling a 12-month calendar of workouts and clinics throughout New England. He, Ed Vaitones, and Rich McElvery will try to produce a schedule. Steve Vaitones said he has found little interest in racewalking among youth track and field groups in the Boston area, and said one-time clinics seem not to help. He said localizing events for youths is vital and developing personal relationships with high school coaches can advance the cause. Ed O’Rourke noted that a clinic scheduled for that morning on the Groton rail trail drew no one, although announcing the event in the local newspaper was easy to do.

Steve said he is able to schedule races that precede track meets at MIT because he and Justin Kuo manage the meets. He said it is also possible to add a racewalk to a track meet at the Reggie Lewis facility at Roxbury Community College.

Members discussed bidding to host the national one hour championship for 2015. If that race is not open for bid, perhaps the club could bid for the 10K or 15K, Ed O’Rourke said. Steve said the 10K or 15K would require more amenities than the one-hour, and the club would need to find a suitable road course. Members discussed Devens as a possibility.

The club will continue the New England Grand Prix in 2015 with the established schedule of races.

Members voted to increase the annual dues to $10 for an individual and $15 for a family.

Ed O’Rourke said he wants to continue the monthly conference calls with other club officers to further our agendas.

Rich McElvery was elected club vice president, succeeding Brian Savilonis, who chose not to continue in the position because of other commitments. Ed Vaitones was elected member-at-large to succeed Rich. Continuing in their positions are Ed O’Rourke, president, Justin Kuo, treasurer, and Charlie Mansbach, secretary.

Attending the meeting were host Ed O’Rourke, Tom Knatt, Annie Montgomery, Joanne and Bill Harriman, Anne Neuburg, Brian Savilonis, Rich McElvery, Ed, Steve, and Valia Vaitones, Joe Light, Tom Menendez, Kayla Allen, and Charlie Mansbach.


2014-10-19 NEWalkers Annul Meeting 02 croppedWarm up exercises for the race walk prior to the New England Walkers annual meeting and potluck.

Thank you Jeff Salvage!

A warm thank you to Jeff Salvage for offering a successful Race Walking Clinic, September 27-28. Combining active sessions and classroom lectures, Jeff covered everything from technique to nutrition, flexibility, to training, and and mixed in a bit of race strategy. Thanks to Ed O’Rourke for organizing the event.

Sun Oct. 19th: New England Walkers Annual Meeting/Potluck and 5K-10K Walk

The 2014 New England Walkers Annual Meeting and traditional potluck will be held on Sunday, October 19th in Groton MA.  Prior to the meeting, there will be a 5K/10K walk on the Rail Trail, starting at 9:30 a.m. from the end of Station Ave. in Groton Center. The event is open to race walkers of all abilities, and is often informally grouped to different paces.

The Annual Meeting will follow at 11 a.m., at the home of Ed and Deborah O’Rourke (978-448-8038), 43 Main St., in Groton Center, across the street from Lawrence Academy. The meeting will include the election of officers and discuss the following:
-Promoting of RW’ing to younger local athletes; getting more local walkers involved
-Booths and Clinics
-Bids for 2015 National races, and the 2015 New England Schedule
-Develop a Task List for future big events
-Helping to recruit more certified officials

Members may suggest other agenda items by emailing Ed O’Rourke (eorourke@geiconsultants.com) prior to the meeting. All are welcome to attend, but only paid members may nominate and vote.

The traditional potluck will follow, around noontime.  Please RSVP to Ed (eorourke@geiconsultants.com) if you plan to attend the meeting and potluck.
No need to RSVP, if you plan to walk only.