Results: 2017 USATF New England Indoor Championship

2017 USATF New England Indoor Championship
Gordon Track, Harvard University, Boston MA
Sunday, February 19, 2017

3000 Meter Race Walk (Mixed)

  1. Emerson Esnal Hernandez  Fleet Feet A                    12:45.13
  2. Dave Talcott                          Shore AC                        13:51.83
  3. Kayla Allen                            LA Race Walkers            14:58.07
  4. Holly Lindoe                          Franklin Pierce                15:08.60
  5. Maegan Allen                        New England Walkers     15:10.15
  6. Nolan Allen                           New England Walkers     15:22.39
  7. Edward O’Rourke III             New England Walkers     15:23.38
  8. Sydney Sirois                       Unattached                      15:28.44
  9. Rachel Zoyhofski                 Unattached                      15:44.64
  10. Richard Cote                       Franklin Pierce                 16:34.65
  11. Robert Keating                    New England Walkers      16:57.47
  12. Stephen Peckiconis            Cambridge Sports Union 17:49.56
  13. Barry Blake                          Shore AC                         18:41.89

Judges: Tom Menendez, Pam Allie-Morrill, Rich McElvery, Justin Kuo

New England Walkers Annual Meeting Minutes, Sunday, October 16th

The New England Walkers discussed the possibility of hosting a national championship in 2017, with an emphasis on attracting young walkers, during their annual meeting Oct. 16 in Groton, MA.

Members talked of conducting a two-day racewalking festival, perhaps with a clinic the first day and a race the following day. Devens in Massachusetts was mentioned as a possible location. The major questions were whether we can assure our local USATF representatives that we can provide sufficient help and support for such an event and whether we can attract enough participants.

October was mentioned as an ideal time of year for a race, but Ed Vaitones pointed out that the difficulties of attracting young athletes during the cross-country season and said that the first two weeks of June would be preferable. Members discussed how to reach members of youth track clubs; Ed proposed putting something in writing that Steve Vaitones can give to the youth coaches he deals with.

Ed O’Rourke said he hopes to resume conference calls among members to pursue these matters further.

Ed also said the club should order more shirts to give to new walkers.

Bill Harriman said he was uncertain if he and Joanne would continue to host the 8K race in Pepperell. If they do, they will shift the race to early October.

The club re-elected its slate of officers: Ed O’Rourke, president; Rich McElvery, vice president; Justin Kuo, treasurer; Ed Vaitones, member at large; Charlie Mansbach, recording secretary.

Present at the meeting were Ed O’Rourke, Ann Neuburg, Brian Savilonis, Annie Montgomery, Tom Knatt,  Rich McElvery, Val Vaitones, Ed Vaitones, Maegan Allen, Joanne and Bill Harriman, and Charlie Mansbach.

Sun Oct. 16th: New England Walkers Annual Meeting/Potluck and 5K-10K Walk

The 2016 New England Walkers Annual Meeting and traditional potluck will be held on Sunday, October 16th 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 2017 National races, and the 2017 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@commodorebuilders.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@commodorebuilders.com) if you plan to attend the meeting and potluck.
No need to RSVP, if you plan to walk only.

New England Walkers Annual Meeting Minutes, Sunday, October 25th

The New England Walkers considered ways of building interest in racewalking, discussed a bid for a 2016 national championship, and affirmed a deadline for club dues at the group’s annual meeting Oct. 25 in Groton, MA.

Resuming a conversation that has wound through many club meetings over the years, members talked of the value of reaching young athletes. Ed Vaitones described the planning needed to get race walkers included in youth track meets in New Hampshire. He and Ed O’Rourke cited the advantages of conducting race walking clinics year-round. Ed O’Rourke raised the possibility of joining forces with the recreational group WalkBoston. He and Bill Harriman proposed conducting more events — group walks and get-togethers — for the members we already have.

Club leaders will make certain that there is a sufficient supply of New England Walkers shirts available to give to new members.

Ed O’Rourke asked what national championship we could try to host for 2016, given that the event we have conducted many times, the one-hour championship, has already been awarded for next year. Ed and Rich McElvery will discuss the possibilities with Maryanne and Ron Daniel following the 10K race in Connecticut on Nov. 1. Members noted that we would need to furnish more volunteers for a national championship than we managed to do at the one-hour race this year in Gloucester, MA.

Members set Dec. 1 as the deadline to pay club dues. The annual cost is $10 for an individual and $15 for a family. Payments should be sent to Justin Kuo, 39 Oakland Road, Brookline, MA 02445-6700

Members reelected Ed O’Rourke, president, Rich McElvery, club vice president, Ed Vaitones, member-at-large, Justin Kuo, treasurer, and Charlie Mansbach, secretary.

Attending the meeting were hosts Ed and Deborah O’Rourke, Tom Knatt, Annie Montgomery, Joanne and Bill Harriman, Anne Neuburg, Brian Savilonis, Hilary and Bob Keating, Rich McElvery, Ed and Valia Vaitones, and Charlie Mansbach.

Sun Oct. 25th: New England Walkers Annual Meeting/Potluck and 5K-10K Walk

The 2015 New England Walkers Annual Meeting and traditional potluck will be held on Sunday, October 25th 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 2016 National races, and the 2016 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.

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.

Free RW Clinic, August 10th at the National 1-Hour Championships!

A free clinic will be held on Sunday, August 10, at the New Balance Track, (Gloucester High School, Gloucester, MA) in conjunction with the USA National 1-Hour Race Walk Championships.

The clinic will be for beginners and novices of any age, focusing on “how to feel the form” at a easy speed, with some tips to keep it right as one goes faster.  Some beginner training ideas will be shared.  It will start at 10:45 a.m., following the Men’s and Women’s races, and it will last a maximum of 30 minutes.

This is a great opportunity to watch the some of the best race walkers from all over the US, while learning more about race walking technique!

Minutes of Annual Meeting

Minutes of the New England Walkers Annual Meeting
Sunday, October 13, 2012
Groton MA

New England Walkers members pledged support for the 2013 US-Canada Junior Racewalking meet, reelected officers, and heard a request for a new president to come forward next year during the club’s annual meeting Oct. 14.

Members reelected Tom Knatt as president, Ed O’Rourke as vice president, Justin Kuo as treasurer, Brian Savilonis as member at large and Charlie Mansbach as recording secretary. Upon reelection, Tom said his tenure as president has now reached 31 years and he would like someone else to step into the role a year from now.

Steve Vaitones furnished details of the US-Canada races, which will be held in late July or early August at the same East Boston site that was used for the 2011 event. The meet will mark the 25th anniversary of the series and may be broadened to include participants from other nations. He asked that NEW members help organize, promote, and conduct the races and take part in an all-comers race. Club members voted to set aside $500 to support the match.

Members also voted to allocate $200 to streamline and personalize the Jeff Salvage racewalking flier, adding information about our club and distributing it at races.

Steve, Ed, and Brian talked about updating our newalkers.com  website and our NEwalkers page on Facebook and asked that members offer thoughts on what is most needed to make the sites more effective. Bill said he would post information on upcoming races.

Charlie raised the question of whether to change our Grand Prix, which has grown to include more than a dozen events, most of them short, without creating a discernible increase in participation. Steve suggested an alternative of setting up a shorter series of races for walkers to complete during the year — perhaps a 3K, 5K, 8K and 10K.  Members’ thoughts are invited.

Steve told the gathering that the One-Hour National Championships will be moved to the spring next year — somewhere between late April and the end of May — because the national calendar is being revamped. The location is uncertain; if the Bentley track is unavailable, we will look elsewhere.

Those attending the meeting were Tom Knatt, Annie Montgomery, Bob and Hilary Keating, Bill and Joanne Harriman, Brian Savilonis and Ann Neuburg, Steve Vaitones, Ed O’Rourke, Bob Ullman and Charlie Mansbach. The meeting was held at Ed’s house in Groton, MA, preceded by the traditional untimed and unmeasured walks of the Groton rail trail and the traditional potluck lunch.

Charlie Mansbach

Minutes of annual meeting

The New England Walkers elected officers for 2012, reviewed the upcoming calendar of races, and voted to support youth development activities during the club’s annual meeting Oct. 16 at the home of Tom Knatt and Annie Montgomery in Groton, MA.

Officers reelected were Tom Knatt, president; Justin Kuo, treasurer; Brian Savilonis, member-at-large; and Charlie Mansbach, recording secretary. Ed O’Rourke was elected vice president, succeeding Beth Katcher, who chose not to seek reelection.

Steve Vaitones reported on the US-Canada Dual Meet, an event for elite juniors held this past August in East Boston with New England Walkers support on many levels. The races, the course, and the logistics were well received by all, and Steve will look into hosting another international event at the site next year.

Justin Kuo reported in absentia that the treasury contains about $6,800. After a discussion of how to draw new racewalkers, particularly young athletes, NEW members voted in principle to spend $250 on T-shirts, books, and other appropriate materials to help develop youth participation.

Members agreed on a Grand Prix schedule for 2012 that essentially includes every judged race in our region, plus one slightly outside it, the national 10K championship in Albany. The other races are the Dartmouth Relays mile, the Greater Boston Track Club, New England Masters Indoor, New England Indoor, New England Outdoor and Bay State Games 3K’s, the Seacoast 5K, the New England Masters Outdoor 3K or 5K, the national one-hour, and the Connecticut 10K. Walkers may also include a result from one other national championship.

Tom Knatt reported that one-mile results from the 2011 Dartmouth Relays have been submitted for listing as national records in various masters age groupings.

Members agreed to pursue holding a clinic led by Olympian Joanne Dow of Manchester, N.H.

Bill Harriman told members that he continues to hold coaching sessions year-round on Tuesday evenings in Lexington.

Members discussed the appropriateness of letting lap-counters inform walkers of how many laps they have covered while the one-hour races are in progress. A judge halted the practice in this year’s race, then relented, saying that the issue will be discussed at a future meeting by USATF officials.

The meeting was preceded by informal racewalks of indeterminate distances on the Groton rail trail and the usual potluck feast. Those attending the meeting were Tom Knatt, Annie Montgomery, Steve Vaitones, Paul Schell, Ed O’Rourke, Bill and Joanne Harriman, Bob and Hilary Keating, Brian Savilonis and Ann Neuberg Savilonis, Rich McElvery, Beth Katcher, Ruth Karacek, and Charlie Mansbach.