Results: 41st Annual Kathy & Ken Hayden, 3.8 Mile Racewalk (6-kilometers)

D.W. Park, Brockton, MA
Monday, February 15, 2016
Conditions: Sunny and 20 °F (balmy).

1. Edward O'Rourke (M54), Groton MA     35:54
2. Rich McElvery (M58), Mont Vernon NH  37:09
3. Steve Vaitones (M60), Waltham MA     43:02
4. Charles Mansbach (M71), Waban MA     43:37
(The event was not judged.)

Thank you Justin for volunteering to time this event.
Start of 2016 Kathy & Ken Hayden 3.8 Mile Racewalk: Steve, Ed, Rich, and Charlie.

Start of 2016 Kathy & Ken Hayden 3.8 Mile Racewalk: Steve, Ed, Rich, and Charlie.

Results: 2nd Annual Tom Knatt NE Indoor 1 Mile Championship

M.I.T. Cambridge MA
Saturday, December 12, 2015
200m, flat, Mondo surface

1 Mile Walk
1. Meagan Allen        17 NEWalkers      7:56.09
2. Ed O’Rourke          54 NEWalkers      7:57.25
3. Nolan Allen            15 NEWalkers      8:24.34
4. Stephen Peckiconis 56 Cambridge SU 8:53.60
5. Hayley Bickford      15 Gorham ME     8:59.85
6. Val Vaitones           19 NEWalkers      9:11.63
7. Maryanne Daniel     57 CT RW           9:25.60
8. Grace West            15 Kennebunk ME 9:37.35
9. Holly Wenninger     51 Unat             10:07.10
10. Charles Mansbach  71 NEWalkers    10:48.39
11. Pat Yingling           71 Liberty AC    12:43.70

Judges: Ron Daniel, Rich McElvery, Ed Vaitones, Todd Bickford

Start of the 2nd Annual Knatt 1 Mile  Indoor Championship

Start of the 2nd Annual Tom Knatt 1 Mile Indoor Championship

2015 Knatt 1 Mile Champions, Maegan Allen and Ed O'Rourke

2015 Tom Knatt 1 Mile Champions, Maegan Allen and Ed O’Rourke

Results: 2015 CT Association 10,000m Championship

Peter’s Recreational Complex, Clinton, CT.
Sunday, November 1, 2015
Weather: Cool, overcast, 53 degrees

From Maryanne Daniel:

Our numbers are tiny but we managed to have athletes from MA, NY and NH. Nice to see the young girls, Lucy and Val continue on in the sport and it was very impressive to see Lauren (who came to do the 1 mile fun walk and was talked into going 6x farther) finish strong prevailing over Ginger who was dealing with an injury.

In an effort to bring more judges into the fold, we trained three judges who had not seen RW before. Ron did an excellent job leading a learn by doing clinic where they observed an entire 10,000m.

We appreciate our judges – Debbie (Chief) and Shawn Frederick, who came from NY, Jean Tenan and Ron Daniel.

Thanks to our lap counters, John Palmer, Ed Vaitones, Barbra Gill-Vayo and Adam Raimondi, and Geoff Bye for registration. Thank you Bob Gemske for bringing the clock, even though our number are few, it helps feel official.


1. Ed O’Rourke (54), New England Walkers, Groton MA 57:26.1 (1st Open/Masters)
2. Bill Vayo (51), Park Walkers, White Plains NY 59:51.3 (2nd Open/Masters)
3. Charlie Mansbach (71), New England Walkers, Waban MA 1:12:24.7 (3rd Open/Masters)


1. Valentina Vaitones (19), New England Walkers, Derry NH 1:12:27.4 (1st Jr/Open)
2. Lucy Vayo (14), Park Walkers, White Plains NY 1:13:32.3 (2nd Jr/Open)
3. Lauren Gemske (30), CTRW, Milford CT 1:15:22.8 (1st CT Champ, 3rd Open)
4. Ginger Armstrong Palmer (53), CTRW, Canterbury CT 1:16:42.5 (1st Masters, 2nd CT, 4th Open)
DQ Denise Hambrick

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2015 CT Association 10,000m Championship start

USATF-CT 10000m medalists: (Front) Val Vaitones, Lauren Gemske, Ginger Armstrong Palmer, Lucy Vayo (Back) Charlie Mansbach, Ed O'Rourke, Bill Vayo

USATF-CT 10000m medalists: (Front) Val Vaitones, Lauren Gemske, Ginger Armstrong Palmer, Lucy Vayo (Back) Charlie Mansbach, Ed O’Rourke, Bill Vayo

Results: Pepperell Rail Trail 4K/8K

Pepperell Rail Trail 4K/8K
Pepperell, MA
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Weather: clear, cool 50 degrees, no wind
1. Annie Montgomery  30:36
2. Pat Yingling            34:30
1. Ed O’Rourke           47:44
2. Nolan Allen             48:22
3. Maegan Allen          49:05
4. Val Vaitones            52:19
5. Brian Savilonis         53:22
6. Holly Wenninger      54:18
7. Valeria Graffeo        56:47
8. Charles Mansbach   57:31
9. Tom Knatt           1:02:33
Judges: Bill and Joanne Harriman, Ed Vaitones, Rich McElvery
Special thanks to Ann Neuberg for timing, and Bill and Joanne Harriman for hosting the race and post-race pot luck lunch.
2015 Pepperell Rail Trail 4K/8K

2015 Pepperell Rail Trail 4K/8K

Results: Region 1 Junior Olympics 1500m/3000m RW

Region 1 Junior Olympics
Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg MA
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Weather: Sunny, low 80’s

1500 Meter Race Walk Boys
1. Thomas, Michael     Waltham Track         8:24.93 (1st, 11-12 Boys)

3000 Meter Race Walk Men
1. Capuano, Paul        Averill Park             25:06.00 (1st, 17-18 Men)

1500 Meter Race Walk Girls
1. Trefts, Izabelle       Old Town Track        8:18.49 (1st, 11-12 Girls)
2. NearyWood, Theia  Chatham Gold         10:53.08 (1st, 9-10 Girls)
3. NearyWood, Jacy    Chatham Gold         11:07.90 (2nd, 11-12 Girls)
4. Walster, Sabrina     Chatham Gold         11:18.16 (2nd, 9-10 Girls)
5. Jackson, Tiarra       Velocity Track         11:56.75 (3rd, 9-10 Girls)

3000 Meter Race Walk Girls/Women
1. Caira, Alessia          Waltham Track       17:13.30 (1st, 13-14 Girls)
2. Vayo, Lucy             Unattached             18:36.88 (2nd, 13-14 Girls)
3. Vaitones, Valentina New England           19:36.42 (1st, 17-18, Women)
4. Gabrielsen, Jainee  Walk USA                20:04.64 (2nd, 17-18, Women)
5. Mendez, Victoria    Walk USA                 20:23.22 (3rd, 17-18, Women)
6. Capuano, Priscilla   Averill Park              21:52.76 (1st, 15-16 Girls)
7. Walster, Olivia       Chatham Gold          24:35.18 (3rd, 13-14 Girls)
8. Danay, Kateri        Litchfield Track        30:36.93 (4th, 17-18, Women)

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Results: Danehy Park 5-Kilometer Race Walk

Danehy Park, Cambridge, MA
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Weather: Sunny, 71 degrees
(Training race, not judged)

1. Ed O’Rourke      53  Groton MA          28:00
2. Nolan Allen        15  Arlington, MA      32:03
3. Maegan Allen     16  Arlington, MA      33:20
4. Valeria Graffeo   34  Somerville, MA   37:18

Timer: Justin Kuo
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USATF 1 Hour Race Walk Championships, Sunday August 2nd, Gloucester MA

Upcoming Event:
USATF-New England and the New England Walkers will be hosting the 2015 USATF 1 Hour Race Walk Championships on Sunday, August 2nd at the New Balance Track, Newell Stadium in Gloucester MA.

7:30 AM Registration and late entry
8:30 AM Men’s 1 Hour (all divisions)
9:45 AM Women’s 1 Hour (all divisions)
10:45 AM Novice/Youth mile and instructional clinic

-Prize money to the top 3 male and female finishers who are eligible to represent the USA in international competition at the senior level.
-USATF Medals to the top 6 Open athletes and top 3 Junior athletes in the Championship
-Awards to the first 3 athletes in each masters age group, starting at 40-44 category
-Awards to the first 3 overall male and female competitors in the Novice / Youth Mile Race.

An Added Plus:
Gloucester is close to beaches, historic Salem, and great seafood.

For more information and online entry form go to:—Calendar/2015/USATF-1-Hour-Race-Walk-Championships.aspx
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Results: Ayer Rail Trail 5K/10K

Ayer Rail Trail 5K/10K
Ayer, MA
Monday, May 25, 2015
Weather: 70 degrees, muggy, no wind, and a few mosquitoes
(Training race, not judged)

The next New England Walkers training race will be Sunday, June 14th at Danehy Park, Cambridge MA–5K,10:30am start, no entry fee, no DQs.

5 Km
1. Brian Savilonis        33:03
2. Charlie Mansbach   35:57
3. Tom Knatt               37:24
4. Annie Montgomery  41:42
5. Joanne Harriman    46:10

1. Ed O’Rourke           59:12
2. Maegan Allen          59:17
3. Bob Keating            61:12
4. Nolan Allen             62:13

Thanks to Ed O’Rourke and Tom Knatt for organizing the event, and Bill Harriman for timing.

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Results: 2015 Londonderry Invitational

2015 Londonderry Invitational
Londonderry High School, Londonderry, NH
May 23, 2015
Weather: Sunny, 55 degrees, windy

Girls 1500 M Race Walk
1. Allen, Maegan           Arlington MA   6:57.00
2. Vaitones, Valentina   12 Pinkerton   7:37.75
3. Bickford, Haley          Gorham ME    8:02.07
4. MacGilvary, Isabelle   09 Pinkerton  9:21.60

Boys 1500 M Race Walk
1. Allen, Nolan             Arlington MA     7:11.53

Judges: Vera Vaitones, Todd Bickford, Rich McElvery
Special thanks to Ed Vaitones for coordinating this event and the Londonderry coaching staff for their support and help to set this up.

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Maeghan and Nolan Allen Set Massachusetts Scholastic RW Records

Congratulations to brother and sister, Nolan and Maeghan Allen, from Arlington! They each set 3000m MA scholastic records last Sunday at the USATF-NE Masters / Open race in Providence, RI. Maeghan and Nolan were the top New England finishers in a talented field. They clocked times of 15:28.90 and 16:18.08 respectively.
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Meaghan and Nolan after the race with 2012 Olympian Emerson Hernandez.
Photo: Don Lawrence