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Summer Ironman – Challenge Atlantic City, Lake Placid, Canada

Congrats to all our first timer’s who endured some unbelievable conditions at IMLP -- Breena Fishback, Jen Gonyea, Chris Phillips, Mike Rockoff, Shannon Schlageter, and Elaine Wang Yu.

And congrats too to our veteran Ironmen -Sheryl Eccles, Stephen Grossman, JoAnn Pileggi (sets a new PR@Nice!); Greg Perangelo; Beth Poore, Dale Stephanos (Won AG & Kona Slot!); Susan Winkelried (inaugural AC Challenge)!
Veteran Ironman, Howard Konicov sets a new PR at Ironman Canada (12:05 hrs)…awesome!!





Dale Stephanos wins the 50-54 AG at IMLP and qualifies for the World Championships in Hawaii! He will also be competing at the 70.3 World Championships in Mont-Tremblanc. Go Dale!
Doree Kesselbrenner (swim) and Judy Germano (bike) do their first relay at AC Challenge Iron-distance, both gearing up for solo efforts next year!

Gerry Goldberger wins 50-54 AG at AC Challenge Aquabike!

Maureen Cullen coming off AC Challenge relay (marathon leg), takes the overall victory at “War at the Shore.”

Olympic Distance Success!

IronFit® Athletes have great success at New Jersey State Triathlon – Joe Altomare, Craig Gruber (5th in AG!), Mike Haus (new PR!), Peter Hyland (4th in AG!); David Leit (sets a new PR!), Craig Osten (3rd in the AG!), Karen Whitaker (1st in the AG and new PR!), Susan Winkelried.

First Time Triathlete, Jason Morgenson of Colorado, completes his first sprint distance race and has triplets in the same week! Congrats to Momma Morgenson too, who had her own baby triathlon!

Catalina Island Swim –Frank Levy puts another notch on his belt as he completes another marathon swim and his first Catalina swim…sharks and all!

Early Season 70.3 Success! Tim Beasant (St. Polten 70.3-Austria: New PR!); Don Brown (2nd in the AG-Might Moss); Patricia Canning (Eagleman 70.3), Jen Gonyea (Black Bear 70.3), Sheryl Eccles (Rev3); Breena Fishback (Rev3); Sharon Friedman (Vineman 70.3); Gary Gluzman (Syracuse 70.3: PR’s by 40 minutes!); Stephen Grossman (Rev3); Marianne Hill-Treadway (Eagleman 70.3), Mike Haus (PR@Mont Tremblanc);Peter Hyland (Syracuse 70.3: Top 5 AG & Qualified for Worlds!); Dave Mantle (Luxembourg 70.3: Qualified for Worlds!); Craig Osten (Black Bear 70.3); Greg Perangelo (Eagleman 70.3: Qualified for Worlds!); Beth Poore (Eagleman 70.3: Comeback Success!); Dale Stephanos (Patriot Half: 4th Overall & AG Champ!); Elaine Wang Yu (Rev3).

Comrades Ultra Marathon in South Africa! Congratulations to Kellie Brown on her sub 10 hour performance!

Marcia Postillian finishes 3rd Overall at Philly Aquabike!

8 Bridges Open Water Swim:
Congratulations to Frank Levy for finishing 2nd overall in the brutal 13.5 mile stage!

Spring Half and Full Marathon Accomplishments!

Dave Mantle cruised to a PR 1:21:39 at the Richmond Half Marathon (London) and placed 8th overall out of 3,055 competitors. Way to go Dave!

Melissa Silverman completes her first marathon (NJ Marathon!)

Brenda Amarant sets a new PR at the NYC Half Marathon (1:58!)

The IronFit® Team cleans up at the Ocean Drive Marathon

Don Brown wins his AG group (40-49) in 3:11 hrs, Breena Fishback sets a new PR (4:17), Craig Gruber sets a new PR at the OD Marathon placing 3rd in his AG (3:24 hrs!)

Elaine Wang Yu finishes 7th in her AG *(40-49), and Karen Whitaker toughs it out to finish strong!

Half and Full Ironman Success @ Los Cabos , Oceanside CA and San Juan 70.3!

Carl Wernicke started the spring racing season off with a strong 5:37 at the challenging Oceanside California 70.3!

Scott Boyles, despite a series of mechanical issues on the bike, battled back with a 3:16 marathon for a total time of 10:35 at Ironman Los Cabos!

Antonio Picon has a strong finish at the San Juan 70.3 as warm-up to Ironman Brazil! Go Antonio!!

Success at the Laps for Literacy – 24hr Swim-A-Thon

Over 50 swimmers joined us all day and night from 7:00am Saturday, March 29th through 7:00am Sunday, March 30th to swim laps and raise over $10,000 for two wonderful charities, Literacy Volunteers of Morris County and JCC Metrowest!

Thank you to all of our supports, swimmers and volunteers!

Marathon Accomplishments!

Stephen GrossmanStephen Grossman goes sub 3 hrs (2:58) and sets a new PR at the Monster Mash Marathon!

Kellie Brown accomplished the Mississippi-Alabama “Back2Back”! This exciting challenge involves racing the Mississippi Blues Marathon on Saturday, then driving a few hours to Alabama, to run the Mobile First Light Marathon on Sunday. Congratulations to Kellie…who has now completed 40 marathons in 21 different states! Well on her way to completing a marathon in all 50 states! Go Kellie!

Tim Beasant set a new PR at the Getafe Half Marathon in the UK…Congratulations Tim!


MARATHON SUCCESS!!

Congratulations to Chas Melichar who raced to a new PR at the Mesquite Tri-States Marathon!
 

IRONMAN PR!!

Congratulations to Scott Boyles on his PR 9:35 at Ironman Cozumel!

Fall Marathon and Half Marathon Success!!

Congratulations to Kellie Brown who qualified for the Boston Marathon at the North Trail Marathon!

Congratulations to Luis Rafael Gonzales on his 1:29 at the Ferrol Half Marathon! Congrats to Tricia MacEvoy (PR 1:38), and Judi Germano at the Philly Half Marathon!

Dave Mantle tied his PR with a 2:57 at the Valencia Marathon! Caitlin Borgmann celebrates a new PR at the Philly Marathon!

Brenda Amarant celebrates a great finish and huge success at her very first marathon (Steamtown—PR!)

PR’s @ THE NYC MARATHON!!

Congratulations to Breena Fishback (NYC), Jen Gonyea (NYC), Gary Gluzman (PR!); Nick King (PR!); Ric Mora; Carol Morman (NYC-PR!), Rob Nossa (NYC), Beth Poore (NYC-PR!!), Karen Whitaker (NYC-PR!!/BQ!).
 

BIG SUCCESS AT IRONMAN FLORIDA!!

Congratulations to Jim Colby (PR!); Eve Dalphond (1st Ironman!); Craig Gruber (1st Ironman!); Peter Hyland (9:23 PR, 4th AG, Kona slot); Sean Reilly (9:28 PR!).
 

Craig Gruber smiles big for the camera after finishing his first Ironman!

IRONMAN FIRST TIMER!!

Francesco Pascalizi: You are an Ironman! Congratulations to Francesco on his first Ironman in Barcelona!
 

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IRONMAN CONGRATULATIONS!!

Congratulations to Jeff Kellogg on his amazing PR performance at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, HI!

HALF IRONMAN CONGRATS!

Miami 70.3: Congrats to Alejandro Martinez Espinosa on his first Half Ironman!

Half Marathon Success and Personal Records! Sorin Ciacon (Singapore-PR!); David Drucker (Hamptons-PR!); Gary Gluzman (Staten Island); Eamonn Noonan (Dublin, Ireland).

STEVE LEVINE QUALIFIES FOR NATIONALS IN TWO SPORTS-WOW!!

Congratulations to Steve Levine on qualifying for the 2014 National Championships in two sports: Swimming and Olympic Distance Triathlon!

World Sprint Championships- London

Special congratulations to Marcia Postallian for representing the USA at the Sprint World Championships in London!!

70.3 World Championships-Henderson, Nevada:

Special congratulations to Jeff Kellogg and Jim Colby on their great performances at 70.3 Worlds!

IronGirl Sandy Hook Success:

Congrats to Sharon Friedman and Ali Headley for their great performances at the IronGirl Sprint (a.k.a. Danskin.)

IronFit® Ladies –Clean-up in the 40-44 AG at Toughman!!

Congrats to Michele Smith, Elaine Wu Yang and Judi Germano for placing 2nd, 4th and 7th respectively in their age group at the Toughman 1/2 Ironman!

Ironman 70.3 Success!

Congratulations to Sharon Friedman (PR-Muncie); Craig Gruber (PR-Shoreman); Ali Headley (PR-Timberman!); Howard Konicov (PR-Timberman!) Dave Mantle (Luxembourg); Sean Reilly (1st AG & PR-Shoreman); Shannon Schlageter (PR-Timberman!); Susan Winkelried (PR-Rev3 Maine!)

Ironman Mt. Tremblant and Ironman Wisconsin!

Congratulations to Kellie Brown, Erling Hoie, JoAnn Pileggi (PR!), and Robert Serling!

Olympic Distance Triathlon Success!

Congratulations to Tim Beasant (PR-Aubonne); John Croft (2nd AG-Lake Stevens); David Drucker (PR-Mighty Hamptons), Rob Nossa (PR-Lake George)

Half Ironman Congratulations

Maureen Cullen (2nd place AG-Vineman 70.3); Shannon Schlageter (Racine 70.3)

Ironman Congratulations for Switzerland; Lake Placid and Vineman!

Eve Barrett (Swiss); Stephen Grossman (PR@LP!); Ari Kaplan (PR@LP!); John Kehoe (LP); Chas Melichar (PR @ VM!); Beth Poore (PR @ LP!); Dale Stephanos (PR@LP!).

New Jersey State Triathlon-Olympic & Sprint Distance Congratulations!!!

Jim Colby (PR!); Sheryl Eccles (PR!); Breena Fishback (PR!); Sharon Friedman (PR!); Gary Gluzman (PR!); Craig Gruber; Ali Headley (PR!); Erling Hoie; Peter Hyland (PR & 4th AG!); Doree Kesselbrenner (PR! & 3rd AG!); Howard Konicov (PR!); Rob Nossa (PR!); Craig Osten (PR!); Greg Perangelo (PR & 3rd AG!); Sean Reilly (PR & 2nd AG!); and Marcia Postillian (5th AG!); Melissa Silverman (PR!); Michele Smith (PR & 3rd AG!); Elaine Wang Yu (PR!); Susan Winkelried (PR!).

Ironman Success @ Coeur d’Alene, France, Austria!

Congratulations to Sam Cash (PR!), Tim Beasant (PR!), Kellie Brown (4th AG!), Doug Martin, Antonio Picon (PR!), and Andrew Winter (9:49 PR!).

Olympic Distance Congratulations! Strong Showings!

  • Milano Triathlon-Italy: Frank Pascalizi (PR!)
  • Philadelphia Triathlon (PA): Chuck Fowler and Judi Germano
  • Philippines 5150: Gilbert Tang
  • Queen City Triathlon (Montana): John Croft secures another AG victory!
  • Jersey Genesis Triathlon (NJ): Susan Winkelried –Top 3 in AG!
  • Wyckoff Triathlon (NJ): Sharon Friedman (PR!), Rob Nossa (PR!), Melissa Silverman (PR!)
  • REV3 (CT): Barbara Davis (PR!), Sharon Friedman, Doree Kesselbrenner (PR!)

70.3 RECORD PR’S@ EAGLEMAN!!

Eagleman 70.3 Congratulations! Maureen Cullen (PR!); Breena Fishback (PR!);Craig Gruber; Jeff Kellogg ; Greg Perangelo (PR!); Beth Poore (PR!); Shannon Schlageter (PR!); Michele Smith (PR!)

70.3 Success @ Mont TreBlanc, Rev3-Quassy, Syracuse!

Congratulations to Caitlin Borgman, Eve Dalphond (PR!), Gary Gluzman (PR!), Erling Hoie, Peter Hyland, Ari Kaplan (PR!) Howard Konicov, Craig Osten, Carl Wernicke (2nd AG-XC).

Ironman PR @ Cairns

Russ O’Hara goes 10:26 @ Ironman Cairns: Awesome job Russ!

MARATHON SWIM AROUND MANHATTAN!!

Manhattan Island Marathon Swim: Congratulations to Frank Levy for completing the 28.5 mile swim around

Manhattan…Awesome!

PR @ IRONMAN TEXAS

Jim Julich set an amazing new personal best of 9:46 at Ironman Texas! Way to go Jim!

Half Marathon Success!

Congratulations to David Drucker for achieving a new personal best time by over 12 minutes at the Brooklyn Half Marathon!

Susan Winkelried and her son have a great performance at the Super Hero Half marathon relay!

NY Gran Fondo!

Caitlin Borgmann toughs it out at the Gran Fondo and has a great ride in spite of the rainy weather! IMLP her she comes!

Excellent AquaVelo Performance!

Marcia Postallian won her Age Group and finished in the Top 2 Women Overall at the Jersey Man AquaVelo. Way to go Marcia!

Early Season Duathlon

Maureen Cullen comes in second place overall at the Bassman Long Course Duathlon…great job Mo!

Early Season Triathlon Success at Bassman, Devilman, Red Bank, Jerseyman, Harriman (NY) and Columbia (MD) !

Congratulations to our athletes on their Olympic Distance Success this past rainy weekend!

  • Michele Smith and Kellie Brown who swept the top 2 spots in their age group at the Red Bank Triathlon! JoAnn Pileggi places 2nd in her AG! Judi Germano for setting a PR at her first triathlon! Go IronFit Ladies!
  • Rob Nossa has an excellent performance at Red Bank Olympic!
  • Robert Serling who finished in the top 4 in his Age group at Harriman (NY) Triathlon!
  • Congratulations to Breena Fishback and Melissa Silverman for their great performances at JerseyMan Tri!
  • Gary Gluzman for his great performance at the Red Bank Triathlon!
  • Steve Levine for his great performance at the Columbia Triathlon!
  • Sharon Friedman, Ari Kaplan and Howard Konicov brave the cold and have great performances at Devilman!
  • Caitlin Borgmann toughs it out at the Olympic Distance Bassman Tri and Susan Winkelried sets a new PR at the Half Ironman at Bassman….awesome job ladies!!

Half Marathon and Marathon Performances!

Eugene Half Marathon (Oregon): Amy Arroyo set a new Personal Record at the Half Marathon by over 5 minutes…awesome!

Vancouver Half Marathon: Chas Melichar tied his Personal Best time…congratulations!

New Jersey Marathon: Congratulations to Peter Hyland who raced to an impressive time of 2:56hrs! And to Karen Whitaker for setting a new PR (3:40hrs)!!

LAPS FOR LITERACY - 24 HR SWIM!!

A big thank you to all our athletes and friends who supported our 24hr Swim- Laps for Literacy last Saturday! We had over 50 athletes swimming throughout the 24 hours and raised $10K and counting!

Special thanks to Andres Lederman, Deb Meany, Kevin Dibble and Don Fink for swimming the graveyard shift from 1am to 4am...13,000 yards!! And also Brian Erickson who put in an awesome 2 hour swam from 1-3am!! Thanks to everyone for all your support!

Half Ironman Success

New Orleans 70.3-Congrats to Sean Reilly who rallied back from a flat tire to a great finish!

10K Success!

Amy Arroyo set new Personal best times at the Mercer Island-California 10K...Go Amy!

Marathon Congratulations

Congratulations to Stephen Grossman, Craig Gruber, and Dale Stephanos on their great performances at the Boston Marathon!

Robert Serling set a new Personal Best at the Ocean Drive Marathon...Great job Robert!

Half Marathon Congratulations

Congratulations to Joe Altomare, Barbara Davis (new PR!), Breena Fishback, Sharon Friedman, John Kehoe, Doree Kesselbrenner (new PR!), Melissa Silverman, Michele Smith (new PR!), Susan Winkelried on their great performances at the United Half Marathon.

Congratulations to Maureen Cullen for her great performance at the Asbury Park Half!

Triathlon Success!

Grizzly Triathlon-Montana: Congrats to John Croft (2nd AG!) and Doug Martin on their awesome performance!

Jeff Kellogg’s going to Kona.

Congratulations to Jeff Kellogg on qualifying for the Ironman World Championships with him podium finish at Ironman Los Cabos!

Tri United in Phillippines!

Gilbert Tang set a new Standard (Olympic) Distance PR!! Congratulations!

Marathon Congratulations!

•    Cambridge Boundary Marathon (UK): Congratulations to Sam Cash on setting a new marathon PR!  

•    Congratulations to Tim Beasant on a new PR at the Barcelona Marathon!

Sneaker Factory 10K Congratulations!

Steve Levine (new PR!), Sharon Friedman (New PR!), and Michele Smith (New PR!!)

Half Marathon Congratulations!

•    NYC Half Marathon Success! Congratulations to Brenda Amarant (New PR !!)  and Gary Gluzman (New PR!)

•    New Bedford Half Success!  Dale Stephanos (New PR!)

•    E. Murray Todd Half Marathon Success! Congratulations to Craig Gruber (PR by 3 minutes!); Peter Hyland (1st in Age Group!); Beth Poore (PR by 7 minutes!); Robert Serling; (PR by 8 minutes) Howard Konicov (New PR!).

•    Colonial Half Marathon: Congratulations to Jeff Colburn on his PR (by 10 minutes!) performance!

•    Miami Half Marathon: Congratulations to Maria Claudia Garavito and David Drucker on their PR performances!

Don and Mel are excited to announce that their new book IronFit Strength Training and Nutrition for Endurance Athletes is now available.

World Champion Karen Smyers describes the book as “…practical, efficient, and essential, while Iron-Legion Scott Tinley calls it “superb.” Please get your copy here.

Dave Mantle goes 2:57:31 at Valencia Marathon

Congratulations to Dave on achieving his sub 3 hour marathon goal!

Ironman Arizona

Congratulations to Jeff Colburn, Doug Martin, and Steve Vecchione on successfully achieving the Ironman Dream. Jeff, Doug, and Steve…You are Ironmen!

10K Personal Best

Congratulations to Maria Claudia Garavito on setting a new 10K PB in Columbia!

Philly Marathon and Half Marathon

Congratulations to Chuck Fowler on a near-PB 3:19, Sharon Friedman for setting a new PR by an hour (4:27hrs), Susan Winkelried for setting a new PR (4:10 hrs) and Doree Kesselbrenner for setting a PR at the half marathon!

Come out and support our 5k Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning!

All the proceeds go to benefit the Literacy Volunteers of Morris County and the Interfaith Food Pantry.  Bring family and friends to enjoy a fun run! And if you are inclined, come out and volunteer before the race. We can always use help with registration!

And thank you to our title sponsor, The Sweetie Pig Foundation for their many years of support!

New York City Marathon gets cancelled as Hurricane Sandy ravages the tri-state area

The NYRR’s club makes the right decision in the wake of the damage and suffering that occurred and the impact still to same many people!  We are athletes for life but first and foremost we are human beings who care for our neighbors when they are in need! Kudos to our athletes for their caring and understanding!

Ironman Florida

Congratulations to Eve Barrett (New PR!); Patience Cogar (New PR!); Jim Colby (1st Ironman!); and Peter Hyland on their great performances!

Congratulations to Maureen Cullen, Sean Reilly, and Carl Wernicke

Congratulations to Maureen Cullen, Sean Reilly, and Carl Wernicke on their awesome performances at the Ironman World Championships, Kona, HI!

Poconos

Congratulations to our first time Half Ironman finishers, Breena Fishback and Melissa Silverman at Poconos ! And congratulations to Craig Gruber (PR!), Erling Hoie (PR!), Craig Osten (PR!), and Eric Siskind on their great performances at Poconos.

Dave Mantle smashed his Half Marathon personal best

Dave Mantle smashed his Half Marathon personal best with a 1:22:28 at the Oxford (UK) Half Marathon!

Congratulations to Carl Wernicke

Congratulations to Carl Wernicke on winning his age group in the Executive Challenge at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Las Vegas!

Summer Ironman Congratulations!

Kellie Brown (NYC-PR!); Diego Castillo (NYC-PR!); Maureen Cullen (NYC-1st in AG!); David Drucker (NYC-PR!); Sheryl Eccles (IMCDA-PR!!); Kim Elber (Lake Placid-PR!); Scott Gac (NYC-9:57!); Stephen Grossman (IMMT-PR!); Dirk Hasselkuss (Lake Placid); Erling Hoie (Lake Placid); Jim Julich (NYC); Jeff Kellogg (NYC); Eamonn Noonan (Lanzarote); Antonio Picon (NYC-PR!); Beth Poore (Lake Placid-PR!); Adam Reitman (Lake Placid-PR!); Mark Ruggeri (Lake Placid-PR!); Rob Russin (IMMT-PR!); Robert Serling (NYC-PR!); Dale Stephanos (Lake Placid-PR!); Peter Turek (Lake Placid-2nd AG!); Carl Wernicke (Texas-Kona!); Ian Walker (Sweden-PR!); Andrew Winter (Lanzarote); Jason Wiseberg (NYC-PR!); Adam Yarnold (NYC-PR!).

Summer 70.3 Congratulations!

Kellie Brown (Eagleman); Jeff Colburn (Eagleman); Maureen Cullen (Eagleman); David Drucker (Mooseman); Chuck Fowler (Eagleman); Scott Gac (Eagleman); Jen Gonyea (Rev3); Stephen Grossman (HITS-PR!); Craig Gruber (Rev 3-PR!); Mike Haus (Eagleman); Jim Julich (Eagleman-PR!); John Kehoe (Vineman); Jeff Kellogg (Syracuse);Howard Konicov (Rev3); Frank Levy (Rev 3); Dave Mantle (Antwerp-PR & WCQ!); Doug Martin (Napa); Beth Poore (Eagleman); Sean Reilly (Rev 3 & Bassman-PR & 1AG!); Adam Reitman (Rev3); Mark Ruggeri (Eagleman); Rob Russin (Syracuse); Robert Serling (Rev 3-PR!); Dale Stephanos (Mooseman-PR!); Peter Turek (Eagleman-3rd AG!); Ian Walker (Austria-PR!); Carl Wernicke (Rhode Island-WCQ!); Susan Winkelried (Syracuse); Jason Wiseberg (Eagleman-PR!); Adam Yarnold (NYC-PR!).

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