2017 Seneca 7 Wrap

I finally have a few moments to sit down and reflect on this years Seneca 7 relay race. A 77.7 mile circumnavigation of beautiful Seneca lake in New York’s Finger Lakes region. This years field consisted of 319 teams equaling 2,233 runners.

This year we had an unexpected short notice injury to team member Jordan Varano. Jordan reluctantly had to bail out a week prior to the race. However friend Juan Martinez answered the call and I cannot thank Juan enough for stepping up and taking Jordan’s spot on short notice. Juan was a perfect fit for our team!

Our team “Liar, Liar, Feet on Fire” had some pretty stiff competition in the “Renegade 7” another all male team from Binghamton, NY who would go onto win the event placing first overall. They completed the course in 7:34:02 setting a new course record. The “Cayuga 7” a mixed team from Ithaca, NY finished first place mixed, second place overall with a course time of 7:40:40. Our team placed second male and third place overall with a time of 7:53:40 a 12 minute PR from last year with an average pace of 6:04 per mile.

During last years Seneca 7 we formed a friendship with Tom and Carrie Thompson owners of Bottomless Brewing in Geneva. Tom and Carrie were gracious enough to sponsor our team for this years event. Not only do they brew some really great beer but they add that extra special to this great running community we have. I love to run but what I love even more is the people and friendships running has graced my life with and that is always a winning combination.

And lastly I was overwhelmed with pride at the sheer volume of runners from the Triple Cities area in which we live and who I call friends.

Cheers!

Liar, Liar, Feet on Fire 2017 Seneca 7.
L-R: Ryan Heinlein, Dan Cavalari, Juan Martinez, Joe Geronimo, Adrian Milisavljevich, James Wilson & Aaron Perry
Liar, Liar, Feet on Fire 2nd place male, 3rd place overall 2017 Seneca 7.
Liar, Liar, Feet on Fire with Tom Thompson of Bottomless Brewing in Geneva, NY.
A well earned beer after the 77.7 mile Seneca 7.
Just a small portion of runners from the Triple Cities area at the 2017 Seneca 7.
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Halloween 13K & Relay: “If you can dodge a wrench you can dodge a ball”

This past weekend my friend Tom Hanselman and I ran the Halloween 13K & Relay right here in Endicott as team Hanselween 2016. This was our second year running this race and it has quickly become a favorite of ours. For starters this race is right in our backyard so to speak. The cost is inexpensive, the fleece jacket this year is awesome and the candy corn on the cake is all the costumes the runners came up with. I just love all the effort that was put into this race. For me personally I try to find something easy to run in. The movie Dodgeball so happens to be a favorite of mine and I found an “Average Joe’s gym costume and hit the pavement running. Tom brought back his Yukon Cornelius costume minus the “Stache” due to technical problems…

Tom and I would finish 2nd place in the relay with a time of 54:57 besting last years performance by 21 seconds. Time and place aside this was a fun time and we are already talking about next year.

A huge thank you to the race director, volunteers, Police and everyone else that made this race a success, Happy Running!

 

Tom & I prior to the Halloween 13K & Relay October 29th 2016.
Tom & I prior to the Halloween 13K & Relay October 29th 2016.
Tom Hanselman running leg #1 along the Halloween 13K & Relay October 29th 2016. Photo courtesy of Confluence Running.
Tom Hanselman running leg #1 along the Halloween 13K & Relay October 29th 2016. Photo courtesy of Confluence Running.
Joe Geronimo runner #2 Halloween 13K & Relay October 29th 2016. Photo courtesy of Confluence Running.
Joe Geronimo runner #2 Halloween 13K & Relay October 29th 2016. Photo courtesy of Confluence Running.

Oakley Corners Snowshoe Adventure!

Ruff on the frozen pond at Oakley Corners February 10th 2015.
Ruff on the frozen pond at Oakley Corners February 10th 2015.

Today I was back at it, snowshoeing at Oakley Corners in the town of Owego, NY. I decided to bring the mutt with me. Ruff is a rescue, a mix of a Brittany Spaniel and English Setter. We’ve had him for several years now and he loves the snow.

I met up with friends Jim, Gwen, Chris and Chris’s dog Ruby. Conditions are still prime here for XC skiing and snowshoeing and the temperature wasn’t to bad at 19 degrees. Our hike took us around the perimeter following the yellow trail for 3.46 miles.

This has been a nice break from running and some great winter cross training in my opinion. Hopefully this coming Saturday I will get my older son Michael out snowshoeing before the real frigid temperatures arrive come Sunday.

All in all another great day here in the beautiful Southern Tier of New York!

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Myself and Ruff at Oakley Corners February 10th 2015.
Myself and Ruff at Oakley Corners February 10th 2015.
Myself, Ruff and Ruby at Oakley Corners February 10th 2015.
Myself, Ruff and Ruby at Oakley Corners February 10th 2015.
Gwen, Jim & Chris at Oakley Corners February 10th 2015.
Gwen, Jim & Chris at Oakley Corners February 10th 2015.
Ruff along the trail February 10th 2015.
Ruff along the trail February 10th 2015.
Gwen making her way along the yellow trail at Oakley Corners February 10th 2015.
Gwen making her way along the yellow trail at Oakley Corners February 10th 2015.
Gwen, Jim & Ruff taking in the beauty of Oakley Corners February 10th 2015.
Gwen, Jim & Ruff taking in the beauty of Oakley Corners February 10th 2015.
Ruby & Ruff getting acquainted February 10th 2015.
Ruby & Ruff getting acquainted February 10th 2015.
Gwen at Oakley Corners February 10th 2015.
Gwen at Oakley Corners February 10th 2015.
Jim is angling for a slobbery kiss from Ruff February 10th 2015.
Jim is angling for a slobbery kiss from Ruff February 10th 2015.
Chris is getting ready for some XC skiing at Oakley Corners February 10th 2015.
Chris is getting ready for some XC skiing at Oakley Corners February 10th 2015.
Making our way through the woods February 10th 2015.
Making our way through the woods February 10th 2015.
Crazy mutt enjoying the snow February 10th 2015.
Crazy mutt enjoying the snow February 10th 2015.
New York State trail marker at Oakley Corners February 10th 2015.
New York State trail marker at Oakley Corners February 10th 2015.

Coffee Talk

Over the past year I’ve been hemming and hawing about buying a Keurig. On one shoulder I had the devil saying its too expensive and on the other a devil saying “Oh what the Hell”. Then this past summer while at a friends house for a BBQ I was treated to a cup of Green Mountain Coffee “Wild Mountain Blueberry” brewed in a Keurig. I’ll be honest it was some of the best coffee I have had. Basically killing my Dunkin Donuts obsession on the spot. However I discovered while in Vermont the very next day I could buy it in ground form for my $12.00 four cup Mr. Coffee pot. Hey it works!

When I returned from Vermont I took to Twitter and Green Mountain Coffee to profess my new found love of their coffee. To my surprise Green Mountain rewarded me with a free coffee mug which by the way I am still waiting for in the mail. But I also discovered that they soon were going to release “Pumpkin Spice” coffee for the upcoming fall season. Ok now I’m going bonkers here! A few key strokes later and I’m at their website going to order a bag only to discover its an additional $4.99 shipping here to New York. Well I’m not paying $4.99 to ship a bag of coffee. My depression sets in, in my defeated mind I go to our local Wegman’s “www.wegmans.com” which is like the Mecca of grocery stores, heading right for the coffee isle. No Green Mountain Coffee to be found. Ok I need to see a doctor now because life is OVER I tell you. Heading home with my tail between my legs I take to the internet only to discover that Green Mountain Coffee is organic. That it wouldn’t be found in the coffee isle at Wegman’s BUT the “Nature’s Market” section with all the other organic products. Car keys in hand I race back to Wegman’s. Low and behold there it is, in all its roasted glory staring at me while the drool runs over my lips, I leave the store feeling triumphant!

Fast forward to yesterday as I bring in the days mail and what to wandering eyes should appear, but a Bed Bath & Beyond catalogue with a Keurig B45 Elite Brewer on sale for $99.00. I quckly start to salivate and remember I just saw a 20% off coupon for Bed & Bath in one of my wife’s 6 million magazines that come to the house. Snip, snip and this morning I am off to the store. I had a moment of fear race through my body while driving the Vestal Parkway thinking that I would have to literally beat the crowds of people away in order to get my prize. All that fear was for naught as the Egyptian Pyramid of Keurig brewers stood tall in the front of the store. Spiking the football in a symbolic touchdown victory I raced around the other side of the display like that of a kid on Christmas morning pulling two boxes of Green Mountain K-Cups from the shelf, coupon in hand I bolt towards the register with the speed of a marathon runner, leaving the store in utter victory.

Cheers!

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Proud Dad!

With the skies overcast, the atmosphere humid, the ground wet and some runners covered in mud, the cross country teams had a blast competing in today’s meet at Ann McGuiness school in Endicott, NY.

My son Michael runs modified for his school the “Maine-Endwell Spartans”. My mom and dad who have a home on Long Island and one just over the border in Pennsylvania happened to be up this weekend. This is actually the first time they have had the opportunity to watch Michael run in the two years he has been on cross country. I think they were impressed.

I myself was impressed. Michael isn’t setting any land speed records but compared to last year he has grown tremendously. Definitely in his running but more so in his attitude towards it. I saw this first hand yesterday when I had the opportunity to run with him and his team during practice, we paced an 8:00 mile together. Not only has his ability improved but I was most proud of his sportsmanship. Isn’t that what it’s all about?

Cheers!

And there off!
And there off!
Michael in blue back right.
Michael in blue back right.
Michael approaching the finish line.
Michael approaching the finish line.

Maegan Krifchin – USA Half Marathon Championships

A rainy, damp and slightly chilly Thursday (Typical Binghamton Weather) would not slow down the Binghamton Area Runners group run at the newly opened Confluence Running in Binghamton, New York. This run would be a little different today as Maegan Krifchin of Stotan Racing (http://stotanracing.com) would join us for our run and a meet and greet afterwards.

Maegan Krifchin, center, and members of the Binghamton Area Runners. Image © Joe Geronimo
Maegan Krifchin, center, and members of the Binghamton Area Runners. Image © Joe Geronimo

Maegan graduated from JFK Bellmore High School on Long Island with a running scholarship to Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. In 2010 she graduated with a BS in Health & Exercise Science. Moving on to grad school in Ithaca, New York Maegan finished with a MS Occupational Therapy.

Maegan Krifchin speaks with runners at Confluence Running in Binghamton, New York. Image © Joe Geronimo.
Maegan Krifchin speaks with runners at Confluence Running in Binghamton, New York. Image © Joe Geronimo.

Speaking to about 25 runners yesterday evening Maegan’s running accomplishments are pretty impressive to say the least. Career Highlights: 2nd Place at 2012 US Half Marathon Championships, 2012 US Marathon Trials Qualifier, R&R Philadelphia 1/2 Marathon: 1st American, 1:11:04 (3rd fastest US women’s time/2011), Boilermaker Road Race: 5th overall, 1st American, All-Big East Conference in Cross Country (2009), ECAC Champion Mile (2010), All- Northeast Regional Team 2008-2009, Northeast Regional Team champions 2008-2009, ECAC Champion 1000 (2007), NCAA Division I Academic All American 2010, High School All-American 2006. Maegan will be competing in the USA Half Marathon Championships on June 22, 2013 in Duluth, Minnesota.

I’m new to running and I have to admit I was just a bit intimidated in meeting Maegan. Those fears quickly subsided, Maegan with her friendly and bubbly personality put me at ease. Talking with Maegan and listening to her speak gave me new perspective on my running and my future goals. Just like her a marathon is definitely in my future.

Joe Geronimo and Maegan Krifchin after a wet run Thursday June 6th 2013 in Binghamton, New York.
Joe Geronimo and Maegan Krifchin after a wet run Thursday June 6th 2013 in Binghamton, New York.

Check out Maegan’s Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/people/Maegan-Krifchin/5522945

Cheers!
Joe