On Sunday, Sept 9, 2018
LIBERTY WATERFRONT HALF MARATHON OPENS FALL ROAD RACING CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON
While the 5km New Jersey cross country championship opened the fall cross country season, the first fall road championship of the season is the Newark Liberty half marathon that will be held next Sunday in Jersey City. Blessed with stunning views of the Manhattan skyline, and flat, flat, flat, it can still be a challenging course due to the many turns and changes of surfaces to run on.
Nevertheless, the race draws a huge field of runners with 2017 topping out at 2,514 finishers. Joshua Izewski of Doylestown PA won the race in 1:11:46. The women’s race was won by Sairi Maeda, whose hometown was listed simply as Japan. She finished third overall in 1:12:48, one second ahead of her countryman Takashi Kakimoto.
The half marathon will play a big role in the club and team grand prix. The Garden State Track Club New Balance has a huge lead in the club grand prix thanks to their abundance of open men and women’s teams. The Clifton Running Club is in second with the Garmin Runners third and the Shore Athletic Club in fourth place. The open men’s division has three teams taking first through third followed by the Freedom Running Club with the Garmin Runners a close fifth.
On the open women’s side, the Garden State club’s A team has a 31 point lead over the Garmin women followed by the Garden State B team. Clifton is in fourth place.
There is a tie between Garden State and the Garmin team in the M40 division with both teams holding 68 points. There is a triple tie for the next three places at 39 points for the Garden State’s B team, the Shore club and Clifton.
There are no ties in the Women’s 40 division with Clifton in first place over the Garmin runners with the Garden State team in third.
The Garmin M50 team has a 14 point lead over Garden State at 70 points to 56 with Clifton in third with 49 points in their division. The Clifton women are also in first in the W50 division with the Garmin team in second and the North Jersey Masters third.
In the M60 division the Shore’s A team has a twelve point lead over Clifton with the Fleet Feet Essex men only three points back. The Shore’s B team is in a tie at 21 points with the North Jersey Masters for fourth place. The North Jersey Masters lead the W60 division with the Raritan Valley Road Runners next and Clifton in third.
Clifton is in the lead in the M70 division with the North Jersey club in second and the Central Jersey Road Runners in third. The Morris County Striders have the lead in the W70 division over the North Jersey Club. The Striders W80 team is the sole contender in that division.
USATF NEW JERSEY HAS TRANSFERRED TO SNAPPY NEW WEBSITE
The standings will be posted on the new New Jersey USATF website. It has been a bumpy ride as the website has undergone a makeover and not without mishap. Some files were lost temporarily during the transition and some pages are still missing and some pages are incomplete.
However, information is now available that had never been before. In a changing montage New Jersey athletes are pictured with their accomplishments lauded on the home page. The results of recent events are now available on the home page, including long distance running championships. The long distance running calendar is now a click away on the home page as are the two grand prix and the individual New Balance grand prix standings.
A calendar of USATF sanctioned events can be found at www.usatfnj.org or at www.raceforum.com for running and tri and biathlon events.
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