Madeline writes about running in New Jersey and beyond.
Her running columns have been published in The Daily Record , The Jersey Journal, The Home News Tribune, the National Masters News and Running Times.
Madeline has been running since the late 1970s when she set out to lose some weight and get in shape. Her first running partner was her quarterhorse, Missy. She would slip off Missy’s back and jog alongside the horse on the abandoned railroad bed in the Black River Wildlife Management Area that still serves as her favorite running course.
In 1982 Madeline entered the MidlandRun three-mile race. Running in the 15K was unthinkable to her then. She was soon competing in many local road races including a half marathon. At that time she was in her early forties and was routinely running a 10K, the predominant distance at that time, in under 44 minutes. Madeline won several road races outright and was always an age division winner.
Because of her late start in racing, Madeline can only wonder how she might have run in her prime years. She set most of her personal bests about ten years after starting racing and by that time she was in her fifties.
Around 1998 Madeline began to compete in Masters Track and Field and counts as her greatest accomplishments her performances at age 51, at the World Masters T&F Championship in Turku Finland in 1991 where she set personal best times of 2:42 for 800 meters and 5:24 for 1500 meters. At this meet, after only five months of training, Madeline won the Gold Medal in the Pole Vault. She set the W50 world record at that meet and reset it just a few weeks later at a US meet.
Madeline has competed in numerous national and world meets, including meets in South Africa, Australia, Great Briton, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Canada.