Attached please find the RESULTS of the 57th Asbury Park Polar Bear 5k Run. As you know, this year was much different from the other 56 editions of the race due to COVID restrictions, but we were able to keep the tradition going as the oldest road race on the Jersey Shore, one which has never been canceled. Ironically, the eighteen participants was not much less than the number who ran in the first ever Polar Bear in 1964.
I especially want to thank all of the runners who turned out on a chilly morning, and Walter, Elliott and John Kuhi for helping to manage the event. Some of you who have been attending the event for many years like Elliott (the event founder in 1964) , John and Phil Hinck know that the event has been held from sub-zero up to eighty degree weather, in rain and snow storms, and ice covered boards, but it has always been held. Hopefully, in 2021 we will be back up to the 500 plus Polar Bear runners that Erin was able to attract in 2019.
Happy New Year.
A huge congratulations to Jess Abbott for becoming a National Champion again while Liliah Gordon snagged 5th place at the USATF Junior Olympics XC Championships! Phenomenal job, girls - we are so very proud of you!
Shore A.C. extends a huge congratulations to Beth for officially winning the 2020 virtual Boston Marathon! Beth ran away with a new PR of 2:45.54! That is a 6:19 pace for 26.2 miles! Impressive work - a truly incredible accomplishment!!
Matt Cola at St. John's send Elliott Denman this wonderful press release
Aliann Pompey Promoted to Associate Head CoachLongtime assistant and former Olympian elevated to new role
The St. John’s Athletic Department recently announced that four-time Olympian Aliann Pompey has been elevated to the position of Associate Head Coach.“I have to thank Mike Cragg and Coach Hurt for this honor and I am appreciative of them for their support and tutelage,” Pompey said.“They’re both part of the reason why I am able to continue doing what I love here at St. John’s University. I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward working closely with our administration on continuing our tradition of success.”
Since joining the St. John’s track and field program as an assistant coach in 2014, Pompey has seen her athletes break the Red Storm’s indoor records twice in the 200 and 400 Meter Dashes while also eclipsing previous program bests in the 60 Meter Hurdles, 500 Meter Run and the 4×200 Meter Relay.
Pompey has also helped the Johnnies’ sprints and hurdles squad break outdoor records in the 100 Meter Hurdles, 800 Meter Run, the 4×200 Meter Relay and the 4×100 Meter Relay.
Most recently, Pompey guided Leah Anderson to three gold medals at the 2020 BIG EAST Indoor Championships, as she took first place in the 200, 400 and the 4×400 Meter Relay.
Anderson was named the conference’s most outstanding performer in track events and earned the BIG EAST High Point Performer Award, leading the field with 22.5 points. Pompey’s sprints and hurdles squad accounted for at least 60 percent of St. John’s total team points at the meet.
“I am very pleased and proud to have Coach Pompey become our associate head coach as she is exceptional in every way,” said Head Coach Jim Hurt.
“She is a great and winning coach, keenly intelligent and insightful, and a person of great character. She has made a significant impact on our program over the past six years and will continue to do so in the years to come.”
In 2017, Pompey assisted Adriana Wright in capturing the indoor BIG EAST High Point Performer Award after winning three gold medals in the 60 Meter Hurdles, 60 Meter Dash and the 200 Meter Dash. The following year, she helped Maya Stephens earn the conference’s Most Outstanding Co-Performer Award in track events accolade for her wins in the 200 and 400 at the 2018 indoor championships.
AS YOU SURELY KNOW, I HAVE FOREVER BELIEVED THIS ADAGE:
"Keep Walking New Jersey."
(New Jersey and everywhere else, too..)
So when the Johnnie Walker truck pulled up to Tim McLoone's Pier House, on the boardwalk in Long Branch, NJ,
this morning, it was the perfect occasion to advertise this point.
So here is the photo (attached above) attesting to all this..
Of course, my favorite beverage remains orange juice but if these challenging days continue for too long into the future, there's a possibility that Johnnie Walker may take a higher rung on my list of favored liquid refreshments.
(Photo courtesy of Mr. Douglas Friedman.)
AUGUST 17TH SAW THE CREW OF SAC PRESIDENT WALTER MACGOWAN, YOUTH XC DIRECTOR LESTER WRIGHT, HALL OF FAMERS HARRY NOLAN AND HOYLE MOZEE AT LAKE TAKANASSEE FOR A SYMBOLIC 2020 EVENT. HARRY AND WALTER TOED THE STARTING LINE TO KEEP THE LONG AND STORIED TRADITION OF THE SERIES RUNNING. HOPE WE CAN GET BACK TO NORMAL NEXT YEAR.
Atlanta Track Club Announces Common Ground Initiative
Club to Facilitate, Encourage and Provide Space for Conversations on Race
ATLANTA – July 21, 2020 −Atlanta Track Club, a non-profit with a mission of improving the health of Atlanta through running and walking, is asking Atlantans to slow down, pause their stopwatches and take a seat for a conversation on race. The Club on Tuesday announced its Common Ground initiative, a program designed to educate and inform its staff, leadership and members on issues of social justice and anti-racism.
Atlanta Track Club will give benches made from recycled water bottles used at the 50th Running of the AJC Peachtree Road Race to local non-profits, schools, parks, public institutions and partner corporations throughout the Metro Atlanta area. The benches – part of the Club’s existing efforts on environmental stewardship − will be used as a designated space for learning about the history and impact of systemic racism in the United States and listening to ways in which it might be dismantled.
“Following the murder of Ahmaud Arbery and far too many others, silence and complacency is unacceptable,” said Rich Kenah, Atlanta Track Club’s Executive Director. “As runners ourselves, Arbery’s death here in Georgia undermines our core belief that no one should fear for their life when they step out the door for run. Today, we commit to being an anti-racist voice and that begins with listening.”
Kenah and other members of the Club’s Diversity & Inclusion Commission are embarking on a listening tour, engaging in conversations with leaders who run with a focus on Black members of the running community. These conversations will be posted on YouTube and offered as podcasts. The first conversation, with Bob Holmes, longtime Georgia legislator and founding member of the South Fulton Running Partners, was released today. Holmes told Kenah that running as a sport can lead the way in making the world a better place.
“I’ve never really had any problem with anybody that I have been running with that is a different color than I am,” said Holmes. “I don’t know what it is about runners, but it creates a neat feeling among people. We are all interested in health. We are all interested in sisterhood and brotherhood. And we are all interested in achieving the same goal of keeping us healthy and safe.”
Founded in 1979, the South Fulton Running Partners is the nation’s oldest Black running club. Atlanta Track Club hosts a 12K road race in conjunction with the organization each January.
You can watch the complete interview with Holmes here or listen to on Atlanta Track Club’s Soundcloud page or on iTunes or Google Play.
Atlanta Track Club will be contacting organizations and groups to offer the opportunity to place one of the benches on their properties. Organizations interested in receiving a bench can also email email@example.com. In total, the Club hopes to place more than 20 benches as part of its Common Ground initiative.
Atlanta Track Club has also announced updates to its diversity and inclusion statement, which can be found here.
About Atlanta Track Club
Atlanta Track Club is a nonprofit committed to creating an active and healthy Atlanta. Through running and walking, Atlanta Track Club motivates, inspires and engages the community to enjoy a healthier lifestyle.
With more than 30,000 members, Atlanta Track Club is the second largest running organization in the United States. In addition to the AJC Peachtree Road Race (peachtreeroadrace.org) – the largest 10K in the world, the Publix Atlanta Marathon, PNC Atlanta 10 Miler and Invesco QQQ Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon, Atlanta Track Club directs more than 30 events per year. Through the support of its members and volunteers, Atlanta Track Club also maintains a number of community initiatives including organizing and promoting the Kilometer Kids youth running program to metro Atlanta youth, honoring high school cross country and track and field athletes through Atlanta Track Club’s All-Metro Banquets and supporting the Grady Bicycle EMT program. For more information on Atlanta Track Club, visit atlantatrackclub.org.
MESSAGE FROM ELLIOTT DENMAN
I love track and field.
I love its total inclusiveness – there’s something in it for everybody.
It’s been that way seemingly forever.
It’s been the most democratic of pastimes in our nation virtually from Day One.
And I’m oh-so-proud to remind you that our own Shore Athletic Club has been doing it all so-very-well dating back to its own origins in the early 1930s.
While others – other sports, other athletic clubs – were brainlessly drawing ethnic boundaries and imposing participation limitations of one thoughtless kind or other, Shore AC was always there to take the opposite route, as a great shining example of what America really-truly/ oh-so-surely should be.
If ever there was an All-American track and field team, that was Shore AC then and that is what Shore AC is now.
That make me very-very-very proud and I hope it makes all of us just as
very-very-very proud as I am right now and will forever continue to be.
These, of course, are doubly challenging days.
We’ve been self-contained since mid-March. We still have no clear idea when we’ll be able to resume all our great activities – staging meets and races that provide huge opportunities to the whole world; fielding and supporting Varsity and Masters and Age-Group teams and then sending them out to compete against all their contemporaries, and setting one tremendous example to all of our communities.
We certainly hope you’ve been “hanging in there” best you can – one way or another.
We know how anxious you surely are to return to a degree of normalcy.
But until that great day comes, and our nation truly embraces the one-for-all, all-for-one view of all things, that our club and our sport represent so very well, let’s just continue doing all we can to weather the storm.
Yes, yes, yes, let's hope that the rest of the nation can do it as well as we have been doing all along.
Track and field metaphors seem to deliver this message best. This is not a sprint but a marathon. There are high hurdles to clear. All bars must be set high. And we can’t possibly do it alone. Life is a relay race forever. The baton is in your hands, and mine.
Run strongly, run bravely, dear Shore AC teammates.
Written from home, June 3, 2020
To Our Illustrious Shore AC Teammates:
Let me say that I hope you've all been enduring these toughest of times as best you can and "hanging in there"
in true Shore AC spirit of optimism and enthusiasm for a much better immediate future.
Be well, be safe, be strong, be cheerful. be ready to resume full-fledged action when the all-clear message is sounded,
We know that lots of you are putting this "confinement time" to postive use by catching up on a whole lot of things around the house that have been in "delay mode" for quite a while.
That certainly is the case around the Denman home.
As you may have guessed, I have amassed a huge array of "great stuff" from track meets and road races and
ballgames and athletic events of all kind from all my travels, around the state, the nation, and locations far beyond for the past six decades and more.
It consists of books and programs and magazines and lots more. "Great stuff" from local and national events all the way up to the Olympic Games and World Championships. And that is why we are starting the Shore AC Library. Over 20 boxes of it have been brought to Harry Nolan's home in Middletown Township where Harry fortunately has room - for now - for this material in his office and garage.
We hope to get it collated and organized at some time not too far down the road. Harry also envisions this material having a more permanent home, and a more accessible home, in the future, perhaps at a Monmouth County Library facilty, which would be wonderful. Another thought would be to find a home for all this at a college or university facility. That would be an excellent idea, too.
If any of you out there are at all interested in any aspect of this project, please let us know. You would be perfectly welcome to borrow items or perhaps find another home for them. All reasonable suggestions would be welcomed.
So there we are. Please let us know if you are at all interested in any aspect of this Shore AC Library project!!
It was a great day, and a very competitive and thrilling relay right down to the last fifty yards. Good running with
social distancing showed that we can be safe and still run small events. The following are the splits from Mo,
and total team times: Out own Penn Relays.
Race: Shore A.C. Intramural 4 x 400 meter relay
Date: May 2, 11:30 am, CBA track
Temp: 60 degrees, slight wind
Team "A" Team "B"
Brian Hill - 65.35 Greg Calhoun - 62.17
Bob Andrews - 67:91 Hal Leddy - 74.79
Harry Nolan - 75.98 John Kilduff - 73.67
Scott Linnell - 75.73 Tony Plaster - 76.49
Team Times: 4:45.97 4:47.12
Big thanks to Hoyle "Mo" Mozee for taking the time to come and time the event with splits.
Looking forward to another relay perhaps in a few weeks either at 4 x 800 or even a
possible DM. Lot of fun with the club masters.
THANK YOU TO HARRY NOLAN FOR ORGANIZING!!