By Scott Linnell
Eagle-fast members of Shore Athletic Club seized glory for themselves and the club at two high visibility race on the weekend before Thanksgiving.
On Saturday, November 20, Roberta Groner notched another masters victory as she bested all 40-and-over ladies in the Philadelphia Half Marathon. Her scorching time of 1:14:05, a pace of 5:39 per mile, ranked her fourth among all women.
Pictured Above: Roberta Groner tears up the downtown boulevards of Philadelphia.
Shore AC was also superbly represented by Kristen Prendergast, who placed third among masters females in 1:21:43. Newcomer Christiana Rutkowski finished a mere 8 second behind Kristen, crossing in 1:21:50.
The following day, several Shore AC men honored one of the USA’s greatest presidents in the59th annual JFK 50 mile race in Maryland. Justin Scheid covered the half-century course in an amazing time of 5:46:21 to place fifth overall out of 933 runners. Rick Lee navigated the long, winding course in a tremendous 7:20:58, beating all other 60-and-over runners by well over an hour – EXCEPT for a local 61-year-old that finished 1 minute ahead of Rick. (Where did THAT guy come from???) Shortly thereafter, Tim McQueen completed the ultramarathon in a herculean 7:43:31. Well done to all three outstanding gentlemen!
Pictured Above: Justin Scheid all smiles with 5th place award.
Pictured Below: Rick Lee hits his stride along a stream-side trail.
Pictured Above: Tim McQueen is congratulated at the finish line by Reno Stirrat.