(Photo) The June 2007 racewalk on an idyllic Green Lake day. That's Gregg on his bike,Steve, Stan and Ann following.
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November 12, SSR, Green Lake, Seattle.
I'm blaming Bob for the weather. Forecast for an overnight low of 49 and mostly sunny 60 degrees for Saturday; what we got were strong winds, 35 to 50 mph gusting, with rain, heavy at times, throughout our Saturday Green Lake procession. A true Pineapple Express for the five walkers present for this trip, we all got our tickets punched.
Cindy Jatul was timed for her first official Second Saturday event, posting a very nice 33:39, as I walked with her; and, we had a late showing for Patricia, who wanted a clinic, but met us on our second lap social warm-down, walking with us for the final 1.5 miles.
1. 29:43 Ann Tuberg - 56
October 8, SSR, Green lake, Seattle
Timer DiBo saw three intrepid Green lake athletes cruise around in 57 degree weather with a slight wind, some gusts, which intensified after the timed lap. There was one Clinic attendee, Anne, who enjoyed the process enough to walk with us on the cool-down lap. She did over 3 miles and at a 38 minute AGL pace. Our own Ann Tuberg turned in another swift time, while Glen pushed hard with help from bob to put in a pre-race effort as he prepares for the UW Dawg Dash 10km event.
1. 27:09 - Ann Tuberg
Sept. 25, One Hour Postal racewalk,Banks HS track, Oregon
Women (distance in meters walked)
30-39 Ashley Hartmeier-Prigg, 9,817.9, Aloha, OR
50-59 Mike Rehder 9,539.4 Seattle, WA
August 13, Second Saturday Green Lake, 2.8 miles, unjudged
Temperature in the low 70's at the start, very light breeze, today's high eventually hit 86 degrees. Comments compliments of Steve.
1. 25:36 Steve DiBernardo, 63 - A 190 heart rate at the finish, still has the arrhythmia; yet, his fastest time since July, a year ago. Optimistic for the future.
July 30, USATF Pacific Northwest Open & Masters Track & Field Championships
July 16, Second Saturday Racewalk, 2.8 Mile, Unjudged. (report from Steve)
Our belated Second Saturday @ Green Lake was held this 3rd weekend, rescheduled due to the Region 13 Junior Olympic Track Championship, held last week. We traversed the loop, in concert with the Annual Milk Carton Derby, along with the usual great crowd visiting the park, and we had a good turnout considering the change in the date.
Diana, Michelle, Beth and Richard were otherwise committed, so we missed them this time around. I have also heard from a few others who've joined us in the past, so we may be seeing one or two more before the summer ends.
The weather was cool, though humid, to greet the six walkers at the starting line. One lap later, they posted these results:
1. 27:14 Ann Turberg (56) - With a goal of breaking 27 minutes, she was very close to making it! Next month?
Submitted by Timer DiBo
(Sunday: meanwhile, back at the lake 24 hours later (nearly to the minute) our intrepid Chronomaster, Timer DiBo, hoping to turn back the clock by traveling in a clockwise direction around the lake, was not successful in his quest, as he finished a lap of the lake exactly 24 hours and 27-ish minutes after the group had on the morning before. Back to the drawing board...)
Everyone got to meet our newest Clinic Attendee, Cindy Jatul, before they left for their casual lap. Like many of us who discover racewalking, Cindy is a former runner, looking for an alternative aerobic exercise that does not stress the injuries many of us have suffered. Also an avid hiker, she hopes to gain some endurance and cardio strength from racewalking, without the pounding we suffer from running.
News from the USA National Masters Track and Field Championship meet, held last weekend in Grande Rapids, MI, as our own Richard Zerbe traveled there to compete in the 5km Walk. He is making very good progress since his knee replacement surgery. Richard finished 4th, in somewhat windy conditions, posting a time of 37:17.15, in a close race. There was one DQ in Richard's age group, a rather well-known name; John Backlund. Richard drew only one caution during the race, a fine technical achievement.
For those of us preparing for a competitive test, remember that July highlights the PNTF Open and Masters Track and Field Meet, at West Seattle Stadium. Online and on time entry deadline is July 23, and can be found by clicking HERE. The meet features a 5km Walk that starts at 8:45am. Current entries as of this email are Diana Thurman, Richard Zerbe and Mike Rehder. However, these entries comprise age groups 30 and up, so I am not certain if we have any younger entries at this time.
The late entry deadline for this meet is the 27th of July. Age requirement is 19 and older to enter this meet.
To close, Richard and I met on Sunday at 10:am for a walk around the lake. Anyone wanting to join us at this time, most every Sunday, are more than welcome to join us. We walked the loop in 37 minutes. If I am unable to make it for Sundays at any time for the rest of the Summer, I will let you all know.
June 11, Second Saturday Racewalk, 2.8 Mile, Unjudged.
The weekend's cool June weather did not distract our group at all, as we had ten walkers present and 9 toe the line to take the 2.8 mile tour around Green Lake this month. Temps at 55 degrees, light wind, partly blue skies, only one week since the temperatures went above 90 degrees, our walkers set off into the wind. A very fast Ann Tuberg led them all back to the start in a very fast time. It was great to see this many out for the second Saturday walk and a pleasure to have Edwin Anderson be with us this month, looking technically sound recording a very nice time! Results:
1. 27:35; Ann Tuberg, 56
Timer; Steve DiBernardo, colder than the rest.
Heard from both Michelle and Beth, saying they were thinking us, but out of town for Beth and a Graduation event for Michelle. By August, who knows, we might have 12 finishers for our Green lake dash.
June 4, Seattle Parks Preview Track and Field Meet
1500 Meter Walk
1. Beth Crane, 22, 9:54.75, Unattached, Redmond, WA
1. Bob Novak, 66, 18:15.68, Unattached, Bainbridge Island, WA
There were three cautions during the race, all bent knee, with no athlete getting a DQ proposal from any of the judges.
Starter: Bill HIckman
May 14, Second Saturday Racewalk, 2.8 Mile, Unjudged.
A small turn-out for our May Second Saturday Green Lake walk. The weather was cool, with light winds from the southwest, cloudy, but no rain. There was one person to attend the Clinic, Gabe Currier, who is learning correct racewalking technique to prepare for the Portland to Coast RaceWalk Relay, to honor his father who passed away recently. His dad, James Currier, walked with the Sierra Racewalkers group and Beware Sierra for the Portland to Coast RaceWalk Relay, which he did for almost 20 years of the 24-year history for this long relay institution.
There were three athletes to toe the line for the fast lap at Green Lake. Dr. Richard Zerbe is back to training and looked very smooth and fit coming in for his lap, post knee replacement surgery.
Mike Rehder, 59, 28:18
Hard rain during 3K but otherwise OK weather. Here are results as compiled by Steve.
3000 Meter Race Walk
1 16:46.36 - Ashley Hartmeier-Prigg W31 Racewalkers NW - Aloha, OR
Finals - Men
1 17:47.90 - Mike Rehder M59 Racewalkers NW - Seattle, WA
*New Meet Record, set by Goetz Klopfer; old record, 19:50.20* 1989, G. O’Neal
DQ - Ron MacPike M83 Racewalkers NW - Milwaukie, OR
One Mile Race Walk
1 8:35.10 - Ashley Hartmeier-Prigg W31, Racewalkers NW - Aloha, OR
Finals - Men
1 9:16.95 - Mike Rehder M59 Racewalkers NW - Seattle, WA
*New Meet Record, set by Goetz Klopfer; old record, 10:00.98* 2003, Ron MacPike
April 9, Second Saturday Racewalk, 2.8 Mile, Unjudged.
The weather was very nice for us as April sunshine graced the lake, with mild wind and 55 degree air temps. While Ann Tuberg, Steve DiBernardo, Cheryl and Mike Skoda, Michelle Cunningham and a couple others were all missing the "official" loop this month, we still had four racewalking finishers with excellent times!
Other attendees included Glen and Bert Moore, Dora Choi and Richard Zerbe! These four, who walked for about 25 minutes on an out and back direction at a moderate pace during the official loop, returned in time to witness the finish.
Looking great technically, in early season form with fast times, are the finishers, led by Mike and Bob, who made a good race of it with a close times:
1. 27:25 - Mike Rehder, 59
Timer: Steve DiBernardo
March 12 Second Saturday Racewalk, 2.8 Mile, Unjudged.
With cool temperatures and a wind from the southwest, we had a good turnout and decent times, though it is still early in the year. As we see better weather it is my hope to see many of the people included in this email come out and join us. A few of us who have time head over to the Revolutions Cafe for some good coffee, muffins, cookies or scones - and great conversation, after our laps of the lake.
March 6, 5K and 10K racewalks, Banks, Oregon
February 13, Second Saturday Racewalk, 2.8 Mile, Unjudged., Steve's report: With cool temps at 43 degrees and no rain, the light southwest wind was tolerable. The rain held off until just after noon, and we were well away by then.
We enjoyed a good group today for our monthly walk around Green Lake, with 8 official times for the lap and an honorable mention for two new attendees, participating in the Clinic. They also did a complete lap of the lake, after our main groups' timed loop.
Rick and Sheryl, husband and wife, both enjoyed a clinic from Steve and then walked around the 2.8 loop, both using very good technique. Rick, 65, has participated in several Seattle to Portland bicycle events and Cheryl, 59, is formerly a soccer player, crew member, triathlete, now looking forward to racewalking, after a hip replacement. We completed the Green Lake Loop in under 39 minutes, a very good first time effort for both Cheryl and Rick. Well done, keep working together and stay with it.
27:47 - Mike Rehder, 56
Dora was gracious in helping Sandy with pacing on this first walk, for her, at our Second Saturday event. Thanks Dora, and well done, Sandy!
Glen Moore has gone under the knife for shoulder surgery. We expect him to return as early as March, more likely April. And, for DiBo, this is his first time back to walking since December 12, 2015. His layoff was made more interesting due to a slip and fall on an escalator during a rainy afternoon, January 19, 2016. After recovering from a badly lacerated left ankle, he is happy to be back!
January 9, Second Saturday Racewalk, unjudged
Cold day around 40 degrees. Some fog. Lots of strollers and a dachshund meetup group.
December 20, Jingle Bell Run 5K, Kona, Hawaii, Warm but decent morning, hilly course as usual and was happy to almost break 10 minute miles.
Stan Chraminski, 68, 31:20
December 12, Second Saturday Racewalk, Cold wet weather so times were off the usual paces for many.
Steve DiBernardo, 62 27:?? (finished first and no one caught the exact time)
November 14, Second Saturday Racewalk, Five walkers on a 50 degree morning with some rain, a little wind and rain coats on all of us at the start. Pleasant coffee event following the walk.
Steve DiBernardo, 62. 25:53
November 14, Stan in Kona had a hilly half marathon in usual 80/60 heat, humidity conditions for a 2:27:04. Was very happy because only 20 seconds a mile off recent 10K pace. Able to push all they way on only 12 mile longest training walk. Found an old racing key lately in doing a few (5-6) 30 second hard pickups topped off with 1/4 mile hard the day before the race. Thought I was too old to do this final speed taper but worked twice now where race pace felt good the next day. Did a big 4 mile PR in a shorter tempo workout on this method. It takes fast turnover workout to get the speed going and day before light speed carries over I've found. Try it out and let me know how it works for you.
October 10, Second Saturday Racewalk, Good turnout and a newcomer from Whidbey Island, Ed, welcomed to our group. We need his last name and age to complete our results page.
Mike Rehder, 55. 27:31
Stan in Kona, Hawaii, reports two 10K races in the past month, both in high 80's temp with humid conditions. That's the current excuse. Plus lack of intense speed work other than 6 mile tempo walks. Now found a good park where I can do pickups and a .3 mile circle loop for speed training. Both 10K courses were somewhat hilly with long gradual uphills. Also, neither offered any split times along the way. Seems to be the trend here I guess. Times were 67:33 and 67:45, so consistent but barely under 11 pace. Planning on a half-marathon in November but mainly to finish versus race as long walks this summer have been only 10 miles. Plus, half has a very hilly section in the middle 3 miles. Hoping for a faster 5K during December Jingle Bell race.
Bob Novak won his 65-69 age group at the Huntsman Games in St. George, Utah the first week of October, in both the 3K and 5K racewalks. HIs times were 18:23.57 and 31.22. Either the altitude or a slightly long course in the 5K may have slowed the competitors. Congratulations Bob.
September 27, Hour Walk, Banks, Oregon
September 12, Second Saturday Racewalk, Lovely Greenlake walk this morning with six participants. No wind to speak of and no clouds either. It was a classic early autumn morning in Seattle. No fog yet. Path was fast with limited stroller action. Adolescent Cancer Care Awareness walk in progress, but it was not big enough to obstruct. No violations to report. No wardrobe malfunctions. No injuries. No noteworthy snippets to share. Two curious bystanders encouraged to make contact via the website.
Anne Tuberg, 55, 27:06
August 8, Second Saturday Racewalk, Over cast, very humid, light to moderate winds, no rain
Steve DiBernardo, 62, 26:52 (Training pace, hard workouts again this week)
Seattle Masters Classic - 7/18/2015
Judges: Bill and Darlene Hickman, Gwen and Lawrie Robertson, Dora Choi
Shelton Track Club 7/25/2015 - 7:01 PM
Shelton Track Club 7/25/2015 - 11:52 AM
July 11, Second Saturday Racewalk, Jim Fields was the timer and submitted the results again. Looks like Steve took off and the others had more of a group social walk.
Steve DiBernardo, 62, 23:43 (An age group PR?)
We had a pretty small field for the Portland Masters Meet at Mt. Hood CC
Ashley Hartmeier-Prigg 27:17.75
There were 2 DQs and 1 DNF (Denny Robeson)Judges: Marie VerMeer, Karen Karavanic & Margaret Seeworker
June 13, Second Saturday Racewalk, Good turnout. Jim Fields was the timer and submitted the results.
Steve DiBernardo, 62, 24:39
June 6 Seattle Parks Meet, 3K racewalk. Small turnout with summer activities going on. Thanks to the judging crew, led by Steve.
Bob Novak, 66 18:25.95 (turned 66 June 9)
May 9, Second Saturday Racewalk, Warmer morning with lake path already getting crowded. My last one for a while unless I make a trip back from Hawaii to participate. LOL. Steve paced Mike, rest of us raced pretty well.
Steve DiBernardo, 62, 27:16
April 26, Hayward Classic Meet, Eugene, Oregon 3Kk and 1 Mile Racewalks. Nice weather for 3K, a little warmer for 1 Mile, plus only a short interval to recover between the two. Here's Steve's report:
The 3k went off at 9:35am after a slight delay due to a hip number error was discovered at the starting line, with two of the athletes mistakenly took the same number. The Mile began at 11:40am, so a quick rest for those doing both.
Ann Tuberg set a new meet record for her age group in the 3k, obliterating the former standard by four minutes! Wow. I was able to set two new meet records, winning both events. I just did get Norm Frable's eight year old 8:12.66 with a nip at the finish line, stopping the clock at 8:12.55. It was a tough double, after a nice 15:51.00 3k, erasing Rob Frank's 2013 record by 36 seconds.
Weather, cool for the 3k at 47 degrees, after an overnight low of 36, with a light breeze of 3 mph at the homestretch corner, gusts to 5 mph. Strong rain the evening before, with light sprinkles early and late in the day. The Mile enjoyed a warming trend at 11:40 am, with a bit more wind.
3K racewalk, place in age group shown.
1 Jackinsky, Carmen W51 Racewalkers NW 17:40.01
1 Rehder, Mike M58 Club Northwest 17:54.18
1 Mile racewalk, place in age group shown.
1 Jackinsky, Carmen W51 Racewalkers NW 9:01.32
1 Rehder, Mike M58 Club Northwest 9:16.72
April 18, Magnuson Park course 1500 meter racewalks. Fantastic weather this weekend with calm sunny weather. Would have liked a bigger field but usual suspects attended minus those who had to work or be out of town. Thanks to Jan K, Dora, Michelle and Steve for judging so our concept of separate races worked out well. Dora and Jan judged both races, and Steve and I judged the women's race and Michelle judged the men's race. Close finish in the women's race, a spread evenly field in the men's. Results rounded to nearest second for women as electronic timer was not set up yet..
Women's 1500 Meter racewalk
Michelle Cunningham, 53, 9:51
Men's 1500 Meter racewalk
Steve DiBernardo, 62, 7:42.08
April 11, Second Saturday Racewalk, Cool day with a strong breeze. Good turnout.
Steve DiBernardo, 62, 26:27
March 28, Bev LaVeck Memorial 3K racewalk, W. Seattle stadium. Decent weather but breezy along homestretch. First race of the year for most and form looked OK for the group. No DQs. Judges, Stan, Jan, and Michelle.
Steve DiBernardo, 62, 16:00:48
Steve DiBernardo, 62, 28:29
Steve DiBernardo, 62, 25:47
January 10, Second Saturday Racewalk, Same calm and cool weather for the third month in a row, so most felt perky and got back into racing mode. Rain held off until about 11 AM so we had another good day.
Steve DiBernardo, 62, 25:34
December 13, Second Saturday Racewalk, Calm and cool again at 48 degrees as we had another bonus day after a week of wind and rain. Steve felt perky so took off while Bob and I decided to back off yet again. Such is old age.Todd learned to racewalk about 20 years ago and is now making a comeback. Once he's fully healthy he will be faster.
Steve DiBernardo, 62, 2412
November 8, Second Saturday Racewalk, Calm and cool at 45 degrees but some sun so nice conditions. Steve, Bob and I decided since we hadn't done much speed training since the hour race, that a nice social walk was called for. Others also varied their effort as the season is winding down.
Steve DiBernardo, 62, 27:06
October 19, Hour Racewalk, Banks, Oregon. Foggy with high humidity but calm and 60 so decent conditions. Will post full results later but here are the local results in meters walked in 1 hour. The Club Northwest men's 60 team below did 30,456 meters so averaged over 10K each due to Steve's almost 7 miles. Bob and I just nipped over 6 miles each. Diana raced too but unfortunately had a leg injury that led to her being disqualified. There were 2 DQ's in the 13 person field with Steve the overall winner.
Steve DiBernardo, 6:132, 11,042.5
October 11 Second Saturday Racewalk, Cloudy with threat of rain but it held off until the afternoon. About 60 and very humid.
Steve DiBernardo, 61, 23:48
Oct. 5, Portland Marathon. Here's a report from Mariano Lazano\
A quick update. Just came back from Portland Marathon. It wasn´t too bad although I have all myself sore. It was a great race: wonderful weather (a little hot for my late standards), excellent organization, many volunteers and people supporting runners. There were both Nordic walkers and racewalkers. In the results I can see only 19 racewalkers although it seemed to me that I saw many more racewalkers with their identificative bands in their BIBs. As I´m getting older I have more competition ha! The 32 y.o. guy that finished last got a prize in his category haha. There was also a 82 y.o. man that actually did a great job finishing with a very good time for his age.
I did 2:26, a PR and the first Washingtonian in the list J but I paid a high cost for that; I really suffered because at mile 2.5 the road was a little rough and I hit something (a root, a junction, I don´t know) and I had pain for a few miles. Then, the course wasn´t so beautiful as expected (5-7 miles go and back through an industrial area, no nice at all). Anyway I had a lot of fun and I´m getting more convinced that I fit in the long races better than in the shorter ones.
September 20, Association 5K racewalk championship, Magnuson Park, Seattle. A little breezy and cool but decent conditions for our first official road course event in a few years. Thanks to Char, Jan, and Dora for helping me judge, and to John and Jim for running the DQ board process. Also thanks to Tahoma and Bill for their work in adding us to the Magnuson Park series races. (PS. - after judging I did the Mag. Park series 10K and had my best in a while with 61:11 and a 29:55 first 5K.)
Dmitry Babenko, 41, 22:48.1 (from BC area in Canada, this is his Masters PR)
September 13 Second Saturday Racewalk, Another sunny day in Seattle at about 60 degrees during the race. Cooler now as several wore long sleeves and a few brought gloves, just in case. Glen is back walking after a biking accident, and Mike is back after knee surgery.
Steve DiBernardo, 61, 23:09 (recent PR)
August 30, Marymoor Park Half Marathon, Unjudged. Humid morning anda bout 68 degrees with a flat course and accurate mile markers. Steve met his goal pace of 9 flat while I was pretty far off my goal and ended up almost 4 minutes slower than last year. Figured out I didn't defer to my age enough by doing a long hard tempo walk 10 days before and then the 5K a week before. Legs were dead by 5 miles and rest was a grind. There is such a thing as over-training, LOL.
Steve DiBernardo, 61, 1:57:58
August 24, Alki Beach 5K Unjudged. Nice morning with a flat course and accurate mile markers. That doesn't seem to happen too often on a road race course. Last tuneup for the half marathon as need to get a little speed back. Really happy with the result as did a 4 lake (11.2 miles) tempo walk on Thursday before.
Stan Chraminski, 66, 29:51
August 16, Snoqualmie Days 5K & 10K runs, Unjudged. Cloudy, and warm and humid but the 5K and 10K courses are almost flat so good workout courses for racewalking. Steve and I are preparing for the Aug. 31st Half Marathon and Steve for an Oct. 40k so a good training workout without tapering.
Steve DiBernardo, 61, 24:12
July 26, Washington Senior Games, Tumwater, WA. 5K Racewalk, Judges, Jan, Steve, Dora. Sunny day on the track but not bad conditions at 8:45 in the morning. Everyone was faster than last week. There were some lap mixups as the ladies were asked to do an extra lap but the finish times reflect the correct distance.
Stan Chraminski, 66, 29:46.86
Women's 1500 M.(place and age group shown)
Men's 1500 M.
July 19, Seattle Masters and Open Meet, 5K Racewalk, Judges, Jan, Gwen, and Michelle. Cloudy and humid day at about 70 degrees with a breeze on the homestretch so times not as fast as expected. Had a new walker from BC come down with some other BC competitiors in other events. Racewalking in BC has been lower key lately as few participants have been here for races, although their Olympic program has been going well. Border is slow crossing during the summer so that doesn't help either.
Steve DiBernardo, 61, 27:11.58
July 12, National Club Championships, Mt. Tahoma HS, Tacoma Washington 5K racewalk.. Very hot day and race was at 12:15 so about 90 degrees on the track. Steve and Ann helped Club Northwest to a second place finish overall and for men's and women's teams at this national level event. Judges, Stan, Lawrie, Bill, Darlene, and Carole.
Men 5000 Meter Race Walk (Name, club, time)
Women 5000 Meter Race Walk
July 5, Second Saturday Racewalk, unjudged. 2.8 miles. Nice but humid day as warm weather is starting. Bob has a bruised knee so not at 100%. Steve is fast getting ready for club championiships next week.
Steve DiBernardo, 61, 23:53
June 29, Hayward Masters Meet, 3K racwalk, Eugene Oregon
1 Mile Race Walk (place shown by age group)
3000 Meter Race Walk
June 21, Junior Olympics Association Meet, Renton, WA, Judges Stan, Michelle, Dora, Steve, Char, Darlene.
Junior Olympics Association Meet 3000 Meter Race Walk 17-18 Div Women
June 21, 2014 Portland Mt. Hood Masters T&F meet, 5K racewalk
W50 Grimes, Katie
Steve DiBernardo, 61, 27:24.7
June 7, Seattle Parks Meet, West Seattle Track, 3K racewalk with 1500 M accompanying as Richard was the only entrant. Judges Stan, Jan, and Carole. Decent day with nice conditions as didn't warm up until later in the day.
Steve DiBernardo, 61, 16:.21.3
May 10, Second Saturday Racewalk, unjudged. 2.8 miles. Nice but cool day again. Largest field in a while, with Mike R. dropping out due to a sore foot, or we'd have had one more racer for a dozen.
Steve DiBernardo, 61, 25:00
May 4, Banks, Oregon. Here is the report from Bob N.
Oregon Association 20k and Non-Championship 10k/5k Results
Banks High School, Sunday, May 4th. It was a wet race. Here are the results:
April 19, 3K at Magnuson Park, unjudged. Calm and cool morning where we lucked out with an early start at 8:30 because near 10 it started to pour all over Seattle. Half marathoners at the Magnuson Park series race that started at 10 were probably soaked, plus it. Our new 750 meter (1500 per loop) course worked well and the endpoint turnarounds didn't seem to bother the racers too much. The 750 meter straight shot on a flat road seems to make up for the cone turns as the times were fast. I lightly judged the race and everyone except our newbie at this first race, Mike F., looked great..
Steve DiBernardo, 61, 16:27
April 12, Second Saturday Racewalk, unjudged. 2.8 miles. Nice but cool day with the sun not coming out until afternoon.. A nice turnout with the lake a little crowded as it was a dry day.
Steve DiBernardo, 61, 25:05
March 29, Spring Break Track Meet, Bev LaVeck memorial 3K racewalk. We lucked out and the rains held off for an hour while we raced although it was cool and breezy. A great turnout and some fast early season times. Judges were Stan Chraminski, Darlene Hickman, and Jan Kavadas
- Men 3000 Meter Race Walk
March 8, Second Saturday Racewalk, unjudged. 2.8 miles. Again the rains held off until afternoon although we had a slight sprinkle on the racers. About 45 degrees with a little breeze. and pretty calm. Steve is pushing hard still as he hopes for a Club Nationals qualifier time this spring. Bob and I improved as did others. Maybe next month will bring better training weather.
Steve DiBernardo, 61, 25:43
February 1, Second Saturday Racewalk, unjudged. 2.8 miles. Nice morning for this time of year, about 40 degrees and pretty calm. Steve raced hard while Bob and I were under the weather so had a social tempo walk. Rest of the crew did well for an early in the year race.
Steve DiBernardo, 61, 25:39
January 11, Second Saturday Racewalk, unjudged. 2.8 miles. Very windy on Seahawks playoff game monsoon day but we lucked out and it didn't rain much on us during the race nor warmdown lap. No one was in a mood to race though so we did mainly a social walk in groups.
Steve DiBernardo, 61, 29:12
December 14, Second Saturday Racewalk, unjudged. 2.8 miles. CA decent morning at 45 degrees and calm after a cold and wet week before. Steve stripped down to shorts and T-shirt and raced while Bob and I did more of a social walk. Mike had his arthroscopic knee surgery this week and we hope to see him out next month fully healthy.
Steve DiBernardo, 61, 25:34
November 9, Second Saturday Racewalk, unjudged. 2.8 miles. Cool morning but sun came out and was calm so we are getting more bonus racing days despite the season.
Steve DiBernardo, 61, 25:57
Other recent results:
Katie Burnett won the National 30K championship on Sept. 14 in New York with a 2:37 time. Nice going.
Mariano Lazano walked 2 longer races recently: Sept. 29, Bellingham half-marathon, 2:32:38 and Oct 27,Snohomish River half-marathon, 2:29:54. Mariano's times keep getting faster. Way to go.
Hour Walk, Banks, Oregon. Oct. 27. Cool and rainy. Times equal meters walked in one hour.
October 12, Second Saturday Racewalk, unjudged. 2.8 miles. Cool morning but calm as rain just stopped a little before we gathered. Small turnout for the race but the Seattle Times Pacific magazine fitness article about racewalking drew in 15 people for our clinic, the larget group in quite a while. Race times a little slow as a couple of us not into that hard an effort today.
September 14, Katie Burnett won the National 30K title in New York with a time of 2:37:38.
September 14, Second Saturday Racewalk, unjudged. 2.8 miles. Cool morning again with humidity. We are cooler now after a record setting 93 on Wednesday. Best year of heat training in Seattle ever. Off this heat training I did a 62:35 10K in Maui's heat plus a hill at the end of the course.
Steve DiBernardo, 60, 26:52 (helped pace me after not walking all month)
Marymoor Park 1/2 Marathon. Sept, 2. Pretty warm and sunny morning but the course was mainly flat and good aid stations, and pre and post race amenities. Nice black long sleeve shirt although printing on front is huge. My first half in over 10 years so challenging once past my normal 10K racing distance. Learned I can't go out at 10K pace and not run into trouble later on. Glen also raced the Skagit Flats half-marathon the weekend after this one, a little slower he said. Way to go Glen.
Stan Chraminski, 65, 2:17:28 (Turned out to be 2nd in the age group of runners! Getting old is good.)
3/3/2013 Green Lake March Forth Fun Run 10k 1:12:17
Mike Rehnder and I did the 10K August 24 that started at Gasworks Park and was part of the Seattle Marathon events.
Stan Chraminski, 65, 1:01:46
August 10, Second Saturday Racewalk, unjudged. 2.8 miles. Cool morning with a strong breeze slowed us down from last month. Had a Seattle Times photorgapher at the clinic afterwords and we should see an article in the Times fitness section sometime next month.
Puget Sound Senior Games Racewalks, July 27. Cloudy and cool but humid weather. Tumwater, WA A good turnout despite the Nationals conflicting with the date. Again times seemed a little slow, even from last week's repeaters. Judges: Lawrie and Gwen Robertson, Jan Kavadas, Jim Fields (5K) and Stan Chraminski (1500). Age groups spread out so many first place finishers.
Race Walk - 5 K
Race Walk - 1500 m
July 20, Seattle Classic T&F Meet, W. Seattle Stadium, 5K racewalk. Great cool and cloudy weather in the morning despite the recent hot afternoons. Judges, Stan Chraminski, Lawrie Robertson, Jan Kavadas. 1 DQ.
Steve DiBernardo, 60, 27:38.26
July 13, Second Saturday Racewalk, unjudged. 2.8 miles. Biggest turnout of the year. Several new walkers as well as an appearance by former National Team Walker Phillip Dunn who was visiting in Seattle. Also, Erin from Portland area was doing a workout at the lake so jumped in with Phillip and Steve and helped pace them. Glen and Jerry did their first racewalk races, as did Mariano who did a fantastic first race as well as had nice smooth form as a self-taught walker. He says it's the Spanish heritage and dancing. Nice 65 degree day although we had to dodge the milk-carton derby at the south end of the lake. Fastest time of the season for most of us.
Phillip Dunn, 42, 24:27
June 29, Hayward Classic Masters Meet, Eugene, Oregon. Warm morning but calm with good times for most.
Overall place, name, age, location, time
June 8, Second Saturday Racewalk, unjudged. 2.8 miles. Smaller turnout on a cooL morning at about 60 degrees. Saw a couple in bathing suits go into Green Lake before the race. Yikes. Bob was under the weather, and I suffered from too much yard work. Steve, Dora and Diana were faster than last time.
Steve DiBernardo, 60, 25:02
June 1, Seattle Parks and Recreation Dept. Track and Field Meet. Lightly judged as only 2 judges available.
7 competitors in the 3K, 3 in the 1500M. Warm morning with the sun coming in and out of the clouds.
Richard Zerbe, 74, 11:14
Race roundups of other local competitors.
May 11, Second Saturday Racewalk, unjudged. 2.8 miles. Good turnout with 9 competitors. Dave is a local runner converting to racewalk competition - welcome. Richard Zerbe back after some injuries and a layoff for a while. I'm finally healthy after a spring long bout with allergies, now need to get faster.
Steve DiBernardo, 60, 25:55
Sunday, May 5, 2013 - Banks, Oregon, High School Track 5K. Hot for early season, plus windy so times not up to par this day.
1. Rob Frank, Banks, OR - 29:02.8 (M60-69)
April 13, Second Saturday Racewalk, unjudged. 2.8 miles. Still cold weather with 41 and breezy at the start. No one felt like racing too hard so times a little slow, plus a few minor injuries prevailed. Bad news in that Brian Peterman has a hip problem that is aggravated by racewalking so may have to "retire" from the sport. We will miss you Brian. Everyone is looking forward to nicer weather and training for the June and July races.
Bob Novak, 63, 27:48
Steve DiBernardo, 60,16:15.79
March 17, Pan Am Cup Trials, Huntington Beach, California.
There was a good contingent of Oregon walkers from RW Northwest group there and Katie Burnett of our Club Northwest finished 3rd among the women to claim a spot on the Pan Am Cup racewalk team in May. Here are the top results with local finishers: 1. Maria Michta, 1;35.38, 2. Miranda Melville, 1:37:58, 3. Katie Burnett, Club Nothwest,1:39:32, 9. Katie Grimes, RW Northwest, 2:01.02, 11. Carmen Jacinsky, RW Northwest, 2:09.10.
On the men's side, Rob Frank from RW Northwest was 16th in 1:58, a good time for a newly turned 60 year old.
Steve DiBernardo, 60, 27:10
USA National Indoor 3,000 championships, March 3, 2013We now have a new national and international class young racewalker, Katie Burnett, who just moved back to Bellevue, Washington, to follow. Here are her results at the Indoor Nationals and her ranking at the 3K for the past season. Nice job Katie.
Maria Michta, 13:07.07
Women's 3,000 list. as of Feb, 2013
13:19.69 Erin Gray
February 10, Second Saturday Racewalk, unjudged. 2.8 miles. Not as cold as last month but was 38 and foggy but calm. Sun came out during the warm down lap. Steve pulled away and was lost in the fog early on as we all beat last month's cold times.
Steve DiBernardo, 60, 24:04
January 12, Second Saturday Racewalk, unjudged. 2.8 miles. One of our coldest SSR's ever at about 29 degrees. Luckily is was calm and sunny otherwise so when we hit the sunny patches, it wasn't too bad. Steve likes cold weather and smoked the course in his best time in a while, wearing shorts! I was wearing everything and happy to break 10 minute miles. Four hardy folks raced (Mike came by later) and three future racewalkers attended the clinic afterwards. Brian and Michelle were faster than last month's windy day.
Steve DiBernardo, 60, 24:22
December 1, Second Saturday Racewalk, unjudged. 2.8 miles. Nasty rainy weekend but we got a short break at race time so was only a little windy and in 40''s so better than expected.
Stan Chraminski, 65, 27:34
November 10, Second Saturday Racewalk, unjudged. 2.8 miles. Cold at 32 degrees but sunny and calm. End of season downtime and cold temps kept everyone at a moderate pace versus last month. Small field due to injuries and other events.
Ann Tuberg, 52, 27:39
October 21, Western Regional Hour Walk, Banks, Oregon. Cool at 45 degrees but luckily dry and only a slight breeze. Nice turnout with 18 walkers.
October 13, Second Saturday Racewalk, unjudged. 2.8 miles. Warm but wet and windy as Seattle drought finally ended. We lucked out and rain stopped during the race. Steve entered the age 60 group with the exact time from a month ago, rest took it easier for the weather. I had a cold so just held the watch. Steve, Bob, Diana and I are going down to the Banks Oregon hour walk the 21st. That will be my last race in the 60-64 age group as by next SSR in November I'll be 65.
Steve DiBernardo, 60, 25:31
September 8, Second Saturday Racewalk, unjudged. 2.8 miles. Sunny and warm again. Steve "Dibo" led the way today as his training is going well. He wore me out at the track Wednesday and then clobbered me at the race today. Must be the 5 year age difference. LOL. Another PB for Mike. Also a promising new walker in Holly who did 32 in her first race ever. A tight group today with places 2-5 within a half minute of each other.
Steve DiBernardo, 59, 25:31
August 11, Second Saturday Racewalk, unjudged. 2.8 miles. Sunny and warm with a little breeze. Steve "Dibo" is back to racewalking and turns 60 soon so we hope to field a strong men's 60 team for the hour walk in October. Goal is 30,000 meters for the three of us, me, Bob, and Steve,) Heat today slowed the field but I'd just returned from NC the night before so was heat trained but jet lagged and managed to nip under 26 for the first time this year.
Stan Chraminski, 64, 25:58
Senior Games Racewalks, July 28. Warm and humid weather. Tumwater, WA Age in these races counts at what you will be by the end of the year so this was my first race at age 65 group and Rob's from Oregon first at 60 group. Everyone was a little slower than expected, we think due to the humidity that morning.
Race Walk - 1500 m
Race Walk - 5 K
July 21, Seattle Masters Classic, 5K racewalk, W. Seattle track. Nice conditions but short on competitors. Bob had car issues, Ann was out of town. Had a women's only race. Jan, Bill H. and I judged. I helped out as hammer throw retriever afterwards and jogging on the grass for a couple of hours showed me I'll never be able to resume running so thankful can racewalk where the knees are treated better.
Michelle Cunningham, 51, 32:09.64
July 11&12th, Hayward Masters Classic, Eugene, OR.
3000 M Race Walk Masters
1500 Meters RW Name Age Team Time
July 7, Second Saturday Racewalk, unjudged. 2.8 miles. Sunny so nice conditions at about 65 degrees and only a gentle breeze. Unusual for Seattle. Fast times for most with first three their fastest this year. Warm weather really helps you smooth out the form in racewalking as the muscles get looser than in cold weather. Does that mean in the hot midwest folks get so smooth they melt?
Stan Chraminski, 64, 26:02
June 23, Mt. Hood Portland Masters meet, 5K racewalk. Rain during the race and puddles to walk through on the track.
W45 Katie Grimes 27:44.14
June 13, CNW All-Comers meet, 1 mile racewalk:
Bob Novak, 63, 26:40 (A win on his birthday)
June 2nd, Seattle Parks Masters Meet. 1500 M and 3K racewalks. Cool day like we tend to get in June so decent racing conditions. A little breeze and sun on and off.
1500 Meter Results
May 12, Second Saturday Racewalk, unjudged. 2.8 miles. Again nice and sunny so nice conditions although a little crowded at the lake. Welcome to new walker Chris in her first race.
Bob Novak, 62, 26:42
May 6, Banks, Oregon 20K racewalk
Oregon Association 20k Championships - held Sunday, May 6th, at the Banks High School
April 14,Second Saturday Racewalk, unjudged. 2.8 miles. Calm and sunny day so nice conditions. Now we need to get in shape for June and July races. Nice turnout at clinic with one repeater and four new walkers.
Bob Novak, 62, 26:56
March 24, Club Northwest Spring Break Track and Field Meet, W. Seattle Stadium, 3K Racewalk. Cool day at 43 with a breeze for our first official race of the year. Good local turnout with eight walkers. Decent times considering the March training weather we've had.
Ann Tuberg, 52, 17:18.1
March 10, Second Saturday Racewalk, unjudged. 2.8 miles. Cool day at 45 with a breeze but at least the rain falling all night held off for the morning. We had a pretty tight pack, maybe to keep warm with only some separation last mile. Six racers but only two age groups represented. Women ruled today in honor of International Women's Day on Thursday I guess. Ann and Michelle in same age group so must have been that battle that made for their fast times.
Ann Tuberg, 52, 27:03
February 12, Second Saturday Racewalk, unjudged. 2.8 miles. Sunday this year to avoid the large Valentine's race at Green Lake on Saturday. Nice conditions with just over 50 degrees and pretty calm. An eagle watched us race from the tree tops. Brian "phoned in" his time from Thursday as was busy Sunday. Steve DiBernardo raced again for the first time in a while.
Stan Chraminski, 64, 26:45
Stan Chraminski, 64, 28:14
January 7, Gulf Association, USA Track & Field 50K Championship plus other distance, Houston, Texas