2013 & 2012
2003-11 click here)
June 2007 racewalk on an idyllic Green Lake day. That's Gregg on his bike
with Steve, Stan and Ann following.
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
Bob Novak, 63, 27:06
Stan Chraminski, 65, 27:19
Ann Tuberg, 53, 27:42
Dora Choi, 47, 31:35
Diana Thurman, 65, 31:53
Dave Pitkethly, 77, 33:53
Richard Zerbe, 74, 36:19
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)
2. Carmen Jackinsky, Aloha, OR - 30:05.3 (F40-49)
3. Bob Novak, Seattle, WA - 30:46.6 (M60-69)
4. Nana Bellerud, Gresham, OR - 33:48.3 (F50-59)
5. Megan Holley, Beaverton, OR - 34:46.8 (FOpen)
-- Michelle Holley, Hillsboro, OR - DNF
Judges: Marie VerMeer, Chief Judy Heller George Opsahl Margaret Seewerker
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
Ann Tuberg, 52, 30:33
Stan Chraminski, 65, 30:33
Diana Thurman, 65, 31:56
Dora Choi, 47, 33:34
March 30, Spring Break Track meet, Bev McCall memorial 3K racewalk. Nice sunny day in Seattle on the West Seattle Stadium track and about 55 degrees for the race at 10:30 am start. Steve qualified as a National Masters All-American with his time. Judges: Stan, Char, and Carole. Melissa from Oregon by herself lowered our average age of the competitors by a few years.
Steve DiBernardo, 60,16:15.79
Ann Tuberg, 52, 17:25.43
Melissa Bosserman, 29, 17:28:83
Michelle Cunningham, 52, 19:26.69
Bart Kale, 57, 19:53:18
Diana Thurman, 65, 20:31.3
Dora Choi, 47, 21:12.62
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.
March 9, Second Saturday Racewalk, unjudged. 2.8 miles. Same as last month, about 38 and foggy but calm. Sun came out during the warm down lap again. Maybe we need to hold these at 10 am, but then on a nice day the lake path is too crowded. Several folks had minor injuries so times not as fast as expected and became a social effort for some. Looking at results I realize we are all within 13 years in age. We need to recruit a few younger walkers for sure, even if they beat us all. Had two prospects at the clinic this morning but only one would help too much with the age issue.
Steve DiBernardo, 60, 27:10
Bob Novak, 63, 27:10
Ann Tuberg, 52, 27:50
Michelle Cunningham, 52, 29:46
Diana Thurman, 65, 31:24
Stan Chraminski, 65, 32:40
Brian Peterman, 63, 32:40
USA National Indoor 3,000 championships, March 3, 2013
We 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
Erin Gray, 13:17.90
Miranda Melville, 13:24.96
Katie Burnett, 14:07.36
Susan Randall, 14:30.93
Women's 3,000 list. as of Feb, 2013
13:19.69 Erin Gray
13:48.08 Erin Taylor-Talcott
13:50.53 Katie Burnett
13:52.01 Katie Burnett
13:53.38 Teresa Vaill
13:53.60 Erin Taylor-Talcott
13:59.00 Jill Cobb
14:02.36 Susan Randall
14:09.50 Susan Randall
14:15.93 Mereth Zalba
14:16.74 Erin Taylor-Talcott
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
Bob Novak, 63, 27:22
Stan Chraminski, 65, 27:24
Michelle Cunningham, 50, 29:03
Diana Thurman, 65, 31:24
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
Stan Chraminski, 65, 27:36
Michelle Cunningham, 50, 29:37
Brian Peterman, 63, 32:28
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
Mike Rehder, 55, 27:48
Bob Novak, 63, 27:50
Michelle Cunningham, 50, 30:20 (Back after an injury layoff)
Diana Thurman, 65, 32:12:38
Brian Peterman, 62, 32:38
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
Mike Rehder, 55, 27:42
Stan Chraminski, 65, 28:05
Brian Peterman, 62, 31:51
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.
(1) Erin Gray – Lebanon, OR: 12,554.0
(2) Melissa Bosserman – Happy Valley, OR: 9,685.10
(3) Megan Holley – Beaverton, OR: 8221.60
(1) Bianca Bartel – Portland, OR: 8340.40
(1) Rebecca Stevens – Vancouver, WA: 10,117.60
(2) Debra Bridges – Portland, OR: 9252.80
(1) Nana Bellerud – Gresham, OR: 9235.20
(2) Bertie August – Portland, OR: 8180.20
60-69 – Women
(1) Maureen Robeson – Eugene, OR: 8924.30
(2) Diana Thurman – Ollala, WA: 8331.10
(3) Catherine Sills – Portland, OR: 6481.90
60-69 – Men
(1) Rob Frank – Banks, OR: 10,546.10
(2) Steve DiBernardo – Shoreline, WA: 10,347.40
(3) Dennis Robeson – Eugene, OR: 10,151.00
(4) Bob Novak – Bainbridge Island, WA: 9863.20
(5) Stan Chraminski – Seattle, WA: 8508.60 (Had a lightheaded incident early so strolled it in, unfortunately.)
(1) Dick Vaughn – Portland, OR: 7478.20
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
Bob Novak, 63, 26:72
Mike Rehder, 55, 27:42
Diana Thurman, 65, 31:45
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
Stan Chraminski, 64, 26:26
Bob Novak, 63, 26:36
Ann Tuberg, 52, 26:45
Mike Rehder, 55, 26:55 (PB)
Holly Chaffin, 56, 32:32
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
Ann Tuberg, 52, 26:51
Bob Novak, 63, 27:07
Steve DiBernardo, 59, 27:54
Mike Rehder, 55, 28:16 (Did race earlier in the week and sent in results. See how easy we are.)
Brian Peterman, 62, 31:48
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
1 Michelle K. Cunningham 9:14.23 Sammamish
1 Diane L. Johnson 11:01.48 Lacey
2 Karen H. Munro 13:16.58 Olympia
1 James M. Nelson 13:41.39 Roy
1 Rob Frank 7:53.28 Banks OR
1 Bill E. Bruner 10:00.20 Olympia
Race Walk - 5 K
1 Michelle K. Cunningham 33:17.3 Sammamish
1 Diane L. Johnson 35:22.2 Lacey
2 Diana M. Thurman 35:32.8 Olalla
1 Rob Frank 27:54.9 Banks OR
2 Bob Novak 29:44.2 Bainbridge Island
3 Christopher W. Penoyar 43:41.0 Shelton
1 Stan Chraminski 29:13.3 Seattle
2 Bill E. Bruner 34:52.8 Olympia
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
Diana Thurman, 65, 36:18.18
July 11&12th, Hayward Masters Classic, Eugene, OR.
3000 M Race Walk Masters
Name Age Team Time
Frank, Rob 59 Racewalkers NW 15:53.75
Chraminski, Stan 64 Club Northwest 17:08.70
Novak, Bob 63 Club Northwest 17:15.39
Robeson, Denny 65 Racewalkers NW 17:22.52
Dees, Ian 37 Unattached 19:08.73
Amoroso, Christian 78 Unattached 20:48.75
MacPike, Ron 79 Racewalkers NW 21:54.86
Vaughn, Dick 81 Racewalkers NW 23:22.63
Grimes, Katie 48 Racewalkers NW 15:56.31
Ballerud, Nana 53 Racewalkers NW 18:29.20
Robeson, Maureen 63 Racewalkers NW 19:17.98
Lafayette, Donna 69 Unattached 19:54.13
1500 Meters RW Name Age Team Time
Grimes, Katie 48 Racewalkers NW 7:36.65
Ballerud, Nana 53 Racewalkers NW 8:54.51
Robeson, Maureen 63 Racewalkers NW 9:17.02
Frank, Rob 59 Racewalkers NW 7:31.53
Robeson, Denny 65 Racewalkers NW 8:15.04
McConnell, Keith 68 Oregon Track Club 9:36.07
Amoroso, Christian 78 Unattached 9:56.27
MacPike, Ron 79 Racewalkers NW 10:36.20
Vaughn, Dick 81 Racewalkers NW 11:26.03
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
Ann Tuberg, 52, 26:22
Bob Novak, 63, 26:28
Mike Rehder, 55, 27:36
Rebecca Kettwig, 41, 28:26
MIchelle Cunningham,50, 32:02 (Had a cold so just strolled it in.)
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
Carmen Jackinsky 28:21.76
W50 Nana Bellerud 32:09.69
M55 Rob Frank 28:01.34
M60 Bob Novak 29:46.81
M65 Dennis Robeson 29:55.72
M70 George Opsahl 31:13.13
Joseph Anderson 35:27.44
M80 Dick Vaughn 39:23.29
M75 Ron MacPike (DNF)
June 13, CNW All-Comers meet, 1 mile racewalk:
Ann Tuberg, 52, 8:49
Bob Novak, 63, 9:02
Brian Peterman, 62, 10:36
June 9, Second Saturday Racewalk, unjudged. 2.8 miles. Another typical June day with about 50 degrees and cloudy wind. Maybe next month? Cool conditions made for fastest times of the year for most of today's racers so that must be good.
Bob Novak, 63, 26:40 (A win on his birthday)
Stan Chraminski, 64, 26:42
Mike Rehder, 55, 27:28 (PB every month continues as he moves into a new age group.)
MIchelle Cunningham, 51, 28:19
Rebecca Kettwig, 41, 28:28
Brian Peterman, 62, 31:22
Stephanie Delaney, 45, 40:03
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.
Stan Chraminski, 64, 17:16.5
Bob Novak, 62, 17:29.2
Michelle Cunningham, 51, 19:08
Diane Campbell, 65, 20:42.8
Donna Lafayette, 70, 21:19.6 (Oregon walker)
1500 Meter Results
Ann Tuberg, 52, 8:12.4
Michelle Cunningham, 51, 8:44.9
Donna Lafayette, 70, 9:48.9
Greg Joannides, 64, 10:54.3
Don Sheperdson, 74, 12:49.2
Ron Snipe, 68, 12:31.3
Thanks to our judging and officiating crews. HIckmans, Robertsons, Char, and Jan.
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
Stan Chraminski, 64, 26:48
Mike Rehder, 54, 27:55 (PB every month now.)
MIchelle Cunningham,50, 28:04
Rebecca Kettwig, 41, 29:48 (Attended Phil Dunn's Portland clinic so was working on her form by slowing down a little.)
Brian Peterman, 62, 31:24 (Phoned it in from earlier in week as couldn't make Saturday.)
Chris Garratt, 59, 35:55 (First time racer who took clinic earlier. Good start to racing career.)
May 6, Banks, Oregon 20K racewalk
Oregon Association 20k Championships - held Sunday, May 6th, at the Banks High School
Track in Banks, Oregon. The winner, from Greer, South Carolina, is...
1) Ian Whatley M50-59 - Greer, SC - 1:37:48.7
2) Rob Frank M50-59 - Banks, OR - 1:58:33.5
3) Katie Grimes W40-49 - Sherwood, OR - 2:01:15.4
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
Mike Rehder, 54, 28:04, Nice improvement track lately
Rebecca Kettwig, 40, 28:07
MIchelle Cunningham,50, 28:08
Stan Chraminski, 64, 31:17 (Bonked at first mile and strolled it in.)
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
Bob Novak, 62, 17:30.1
Stan Chraminski, 64, 17:36.8
MIchelle Cunningham, 51, 18:05.5
Mike Rehder, 54, 18:52.2 (First official race)
Brian Peterman, 62, 20:15.2
Bart Kale, 55, 19:29.9
Richard Zerbe, 73, 22:20.1 (First race in a few years)
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
MIchelle Cunningham, 51, 27:08
Bob Novak, 62, 27:18
Stan Chraminski, 64, 27:33
Bob Huppe, 62, 28:27 (Nice improvement from last month)
Brian Peterman, 61, 30:28 (Post illness PB)
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
Bob Novak, 62, 27:14 (Recovering from an knee injury that limited his training.)
Ann Tuberg, 52, 27:22
MIchelle Cunningham,50, 27:33
Steve DiBernardo, 59, 28:28
Mike Rehder, 54, 29:44 (PB)
Brian Peterman, 61, 31:08
January 14, Second Saturday Racewalk, unjudged. 2.8 miles. Very cold day at 38 or so degrees with strong south wind so wind chill low, plus the force of the wind was bad when in our faces. Luckily the hour of snow we had didn't hit until about 11 am, once race was over. Conditions made us declare a "social walk" day versus a race for those who wanted. Also had several other racing issues so slow days were had by most.
Stan Chraminski, 64, 28:14
Bob Huppe, 62, 30:26 (Returning walker after a break from walking)
Mike Rehder, 54, 30:26 (New walker in first race)
Brian Peterman, 61, 31:10
Bob Novak, 62, 33:21 (Injured knee so took it easy)
Stephanie Delaney, 45, 43:00 (Recovering from a cold)
January 7, Gulf Association, USA Track & Field 50K Championship plus other distance, Houston, Texas
50 KM. A handful of Oregon walkers plus Michelle from our group competed well. Backlunds used to live in Washington too but now list Cal. as their residence.
1. Omar Nash, OH M38 5:13:14 M35-39 National Champion
2. Tammy Stevenson, UT W41 5:16:20 W 40-44 National Champion
3. Katie Grimes, OR W48 5:19:52 W 45-49 National Champion
4. Bruce Logan, NY M47 6:07:05 M45-49 National Champion
5. Sherry Watts, CAN W58 6:44:05
6. Darlene Backlund, CA W66 6:45:09 W 65-69 National Champion
1. Stevie Berry, TX M12 34:47
2. Karen Karavanic, OR W48 35:03
3. Dillon Berry, TX M14 35:44
1. MJ Baglin, NV W65 2:14:26
2. Michelle Cunningham, WA W50 2:25:54
3. John Backlund, CA M71 2:29:14
4. Bill Kilgore, TX M51 2:30:08
5. Jorge Herrera Roman, MEX M70 2:40:28