Diana 5K Run Draws Record Field
The Diana 5k Run in Plainsboro Drew a field of 243 runners today.  Leading the finishers was Arne
Schroeder of Somerset (NJ) in 17:44.1.   First in the Women's Division was Vivian Bertrand of Princeton
(NJ) in 22:15.

The Diana Run, in its 9th year, is held in memory of Diana Rochford.  The Diana Run was created to
benefit the Diana Fund which was established by friends of Diana Rochford who, at age 17, tragically lost
her life in a car accident in August of 2002. Diana was going to be a senior at West Windsor Plainsboro
North High School where she was returning as captain of her soccer team.

The focus of the Diana Fund is to allow teenagers to experience other cultures and communities through
world missions programs, and to advance the lives of those it benefits.

                               Race Director Nate Karcesky and Racing NJ Owner
                               were awed by the times psoted by Andrew Chamberlain (25:05)
                               and his brother, William Chamberlain (27:32), both future
                               Mercer County Standouts.

Wednesday  August 25,  2010
Roselle, NJ

Lagos and Arora Take 1st in Largest Race of Series
The 3rd time was the charm for charlie lagos as he placed first in the 3rd race of the series with a time of
16:56.   Charlie was runner-up in the first race and placed in the top 10 in the 2nd.

Ginna Arora won the women's race in a time of 20:16.  Gina was part of the large contingent from Edision
that decided to take part in the series this past wednesday night.

Racing NJ and RC is greatly appreciative of the many coaches that brought their teams to the series so
far.  Without you, it would not be the amazing success that it is.     We had 120 runners for the last race
(and over 200 different runners to date!)

And to my friends, Rodrigo Caceres and  Lucio Cardona, congratulations on your 1st place finishes in the
40-49 and 50-59 age group.  My apologies about the minor results screw-up, we had a few "bandits" that
ran with rogue numbers and it threw me off.   But I figured it out!   And i owe you a beer for your patince.

Wednesday  August 18,  2010
Roselle, NJ

Saeed and Coacher Cruise to Wins with Seasons Best
Last week Everett Price (New Providence) and Laticia Salley (Elizabeth) set the stanbdard to best at the
Warinanco Park Summer XC series.   This week,  Umar Saeed (Allentown) and Martha Coacher (Morris
Plains) did just that!   Saeed set a new series record with a time of 16:42 over the dual meet course at
Warinanco to win the men's division.   Coacher ran the same course in 16:36 to take the women's title.

Each of the winners received an autographed copy of the latest book by Mike Mykytok, entitled"The Witch's
curse".   Mykytok holds the fastest HS time in history on the course (15:27).   Mykytok was on hand to start
the race and mingle with the runners afterward.    He said he felt "honored to support the series that
supports the running program at Roselle Catholic".

The next race of the series will be August 25th at 6:45 PM.    

For full results, go to the "Results" section of this site.

Wednesday  August 11,  2010
Roselle, NJ

Price and Salley Top Fields at the Warinanco Park Summer
XC Series

The field for the first race of the Warinanco Summer XC Series was loaded with runners of all ages.  The
largest age group being high school aged runner (15 - 19 years old).   Among them were two of New
Jersey's finest; Everett Price, a middle distance runner from New Providence and Laticia Salley from
Elizabeth.    Price captured the Overall men's 1st place award by covering the course in 16:46.5; out
pacing a strong challenge by Charlie Lagos from Stony Point, NY who ran on Prices heels for the first two
miles of the race.    Salley captured the women's race in 20:58.7 with Ana Ferreira of Elizabeth taking
second.   The high school runners were using the series as a means of preparing for the upcoming
season.   Some ran it as a tmepo run, others as a time trial in order to check their fitness levels and
adjust their training intensities.

Another notable performance was Margaret Mchale's 28:20 clocking over the 5K cross country cousre.  
This earned her 1st place in the 50-59 age group.

Last year's series champion, Rufino Mendez, place 4th overall in a time of 17:26.   Followed closely by the
never-aging Rodrigo Caceres, in 17:34 which earned him 1st place in the 40-40 age group.

The Warinanco Park Summer XC Series consists of four races held on the dates shown below:

                             Wednesday        August 11th        6:45 PM
                              Wednesday       August 18th       6:45 PM
                              Wednesday       August 25th       6:45 PM
                              Saturday            September 4th   9:00 AM

The races are held on the historic high school cross country course at Warinanco Park made famous by
the likes of other NJ runners such as Marty Liquori, Kevin Byrne, Robby Amitrani,  Bobby Siehl, Mike
Mykytok (course record holder), Sal Vega and a host of others.

For race entry information, click on the calendar link of this website to look up the race.

Sunday  June 13,  2010
Lake Hopatcong, NJ

Justin Scheid Best 600 runners in Run for Jordan 5K

Former Pope John and Georgetown distance runner, Justin Scheid outpaced the field in the Run for
Jordan 5k.  His time was 15:00.37.   In the women's division, 13 year old Elizabeth Lansing won in 19:01.

The Run for Jordan 5k was conceievd to help the family of little Jordan Yaros, a 12 year old distance
runner from Sussex County that is battling cancer.  Despite the grueling treatments, Jordan found the
strength to attend the event and serve as the race starter.  She was an inspiration to all that attended.

Racing NJ wishes Jordan and her family and we hope to see Jordan in a XC race in the future!

Sunday  June 13, 2010
Titusville, NJ

Racing NJ has contributed to the Raising of  $113,000
During the last 3 Months!

A recent review of race income from races timed/managed by Racing NJ over the last 3 months shows
we successfully helped our clients raise over $113,00 for various charities.   Our goal for the next 12
months is $1,000,000!

Sunday  May 23, 2010
Highland Park, NJ

Former NJIT Standout - Umar Saeed - Wins The "Run in the
Park 5K"

Recent graduate, Umar Saeed won the first race of his post collegiate career by a landslide finishing the
hilly course through Highland Park in 16:32.    Second place finisher, Mike Anis, crossed the line 17:15.

The women's race was much closer with Veronica Feltrin outkicking Dawn Cuccolo.  Their times were in
22:47 and 22:51, respectively.

The 2nd annual race attracted more than 350 runners who ran through the streets of Highland Park with
the finish being at the new track at Highland Park High School.

The men's results were particular special for RacingNJ since Saeed ran for NJIT where I coach; and,
Mike Anis is a firend i have known for a number of years.

Friday.  April 2, 2010
Titusville, NJ

Chip Timing Comes to Racing NJ

As Racing NJ takes on larger and larger races, the need to use RFID Chip timing to track finishers was
inevitable.  Engineers at Racing NJ recently designed and built a state of the art timing system.  The
system records runners times using RFID (radio frequency).    Like most systems, the chips are
lightweight and disposable (worn on the shoe of bib tag).  Unlike most systems, RacingNJ has a chip
recycling program in which the disposable chips can be collected and re-used.    This is part of Racing
NJ's ongoing effort to remain sustainable and green.

The system will be unveiled at the Roselle Catholic 5K on May 8yj/

August 12, 2009
Roselle, NJ

Mendez Outkicks Mykytok in Thriller Finish

Rufino Mendez covered the 5K course in 17:24 to win the 3rd race of the Warinanco Park Summer XC
series.  In doing so, he out kicked a spry Mike Mykytok, who 21 years earlier ran the fastest recorded time
in history on the course.   Morgan Reinhart (Fords, NJ) won the women's division with a time of 23:00.

At 6:15, race director, Al Siuta, reminded Rufino Mendez that a win would all but clinch the overall series
victory for him.    And then he introduced Rufino to Mike Mykytok, former national 10 mile champion with
PR's for the 5K under 14 minutes, and the holder of the fastest recorded time in history on the Warinanco
course.  (He ran 15:28 in 1988 while in High School).

But this was an older Mykytok with ailing knees.   A torn meniscus (to be addressed in the near future)
and arthritis that he deals with every time he laces up his shoes.   He came to the race as a favor for the
race director, and because he thought it would be fun to run the course again.       

Mike ran the first part of his warm-up with his wife, Grace.    Then, like most good runners, he slid into his
zone and started to visualize his race and prepare himself mentally.   For those that know Mike (who has
a degree in the Classics and has had two of his own books published),  the visualization he did probably
included him seeing himself on the starting line atop a winged white horse and carrying a sword in his
hand;  and getting ready to do battle versus an array of demons and villains.   

When Mike was introduced to the gathering of runners on the starting line, he was greeted with a nice
round of applause.   For me it was interesting to watch as Mike smiled, then looked over his shoulder
towards the course he was about to try to "Push Through".    Mike looked as focused as he did 21 years
prior when he ran the fastest time in history as a high schooler from Bound Brook, NJ.   He looked toward
me and nodded, as if to say,  "Ok, let's do this."

Rufino Mendez went through the mile in 5:18, with Mykytok back at about 5:35.   Mendez was running
faster than he had in his previous two races with Mykytok, the seasoned veteren following.  At two miles,
Mendez had built his lead to about 22 seconds going past the 2 mile in 10:45.      During the third mile,
Mykytok started to drive harder and the gap started to close.   With 600 meters left Mykytok caught Mendez
but faded over the last 100 meters to finish three seconds behind Mendez's 17:24 winning time.

What was most interesting was that at the moment Mykytok caught Mendez, the sky became cloudy and
very dark.  it was almost instantaneous.   It sent people running for their coats and umbrellas, thinking the
heavens were about to open up and rain down upon them.   And as the sky grew dark, Mykytok started to
struggle, almost as if someone, or something, was holding him back.    I mentioned this to Mike and he
smiled and said, "Maybe I've been cursed".    I don't know what he meant by this, but judging from the grin
on his face,  he had a reason for saying it.  We'll have to stay tuned for the answer.

Mike's first book was "Pushing Through" and is based on his high school and college running
experiences.   His second book, "Bloodhunt" picks up where the first left off and has a darker storyline to
go with it.
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