Race Schedule

I started running in October of 2011, here is a list of my past races and my upcoming race schedule.

Upcoming Races:
4/1/2017 Naked Prussian, Leesport PA, 50 miles, trails
5/18/2017 3 Days at the Fair, Augusta NJ, 72 hour endurance race
6/3/2017 Worlds End Ultramarathon, Worlds End State Park PA, 100k, trails
7/22/2017 Montour 24 Endurance Run, Danville PA, 24 hour endurance trail race
9/16/2017 Boulder Field 100k, Jim Thorpe PA, 100k, trails
10/1/2017 Blues Cruise, Leesport PA, 50k, trails
10/21/2017 Baltimore Running Festival, Baltimore MD, marathon
10/29/2017 Oktoberfest 13.1, Pennypack Park PA, half marathon
11/18/2017 JFK 50 Mile, Hagerstown MD, 50 miles, mixed
1/13/2018 PHUNT 50k, Elkton MD, 50k, trails

Past Races:
3/18/2017 Looney Leprechaun (Looney Double), Tyler State Park PA, 5k & 10k, trails; (5k, 28:26, 13 of 65) (10k, 1:04:15, 14 of 93) (Double, 8 of 48)
3/4/2017 Naked Bavarian, Leesport PA, 40 miles, trails; 8:52:20, 62 of 98
12/3/2016 IAS Woods Winter Wonder Run, Princeton NJ, 6k, trails; 26:05, 7 of 73
11/24/2016 Hopewell Valley Turkey Trot, Pennington NJ, 5k, trails; 21:18, 32 of 715
11/6/2016 Alexa’s Thunder Run, Newton NJ, trail half marathon; 1:59:24, 21 of 106
10/23/2016 Oktoberfest 13.1, Pennypack Park PA, half marathon; 1:43:49, 80 of 309

10/15/2016 Baltimore Running Festival, Baltimore MD, marathon; 3:56:20, 557 of 2352
10/2/2016 Blues Cruise, Leesport PA, 50k, trails; 6:09:13, 144 of 308
9/17/2016 Boulder Field 100k, Jim Thorpe PA, 100k, trails; DNF
9/5/2016 Hot Diggity Dog, Mercer County Park NJ, 10k, trails; 45.55, 11 of 82
8/12/2016 Ragnar Relay, Bruceton Mills WV, team relay, trails; 25:33:16, 80 of 176
7/23/2016 Montour 24 Endurance Run, Danville PA, 24 hour endurance trail race; 54 miles, 23:43:30, 41 of 89
6/26/2016 REI 5k, Smithville Park NJ, 5k, trails, (times weren’t recorded but I was 22:30, finished 6th or 7th of about 80 runners)
6/18/2016 Running With The Devil, Vernon NJ, 12 hour endurance trail race, 28 miles, 11:44:44, 9 of 17
6/4/2016 1/2 Sauer 1/2 Kraut, Pennypack Park PA, marathon; 4:38:43, 56 of 102
5/12/2016 3 Days at the Fair, Augusta NJ, 72 hour endurance race; 111 miles, 71:37:06, 35 of 57
5/1/2016 Bucks County 10 Miler, Washington Crossing Park PA, 10 miles; 1:18:47, 36 of 242
4/16/2016 Rumspringa 13.1, Adamstown PA, half marathon; 1:53:06, 78 of 260
4/9/2016 IAS Woods Run, Princeton NJ, 6k, trails; 27:51, 11 of 84
3/12/2016 Looney Leprechaun (Looney Double), Tyler State Park PA, 5k & 10k, trails; (5k, 23:58, 8 of 91) (10k, 54:20, 17 of 148) (Double, 6 of 34)
3/6/2016 Naked Bavarian, Leesport PA, 40 miles, trails; 9:22:55, 91 of 101
1/1/2016 Hamilton Hangover, Veterans Park NJ, 5 miles; 41:15, 118 of 445

12/5/2015 IAS Woods Winter Wonder Run, Princeton NJ, 6k, trails, 28:07, 16 of 96
11/7/2015 Trenton Half Marathon, Trenton NJ, half marathon; 2:08:30, 485 of 1082
10/11/2015 Sloppy Cuckoo, Pennypack Park PA, 12 hour endurance trail race; 26.2 miles, 9:30:30, 56 of 61
9/27/2015 Fernbrook Farm Run, Chesterfield NJ, 5k, trails; INJURY
9/12/2015 Spartan Super, Vernon NJ, 8 miles, obstacle course; 3:10:36, 1044 of 5700
9/7/2015 Hot Diggity Dog, Mercer County Park NJ, 10k, trails; 52:01, 22 of 116
8/15/2015 Spartan Super, Marseilles IL, 8 miles, obstacle course; 2:42:06, 1014 of 5968
8/5/2015 Flying Pig, Pennington NJ, 5k, trails; 21:39, 23 of 120
7/18/2015 Running With The Devil, Vernon NJ, 12 hour endurance trail race; 30 miles, 11:38:28, 13 of 27
7/11/2015 Spartan Super, Palmerton PA, 8 miles, obstacle course; 3:55:21, 965 of 5873
6/13/2015 1/2 Sauer 1/2 Kraut, Pennypack Park PA, marathon; 4:22:03, 44 of 90
6/6/2015 Spartan Sprint, Tuxedo NY, 5 miles, obstacle course; 2:13:01, 1098 of 5105
5/30/2015 Spartan Sprint, Tuxedo NY, 5 miles, obstacle course; 2:54:24, 2909 of 5730
5/16/2015 3 Days at the Fair, Augusta NJ, 24 hour endurance race; 66 miles, 23:55:12, 17 of 46
5/9/2015 Bucks 10k, Tyler State Park PA, 10k; 45:37, 2 of 61
5/3/2015 Bucks County 10 Miler, Washington Crossing Park PA, 10 miles; 1:15:25, 18 of 229
4/18/2015 Spartan Beast, Vernon NJ, 13 miles, obstacle course; 7:28:33, 4505 of 5545
3/29/2015 Naked Bavarian, Leesport PA, 40 miles, trails; 9:33:36, 38 of 48
3/28/2015 Phillies 5k, Citizens Bank Park PA, 5k; 21:11; 63 of 5011
3/14/2015 Looney Leprechaun 3, Tyler State Park PA, 10k, trails; 55:07, 13 of 122
2/14/2015 New Hope For Love 5k, New Hope PA, 5k; 21:53, 16 of 145
1/1/2015 Hamilton Hangover, Veterans Park NJ, 5 miles; 37:13, 44 of 410

12/6/2014 IAS Woods Winter Wonder Run, Princeton NJ, 6k, trails; 25:09, 5 of 129
11/29/2014 Gobbler 5k, Medford NJ, 5k, trails; 23:42, 7 of 116
11/27/2014 Hopewell Valley Turkey Trot, Pennington NJ, 5k, trails; 22:13, 40 of 518
11/15/2014 Rocky Balboa Run, Philadelphia PA, 10k; 47:08, 133 of 3252
11/8/2014 Trenton Half Marathon, Trenton NJ, half marathon; 1:44:43, 161 of 1439
10/19/2014 Atlantic City Marathon, Atlantic City NJ, marathon; 4:12:38, 324 of 820
10/11/2014 Parx Octoberfest 5k, Bensalem PA, 5k, 21:21, 10 of 139

9/20/2014 Spartan Beast/World Championship, Killington VT, 16 miles, obstacle course; 8:52:07, 2614 of 4963
9/6/2014 Spartan Super, Vernon NJ, 9 miles, obstacle course; 3:19:13, 1993 of 6642
9/1/2014 Hot Diggity Dog, Mercer County Park NJ, 10k, trails; 54:56, 23 of 126
8/16/2014 Bradley Beach 5k, Bradley Beach NJ, 5k, 23:07, 118 of 771
8/6/2014 Flying Pig, Pennington NJ, 5k, trails; 23:38, 25 of 85
7/19/2014 Running With The Devil, Vernon NJ, 12 hour endurance trail race; 30 miles, 11:25:23, 19 of 33
7/13/2014 Spartan Sprint, Palmerton PA, 5 miles, obstacle course; 3:06:56, 2302 of 4443
5/18/2014 Hair of the Dog, Working Dog Winery NJ, 5k; 21:51, 42 of 1122
5/10/2014 Washington Crossing 5k, Washington Crossing Park NJ, 5k, trails; 20:40 (course mismeasured), 9 of 117
5/4/2014 Bucks County 10 Miler, Washington Crossing Park PA, 10 miles; 1:16:29, 25 of 246
4/26/2014 Asbury Park Half Marathon, Asbury Park NJ, half marathon; 1:47:37, 130 of 1131
4/13/2014 Donor Dash, Philadelphia PA, 10k; 47:08, 98 of 1011
4/5/2014 IAS Woods Run, Princeton NJ, 6k, trails; 26:45, 7 of 78
3/22/2014 Phillies 5k, Citizens Bank Park PA, 5k; 22:08, 138 of 4747
3/15/2014 Looney Leprechaun 2, Tyler State Park PA, 10k, trails; 52:58, 23 of 159
2/8/2014 Cupid’s Chase, Princeton NJ, 5k; 23:39, 15 of 154
1/1/2014 Hamilton Hangover, Veterans Park NJ, 5 miles; 37:46, 81 of 495
12/14/2013 Mistletoe 5k, Mercerville NJ, 5k; 23:19, 15 of 153
12/7/2013 IAS Woods Winter Wonder Run, Princeton NJ, 6k, trails; 27:59, 16 of 106
11/28/2013 Hopewell Valley Turkey Trot, Pennington NJ, 5k, trails; 23:45, 124 of 667
11/9/2013 Trenton Half Marathon, Trenton NJ, half marathon; 1:48:38, 261 of 1476
11/3/2013 Cooper Norcross Run The Bridge, Camden NJ, 10k; 48:46, 529 of 3400
10/26/2013 Spooky Tails & Trails, Washington’s Crossing NJ, 5k; 22:40, 22 of 162
10/20/2013 Seaside Half Marathon, Seaside Park NJ, half marathon; 1:57:15, 235 of 678
10/12/2013 Tomm May 5k, Robbinsville NJ, 5k; 22:32, 16 of 105
9/28/2013 Spartan Sprint, Citizens Bank Park PA, 3 miles, obstacle course; 1:01:42, 865 of 4383
9/21/2013 Spartan Beast/World Championship, Killington VT, 14 miles, obstacle course; 9:29:29, 2651 of 3124
9/15/2013 Rock N Roll Half Marathon, Philadelphia PA, half marathon; 2:07:26, 8657 of 24295
9/7/2013 Spartan Super, Vernon NJ, 9 miles, obstacle course; 3:10:42, 2722 of 5269
9/2/2013 Hot Diggity Dog, Mercer County Park NJ, 10k, trails; 1:00:41, 42 of 129
8/25/2013 George Wah Memorial, Veterans Park NJ, 5k, trails; 23:11, 102 of 228
8/7/2013 Flying Pig, Pennington NJ, 5k, trails; 23:08, 44 of 97
7/13/2013 Spartan Sprint, Palmerton PA, 5 miles, obstacle course; 1:56:32, 1875 of 5624
7/4/2013 Revolutionary Run, Washington’s Crossing PA, 10k; 54:53
6/25/2013 ETS Firecracker 5k, Princeton NJ, 5k; 23:36, 61 of 460
6/9/2013 Princeton Healthcare 10k, Princeton NJ, 10k; 49:48, 100 of 551
6/8/2013 Run For Your Lives, Medford NJ, 5k, mud run obstacle course; untimed/non competitive event
5/23/2013 CYO Memorial Day, Veterans Park NJ, 5k; 22:15, 8 of 38
5/19/2013 Hair of the Dog, Silver Decoy Winery NJ, 5k; 22:05, 37 of 930
5/4/2013 Miles for Isles, Mercer County Park NJ, 5k; 22:09, 17 of 96
4/20/2013 Asbury Park Half Marathon, Asbury Park NJ, half marathon; 1:52:27, 273 of 1204
4/13/2013 Spartan Sprint, Citi Field NYC, 3 miles, obstacle course; 1:19:47, 2300 of 9663
3/16/2013 St. Patty’s Day 5k, Bordentown NJ, 5k; 22:37, 37 of 507
1/1/2013 Hamilton Hangover, Veterans Park NJ, 5 miles; 40:22, 140 of 459
12/15/2012 Mistletoe 5k, Mercerville NJ, 5k; 22:34, 19 of 199
11/22/2012 Hopewell Valley Turkey Trot, Pennington NJ, 5k, trails; 22:46, 83 of 591
11/10/2012 Trenton Half Marathon, Trenton NJ, half marathon; 2:00:03, 596 of 1400
10/27/2012 Spooky Tails & Trails, Veterans Park NJ, 5k; 22:41, 22 of 197
10/13/2012 Race to Restore, Ewing NJ, 5k; 22:45, 9 of 57
9/22/2012 Carnegie Center, Princeton NJ, 5k; 23:51, 107 of 546
8/12/2012 Runyon at Yankee Stadium, Yankee Stadium NYC, 5k; 28:31, 241 of 2944
8/8/2012 Flying Pig, Pennington NJ, 5k, trails; 24:29, 55 of 149.
7/15/2012 Spartan Sprint, Palmerton PA, 5 miles, obstacle course; 2:38:58, 701 of 2011
7/12/2012 Strides for Stroke, Veterans Park NJ, 5k: 23:28, 40 of 203
7/8/2012 The Color Run, Philadelphia PA, 5k: untimed/non competitive event
7/4/2012 Revolutionary Run, Washington’s Crossing PA, 5k: 23:50, 41 of 412
6/17/2012 Run for Dad, Mercer County Park NJ, 5k: 24:43, 144 of 516
5/24/2012 CYO Memorial Day, Veterans Park NJ, 5k: 25:07, 21 of 72
5/20/2012 Hair of the Dog, Silver Decoy Winery NJ, 5k: 25:14, 110 of 934
4/29/2012 Run the Vineyards, Heritage Winery NJ, 2.5 miles: 22:40, 6 of 90
1/1/2012 Hamilton Hangover, Veterans Park NJ, 5 miles: 45:26, 224 of 470
11/24/2011 Turkey Trot, Newtown PA, 5 miles: 53:48, 651 of 781
10/2/2011 Sowebo Landmark, Baltimore MD, 5k: 37:08, 97 of 182

I will update this page as races are finished or added.

Dash and Deciduous 5k

Dash and Deciduous 5k trail run

Saturday, June 10th 2017, 10 AM Start

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The Uptown Gentlefriends present the Dash and Deciduous 5k trail run at Clayton Park. This is a FREE timed 5k group run. Despite the fact that this is a FREE 5k, registration is required due to the field size being limited to 40 runners. Once the field limit is reached additional runners will go on a waiting list in the order they registered.

Handmade awards will be given to the top male and female. The awards will be handmade using objects found around the farmlands at Clayton Park. “Easter eggs” will be hidden throughout the course for runners to find which can be returned for prizes.

Do not expect to get a 5k PR at this course. This is a fun timed group run. I would consider the course to be an entry level course for a trail runner. Beginners may find the course challenging with over 310ft of combined elevation climb with some sections loaded with ankle twisting roots that appear to come out of nowhere. Veteran trail runners will find the course to be fast and fun with a few short very runnable sections that will allow you to gain a lot of ground on the leader (or keep the lead). The course will be well-marked and no one well get lost. There will be a self-serve water station at mile 1.1 and again at mile 2.6. This may be an unmanned water station so runners will need to stop to get their own water.

The course is very spectator friendly. Cheer on your friends and family at the start and then again at mile .75 before the runners enter the woods. You’ll have the chance to cheer them on again by taking a short walk to the 2.2 mile mark (see course map) just after they complete a difficult uphill section and need your cheers to lift their spirits for the rest of the run. Be sure to congratulate them at the finish line!

Refreshments will be served post-run at the picnic area near the parking lot.

Post-run party will be held down the street at Screamin’ Hill Brewery starting at 12 noon. The brewery is located on a small farm and has an excellent selection of hand crafted beers. They do not have any dining options, however visitors are allowed to bring their own food. I suggest Phil’s Take-Out which is located 6 minutes in the opposite direction but has some great sandwiches and entrees at low prices (they open at 11). Parking is very limited at the brewery, I suggest making friends at the 5k and carpooling the 3 minutes down the road.

Thank you for participating in the first Uptown Gentlefriends 5k. Keep in mind this is a group trail run and NOT a race. You are responsible for your own safety. Clayton Park is a wonderful place to run but can be challenging, never underestimate the course and the dangers that come from trail running there. I would consider myself a veteran trail runner and Clayton Park is the ONLY park where I have tripped on roots and rocks. Not just once, but many times. Give Clayton Park respect and it will respect you!
– John Beck
Run Organizer

Click here for the interactive course map on Strava

Clayton Park
161 Emley’s Hill Rd, Imlaystown, NJ 08526

Screamin’ Hill Brewery
83 Emley’s Hill Rd, Cream Ridge, NJ 08514

Phil’s Take-Out
173 Route 526, Allentown, NJ 08501

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Uptown Gentlefriends 12 Hour Track Attack

Uptown Gentlefriends 12 Hour Track Attack: April 29th 2017, 6am to 6pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/730105377139297/

In 2016 the Uptown Gentlefriends invited their friends and families to join them for a 12 hour training run at the local high school track. At the end of the day over 40 people showed up and every one of them logged AT LEAST 1 lap. Some did well over a hundred laps! As a group they logged 984 laps – that’s 246 miles!

In 2017 we hope to get even more people involved and top our 2016 mileage! Join us! We will have several coolers with cold drinks and delicious snacks. We will also have chairs and a canopy to relax under. Bring your families! Several kids ran last year; all ages are welcome!

Come out, get some fresh air and get some steps in. Walk a lap or run many. Or bring a book and just hang out with us all day. A few of us are using this as training for upcoming endurance runs, so your presence alone will motivate us – we need the help!

Runners will be responsible for counting their own laps. Those with a Garmin GPS device can install an app that will count laps, such as Auto Lap Counter (https://apps.garmin.com/en-US/apps/4ae5506a-0d33-4948-a101-d1b2128f3bbc). This comes in handy as it will only count laps once the “start zone” is crossed, so any additional mileage, such as aid station breaks or bathroom breaks, won’t be counted. A more advanced app option is Loop Ultra Racer (https://apps.garmin.com/en-US/apps/d647721e-5147-4a84-9914-e023236b1f13) which can be configured to not only show the number of laps but the projected total laps/mileage based on your lap times during the 12 hours. There may be other options available for other brands of watches or an old fashioned method of physically counting each lap. It’s up to you!

There are currently no bathroom facilities. We’re hoping that a port-o-potty appears once spring starts. They usually do. Otherwise there are permanent restrooms at the park located across the street (about a quarter mile away).

Rain date will be the next day; April 30th.

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2016 Finisher’s awards and more!

Baltimore Marathon

Ran the Baltimore marathon this past weekend. It was such a great race. A lot more challenging than I thought it would be. Such a great city. Great course. Great spectators! I can hardly wait to do this race again. Definitely going to stay for an extra night. Also, the race has the sweetest finisher’s medal that I’ve ever received!

REI Trail Series 5k at Historic Smithville Park

The Arms of Velae

Added a new video to the artwork section. It was a video I started in 2013 and then gave up on. I revisited it today and finished it off. It’s alright. I guess. At least it’s short.

Bucks County 10 Miler 2016

Due to some injuries (knee, shin) and the way my training was going I didn’t expect to repeat last year’s performance. It was a cold, rainy day and the towpath was muddy and slick. I was hopeful to get under 90 minutes, shooting for 85. Ended up finishing under 80 minutes. Not too far off from last year’s run. Even though it was painful at times the race gave me confidence and made me hopeful about future races.19100121-3_v4-177c89460de08175a2c061538de29393