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Anacostia Parkrun

December 28. 2019

Paul Ryan was fourth overall and 1st M65-69 at the Anacostia Parkrun, finishing the 5K course in 21:14 (an impressive 82.1% age grade result).

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USATF National Club XC Championships

December 14, 2019

Athletics East made its Masters XC debut at the 2019 USATF Club Nationals.  A total of 14 runners made the trip to Bethlehem PA and survived a muddy, challenging course. Results:

Masters 60+ (8K)

Team finished 14th of 41 entries with the following individual performances:

Steve Crelli (31:41), 22nd overall, 21st in M60-64, and 19th for team scoring.

Bob Briggs (33:17), 49th overall, 43rd in M60-64, and 42nd for team scoring.

Dwight Denlinger (33:46), 58th overall, 51st in M60-64 and 50th for team scoring.

Brian Kelly (36:41), 113th overall, 86th in M60-64 and 90th for team scoring.

Masters 50+ (10K)

Team finished 13th of 24 entries with the following individual performances:

Mark Neff (39:00), 170th overall, 11th in M55-59 and for 36th team scoring

Jeff Duyn (40:53), 258th overall, 31st in M55-59 and 69th for team scoring

Jim Garster (41:29), 278th overall, 73rd in M50-54, and for 73rd team scoring

Steve Martin (43:13), 333rd overall, 55th in M55-59, and 98th for team scoring

Chris Johnston (46:51), 385th overall, 68th in M55-59, and 120th for team scoring.

David Sullivan (50:57), 424th overall, 82nd in M55-59, and 142nd for team scoring.

Masters 40+ (10K)

We did not have enough scoring runners to qualify for the team competition in the Masters 40+ division, but AE runners posted the following individual performances:

Hasan Hobbs (38:13), 140th overall, 37th in M45-49

Justin Runac (38:30), 153rd overall, 40th in M45-49

Jose Idler (49:08), 412th overall, 97th in M45-49.


Rockland County Alumni XC Run

November 30, 2019

Brian Kelly returned to his old stomping grounds over Thanksgiving Day weekend to compete in the annual Rockland County Alumni XC Run at Bear Mountain State Park, N.Y.  Brian was 49th overall and 3rd M60-69 in 22:13.


Alexandria Turkey Trot

November 28, 2019

A trio of AE runners competed in the Alexandria Turkey Trot 5-miler.  Mark Neff was 55th overall and 3rd in M50-59, finishing in 29:44. Bob Briggs was 73rd overall and 1st in M60-69 crossing the finish in 30:52. Steve Martin was 81st overall and 5th M50-59 with a time of 31:24.

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Ashburn Farm 5K/10K/2K Turkey Trot

November 28, 2019

Eddie Chen was 8th overall and 1st M35-39 in the 5K event at the Ashburn Farm Turkey Trot.  Eddie finished in 17:20.

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Turkey Chase 10K - YMCA of Bethesda

November 28, 2019

Peter Bandettini ran the Turkey Chase 10K in Bethesda, finishing 67th overall and 5th M50-54 in 41:03.


Fairfax Turkey Trot 4 Miler

November 28, 2019

Chris Johnston had a casual outing at the Fairfax Turkey Trot 4-miler, still managing a 3rd place M50-59 finish in 29:35.

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Freeze Your Gizzard 5K

November 23, 2019

Four AE runners were in action at the Freeze Your Gizzard XC 5K in Leesburg.  Eddie Chen was the overall race winner in 17:56. The other three finished in quick succession. Chris Johnston was 29th overall and 5th M50-59 in  21:17. Brian Kelly was right behind him, 30th overall and 1st M60-99 in 21:23. Bruce Becker was close behind, finishing in 34th overall and 6th M50-59 in 21:50.


NIRCA Cross Country Nationals

November 16, 2019

Justin Runac finished 12th overall in the Open Category at the National Intercollegiate Running Club Association (NIRCA) Cross Country Nationals in Mechanicsville, VA.  He covered the 6K open course in 21:43.;perpage:5000 

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USATF New England Cross Country Championships

November 10, 2019

Harris Hardy competed in the 2019 USATF New England Cross Country Championships in Franklin Park, Boston MA. Harris finished the 8K course in 36:41, good for 88th overall.


PVA Cross-Country 5K Championships

November 3, 2019

Justin Runac and James Coates competed in the USATF Potomac Valley Association Cross-Country 5K in Vienna, VA (official results are incomplete)

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Boston Mayor's Cup Cross Country

October 27,  2019

Harris Hardy ran the 5K event at the Boston Mary's Cup Cross Country races, finishing 6th in M50-59 in 22:30.

Finish line video (5:40 mark for Harris)

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Rocketts Landing Cap Trail 10 Miler & 5K

October 26, 2019

Justin Runac was second overall in 1:00:46.96 over 10 miles.;perpage:10

Finish video


XC on the Farm 5K

October 20, 2019

The cross country season continued this weekend, with the MCRRC-sponsored XC on the Farm 5K.  Mark Neff was third overall and 1st M55-59, in 18:55. Jose Idler was 15th overall and 2nd M45-49 in 21:44. David Sullivan was 47th overall in 25:42 and Dan Jones was 66th overall in 29:45.


2019 Race for Every Child 5K

October 19, 2019

Bruce Becker raced in downtown DC, finishing 3rd in M55-59 (21:51) in the Race for Every Child 5K.


Steamtown Marathon

October 13, 2019

Jeff Duyn continued an outstanding year, blazing through the Steamtown Marathon in 2:45:14 for an overall 14th place finish and 3rd Masters.


Chicago Marathon

October 13, 2019

Steve Martin and Eddie Chen ran the 2019 Chicago Marathon. Eddie finished in 2:49:41, good for 787th overall and 139th M35-39. Steve finished in 3:20:29 (92 of 1598 in M55-59 and 4996 overall).

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Army 10 Miler - 2019

October 13, 2019

A few AE runners competed in the 2019 Army 10 Miler.  Hasan Hobbs led the way, finishing 4th in M45-49 (1:00:15), Jim Garster was 7th M50-54 (1:04:44) and James Coates was 37th M40-44 (1:05:18).  Nice finishes for all three runners.

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October 13, 2019

Harris Hardy competed in the Wayland XC Festival in Massachusetts, finishing 78th overall (22:30) in the Open 5K XC race.


Glory Days XC 5K - 2019

October 12, 2019

The first XC event of the season for several Athletics East runners.  

Bob Briggs was 25th overall and 1st M60-64 (20:40), Dwight Denlinger was rignt behind him in 26th and 2nd M60-64 (20:47), Chris Johnston was 34th and 2nd M55-59 (22:01) and David Sullivan was 55th and 4th M55-59 (24:29).

photos (pages 102-108 have AE runners)

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The Navy Mile

October 6, 2019

A few AE runners were in DC on Sunday for the Navy Mile on Pennsylvania Avenue. Hasan Hobbs (5:07, 4th M40-49), Mark Neff (5:22, 4th M50-59) and Bruce Becker (6:18, M50-59) competed in the 5th running of this event. 

Bonus - If you check out the Navy Mile's Twitter feed from 13 September you will see a photo of Bruce Becker and Peter Bandettini from 2018's race. 

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Knights of Columbus 5K

October 5, 2019

Jim Garster and Bob Briggs squeezed a 5K in between loops around Burke Lake on Saturday. Jim was second overall on the hilly road course, finishing in 19:01 (unofficial). Bob was close behind, finishing third in 19:08.

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Mason District Running Festival

September 28, 2019

Chris Johnston finished 3rd overall and 1st M50 (49:56) in the 10K race at the Mason District Running Festival, an event that features everything from a 5K to a 6-hour endurance run.;perpage:50


Clarendon Day 5K

September 21, 2019

Mark Neff made the most of a fast downhill course in Rosslyn, clocking in at 17:05 for 5K. He finished 54th overall and 1st in M55-59.


Northern Virginia Senior Olympics - Cycling

September 15, 2019

Dan Jones competed in both the 10K and 20K Individual Time Trials at the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics cycling event in Warrenton, VA. Dan finished 2nd M60-64 in both events (10K - 17:35, 20K - 35:50).


Greenbrook Turkey Trot

November 28, 2019

Jim Garster ran the Greenbrook Turkey Trot 5K in New Jersey. Jim was 13th overall and 1st M50-54 in 19:27.


Frederick Market Street Mile

September 14, 2019

Nice showing by some speedy AE runners at this road mile event in Frederick, MD

Hasan Hobbs, 1st M-Masters(5:02)

Mark Neff, 4th M-Masters, 2nd M-Grand Masters (5:14)

David Sullivan,  28th M-Masters, 14th M-Grand Masters (6:07)

Kathi Morrison-Taylor, 21st F-Masters, 12th F-Grand Masters (7:29);perpage:10


23rd Annual Dewey Beach Sprint Triathlon

September 14, 2019

Bruce Becker competed in the 23rd Annual Dewey Beach Sprint Triathlon, finishing in 1:25:59 (135th overall, 15th M55-59) 

Sprint = a 1/2 mile ocean swim, 15 mile bike and 3.5 mile run;perpage:10


Outer Banks Triathlon

September 14, 2019

Brian Kelly competed in the Olympic Open category at the Outer Banks Triathlon, finishing in 2:24:21 (75th overall, 4th M60-64)

Olympic Triathlon— [swim was cancelled due to water quality issues], 40km (25 mi) bike / 10 km (6.2 mi) run

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Parks Half Marathon

September 8, 2019

Mark Neff was 35th overall and 1st M55-59 in this MCRRC event in Rockville.


September 8, 2019

Leilani Morton and Dan Jones both competed in the Reston Olympic Triathlon. 

Olympic Distance

Swim  1500m (0.93mi)
Bike     40k (25 mi)
Run     10k (6.2 mi)

Leilani finished in 2:59:00 (139th overall, 3rd F45-49)

Dan finished in 3:12:39 (183rd overall, 6th in M60-64)


Greater Boston Track Club XC Invite

September 8, 2019

Harris Hardy competed in the 2019 GBTC XC Festival, covering the 5K course in 22:22.

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Potomac Valley Games

August 31 - September 1, 2019

A few Athletics East runners competed in PVTC's Potomac Valley Games track meet. 

On Saturday, Chris Johnston was 2nd M55-59 in the 5000m (21:18)

On Sunday, Bruce Becker (6:02.87) and Chris Johnston (6:08.11) were 1-2 in M55-59 for the Mile.  Josh Van Tassel was 1st M50-54 in the 800m (2:27.24)

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2019 Annapolis 10 Mile Run

August 25, 2019

Mark Neff finished 22nd overall and 3rd Masters runner in Annapolis, covering the 10-mile course in 1:01:18. 

Kevin D'amanda also raced in Annapolis, placing 89th overall and 3rd in M55-59, with a time of 1:08:20.


Hood to Coast Relay

August 23-24, 2019

Running with the 'Masters of the Universe', Bob Briggs helped the team capture the mens Super Masters division title (all runners over age 50) and finish 40th overall in a field of 1166 teams. Bob's 12-member team covered the 199-mile course in 24:02:11, averaging 7:15/mile. 

Bob ran leg 10 (5.41mi) in 36:20, leg 22 (6.78 mi) in 45:49 and leg 34 (4.09 mi) in 29:06 in a less than 18-hour period.


Ironman Mont-Tremblant, Quebec

August 18, 2019

Congratulations to Leilani Morton for conquering the Ironman race in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec. Leilani placed 45th in F44-49 with a time of 13:42:02.

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Riley's Rumble Half Marathon

July 28, 2019

Mark Neff, 12th overall, 1st M55-59 (1:25:19) in the MCRRC event


PVTC All Comers Track Meet

July 27, 2019

Paul Ryan, Mile (6:30) and 3000m (13:22)

link to follow when posted by PVTC

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New Jersey State Triathlon - Sprint

July 20, 2019

David Sullivan, M55-59, 18th (1:13:23)

The swim is in serene Mercer Lake followed by the bike through beautiful West Windsor Township. The run takes you along the water on paved trails and shaded wood areas to an unforgettable 200 yard dash to finish.

Swim Course (Sprint 500 m)
The swim will be in calm and beautiful Lake Mercer. The water temperature, historically, has been in the high 70's, low 80's. 

Bike Course (Sprint 11.5 miles)
The bike course will exit the park and is  flat, fast and scenic. Sprint distance athletes will complete one loop

Run Course  (Sprint 3.1 miles)
Both the Sprint and the Olympic distance racers will follow a course that was laid out for the US Cross Country Championships and is flat, fast and offers plenty of shade.

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July 4, 2019

Bob Briggs, 24th overall, 1st M60-64 (27:25.8 - 4 miles);perpage:10

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OBX Freedom 5K, Kill Devil Hills, NC

July 4, 2019


REV3 Triathlon - Montclair

June 23, 2019

Three AE athletes competed in this sprint triathlon event,

Jose Idler - 19th overall, 2nd M45-49 (1:16:06)

David Sullivan,  - 118th overall, 7th M55-59 (1:35:31)

Dan Jones - 120th overall, 5th M60-64 (1:36:37)

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Suds & Soles 5k - MCRRC

June 22, 2019

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Irish Eyes 5K - Milton, DE

June 15, 2019


Bruce Barnes Mile

June 15, 2019

David Sullivan, 5:26.4 (15th overall, 1st M50-59)

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2019 Bunion Derby Series - RATW 5K

June 9, 2019


USATF Super Regional Track Meet

June 1-2, 2019

Thanks to everyone who made it out to the first big USATF event for Athletics East.


4x400m -- new team record and fast 4:20.17 (Peter Bandettini, Bruce Becker, David Sullivan and Mark Neff)


M50-54  -- 1st -- Jim Garster, 20:47.56

M55-59 --  1st -- Mark Neff, 18:31.77

                   2nd -- Robert (Steve) Martin, 20:23.13

                    3rd -- Steve Crelli, 20:36.10 (probably 5400m or ~19:04 for 5000m)

                     5th -- Chris Johnston, 21:37.61

M60-64  -- 1st -- Bobb Briggs, 21:14.98

M65-68 -- 1st -- Paul Ryan, 22:27.78



M40-49  -- 6th -- Hasan Hobbs, 4:50.10

M50-59 --  1st -- Peter Bandettini, 4:39.89

                   5th -- Steve Crelli, 5:12.66

                   7th -- Jim Garster, 5:32.70

                   8th -- Bruce Becker, 5:35.05

                   9th -- David Sullivan, 5:44.11

M60-80 -- 3rd -- Paul Ryan, 6:01.59


M45-49 -- 2nd -- Hasan Hobbs, 2:20.50

M50-54 -- 1st -- Peter Bandettini, 2:18.19

M55-59 -- 5th -- David Sullivan, 2:42.91

W45-49 -- 1st -- Judy Staveley, 3:52.94


W45-49 -- 6th -- Judy Staveley, 25.95

W50-54 -- 5th -- Kathleen Campbell, 20.86


W50-54 -- 3rd -- Kathleen Campbell, 47.71

Shot Put

W45-49 -- 2nd -- Judy Staveley, 4.56m

W50-54 -- 3rd -- Kathleen Campbell, 6.11m


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Armed Forces Cycling Classic

June 1, 2019

Dan Jones finished 23rd M60-69 in the Armed Forces Cycling Classic, averaging 21.0 mph over 58.5 km


Memorial Mile, Boardman, Ohio

May 27, 2019

Steve Crelli, 17th overall and 1st in M55-59, 5:19.1

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Loudoun Street Mile

May 27, 2019

Peter Bandettini, 1st Place -- Grand Masters Men in 4:55.2  (35th overall)
Mark Neff, 1st Place -- M55-59 in 5:12.0  (49th overall)


Virginia Senior Games

May 18, 2019

David Sullivan, 1st place M55-59 in the 800m (2:40) and 1500m (5:44)

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Battle Road Track Club Twilight Series Meet #2 @ University of MA Lowell

May 18,2019

Harris Hardy, 800m (2:38)


2019 Mantua Raccoon Run 5K

May 11, 2019



May 19, 2019

Mixed 1 Mile Run

13 Bruce Becker M57 Chevy Chase, MD 6:04.95  (3rd in M55-59)

15 Chris Johnston M55 Unattached 6:12.34   (4th in M55-59)

20 Paul Ryan M68 Arlington, VA 6:23.79   (1st in M65-69)



La Milla de Mayo 2019

May 4, 2019

Peter Bandettini was 5th overall and 1st in the M50-59 age group in this road mile event, finishing in 5:01.  Jose Idler was 17th overall and 4th in the 40-49 age group, finishing in 5:53.


Anacostia parkrun # 69

May 4, 2019

Paul Ryan (M65-69) was the overall winner of the Anacostia Parkrun 5K, pacing the field in 21:34 and a 79.98% age grade rating.

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Parkway Classic 5K and 10 Mile

April 28, 2019

Good Athletics East turnout for the Parkway Classic.

5K Results

Harris Hardy (4th M50-59/2nd M55-59, 21:07)

David Sullivan (11th M50-59/3rd M55-59, 22:54)

10 Miler Results

Mark Drosky (2nd, M55-59, 1:07:17)

Martha Mertz (1st F55-59, 1:14:23)

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2019 Pikes Peek 10K

April 28, 2019

The speedsters were out at the MRRC event this weekend.

Mark Neff (1st M55-59, 36:48)

Peter Bandettini (2nd M50-54, 37:29)

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2019 Westfields Sprint Triathlon

April 28, 2019

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The North Face Endurance Challenge: Washington, D.C. (Half-Marathon)

April 27, 2019

Enjoying the mud!

Chris Johnston (3rd M55-59, 2:04:05)


2019 PVTC Easter Classic 5K and 10K

April 20, 2019

Potomac Valley Track Club Easter Classic 5K
Bluemont Park, Arlington VA

Paul Ryan (22:08, 7th overall, and 1st in M60-69)


2019 Boston Marathon

April 15, 2019

Strong performances in Boston this year. 

Jeff Duyn (2:52:50,  4th place M55-59)

Kevin D'Amanda (3:29:50,  293rd M55-59)

Alan Pemberton (3:45:24, 37th  M65-69)


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2019 Reston Half Marathon

April 7, 2019


Westminster Main Street Mile

April 7, 2019

David Sullivan, 2nd place in the 50-59 age group (5:30.67)


2019 Cherry Blossom 10 Miler

April 7, 2019

Big day for Athletics East at Cherry Blossom.  Thanks to everyone for turning out in numbers and flying the AE flag. Well done. 


#19 - Peter Bandettini (1:09:11)


#2 - Jeff Duyn (59:16)

#3 - Mark Neff (59:23)

#9 - Steve Crelli (1:02:43)

#10 - Kevin D'Amanda (1:02:51)

#49 - Chris Johnston (1:16:13)


#2 - Alan Pemberton (1:09:11)


#382 - Dr. Judy Staveley (1:42:03)


#1 - Betty Blank (1:25:06)

Running Club Mixed Masters

#8 - Athletics East (3:27:12) 

Mark Neff, Betty Blank, Steve Crelli, Chris Johnson, Dr. Judy Staveley

#7 - Dojo of Pain Mixed Masters (3:17:59)

team included Alan Pemberton

Photo: Chris Johnson, Judy Staveley, David Sullivan

If we missed anyone, let us know.

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Fresh Pond 4K, Cambridge, MA

March 30, 2019

Harris Hardy (16:33)

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Life Time Run Race: 4 x 1 Treadmill Relay

March 21, 2019

Bob Briggs, Dan Jones, David Sullivan, Chris Johnston


March 17, 2019

Paul Ryan


Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon

March 9, 2019

55-59 Age Group win for Mark Drosky (1:30:41)

65-69 Age Group win for Alan Pemberton (1:37:19)

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USATF Masters Indoor National Championships

March 2, 2019

Athletics East 4x800 Relay Team (Steve Crelli, Mark Neff, Bruce Becker, Peter Bandettini)


USATF Masters Indoor National Championships

March 1, 2019


  • Mark Neff (55-59, #4, 10:15.17)

  • Steve Crelli (55-59, #5, 10:45.59)


  • Peter Bandettini (50-54, #7, 5:02.13) 

  • Bruce Becker (55-59, #9, 5:58.01) 


  • Peter Bandettini (50-54, #4, 2:20.51) 

  • Bruce Becker (55-59, #9, 2:39.00)


NYRR Night at the Races - Meet 3

January 24, 2019

5000m (Mark Neff, David Sullivan) 800m (Mark Neff, Harris Hardy, David Sullivan)


PVA Complex Masters & Open indoor Championship

January 19, 2019


Peter Bandettini, 1st, M50-54 (5:07.70)

Chris Johnston, 2nd, M55-59 (6:31.89)

4x800 Meter Relay

Bruce Becker, Chris Johnston, Peter Bandettini, Mark Neff (10:21.09)


Glory Days XC 5K

October 10, 2018

Steve Crelli

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