Selden Hills Warrior Training

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December 12, 2013
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Welcome to Selden Hills Warrior Training

The Selden Hills are calling! Are you ready to challenge yourself and amp up your training? If so, please join the growing number of runners doing just that on the tough 10k course that has hill upon hill for 5 demanding miles, followed by a flat, fast finish.

Runners of all abilities are welcome. Our motto is no one runs alone. Contact us for more information.

Regular group runs are now Wednesdays at 4:30 and 5:30. Please see the Calendar for special events and utilize the Facebook page to schedule all other group runs.

September 24, 2016
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The Battle of the Selden Hills Warriors & the Seven Beasts- featured on longislandpress.com

This story was published on longislandpress.com, written by our own Jamie Franchi after the Run for the Hill of it Race. 

They call themselves the Selden Hills Warriors.

If you ask me, the word “warrior” gets thrown around a little too casually these days. This isn’t Sparta. We don’t wear armor or battle with swords. These are mostly corporate folks, after all, running in their spare time. Athletes, certainly. But warriors? Let’s just say I had my doubts, right up until I pulled into the parking lot that now houses a brand new Aldi’s on Middle Country Road, where runners crowded around a light pole marked with a Selden Hills sticker, their starting point for the most treacherous running course on Long Island.

Behind my sticker-less minivan, athletes decked out in matching red gear stretched their limber bodies, readying themselves to tackle the nefarious “Hills of the Seven Sisters,” the steep mounds that mark the tough terrain of this 10k course, known to these runners as “The Seven Beasts.”

“These are serious runners,” I texted my friend Mike “Chicken” Butitta, a runner whose boundless energy and enthusiasm for every single thing in the world, especially these hills, piqued my curiosity back when my running sneakers were safely in my closet, collecting dust. “I’m not getting out of my car. Let’s go to IHOP instead.”
Chicken has been a Hillbilly (as they call themselves) since October 2013. At first, he ran to take off excess weight and to get in better shape. He runs local races with his wife (and my friend) Kelli, setting achievable goals and then smashing them. But something about the Hills calls to him. Later I found out what.

Alas, that Sunday morning, Chicken didn’t have his phone with him, and would not receive my text until long after I’d finished the 6.2 mile run and was icing my sore knees on my couch at home. That turned out to be a good thing, because as delicious as Nutella pancakes are, had I turned away from the Selden Hills running group that morning, I would have missed out on a life-changing experience with some of the most incredible people living right here on Long Island.

“I love all the inspirational stories that people on the Hills have and I love that so many are just nice,” he texted me later when he had his phone. “Some of the best people I’ve met anywhere. They are so supportive at races or anywhere you run into a fellow Hillbilly.”

Humble Beginnings

Lou LaFleur, director and organizer of the Selden Hills Warriors, doesn’t have a long history of running. In fact, it wasn’t until 1999 when he was 43 years old and saw a sign for the Shelter Island 5k hanging in the post office where he worked as a federal agent that he decided to try it out. It was a tough race, but he was hooked. He currently competes in approximately 50 races per year and serves on the board of directors for the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC).

By 2010, LaFleur was looking to increase his times with varied training: track work, some tempo runs, long runs. He’d read in Runner’s World that running on hills provides a complete training. The only problem? We live on a flat island.

Or do we?

Click here to read the rest at longislandpress.com!

AliDelwin

September 1, 2016
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September Warrior of the Month- Ali Delwin AKA ‘Gear Girl’

My first official post as WOTM, WOW…I never thought it would be possible to run that many miles in a month !Earning this title is really a surreal experience and puts in a group of some of the most inspiring and talented runners I know! The trophy handoff an epic experience ….I felt like a superstar! Thank you to everyone who came too see me get the trophy! I promise to enjoy every minute of my title and I’ll probably post too many silly photos too so I’m sorry in advance! THANK YOU to everyone who helped me achieve #thequest Continue Reading →

August 20, 2016
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Saturday Spotlight- Scott Fredriksen

Name: Scott Fredriksen
Age: 40
Occupation: Marketing Mgr. @ Verizon
Married to: The amazing Lisa (Lisa Mac)
Children: Jack(10), Patrick(8), Ryan(5)
Good Afternoon all! I apologize for the late post, we just drove back from the Outer Banks and we wanted to really soak in the Verrazano Bridge and the Belt Parkway. We decided to drive really really slow to check out the scenery…..#torture Continue Reading →

August 13, 2016
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Saturday Spotlight- Wilfredo Colon

Name:Wilfredo (Will) Colon
Age:38
Occupation: Sr Programmer Analyst @ Newsday
Married to:Nicole Fariello
Children: Michael 6 yrs & Alexa 4 yrs
Pet: Chewie 4 month Malshi
Good morning Warriors!! I would like to thank Lou for giving me the chance to share with you a bit about me!! I am honored to be part of such a great group of runners! Continue Reading →

August 11, 2016
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Family Fun Night by Maureen Vollaro

What an AWESOME night! I am overwhelmed with appreciation for all the people that volunteered and attended! Such an amazing group of people you are! Do you know how special you are? Do you know what amazing athletes you are? The energy at this event was unbelievable!

Some of my highlights of the night (getting the idea that I like to make lists?)
1. Lou: order 7 pies
Lou: order 10 pies
Lou: We are going to need 18 pies! And get carvel flying saucers too!
2. People from our group that I don’t know thanking me for organizing the event
3. Multiple people saying to me: “We have a good turnout”
4. People asking me if I am going to do it again next year (the answer is yes)
5. Meeting the family members of the folks that I have been running with this past year
6. Seeing all of the kids participating
7. Getting to chat with the spouses of folks I have been running with this past year
8. Kristin’s uncle asking me if he really was the oldest at the ripe age of 75. Then going on to ask me if he I agreed that he looked good for his age, which I agreed, he did!
9. My son approaching me and saying: “Mom you did a good job, I think it was a big hit!”
10. My daughter approaching me and saying: “Mom this is great”

August 6, 2016
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Saturday Spotlight- Maureen Vollaro

Name: Maureen Vollaro (aka: MO)
Age: 48
Status: married to Joe 16+ years, daughter Rosie (14 years old) and Joey (10 years old) One Cat, Stormy.
Vocation: Social Worker!!!
First, I want to Thank Lou, for not only asking me to be WOTW, but for everything that he does for our group! Thank you! And Thank you Kim for introducing me to the HILLS.
The first thing you should know about me is that I grew up in SELDEN!!! Yup, my old stomping grounds! I now live in Miller Place. If anyone told me 30 years ago that I would be running up and down the Selden hills I would have told them they were NUTS! Continue Reading →