Selden Hills Warrior Training


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.

October 1, 2016
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Saturday Spotlight- Kerri Simeone

Name: Kerri Simeone
Age: 38
Occupation: French teacher 7-12, finishing second certification TESOL K-12. Love every minute!
In a relationship for 7 years with my love, Peter❤
Children: Jonathan (20) & Felicity (17 1/2)

I’ll be honest with you. I never thought that I would be in a position like this, especially in a running group. Lou, thank you for giving me this opportunity and thank you to all of you Selden Warriors that have inspired me and continue to share moments and experiences that keep me in this life changing passion. I wish that I had met this group a long time ago. You are one of the most positive and selfless group of people. Continue Reading →

September 24, 2016
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Saturday Spotlight- Nicole Fariello

Name: Nicole Fariello
Age: 30ish
Occupation: Kindergarten teacher @ NYCDOE
Married to: Wilfredo Colón
Children: Michael Antonio (age 6) and Alexa Joy (age 4)
Pets: Chewie the malshi (age 6 mo)

Good morning warriors:) Thank you Lou for giving me the chance to be WOTW even though I’m still pretty new to the group. I feel honored to be chosen for this week and I hope my story isn’t too boring (kindergarten teachers do not lead the most exciting lives lol). Continue Reading →

September 24, 2016
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Saturday Spotlight- ShaeLee Diaz

Name: ShaeLee Marie Diaz
Age: 41 (my kids say I’m eternally 36)
Married to: Michael Diaz
Kids: Bobbi Amaris Diaz (she’s BAD) – 16 (soon to be 17) and Michael Edward Diaz – 15
Occupation: Administrative Assistant

So you want to know something about me. Ok, maybe you didn’t but Lou picked me to be WoTW so you’ll learn something anyway. Na-na-na-na-na-na. Just kidding, stay awhile, why don’t you? Continue Reading →

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

This story was published on, 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?

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September 17, 2016
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Saturday Spotlight- Linda Kuil

Name: Linda Kuil (rhymes with fuel)
Age: 45
Married to Charles (Charlie) Kuil, not on Facebook and still lives cell phone-free
Children: Charlie Jr (20) and Chelsea (18) and Molly, our 10 ½ yr old Boxer/Great Dane

Thank you Lou for this opportunity to introduce myself to the crowd. I’m kind of an introvert and don’t really enjoy talking that much to anyone. ;)

On September 13th, 1971, I was born weighing 7 lbs 3 oz. That was probably the only day of my existence on God’s green earth in a normal weight range. I grew up in Mastic Beach, the 6th of 7 children, 2 boy bookends to 5 girls. Yes, my parents are Catholic. Why do you ask? Continue Reading →

September 3, 2016
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Saturday Spotlight- Alexandra Erickson

Name: Alexandra Erickson
Age: 33
Occupation: Part time Vet Tech, Part time Real Estate Appraiser Assistant (for Tyler’s dad), Part time Office Assistant (for Tyler’s Boss), Nearly full time Mom (Monday and Saturday I’m at the animal hospital. Those are my “days off”!)
Married to: Tyler Erickson
Children: 2-legged – Willow (4)
4-legged – Titus (dog), Sushi and Five (cats)

So you all get to learn a little about me this week!!! I’m so excited to share this week, and the timing couldn’t be more perfect. I was so inspired by Ali Delwin’s quest for Warrior of the Month, that September starts my own quest… I want to make it on the leaderboard!!! Continue Reading →