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.
At the annual GLIRC dinner/dance on Februray 3rd, 2018, our very own Lou LaFleur was honored with club’s President’s Award.
GLIRC president, Mike Polansky acknowledged, “Lou has been a GLIRC Executive Board member for several years and the founder and guiding light of the Selden Hills Warriors, one of the most impressive and active grass roots running groups that has arisen on Long Island or anywhere else.”
Well stated by Mike, and I think we would all agree.
Lou was accompanied by not just his club members, but his family as well.
“It was an honor I will cherish and I had my family there as guests of the club to celebrate with me.”
The annual GLIRC dinner/dance is an evening of dining, dancing, socializing with your running buddies. This year’s event was held at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury and included cocktail hour and buffet, unlimited premium liquors, wine, beer available throughout the evening, sit down dinner, dessert with Viennese Table, plus an International Coffee and Cordial Bar.
If this sounds good to you, be sure to join your GLIRC and be ready for next year!
Name: Anthony Carl Ricci III
Nicknames: The Flash, Captain America
Hometown: Copiague, NY (and still here)
Parents: Anthony & Cynthia
Siblings: Nick, 30 & Troy, 22
Marital Status: Married to my beautiful wife Renee
Pet: Thor, Newfoundland/Black Lab, almost 2 year old “puppy”
Preferred App: RunKeeper
Preferred Sneakers: Nike
I came into this world on April 26, 1984 at 11:44pm in Good Samaritan Hospital. For all the mothers out there, I was a piece of cake; only 22 hours of labor! The first 3 years were between Levittown and Brooklyn and then my parents rented a house in the small town of Copiague. Most people ask where it is—between Lindenhurst and Amityville, or just about as far south and west as you can go in Suffolk County. They have since bought and renovated that house and I lived there up until last April when I moved in with my wife, but we’ll get to that later. Read more →
Name: Carol Nicosia (Cirota)
Hometown: Mastic Beach, NY
Current City: Blue Point, NY
Marital Status: Married to my HS sweetheart John for 7.5 years (together for half our lives)
Children: Alyssa 5; Joseph 2.5
Pets: Frankie Sinatra Nicosia (long hair dachshund) & Chester A Arthur Nicosia (long hair mini dachshund)
Occupation: HS Science Teacher
I honestly should be posting this at like 420AM when I wake up to vamp with my turtles but it’s Saturday I’m sleeping in before my children come find me. This sentence, a year ago, would have made absolutely no sense to me but things change don’t they? Read more →
Name : Christine Hanmer
Status: Single, 2 daughters 11 & 9
Pets: None now
Occupation: HR Manager at Ridgewoood Savings Bank
2nd Occupation: Beachbody Coach
So happy I could be the first Warrior of the Week of 2018.
I have only been running with the group since last March and I haven’t gone out in The Hills as much as I would have liked, due to scheduling and childcare conflicts, but hopefully you will see me a lot more this year. I signed up for a thousand mile club as one of my goals this year so I am determined to get in the miles. Read more →
The crowning of our 2017 Selden Hills Warriors of the YEAR!
So many miles through all kinds of weather day after day, month after month.
On the men’s side we congratulate Mark Ogden! He ran 1701.4 miles on our various hills courses! A simply amazing job and a well deserving winner!
On the ladies side, well the drama here was whether two time winner Debra Miccio-Franchi could put in the miles in her last month to surpass the lead built up by Triin Lawrence who left town mid month on holiday. It was epic to watch her go out day after day with her posse putting in those miles in all kinds of weather. Mostly frigid weather this past week!
But get it done she did! To the tune of 796.9 miles on the hills of Selden. Outlasting Triin by 9.9 miles and taking her third consecutive WOTY Award!
To top it off she also was our Warrior of the Month winner with a total of 170.5 miles in the Month of December!
Congratulations to the both of you!
Details on the WOTY award presentation will be forthcoming next week.
Put 2017 into the SHW archives!
We move on to see what special moments we will create in the coming year starting today!!
Name: Rachel Dengel
Hometown: Dix Hills
Current town: East Rockaway (not Far Rockaway, EAST Rockaway)
Marital Status: Married (Steve)
Children: Maximilian (Max) age 10; Madelyn (Maddie) age 7
Pets: No way Jose!
Occupation: 6th Grade teacher
Hello fellow hillbillies! I am a distant hillbilly who travels an hour once a month or so to get on those mean crazy hills! So, I admire those who frequent the hills, while I am thankful to live in flat south shore Nassau County. Read more →
We are in the final month of the year and the Warrior of the Year competition for 2017 is still up for grabs. Although Triin Lawrence and Mark Ogden have comfortable leads they are still within reach!
So until we reach the finish line on 12/31 and award plaques to our 4th winners in the male and female divisions I would like to salute those hillbillies who have made the top 10 in their respective end of year leaderboards each full year they have been in our group.
KC Brett, Debra Miccio-Franchi and John Greene have been in the top 10 hills mileage all 4 years we have had the WOTY competition, 2014-2017.
Now that’s consistency!!
Honorable mention goes to Debbi O’Connor Hole and Michael DiBartolowho have tallied 3 years and due to injury and surgery could not crack the top 10 this year. Hopefully you can make a new start in 2018!
Chrissy Miccio Thorp and Michael Oliveri who joined the SHW late in 2014 have both made top 10 in the 3 years they were members for the full year, 2015-2017.
And Mark Ogden has made top 10 in the two full years he has been in the group 2016-2017.
Being consistent on the hills takes some luck, avoiding injury being the biggest challenge, but besides being able, being willing is also a big part of that. Through all the heat of summer and cold of winter these Warriors kept going out there and getting the work in!
Let these folks be your role models for 2018 as we reset the clock to zero on January 1st.
Kudos to all of you!! 🏃🏃🏻♀️👏👏👏