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!
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!!
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!! 🏃🏃🏻♀️👏👏👏
It takes not only consistency, perseverance and grit but you also need to remain injury free for the most part to compile the stats there two athletes put up.
Debra Miccio-Franchi won her second consecutive WOTY award with a total of 784.3 Selden Hills miles in 2016. Surpassing her total of 2015 by 6.6 miles. Talk about consistency !!!
And what can you say about KC Brett. It’s not fair to call him a hills machine because he has had his share of boo boos but he bounces right back without missing a beat!
He’s out there three or 4 times a week racking up 15 plus miles at a clip all year long! That’s how you amass 1364 hills miles in 12 months!! He does it all with a smile and I can’t think of a more worthy recipient. He earned this honor for sure!!!
The winner of the Selden Hills Warrior of the Month for September is Rick Secor! With a total of 264.0 miles run on our courses he blew away the field and will take the trophy for the third time.
Congratulations and let the bizarre antics commence!!
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”
I promised I would post the details of the added distance to our 20K Meatgrinder course prior to the running of the first Scream Machine! 25K on 2/28/16. You have two weeks to check out the added 5K distance so you know how to pace yourself and what to expect before you run the course.
The last street before turning into the Westfield shopping center parking lot to head toward the finish is called Janice Lane. So instead of heading to the finish as you would for all our other courses you make a right onto Janice to start the final leg of the 25K course. You follow Janice and climb the hill and make a left onto Woodlawn Avenue. Cross over Adirondack to South Bicycle Path where you make a right and head south. SBP runs parallel to Adirondack so you see some familiar cross streets as you work your way to Manhasset Drive. Make a right on Manhasset to Adirondack where you make a right and run the same terrain you ran to begin the course only heading north this time. Same hills but the downhills of mile 1 are now the uphills of mile 14! When you reach Ormond Ave take a left until you reach Janice Lane once again. A right on Janice brings you back to Blue Point Rd. Make that right heading toward the shopping center parking lot. Instead of turning into the lot continue on to Middle Country Road. Make a right on Middle Country to the second entrance to the parking lot. Make a right at the entrance and follow the road until you reach the finish pole.
Once you do you’ve completed the Selden Hills Scream Machine!!! feel free to scream, laugh, cry or whatever else you might be feeling. You will be one of a short list of Warriors who take this on and live to tell the story!!!