Lou LaFleur Honored with the President’s Award by the Greater Long Island Running Club

Lou LaFleur Honored with the President’s Award by the Greater Long Island Running Club

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.”

Lou with wife Nancy, son Brian, daughter Lindsay and son-in-law Matt

 

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 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!

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”

Selden Hills Amazing Race Recap by Michelle Berg

Selden Hills Amazing Race Recap by Michelle Berg

Each time I think a Selden Hill event can’t top a previous event, I’m wrong. Todays event will certainly be one to talk about in years to come.

When I heard there would be a SHW Amazing Race scenario in our beloved trails, my first thought was “nope.” I’m not outdoorsy, I don’t like dirt and besides Robs Run, I’ve never ran in trails. When I found out I didn’t have to work on the day of the AR, I figured, why not take part? How hard could it be? I should face my fears of being dirty and possibly contracting Lyme disease. Lou and his team of mad people created a route as well as placed team markers throughout the course. The objective, get all your team markers and win win win. 8 teams of fun, fast and fierce folks were assembled.

No surprise Jaime and I were paired. Read more

2015 Warrior of the Year Results

2015 Warrior of the Year Results

On the women’s side…

New to the leaderboard for December is Kristyn Lineman.
39 women made the leaderboard this year vs. the 20 that made it for the 9 months we held the competition in 2014. Nice increase by the ladies!!
Their total mileage increased from the 2014 total as well. From 3457.6 to 6194.8. An amazing surge!
So while the men were the overall mileage leaders in 2014 by a margin of 529.8 the women came back and took that honor away in 2015 by a margin of 291.1 And congratulations once again to Debra Miccio-Franchi who was our Warrior Of The Year for the women in 2015!!!

For the men…

New to the last leaderboard of 2015 is Jon Frisch and Mike Russell.

The total number of men who met the minimum mileage for a month at least once was 26.
The total leaderboard mileage for the men was 5903.7 hills miles.
That bested the 2014 totals which were 23 runners and 3987.4 miles, which was only for 9 months out of the year as the WOTM competition did not begin until April 2014

Congratulations to ALL the runners who competed this year!
And congratulations once again to our male Warrior Of The Year Juan Oliveras!!

Ocean to Sound Relay 2015 Recap

So the dust has finally settled on the 30th edition of the Ocean To Sound 50 Mile Relay race!! WHEW!!
This event is really a celebration of the Long Island running community. Once you have participated you never want to miss it again…ever!!!To those of you who ran the event for the first time you know you will be back next year.
We went from one Selden Hills team in 2014 to six this year. I envision twice that number next year after everyone sees all the fun we had (yes there are pics!!) running with friends, making new friends and bonding as teammates, which is a rare occurrence for road racing.
While many Selden Hills Warriors ran the race on their respective racing teams, myself included, I will focus on those 48 of us who represented the group so proudly and ably. I know this event will join the list of races we turn out in great numbers for to display our pride and have a blast doing so. Read more

2015 Inaugural Run for the Hill of It Race Recap

2015 Inaugural Run for the Hill of It Race Recap

2015 Inaugural Run for the Hill of It Race Recap

Where do I begin?

Yesterday’s event was even better that I imagined! The enthusiasm and excitement of all involved was apparent from 6AM right through the finish! A tremendous job by the RaceAwesome team and all the volunteers….many who are SHW’s themselves which made the race even more special.

There were too many terrific individual performances to recount here. Those who were there witnessed every one of them. So what I would like to do to recap this race is provide an overall picture of how our group as a whole did on our home course.

For starters I counted 112 SHW’s competing out of the 233 finishers. That’s 48% of the total. So we were WELL represented for sure!!
Secondly, the top 9 women…that’s NINE! Overall were Selden hillbillies!! Fabulous job ladies!!!
18 of the first 21 women to cross the finish line were Warriors and 21 of the top 32 men did the same.
The stat that jumped out at me the most however were all the age groups that we swept!! Even though awards were not handed out to third place I included third place finishes in the mix because that is what is traditionally done in road racing.
The women had 4 sweeps including the 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, and 55-59. Awesome job ladies!!!
The men had 3 sweeps of the age groups first through third. 35-39, 50-54 and 55-59. The 50-54 age group also went six deep with all of the men breaking the 50 minute mark!! How about that!!?

Finally 23 of the 28 awards handed out for the women were taken by Selden Hills Warriors. 21 of 33 were taken by the men. That’s 44 of the 61 awards overall in the race taken by the red and white!! 72% of the total.

And our two eldest Warriors Joe Lazzaro at age 70 and Helma Clavin at age 72 both took first with Joe doing so with a time of 53:50!!
Excellent job by all who were involved!!

Corey Roberts you should be proud of the job you and your staff did yesterday! And in speaking with you you have some even bigger and better ideas for next years race which is already scheduled for 8/21/16!!

Keep running them hills everyone!!!

Click here to view the Top 10 Male and Female SHW Finishers!