Saturday Spotlight- Thomas Fisher

Name: Thomas Fisher

Age: 39

Marital Status: Married to Nichole

Kids: Logan (3)

Occupation: Currently Activated Full Time National Guard Soldier

Hobbies: Running of course, attempting other fitness, studying history

Hometown: Lake Ronkonkoma

Current Town: East Patchogue, NY

College: St Joseph’s, Patchogue

Favorite Race: Cow Harbor

Frequent Running Spots: The Medford/ Yaphank birder, the hills, Downtrown Patchogue

Personel Message:

Good morning Warriors and Hillbillies. I am this week’s Warrior of the Week. Thank you Lou LaFleur for picking me. I was a bit surprised when he messaged me asking if I wanted to do it, I’m just a dude that shows up a runs 🤷🏻‍♂️.

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Saturday Spotlight- Rebecca McDonald

Name: Rebecca McDonald
Age: 51
Marital Status: Married
Kids: 5 daughters
Pets: 1 bulldog named Roxi, 1 fish named Ruby and 6 chickens named Parmy, Buffy, Raven, Chickeletta, Franny and Used Napkin!
Occupation: in my previous life I was a nurse now I work with the fabulous folks at GLIRC
Hobbies: knitting, quilting, sewing, hanging out with my chickens, watching Walking Dead or anything to do with zombies…oh and running!
Hometown: Massapequa Park, NY
Current Town: Nesconset, NY

Thank you to Lou for asking me to be the warrior of the week. When he messaged me and asked me I was very surprised as I am not your typical runner. Needless to say I am appreciative and flattered.

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Announcing the Selden Hills Hall of Fame

As we are in our 10th year of existence as a running group, our 10th Anniversary coming up on June 30th 2020, 10 years to the day Maryann Harkins and I embarked on our first training run known as the Selden Hills, I wanted to commemorate that in a meaningful way. Yes we will have a Hills run that day and yes we will celebrate in typical SHW style but I wanted something more long lasting. Something that would be with us into the future as a reminder of how far we’ve come in 10 years and to have something to look back on 10 years from now and beyond.

What I’ve decided upon was a Selden Hills Hall Of Fame.

A place of honor for those hillbillies who have endured the rigors of our hills as well as achieved some outstanding things in doing so! A place to honor long time members of the group who have established themselves as worthy recipients through dedication and distinction.

Runners will become eligible to be nominated and accepted into the HOF under the following criteria:
A) Having 6 (six) years of continuous active membership.
B ) Having earned the monthly mileage leaderboard a total of 36 or more times
OR having earned a Warrior of the Month or Warrior of the Year award and earning at least
1 (one) leaderboard in each of the 6 plus years.
The criteria is weighted most heavily on dedication with a secondary weighting going to achievement and excellence.
C) Members under consideration to be nominated must also be deemed in good standing and having made a positive impact and contribution to the group as determined by the HOF Selection Committee.
The Committee will be comprised of myself, KC Brett, Rick Secor and John Greene. All original members who joined the group in the first 12 months.
Now on to the nomination of the inaugural 2019 Selden Hills Warrior Hall Of Fame Class!
There are 8 SHW who meet the criteria for entry:

Lou LaFleur: member since 6/ 30/2010
#1 on the Classic roll call. Co founder of the group.
Over 50 leaderboards (of 68 dating back to March 2014 inaugural board)
2018 Contingency Award for qualifying all 12 months of the year.

Joanne Sharon Styles: member since 10/13/2010. #3 on Classic roll call. First member of group to run with founders.
WOTM: 7/14. WOTY: 2014
36 leaderboards

Rick Secor: member since 2/20/11
#6 on roll call.
Well over 36 leaderboards
6 time WOTM. He holds record for most hills miles in a month with 505. ( 2/19) Also ran 501 in 2/17.
Consistency Award 2018, 2019

John Greene: Member since 6/15/11
#16 on roll call
Well over 36 leaderboards
6X WOTM (and first recipient 4/2014)
Consistency Award 2018, 2019

KC Brett: member since 6/22/11
#17 on roll call
Well over 36 leaderboards
7X WOTM. 2X WOTY, 2014, 2016
Consistency Award 2018

Mike Jezewski. Member since 5/13/13
#128 on the roll call
Well over 36 Leaderboards
4X WOTM. 2X WOTY, 2018, 2019
Consistency Award 2018, 2019

Michael DiBartolo: Member since 6/5/13
#139 on roll call
Well over 36 leaderboards
WOTM 12/2014
Consistency Award 2018, 2019

Kristin Babcock Petraco: member since 8/13/13. #173 on roll call
Well over 36 leaderboards
Consistency Award 2018, 2019

The Committee will also select one member each year who for reasons out of their control could not or did not meet the criteria due to injury, relocation or other life event.
The Committee selects inclusion into the inaugural HOF class of 2019 my co founder of the Selden Hills Warriors, Maryann Harkins. Member since 6/30/10.
#2 on the roll call. Absent for several years 2011-2016 to raise her handsome boys Jeffrey and Matthew. Back on the hills with a vengeance each and every week.

Congratulations to all members!!

Subsequent members will be nominated and voted in as they meet the above criteria.
At the end of 2020 the committee will vote on an additional selection for inclusion.

As the years go by and more members are added to the HOF we can look back and see where we began and how we moved forward as time goes by.
I hope it’s an honor many of you can strive toward in your running journey.

Welcome to Selden Hills Warrior Training

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.

Check out our course maps here

Members have the opportunity to participate in celebratory Birthday Runs, the Warrior of the Month friendly competition, Prediction Runs, and many more fun events.

Runners of all abilities are welcome. Our motto is no one runs alone.

Email for more information.

Regular group runs are now Sundays at 8am. Please see the Calendar for special events and utilize the Facebook page to schedule all other group runs.

Saturday Spotlight- Kim Polito

Name: Kim Polito

Age: 44

Marital Status: Previously divorced and now eternally engaged (although you’ll typically here me refer to my fiancé as my “husband” because it just flows easier than “baby daddy” or “forever fiancé”)

Children: Three, Cole – 15, Kara – 9 and Cooper – 6; and two dogs, Roscoe who is a 9-year-old yellow lab, and Kiki who is a 3-year-old black lab/chow mix as well as my typical running partner

Occupation: Lead Paralegal, Litigation and Intellectual Property, at Zebra Technologies

Hobbies: Running and 3 kids (and the non-stop travel that goes on for their sporting events), leaves little time for much else, but I do enjoy reading, doing things around my house, like decorating for the change of seasons and holidays (probably my only Pinterest-y side), binging Netflix and sleeping in late whenever possible

Hometown: Babylon Village

Current: Sayville (which I’ve heard referred to as Babylon Village East)

Thanks to Lou who reached out to me back in August and asked if I’d consider being WOTW. At the time I was injured and on something like my 12th week of zero running, so I asked if I could take a rain check until such date that I might feel like a runner again. He graciously obliged and so here we are!

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Saturday Spotlight- Jess Kim

Name: Jess (not actually Jay!) Kim Age: 26 (birthday soon 😈 …unrelatedly, I’m a size 8D in Brooks Adrenaline 😉)Occupation: Grad Student 5ever Education: BA in Sociology, BA in Political Science (SUNY Geneseo), MA in Sociology (Stony Brook), PhD in Sociology (in progress)Marital status: unwed but happily relationshiped Children: Two dog children and the true loves of my life, Leila (cattle dog mix) and Luna (chiweenie). Human children are not for me Hometown: Buffalo, NY Current: Centereach, NY Hobbies: Running, CrossFit, cooking/baking, traveling My Running Story™️: Thanks Lou for inviting me to formally pester you all with the intricacies of my boring life.

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Saturday Spotlight- Christy Carrisquillo

Name: Christy Carrasquillo

Age: 40

Occupation: accounting/office manager

Relationship status: single af

Children: never

Dogs (they are my children) Lexi, 15 Maltese, Stevie age unknown Pittbull

Hobbies: Running, lifting, reading, cursing, dancing

Hometown: Levittown

Current: Middle Island

What’s up guys! I’m kind of a newbie when it comes to running so my history is not very long. I have only done a handful of races. I started running about 4 years ago. When I started it I hated it because I have asthma getting my breathing under control was difficult, but I figured if my mother and sister can run with asthma so can I. The first couple of years of running I would go out and do about 3 to 4 miles, still struggling to breathe the entire time and I never ran in the winter.

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