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.



3rd Annual Family Night!

Grab your kids,
Grab your family,
Grab your friends

August 15th Wednesday 6PM

Start at the Pole
2 mile Walk/Run
Pizza Party afterwards
Sponsored by RES Home Care

• What to bring: drinks, desserts, stuff for the table
• We need about 10 volunteers for course support
• A volunteer for bike support would be nice too
• A few volunteers for the finish line

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!


Warrior of the Year 2017

Now the moment we have waited 365 days for!

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!!

Warrior of the Year Update

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!! 🏃🏃🏻‍♀️👏👏👏


Our 2016 Warriors of the Year!!!

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!!!