NE65 Plus Club News

5/9/2022

Masters LDR Road Runner of The year 2021 Age Group 85-89

Congratulations to Bill Riley.

Bill Riley received a prestigious award at the USATF 10K championship in Dedham, Ma.

Masters LDR Road Runner of The year 85-89 2021

4/24/2022 - JJR USATF Masters National 10k Championship

Hal Bennett 1st 80-84

Joan Tremberth 1st 75-79

80 Team 1st

70 team 3rd


Photos at

https://www.flickr.com/photos/photosbyjerry/albums/72177720298367959

2/5/2022

USATF and Other Competitions

The NE 65+ RC is a member of the United States of America Track and Field. This allows the club members that belong to New England USATF to be able to compete in Regional and National events. USATF has several programs (Elite, Youth, Masters, Coaches and Officials). The club members participate in Masters which offers Cross Country, Road, Mountain, Race Walk and Track & Field Events. There are Regional and National Events yearly as well as a Grand Prix regionally and nationally. The club has won numerous championships and has set a number of National Records.

The benefit of participating is to get the club recognition and experience competing with the best in the sport in well run events. As a member of USATF, you help youth athletes travel to events and develop new life skills. You encourage master athletes to set new records and become world champions. You support the world’s best coaches and officials to stay at the top of their fields. You help USATF’s elite athletes make it to the Olympic Games. Being a USATF member also allows one to compete in World Masters Athletes which are Olympic style events held every 2 years all over the world. Several club members have competed in these events.

Another Olympic style competition is the World Masters Games with opening and closing ceremonies. The games are held every 4 years. Besides the world competition held in different countries each time, there is regional competition such as European, Pan American and Asia Pacific. There are also winter games. At the last games in Auckland, New Zealand there were 28,000 athletes from 100 different countries participating in 28 different sports.

Many club members participate in the Senior Games (referred to by some as the Senior Olympics). The multi games are held in every state for athletes 50 and over. Nationals are every 2 years. To compete one must qualify the year before in a state game. This is also an Olympic style event with opening ceremonies. State Games of America is another national event with qualification in 30 different states including Massachusetts and Connecticut. It is mostly for youth but seniors do participate.

There are also Police and Fire games held nationally as well as a world event.

There is much opportunity to travel and compete. It is special to meet and compete with athletes from other countries. Many friends have been made. All the above have 5-year age groups starting at 30 for masters’ games. There is a woman setting records at 105. Watching these outstanding athletes is special. We have always tried to see as much of the area we are visiting as possible.

Links follow:

USATF: https://www.usatf.org/;

New England USATF https://newengland.usatf.org/

World Masters Athletics: https://world-masters-athletics.com/

World Masters Games: https://imga.ch/

National Senior Games: https://nsga.com/; state links as well as health and well-being videos can be found

State Games of America: https://www.stategamesofamerica.com/

World Police and Fire Games: https://wpfgrotterdam2022.com/

National Master News magazine: https://nationalmastersnews.com/

New England Runner magazine: https://www.nerunner.com/

If you have questions Jerry LeVasseur can help: levasseurjerry84@gmail.com

12/31/2021

Year in Review - By Jerry LeVasseur

Members of the New England 65 Plus RC had many outstanding performances. Congratulations to them. I can't list them all but I can for the 80's.

The 80's set national USATF records in the outdoor 4X400 and 4X800 to add to the sane indoor records. They won the National 5K XC age group. 2 members competed in the USATF National Distance Challenge being the only 80's doing it.


New England USATF has an indoor meet coming up in Providence on January 30 and the National 10k Championship in Dedham on April 24.

11/14/2021

Nominations for the 2022 NE 65+ Runners Hall of Hall and for the Lou Peters Longevity Award.

The New England 65 Plus Runners Club is soliciting nominations for the 2022 NE 65+ Runners Hall of Hall and for the Lou Peters Longevity Award. For the HOF, a runner’s race cv is needed, well written, documenting the runners race history for the past ten years. A runner can nominate himself or herself, or be nominated by another runner, with that runner’s permission. Candidates should have been a Club member for two years and be at least 70 years old. Nominations should be received by March 1, 2022 to be considered for election in 2022. For the Lou Peters Longevity Award, a candidate must be at least 90 years old and still exercising on a regular basis. Participating in road races is optional. If you have any questions pertaining to these matters, please contact Phil Pierce by telephone (207-781-3769), by letter (79 Waites Landing Rd., Falmouth, ME 04105, or by email <philip.pierce79@yahoo.com>

11/14/2021

By Phil Pierce

The 2021 Boston Marathon

The October 11th, 2021 Boston Marathon was one to remember. With 20,000 runners instead of 30,000, it was noticeably quieter, with an innovative rolling start and no crowding and no runners falling to the pavement. I had prepared specifically for this race since March, 2021, attending Planet Fitness for 2 days a week for upper body and core work, and running 4 days a week for 47 miles (16,13,12 and 6 miles of speedwork on Saturdays), with very few races thrown in on weekends.

I picked up my bib number on Saturday, October 9th at the Hynes Convention Center, then went to the Expo to pick up my Maurten Package of endurance mix and gels which I tried for the first time over a period of 36 hours. More on that later.

On Monday morning, Rae and my two daughters drove me to Hopkinton, arriving there at 10:30 am. I downed the last of my Maurten mix and strolled up to the stating line and immediately left for Boston. The day was cloudy and sunny without much wind- a great day to run. The first half of the race passed quickly and at mile 14 I saw many members of the Maine Track Club and at mile 16 members of the New England 65+ Runners Club.

At mile 17 I decided that I needed a banana and a woman conveniently handed me one. I was now in the “flow”, a mental state described by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in the 1960s. I was at peace with the world, in tune with the race fans and ran the Newton Hills with ease and strength, grabbing a classic coke in a bottle by the curb(my favorite distance fuel) just as I needed it, as I headed to the top of Heartbreak Hill. As I crested Heartbreak Hill, I met Kenneth Williams, a member of the Bright Forum, a group of 40 runners from all over the world who are 75 years old and older and are Boston Marathon enthusiasts. I helped to establish this on-line group by forwarding Dave McGillivray’s telephone number to the organizer, a runner from New Orleans named Bright. After salutations to Ken, I passed him and headed into the last 10 K to the finish. Ken came in fifth in the 80-84 age group in 6:13:11 and I finished fourth in 5:51:17. What happened to the rest of the 13 registered entrants in our age group I do not know, because no other 80-84 year old finished the course after us.

Rae, Jennifer and Jessica picked me up at 44 Beacon Street at the Hampshire House (i.e., Cheers) at 5 pm and we motored home to Maine. The Maurten drink and gels worked great, as did the new HOKA One One Rocket X carbon plated shoes. Next to my 2:59:08 finish at Boston in 1987 (my second Boston), this was my 34th Boston and certainly one of the best, not time wise but enjoyment wise. Many thanks to the Club for selecting me to run this most significant 125th Boston. As I approach 1,000 races over 38 years, it is my opinion that Boston is the greatest race on the face of the earth! Run well:

11/4/2021

Beyond Running by Jerry LeVasseur

A competitive runner may win their age group the majority of the time. They may win national titles and even medals in International events. They may have received awards, and even been inducted into Halls of Fame. The results and awards are satisfying, because of the hard training and or passing on one's experience to others. One can volunteer at races or meets by helping at registration, on the course or at the finish line. Without volunteers, there would be no race or meet. Get involved with the running programs or meets at your local elementary, high school or college. Get involved by getting on the board or committee of your local running club. You might also get involved with your local USATF Association by being on the board or committee or becoming a certified official. Org time put in to earn them. Racing competitively takes courage and results in gaining character.

But more rewarding and satisfying is giving back. This can be done by contacting organizations that are looking for volunteers. An excellent organization to volunteer for is the Senior Games. Every state has a Senior Games organization. After working with the local Senior Games, a possibility is getting on the National Board. Maybe you will be awarded with a lifetime achievement award. As we age if our age graded percentage does not change from when we when we were younger, we are doing just as well as we did when younger.

When running, but not racing an event, a way of giving back is helping another runner attain their goals. You may even be a race director or help put a race together. Putting teams together for competition is helping others get awards they might not get otherwise. The team may even win local, national and international titles as well as setting records. Write a book on your experience in running to motivate others. Get race directors to recognize the younger and older participants by having appropriate age groups. Give your medals and trophy's to youth organizations and organizations for the handicapped. Rather than collecting dust they will make someone happy.

As we age we may have physical and health issues, which affects our running. If we maintain the age graded percentage that we did when younger, we are doing just as well as we did when younger. An elite runner said of another elite runner, when his running really slowed, that he was an embarrassment when his running really slowed.. No, he was an inspiration. There is no need to stop running in competition unless it will physically do damage. We know that running is about fitness, fun and friendship. Some of us older runners walk and run but we are doing it.

We know that to keep moving helps in having a healthy lifestyle. We also know that we need to do more than run. Cross training or doing other sports is necessary. Most importantly, we need to exercise our mind, body and soul. As part of your exercise regiment, doing a weight or strength program as well as core and balance exercises are necessary. Get others to have a fitness program by joining your club or activities. You might try trail and snowshoe running and races. Because of my maintaining a high fitness level, I have been able to get through 3 cancers and a blood clot on my lung.

When we run we try to run soft such as dirt trails, grass and dirt along side of the road. We, also, don't run with things in our ears. Not only for safety so we can hear cars, but so we can hear our breathing, foot plant and the sounds on nature. There is such a thing as growing bolder. Take advantage of your fitness and try new things. My wife and I started doing the triple jump in our sixties, as well as I starting steeplechase at 61. We both have earned medals in National or International competition in these events.

Helping someone reach their goals or set a personal best or record is more rewarding then any individual medal or award. Keep moving, stay fit and help others and you will say life is good.

10/1/2021


Ageless Marathoners Set To Run Boston On Oct. 11

Written by Amby Burfoot


They’re old, healthy, and fast

Clarence DeMar and “Old John” A. Kelley made athletic and health history with their late-in-life performances in the Boston Marathon. Today, more runners aged 75 and above are qualifying for the Boston Marathon than ever before.

You could call them the Ageless Marathoners or maybe Boston’s most amazing marathoners, since they represent less than one percent of the runners expected at the Hopkinton, MA, start line on Oct. 11. They call each other “The Bright Forum” runners after Frank Bright, the 78-year-old retired attorney from Shreveport, LA, who organized them into a digital group in early 2020. Every member of the group is 75 or older, and has an official Boston Marathon qualifying time.

Bright figured the runners would have much to learn from each other, and he was right. He probably underestimated how much they would motivate each other, as well as the group’s potential to inspire others.

DeMar won Boston 7 times, still a record. Although warned early in his career that he should stop competing, due to a heart murmur, he continued running Boston through age 65 in 1954. After he died from cancer, an autopsy published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that he had unusually large coronary arteries. This constituted the first hard proof that marathon running was heart healthy.

Kelley won twice and completed 58 Bostons (still the record), running his last at age 84 in 1992. Today’s Ageless Marathoners consider him their patron saint. They run with confidence that lifelong endurance exercise enhances their physical, psychological, and social health.

Meanwhile, U.S. and global health measures are deteriorating. Several months ago, a new study revealed that the average U.S. life expectancy had dropped for the first time in 70 years. This decline, termed “horrific” by one expert, resulted primarily from Covid and mental illness. However, low exercise rates and rising overweight/obesity are also contributing to poor health and mortality trends.

Those who maintain a vigorous exercise program enjoy a much better outlook. They live longer and feel better during those extra years.

In recent decades, exciting new research has added an unexpected benefit to the reasons for regular exercise. At a time of mushrooming dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in an aging population, there’s growing evidence that exercise offers some protection.

Here are five mini profiles of Ageless Marathoners, all 75 or older, who are running Boston on October 11.

Frank Bright, 78, is a retired attorney from Shreveport, LA. Last winter he experienced unusual fatigue and arm-chest pains on several runs. When he mentioned this to the digital The Bright Forum group he had organized the previous year, several members cautioned him to consult a cardiologist. He did, and the cardiologist diagnosed a heart attack, put three stents in Bright’s coronary arteries, and ran a 5-mile race with him two-and-one-half months later. On September 25, Bright finished the Fargo Marathon in 4:51. Now he’s headed to Boston for his next marathon.

Bob Johnstone, 76, is chairman of the West Virginia University Department of Anesthesiology, and still works full time in the University Hospital hard hit by Covid cases. Four of his six children have run marathons; three have run Bostons. He also encourages his fellow anesthesiologists to run, and most do. Of himself, Johnstone says: “Mostly, I run to stay healthy, get energy, and enjoy the outdoors.”

Philip Pierce, 80, of Falmouth Maine, served for 20 years as chief psychologist at a VA hospital in Maine. He weighed 210 pounds when he began running in 1984. Today, he weighs 155, and has registered for Boston every year since 1985, failing to run only three years when he was injured. In the last three “in person” Bostons--2017, 2018, and 2019--he finished 15th, 18th, and 21st in the 75-79 division. In addition to his many Boston appearances, Pierce has completed 23 100-mile trail races.

Amby Burfoot, of Mystic, CT, won the Boston Marathon in 1968 and celebrated the 50th anniversary of that victory by finishing Boston again in the freezing rainstorm of 2018. He served for nearly two decades as executive editor of Runner’s World magazine, has authored a half-dozen running books, and continues to write about the health and fitness benefits of lifelong exercise. Burfoot turned 75 in mid-August.

Albert Wieringa is the youngest and fastest of the Ageless Marathoners, having reached 75 on September 5. He ran a 3:29 to win the Boston 70-74 division in 2017, and also won Boston’s 65-69 division four years earlier. Now residing in St. Petersburg, FL, Wieringa has a shot on Oct. 11 at a third Boston win in his new age-group. A heavy cigarette smoker for many years, he didn’t start running until he was 56. Three years ago he nearly died from septic shock when his colon got twisted and perforated. “My doctors told me that nine out of 10 people would have died, but I survived because I was in such good shape,” he says. “Running literally saved my life.”

Most of the Ageless Marathoners have never met each other, but have formed close ties through their digital connection. They plan to hold an outdoor gathering in Boston where they can have a face (mask) to face (mask) first get-together.

“We know we’re lucky to enjoy good health” says Johnstone, the West Virginia physician. “We also have an important message: Life is better, day in and day out, when you follow a regular exercise program. This is true at every age.”

9/1/2021

Phyllis Mays Retires as Membership Chair

by Jan Holmquist


After two decades of dedication to our club as Membership Chair, and at 90 years young, Phyllis has retired and handed off the responsibilities of the position to other members.


Many of you have met Phyllis in person, especially at local races in Needham and nearby towns. Many have met Phyllis through the newsletter pictured with other members at aforementioned races. And many have met Phyllis when they received a welcome note with the article of clothing new members requested.


In reviewing newsletters from the past, it is easy to get distracted by so many wonderful articles and nuggets of information, so I will resume sharing more historical information in the future, but for now we want to focus on thanking Phyllis for her many, many years of dedication to the club.


The oldest edition of the newsletter that I have in our Archives, mentioned Phyllis as a member in 1999. In 2001 Phyllis was the New England Runner of the Year for Massachusetts in the 70-79 category. When in her 70’s, Phyllis ran 5K’s in the 33-34 minute range…well done! In 2007, Phyllis received the Rev. Shea award, so you can learn more about her by using this link: https://www.ne65plus.org/member-info/rev-joe-shea-award.


In fulfilling the many responsibilities that Phyllis has retired from, we needed several members (she is small, but her shoes are big ones to fill)! Our treasurer, Gary Circosta will alert key members when a new member joins. Joan Tremberth, one of our Maine Directors as well as handling everything related to clothing, will send the appropriate sized singlet or t-shirt welcoming the new member. Bill Cotter, our Webmaster, will update the master spreadsheet, update the website member listing, and welcome new members with information related to our web page. Rick Stetson, Co-editor of the e-news – Forever Run – will add the new member’s email to Constant Contact and send the latest monthly edition. (In case you were unaware, past newsletters are on the web site for everyone to read and you will find lots of recent history there.)


We are so appreciative of everything Phyllis has done over so many years and cannot thank her enough – THANK YOU, Phyllis!!!! If you would like to send her a personal note, her email is: maysp@rcn.com.

8/08/2021

Masters Long Distance Running (LDR)


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08/01/2021

National Masters: Quest for Gold and National Records by Jerry LeVasseur

When we turned 80 Joe Cordero and Jerry LeVasseur put together non club relay teams getting world and national records. We have never been able to get 4 club members to nationals even with other club members were at nationals but racing for other clubs.

We were able to get Joe, Ram Satyaprasad, Larry Cole to do the 4X1600 at BU for a world mark

We got a club team with Bill Spencer, Joe. Ram and Jerry to compete at the indoor Providence, RI New England USATF meet in Jan 2019 and set the 4X400 80 club National record beating the existing record. We also beat the 4X800 record by 2 and a half minutes but it didn't count because we were the only team. At the same meet the year after, our 70 team raced with us so we got the record.

In June 2019 there was a NEUSATF relay meet. There were no records for the outdoor club 4X400 and 4X800 so we went for it. We ran times close to what we did indoors(17+for 4X800 and around 8 for 4X400) but were told there would be no records because the rail at the Merrimack College track had been taken up for graduation.

The next year there were no meets because of covit.

A message was put out to see if we could get an 80 team to go to Nationals at Ames, Iowa in July 2021.

Bill Spencer could not go so we needed a replacement or 2.

Greg Tooker earlier said he would like to join us and Chuck Keating replied to the message saying he would do it..

Chuck would be coming from Florida but hadn't competed in 7 years. Joe's arthritic knees were getting worse so he moved to Arizona. Greg had a bad hip hut everyone wanted to help the team get the

outdoor records and worked hard to get in shape. Getting the indoor and outdoor records would be special and a first for any club.

We had 5 registered at nationals but Greg thought it best not to go since we would have 4 and his

hip bothered his running.

Ram and Jerry flew out of Boston and Chuck met us at the Des Moines airport where we rented a car and drove to Ames. We arrived in time to pick up our registration packet after which we stopped at the Dublin Bay Irish Pub for something to eat before getting to the hotel. We had asked for a roll away so we had 3 beds but there was none in the room. The staff did get us one but it was too big to open up fully. Being short Chuck felt he could sleep on half of it. Chuck had a rough night but the next day the new owners got a proper bed for Chuck.

We had to be at the track early the next morning to declare for the 5K which all 3 of us had registered for. I decided not to run it because of a back issue. Ram placed 6th and Chuck ran a few laps finding he had lost a lot in not competing for 7 years. There were 1,051 registered for the meet with some of the best in the country in all age groups. By the end of day the 5, 8 world and 22 national records had been set mostly by women.

Jerry had a massage on Thursday which did wonders for his back since he had the steeple and triple jump the next day. gold and record.

On his 3rd jump he moved into 2nd place and felt it best to pass on the last 3 jumps since the steeple was coming up and his back didn't need the jarring.

Our friend Elmo Shropshire, who ran on our national record setting 4X800 in Spokane and composer of Grandma Was Run Over by a Reindeer , was running in the steeple for the first time so Joe coached him in how to go over the barriers. Jerry placed 5th with the back okay , Joe who had won the steeple 11 times at Nationals placed 4th with Elmo 3rd. Ram placed 3rd in the 400 on Friday and was thrilled at placing.

The next day Ram, Joe and Chuck did the 800 finishing in that order from 3rd to 5th. Ram had great run. At midday Chuck ran the 100 finishing 5th. By 4 that afternoon it was in the low 90's and humid when we were to do the 4X800. Everyone ran slower than the morning but we did get the gold and record. The track temperature was 102.

Sunday was hot but overcast with the last 2 relays in the early afternoon. Joe ran the 1500 in the morning finishing 7th. The first relay was the 4X100 where we got another gold followed by the

4 x 400 again getting gold and a national record giving the club national records in both indoor and outdoor 4X400 and 4X800. We may have been the 1st club to win all 3 relays. At least no club 80-84 age group had done it.

As a club we finished 12 of 78 with 51 points. With 2 medals Ram earned the most points.

Some were coughing after running which could have been from the air quality due to the fires in the West.

After the meet we all went back to the Dublin for beer and food. During the week we visited a very nice garden at Iowa state, went to the Saturday farmers market, attended an outdoor concert, saw some area sites and ate at a fantastic Aunt Maude's, the Mucky Duck Pub and Hickory Park Restaurant.

The meet was well run and we saw many of our old friends. It was about fitness, fun and friends.

We hope more 80 club members will join us especially for the upcoming XC national 5K in Boston in October.

Elmo emailed us the following

Joe & Jerry,

Big congratulations not only for winning your relay but for your valiant participation in all of your events. You are the embodiment of how an athlete should complete and enjoy a track meet. That’s why you’re both legends and everyone is so happy to see you. No masters track meet would be complete without you. It is heartwarming to see you field a club team of 80 year olds. Hanging out with you and your team was the highlight of my trip to Ames. Your enthusiasm and good vibes permeated the whole event! I love you guys and will treasure my photo with you.

Your fan, Elmo”


07/25/2021

National Masters

From Ames. Iowa

This afternoon the club earned 2 more gold medals in the 4X100 and 4X400

A total of 3 gold ,1 silver, 2 bronze and several placing ribbons.

The team was Joe Cordero, Ram Satyaprasad, Chuck Keating and Jerry LeVasseur.

The club earned 51 points placing 12 of 87 in the men's division. The club's name was announced many times.

The club now has National records for the 80 division in indoor and outdoor 4X400 and 4X800 relays. A first for any club.

More details and photos will follow.