Phoenix Results Round-up October/November 2013
from Nancy Tinari
My apologies for the delay in posting these results. I’ve probably only found a small percentage of all our members’ race results: I encourage you to email me at
(note underscore between names) with your race results so I can add them to this post! Don’t be shy! Include photos if you have any.
October 5, 2013: Crescent Park
Joey Gargaro ran the Crescent Park 8K cross country in a time of 37:34.
October 13, 2013: Goodlife Victoria Marathon, Half-Marathon and 8K
Congratulations to Sharon McNulty, who completed another full marathon in a time of 4:08:42. In addition, the mother of our talented Purhar sisters Simrin and Saira, Neelam Purhar, did an excellent time of 3:44: 23 in her first marathon! That was good enough for an eighth place finish in a very deep age category. Daughter Saira competed in the 8K, finishing seventh in the 13-15 age group in a time of 34:53.
October 13, 2103: Chicago Marathon
Meanwhile, Larry Lorette and Maureen Curtin were having a blast in the Windy City. Both took a break from their tourists’ activities complete the Chicago Marathon. Larry’s time was 2:53:40, placing 17th in his age category. Larry felt he would have run faster had he not been injured in the final weeks preceding the marathon. (He told me he did three-hour workouts on the elliptical trainer to maintain his fitness!) Maureen was almost exactly half an hour behind with a time of 3:23:58, 23rd in her age group.
October 26, 2013: BC Cross Country Championships
Vas Sladek was the only bona fide Phoenix runner I saw in the results but I wanted to mention some excellent performances by former Phoenix runners. Doug Alward, beginning a rare two-week burst of competitive activity, had an excellent run in the masters’ 8K, winning his age group (55-59) and placing 7th overall amongst all the masters. His time was 30:14. Doug beat many outstanding runners; close behind Doug was another (younger) ex-Phoenix runner, Mikhail Titov, finishing in a time of 30:37 for a fourth-place finish in the 45-59 age category. Vas Sladek, also in the 45-49 age category, completed the race in a time of 37:10.
October 27, 2013: The James Cunningham 9.5K Seawall Race
The very day after the BC Cross Country, Doug placed 12th overall in the Seawall Race with a fast time of 34:57. He didn’t get age-graded or age category credit because he didn’t enter his age (silly Doug). He was the fastest runner over 50. Joey Gargaro raced to a third place finish in his age category with a time of 41:59. Former Phoenix member Richard Mosley was the second place finisher overall in a time of 29:21.
November 3, 2013: New York City Marathon
It was a triumphant but chilly day in New York. Kathryn O’Grady had a great race, finishing 22nd in her age category in this huge marathon with a time of 3:43:31. Suzanne Evans, another former Phoenix athlete, continues to break three hours in the marathon at age 41. She ran 2:57:02 to finish fourth in her age category.
November 11, 2013: Remembrance Day 8K Cross Country
Sadly, there were no Phoenix runners in the race this year. However, Doug Alward managed a 31:14 time (which would have placed him 1st in his age group with an excellent age-grading score, if he had put his correct age on the entry form). Doug told me he was tired in this race: Mikhail Titov beat him with a time of 30:54, good enough for a second place finish in his age category.