2019 – The Year in Running

by Christine Bishop


2019 Long Held Records Fall!!

The marathon was run in under two hours by Eliud Kipchoge and the women’s world marathon record held by Paula Radcliffe 2: 15:25 for 16 years was smashed by Brigid Kosgei.

Eliud Kipchoge

He is the world record holder in the marathon with a time of 2:01:39, set on 16 September 2018, at the 2018 Berlin Marathon. However, as part of the INEOS Challenge on October 12, 2019 Kipchoge ran a sub-4:34 pace for over 26.2 miles!!! Granted this was not done in a competitive race but it still is amazing. Try running one mile at that pace let alone 26.2!!

Brigid Kosgei

Her accomplishment of breaking Radcliffe’s 16 year held marathon record is also spectacular. Some consider it more important than Kipchoge’s feat, but both are amazing and game changers.


Highlights of the year that immediately stand out are:

  • Creation of a new race, the Helderberg to Hudson Half Marathon
  • A banner number of locally connected runners qualifying for the Olympic Trials in Atlanta, GA, on February 29- Karen Bertasso Hughes, Samantha Roecker, Megan Hogan, Jessica Chichester, Dan Lennon, Lou Serafini, Jacob Andrews, Jonathan Aziz, and Kieran O’Connor.
  • Pat Glover, onetime HMRRC Hall of Fame winner and constant volunteer, coming in first on a specialized hand-propelled bike at the Troy Turkey Trot.
  • Boston Bill Rodgers running in the CDCHP WTC for the third year in a row.
  • Two marriages-Dallas and Kristen DeVries, Karen and Michael Hughes; birth of Dylan to Scott and Sasha Mindel; and sadly, one departure of a runner beloved by us all, Alex Paley.


2019 Monthly Review

Each month below is a hyperlink to ALL the articles published in the Pace Setter that month


New Year Survey - 2019 Running Goals
You can check to see reality

The Helderberg to Hudson Half Marathon
Josh talks about his baby


Tales from the Trail – Winter Trail Running
Bill Hoffman talks about the joys of winter running

Maintain Your Speed with Winter Hill Reps
by Dick Vincent. Spring marathons are coming!


Where Do These Kid Runs Lead
Kristen Hislop shares the secret of how she raised two top runners

Writing a Scoring Engine for the HMRRC Grand Prix
Scoring for the Grand Prix is not as easy as one might think


Jim Sweeney – Still Running
Pete Rowell profiles a leading runner who flies under the radar

Celebrate Every Finish Line!
Kristen Garzone talks about overcoming obstacles that make every completed race a winner


Boston, Boston, Boston!!! Tom O’Grady, HMRRC Members, Marna McMorris and Diane Harris


Bill Rodgers Interview
BBL kindly paid for famed Boston Marathon runner to come to the 2019 CDPHP WTC

The Distinguished Service Award 2019 Goes to Ed Hampston
Ed was recognized for all he has done for the HMRRC. Way to go, Ed.

Reflections on Freihofer's Race for Women 2019


ARE: Its Genesis by Matthew McGowen

3 Lessons From a Marathon Implosion by Jessica Bashaw


Racing in the Alps by Jessica Northan ... How to beat summer heat!!

Karen Bertasso is Olympic Marathon Trials Bound
Great profile of Karen


Listen To Your Body  by Dennis Beardsley

Forever RUN Yoga With Karli Goering Taylor and Mathew Nark
Karli offered a program to use yoga to prevent running injuries


Joe Kelly: 86 and Still Running Strong
He actually has a glacier in Antarctica named for him and he can tell you everything you want to know about penguins and running.

Exercise Alone Does Not Guarantee Weight Loss
Jim Gazzale’s first installment of his column Food for Thought


What Makes Anthony Tick? Certainly Not a Garmin Watch!
Heartwarming profile that may make you say, “Running Begins at 40!”

The INEOS 1:59 Challenge – Breaking Two Hours in a Marathon
by Tom O’Grady.  Running history in the making.


How to Make Winter Running Work For You
by Dick Vincent, USATF Certified Coach

A Marriage Made in Heaven and on the Racetrack
by Meg Louden - Running can bring many happy, unanticipated dividends.


2019 in Race Results: In descending order


The Year in Pictures


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