A John Jay Update

With the Wappingers Sports Hall of Fame induction dinner getting close, I'm starting to hear a little news about some alumni. I got a great email from Bob McCloskey, dad of the running McCloskey Clan. Four McCloskey kids ran for John Jay back in days Mary Sclafani and I were coaching and all of them are still active runners. The oldest, Chris has become an accomplished triathlete, having done two half Ironmans and is currently training for the Lake Placid Ironman. Kelly, to quote her dad, "is the queen of half marathons" having done eight in the last couple of years with a PR of 1:28. Laura, who doesn't seem to stay in one place too long, has still managed to run Boston and will be returning to the granddaddy of all marathons again this year. Julie, who used to think anything over 200-meters was a long distance run, has run a couple of half marathons and the Nashville Marathon. Amazingly, she keeps a 20-mile run as part of her running program. The final member of the McCloskey clan, Kyle, is in his freshman year at John Jay. He ran on the varsity cross country team and earned his varsity letter.

Liam Harrison is living in Brooklyn and is an active member of a very competitive local running club. He placed 2nd last year in the Dutchess Classic Half-Marathon and regularly places well in races in NYC.

I got a message from Tim Lo the other day. He has also gotten back to running and is training for a half marathon.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I would really like to start posting racing information about  runners from my coaching era at John Jay. Any information anyone wants to send me would be welcome.

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  1. Hi coach Perks! Met a young guy who works at Charm City Run in Annapolis yesterday. He went to Beacon and knew you through running! I am gearing up for my 1st 10k April 14 run for hospice! Running the 10k for http://www.beach2beaon.org on Aug 4 in Maine. 

  2. The guy at Charm City Run was probably Joe. He's the only Beacon grad I know who lives in MD. How did the 5k run you and Jen did a few weeks ago. Good luck with your upcoming 10K. Is the Beach to Beacon the race that Joan Benoit Samaulson is involved in? She is one of my favorite runners of all time!

  3. Yes, the Beach to Beacon is sponsored/founded by Joan Benoit Samuelson.  I ran 26 minutes and 15 seconds for the Charlotte 5k.  Bash Mann ran the 10 mile Cherry Blossom today in DC.  Keep up with the great posts on fellow Jay runners, I love to see wht everyone is up to these days. 

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