Liberty Running News
November 9, 2014
At the USATFNE cross country championships, Liberty AC was the first team for Women 50+, 60+, and 70+.
October 15, 2014
Jan Holmquist’s 5K time of 22:16 at the Syracuse Festival of Races 5K not only is a pending American W70-74 5K record (awaiting formal ratification by the USATF Records Committee in Anaheim in December), but it also surpasses the listed 5K world record for W70-74, previously held by Louise Gilchrist of England (http://www.arrs.net/Veterans/VR7_R5K.htm).
Superlative does not say enough!
October 5, 2014
Jan Holmquist, 70, set a pending American 10K Record for women 70 to 74 at the National Masters Syracuse Festival of Races 5K Championships, running the 5K in 22:16 and surpassing the previous record by 61 seconds.
September 14, 2014
Jan Holmquist, 70, set a pending American 10K Record for women 70 – 74, at the Lone Gull 10K, running a net time of 45:45, surpassing the previous record by more than three minutes.
June 16, 2014
Mastering Running (publisher, Human Kinetics) by Coach Cathy Utzschneider was released on June 24th. Personal and scientific, Mastering Running includes training plans for the mile to the marathon. Interviews with champion runners, doctors in various specialties, and other health care professionals are included in every chapter. Liberty runners are among those included. The book is available on Amazon and at bookstores.
May 10, 2014
Boston Area Runners In Their 70s Are National Champions
Boston-area residents Carrie Parsi, 75, and Charlene Francis, 73, won their age groups in the 10K national masters championships last week-end in Dedham. Their times were stellar. For example, Parsi’s time of 55:18 equates to a blistering 33:45 10K were she in her twenties, according the USATF age grading calculator. Parsi and Francis are both members of the first women’s running club in the country, the Liberty Athletic Club, known for its many legendary members including Joan Benoit Samuelson and Lynn Jennings.
Parsi and Francis are among many masters runners – those over 40 — whose numbers are growing exponentially. For example, 1976 28% of U.S. road race finishers were 40 and over. That jumped to 35% in 1990 and then again to 40% in 2011. A growing percentage of them are women. In 1992, 7.7% of U.S. road race finishers were women 40 and older. That jumped to 19% in 2011.
Addressing the interests of masters runners is a new book to be released on June 18th, Mastering Running, a book for male and female runners 35 and older wanting to improve their times in the mile to the marathon. (It is one of the few books written by a women for men and women runners.) The book includes training programs as well as insights from legends like Bill Rodgers as well as distinguished Boston-area doctors and masters champions from their forties to their seventies. Joan Benoit, Willie Banks, and Amby Burfoot are among those who have praised the book.
Head coach of the Liberty Athletic Club and a professor of physiology and aging at Boston College, Dr. Utzschneider (B.A. Middlebury College, M.B.A. and Ed.D. in Human Movement at Boston University), has coached masters runners to 46 national masters championship titles, 3 world and 6 American age-group records, and 3 world age group gold medals. She is a multiple masters track and field champion herself.
A frequent speaker about performance and goal achievement, Cathy will be speaking about Masters Running with Runners World editor Amby Burfoot at the Heartbreak Hill Running Festival at Boston College on Saturday, June 7th, 2014.
Cathy is married with two children and lives in Brookline.
Liberty AC is proud of our member Jan Holmquist, 69, who just named USATF Masters Long Distance Runner of the Year among women 65 – 69!
August 27, 2013
Congratulations to Jan for the OUTSTANDING #1 Ranking below!!
W65–69, #1 Ranking, 2013 Intermediate Masters Long Distance Runner Of The Year
1. Jan Holmquist (68, MA)
Feb. 10, 2013
2012 Masters Long Distance Road Runners of the Year
With the Masters LDR rankings being on the USATF website, we have made a few modifications. Foreign athletes will not be ranked. Also new this year is the Average Age Grade, which is calculated using the top four races for each ranked runner.
As always, our prime criterion is Age Grading. We also take into consideration the number of races run, the diversity of distances, head-to-head competition, and the presence of regional/national prestigious races and championships, where strong competition is likely to be found.
1. Jan Holmquist (68, MA) Average AG: 98.79%
5km Run for All Ages 21:14
Honorable Mention: Susan Gustafson
Congratulations Jan H. and Sue G.!
Jan Holmquist Named Athlete of the Week