Dennis Barone, West Hartford, CT - 24:29
Caroline Kester, Farmington, CT - 29:31
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Hartford Track Club
CEDAR HILL CEMETERY RUN FOR LOVE AND DEATH February 16, 2002, Hartford, CT Distance established with HTC measuring wheel: Four miles.
This race is part of the Hartford Track Club Winter Series.
Dennis Barone set the tone for this race by showing up at registration with thirty copies of Wallace Stevens poem Of Hartford in a Purple Light.
The poem ends with the lines:
Hi! Whisk it, poodle, flick the spray Of the ocean, ever-freshening, On the irised hunks, the stone bouquet.
Apparently, the irised hunks, the stone bouquet is Hartford in a purple light.
Wallace Stevens is buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery, as is J.P. Morgan and Samuel Colt. Wallace Stevens lived on the same street in Hartford (Westerly Terrace) as Joe Vailonis, and David Reik.
Dennis Barone not only brought the copies of the poem, he won the race. After the race, I (David Reik) mentioned to Dennis that he was the only one to shatter the twenty-five-minute barrier. He replied, That was my goal for the day. He also said, I think this was the only race I ever won in my life. When I asked him what he had for breakfast, he said, I had a bagel and a cup of coffee. The secret was it was Omars Coffee, Franklin Avenue, Hartford.
Linda Weidemier was the race director this year. She had this to say about the race:
Despite the small turnout of runners, the Cedar Hill run seemed to be much enjoyed by all. The weather was mild, the ducks were quacking and the sun sparkled on the ponds as the runners sprinted off into the serene and unearthly beauty of Cedar Hill. Thank you Bill for this wonderful opportunity! I had a great time even though I didnt run!
The Bill referred to is Bill Katz, who founded this event in 2000. This year, Bill said, I would define this race as short and feisty. The hills make it feisty.
I asked Pam Shelton (sister of Caroline Kester the first woman) how she liked the hills. She said, I loved every single one of them, but her face conveyed a different message.
About a minute after he finished, I asked HTC president Will Graustein for an interview. Heres what he said:
Nobody wanted to take the first mile and we went through pretty slow in 6:30. I took it and I didnt want it, because shortly after that, Dennis pulled away. The second mile was a 6:03 for me, so it wasnt as if I just crumbled and died. He loosened up; he must have done a 5:55 on that second mile. Chris [Armen] caught me shortly after the two-mile mark and slowly pulled away. It was a good run. The hills take it out of you. That first and third mile with the long hill . . . thats definitely the section of the course that hits you.
Verification for Wills observation about the first and third mile was offered by Peter Hawley; Peter reported his splits as having been 7:07, 6:24, 7:17, and 6:26.
It was a good day for Chris Armen; his goal was to run 25:00, and the HTC printing timer recorded him at 25:00.00. He is the only one to have run the race all three years, and he has run faster each year.
This year, David Reik marked the course with twenty-nine free-standing arrow signs. Bill Katz re-measured the course with one of the Hartford Track Club measuring wheels. (The wheels are stored at The Run In in Rocky Hill.) Bill Katz was the course monitor, and David Reik and Linda Weidemier did the timing. Linda Weidemier provided the heart-shaped candy boxes, water, and bagels.
The temperature at race time was about forty-seven degrees with a light wind, and no precipitation. Here are the results:
Place, Sex, Age, Time, Name, Town, State 1 M46 24:49 Dennis Barone West Hartford CT 2 M48 25:00 Chris Armen Simsbury CT 3 M41 25:22 Will Graustein Harwinton CT 4 M51 27:15 Peter Hawley New Hartford CT 5 M49 29:21 Peter Huntsman Hartford CT 6 F43 29:31 Caroline Kester Farmington CT 7 M39 30:45 Sean Butler Hartford CT 8 F43 31:58 Maria Huntsman Hartford CT 9 F36 32:28 Maria Cleary Suffield CT 10 M37 32:33 Alex Gordeuk West Hartford CT 11 F44 32:51 Pamela Shelton Avon CT 12 F53 35:09 Rose Famiglietti Wethersfield CT 13 F37 35:19 Pam Stevenson Canaan CT
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