November 24, 2016


Tight Races in Both Genders

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Hog’s Breath 5K, 11/26, 8 AM

    Our Grand Prix has minimum requirements, of course, including the season participation minimums.  In order to be eligible for the Open or Masters prizes, a runner must have participated in 6 of the 10 races.  To be eligible for the Age Group titles, the minimum is 3.  That’s just a reminder because this could be relevant as the numbers fall into their final slots at HB5K.  

    The Grand Finale is imminent.  You can cut the tension with a knife.  For the Women’s Open Divi-sion, we have a tie between Katie Leigh and Jane Welzien.  Both sit with 82 points.  Katie is at her 6-race scoring max, though, and would need a bango performance to upgrade one of her 10-point races.  Jane, however, has just 5 races in the bank, so she can still add one full score.  Even a low place in her AG would be enough to take the top spot.

    The master of the Masters, Anthony Farretta, used a 7-pointer at Zonta and a 10-pointer at Mariner’s to surge into second in the Men’s Open.  His 56-point total leaves him just 4 behind Keith Durden, and just one point ahead of prep standout Jason Block.  Keith has only 3 races (all wins, by the way) so even if he has the most points, he won’t be eligible for the prize.  Jason, though, has 5 races in hand and can add one more score, while Anthony has his 6 already – same scenario as in the Women’s Open.

   In a nutshell, if Jane and Jason run and finish on two feet, they should both claim their gender crowns.  Katie and Anthony would then claim their gender’s Masters crowns.  If the young ones do not attend, then the veteran runners will prevail.  

   There ya have it!

   Let’s all give a big THANK YOU to Mark Bell for serving as the Grand Prix Poobah for the last few years.  The GP had fallen by the wayside for a while and Mark picked it up, dusted it off, added a very successful Age Group component to it, and brought it back to life.

   But Mark will be stepping down from his lofty Poobah perch when this season concludes.  Anyone who would like to take on this duty would be MOST WELCOME.  It’s not “difficult”, but it does take time and attention to detail.  Please contact me, the Vice Poobah, at

Camille’s Restaurant

1202 Simonton Street, Key West

BOD meeting 5:30-6:30

***KWSR Holiday Social 6:30-whenever***

We’ll have good food!

We’ll have good beverages!

We’ll have good cheer!

We’ll present the Grand Prix awards!

~ also ~

White Elephant/Secret Santa Gift Exchange:

-Participation is optional

-$10.00 gift limit

-Bring 1 wrapped gift per person.

-Draw numbers to see the order of who goes 1st, 2nd, etc.

-1 steal to person to keep things moving along.

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry!

KWSR Holiday Social Set for December 7th

Food, Bevs, GP Awards


   Emboldened by their strong 2nd place at Regionals, the Marathon HS boys XC team came to Tallahassee on a mission.  Their stated goal was a top five finish, and they nailed it, placing third in the 24-team field with 144 points, easily the best-ever by a Keys team.  Their 144-point score actually tied them for second, but they were edged out on the tiebreaker.  

   The Dolphins smashed PR after PR and clocked a school and county record team time of 17:37, and put all five of their scoring runners under 18:00.  Here’s the lowdown:

    14.  Joel Zaila (sr)           17:11

    27.  Aydan Child (soph)        17:24 PR

    48.  Jonathan Pitchford (8)    17:43 PR

    56.  Matthew Pinkley (jr)      17:52 PR

    58.  Keygan Jeffries (sr)      17:56 PR


   Huge congratulations to the MHS XC boys and to Coach Jim Murphy!

MHS Photo Gallery

Conch Harriers Strong in State Class 2A Championships

     Last year, KWHS’s Nicole Matysik exploded onto the high school XC scene like a runaway train, winning her very first invitational and upsetting some of the state’s best runners. That level of excellence is hard to hold, though, and her season ended short of what she had her sights on.

     This year, she and Coach Terence White re-evaluated their approach, pacing the season for the big finish.  And it has worked.  Nicole ran near PR’s in winning the 305 Classic and in placing fourth at Regionals, but blew both of those away with a powerful sixth-place finish in a PR 18:20 in the stacked Class 2A meet.  This is the fastest 5K clocked by a Florida sophomore this year, regardless of class.

     Nicky now eyes the prestigious Footlocker South Regional Meet in Charlotte NC on the November 26.  He ran in the Championship Race last year, but was in sub-par health (hip).  You can bet that has been simmering in her for a year and that she is itching to get back there.

     The fastest Keys runner of the day was KW sophomore Owen Allen, an individual qualifier, as Nicole was.  Owen stormed a 16:54 over the hilly and woody course, just missing his PR by 2 seconds and earning him a spot in the top 50. His time would have been good for 7th in the 1A race.

     Kudos to both Nicky and Owen for the fine performances!!

KWHS Photo Gallery

The Marathon HS boys XC team charges into action. Nicole Matysik is focused on her State Meet start. Jon Pitchford powers to the finish in Tallahassee. Owen Allen sprints home at the State 2A Meet. Previous SoMo Strides editions: April 4, 2016 April 20, 2016 August 31, 2016 September 22, 2016 October 3, 2016 October 31, 2016