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Stupid-Cheap Registration Opens for 2023!

Inflation you say? We stick a gooey running gel in thine eyes as we briefly open registration for 2023 at the same initial price as last year!

But first, the Paine to Pain 2022 race is in the books! The results are out!  The thousands of free photos are out! The Race Director’s prize awarded! Race Reviews are going in! And people are gently fondling their race medals and shirts!

And now  … registration has just opened for Paine to Pain 2023, with a tentative date of October 8th! Put it in your calendar now!

Woo hoooooo!!!!!

And we are doing it for the Stupid-Cheap®©™ price of $40! Yes, you read that right:

FORTY FRIGGEN DOLLARS!

Why sell entries for such a Stupid-Cheap®©™ price?

Two reasons:

    1. Those that register a full year in advance do so because they love the race, and that means they’ll tell their friends about it. [Hint. Hint.] We’re not shy about this: Word of mouth has always been our best marketing!! (OK, fine, it’s usually our only marketing. And it’s not like we have a press agent.)
    2. And we know that the best laid plans of mice and runners often skitter astray, and that many of you won’t be able to make it.Some will get hurt. Or injured. Or ill. Or pregnant. Or be told there’s a wedding for your third cousin twice removed that you’re not allowed to miss because your Great Uncle Sam (who you really don’t like but are too polite to say) might be there. Will you make it to the start line?  It’s like legalized gambling!

This comes with the same two big, hairy caveats we have each year, of course:

    1. It assumes we get our permits from the various municipalities for that date; and
    2. There is, as always, a no-refund, no-exchange policy.

That’s right: You get the race, the medal, the shirt, the music, the massages, the food, more food, yet more food, and world-class, can’t be beat, volunteers that would make former New Rochelle resident Norman Rockwell burst with pride.  And maybe even mile 11-ish Girl Scout cookies again! Norm would like that!

(Not-so-random thought: If Norman Rockwell and Thomas Paine put a race on, what would it look like? If you answered P2P you have uncovered my super-secret stategery!)

Registration is open for just three days! Did you get that?

Just. Three. Friggen. Days.

Register Here

The rush to register each year is like the Running  of the Brides at a bridal gown sale! (More dangerous than trail running!)

But if you blow this stupid-cheap early registration — and many of you will because you can’t help yourselves — we will re-open on April 22nd, Earth Day, at our usual early-bird rate of $50. Still cheap! But not stupid-cheap! Stupid-cheap is a big, hairy discount off regular cheap!

And we once again thank our wonderful sponsors and supporters from this past year’s ridiculously successful race:

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Supporting Sponsors

and in cooperation with

 

 

Eric Turkewitz
Race Director, NewRo Runners

Paine to Pain Trail 1/2 Marathon
Westchester County, NY
painetopain.com
Daytime phone: 212-983-5900

Eric @ PaineToPain.com
Twitter: @PaineToPain
Instagram: @PaineToPain
Facebook: Paine To Pain
(Notice a social media pattern?)

Real job:

The Turkewitz Law Firm
228 East 45th Street – 17th Floor
New York, NY  10017
212-983-5900

www.TurkewitzLaw.com
Eric @ TurkewitzLaw.com

Race Reviews for 2022

Photo by Rob Cummings

As always, I put up reviews of the race here so that they are saved for posterity instead of being lost in the endless system of tubes that, I am told, make up the internet. Or at least, I post them if they are good.

And as they come in, this page is amended, revised,  supplemented and otherwise improved. Comments that come in via email are, of course, only posted here with permission.

So without further ado:
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Thanks so much for putting on a terrific race yesterday; it was my first time participating and it was a TON of fun. I will definitely be back! (Nora Carroll, 3rd place overall women)
I ran Paine to Pain yesterday for the first time, and it was an absolute joy. All of the logistical stuff was great, from the clear and abundant pre-race information to the nice finish area. The course was fabulous; well-marked, a variety of terrain, and wonderful volunteers at the key turns.  It is a minor miracle that one can assemble a race that is over 90% trail so close to NYC.
And the wave starts are genius. I tend to start slow and get faster as a race goes, in the 8-9 minute/mile range, so have always run into issues with traffic in other trail races. Here, after the first mile or so, I was completely free to run my own race, and I got my trail-half PR out of it.  My friend, who is far faster, also had nothing but good things to say.  He loved ending on the track — that was very cool.
A huge thank you to you and the volunteer crew for putting this together, and I can’t wait to come back next year. (Kevin Schlottmann, via email)

@painetopain awesome race! Will be back next year! (Greg Barthelemy via Instagram)

Didn’t break any records, but this was my fifth time running and the trail never gets old. Congrats to all the runners and to Eric for another successful race.  (KC Choi via Facebook)

Incredibly grateful for @painetopain! It has become a tradition for @kissmycooly this being our 2nd year. It was a gorgeous day with phenomenal people.  We highly recommend registering! (Adrian Ochoa via Instagram)

I completed my 6th Paine to Pain Half marathon. My favorite trail run 🙂Thank you Eric Turkewitz and all the volunteers for creating a memorable running adventure:-) Thank you NewRo Runners for your motivation and Inspiring achievements!!! (Carl Reid via Facebook)

This was the best and hardest race! Thank you so much Matt Lewis for helping me get there from NJ and all of the organizers!
Great day and great people! (Michelle Pollitte via Facebook)

That was a different race but I did it; half marathon 17 in the books. The hardest half marathon course I ever did. I survived it and I didn’t fall so that a win, win. This is the race I needed to get back on track for @nycmarathon. (Bushwickrunner via Instagram)

Easily the best race I have EVER been part of (and I am not saying that because I literally crossed thru over my own backyard – my dogs barking and all –  which is a far cry from the Verrazzano Bridge).  From the ease of bib pickup to the fun finish I could not have had a better race experience.

The medal is unlike any in my collection; I love the uniqueness of it. And the race shirt, WOW, so comfy I plan to wear it dare it say doing something other than running.  (Tara R. via email)

I ran my first Paine to Pain this past weekend.  It was AMAZING (I’m sure you know that). I really think a lot of credit must be given to the girl scouts at mile 11ish.  Without them I would have thrown myself into the pond and called it a life.  They told me I could do it, and by golly I did. I would hate to know what would happen if I disappointed a Girl Scout!!!

Until next year…  (Allyson Fricke, vi email)
Yesterday was my third Paine to Pain, first since covid.   I want to thank you.  I love this race, probably my favorite.  It’s much more than just running or just a race, it’s also about the people and the great energy you bring into the event. (Sara Parrode via email)

What a perfect day for a trail race!

Every year I look forward to this event, and every year I look for the “stupid cheap” rate sign-up so I can get the best deal in town!!  Amazing trail, the best food, shirt and metals you can get for the price.

Thank you so much for all you do to make P2P an epic adventure.  Rain or shine, I make the trip from Brooklyn to New Rochelle to be a part of the action.  Special thanks to all the volunteers that make it all possible.

Already looking forward to next year. (Mark Wellman via email)

Race Director’s Report (And Prize!) – 2022

Matt Baffuto at mile 6 on his way to shattering the course record. Eamonn Sullivan, who took 3rd, behind him.

I figured I was hoarse and coughing this morning after the race due to all the yelling I did. Maybe I shivered at night afterward  because we didn’t turn the house heat on yet? Sadly, that is not the case. I think you know where this is going, and it has nothing to do with coming up positive on a pregnancy test.  Just the other kind. If you were in close contact with me over the weekend, particularly indoors, keep an eye out for symptoms. And I apologize in advance if I inadvertently made anyone ill.

Now on to the race (and then the Race Director’s Prize). We had clear skies and temps in the high 40s to low 50s. Perfect running weather. No mud; My rain dance didn’t work.

And by the looks on your faces at the finish line, and the comments you made about it being “perfect,” I sensed that you were grateful for the rain dance failure.

For those that missed the champs crossing the finish line — almost all of you — we had not one repeat winner, but two.  That’s never happened before.

On the men’s side, defending champion Matt Baffuto crushed the course with a time of 1:15:16 —  a 5:45 pace!!! This bested the prior record of 1:17:54 held by 2019 champ Patrick Dooley (and runner-up this year), lopping a full two and one-half minutes off the course record.  Noteworthy that in coming in 2nd, Dooley also bested his prior record. Wowsa!

Following in 3rd, and just 14 seconds off the prior course record pace, was 19-year-old newcomer Eamonn Sullivan, who won the Leatherman’s Loop this past April.

On the women’s side, 2019 champ Joelle Reeves returned to claim her second crown, being one of only three women to ever crack the 1:30 barrier — and she has now done it twice. Lindsey Felling was runner-up, this being her third time on the podium and newcomer Nora Carroll grabbed third.

Was there any bigger story than the extraordinary accomplishments of those who took the overall podium?

Yes, yes there were.  You may not realize this, but we seemed to turn out a record number of volunteers this year. I have been blessed with outstanding volunteers.  You know this because you saw them.

You want a little peak into the kinds of things we need help with to put on this race? Designing shirts and medals, distributing them, placing (and removing) 13 miles of flags, registration and wave assignments, start/finish line set-ups, food coordination and set-up, tents and tables, placement of about 200 volunteers on race day, a treasurer to pay the bills, sending emails (our marketing!), three aid stations with water and medical (thank you Orange Theory and Girl Scouts!), transporting baggage, personal runner announcements as you approach the finish, music, municipal permits, four police departments, parking and signage, communications and results.

And food. Oh yes, and the food.  We are grateful to those that donated food so that you have something more than what other races give you. In this case, we had:

AJ’s BurgersBeechmont TavernSmokehouse; The Fresh MarketAthletic Brewing; and Amrita.

Let’s be realistic. There is no way anyone can put on a race like this  at such stupid-cheap prices without community support. (OK, there are none like this, but if there were.)

The numbers just don’t work. And that includes not just food donations, but the EMTs from Empress EMS, the wonderful staff of Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital and the therapists from Finish Line Physical Therapy.

And it includes financial support from Rye Subaru, New York-Presbyterian Sports Performance Institute and newcomer to P2P, Century 21 – Marciano. (Looking for a home near the trails?) And, of course, for 14 years running, the premier running store in Westchester, Westchester Road Runner.

We also had communications, both online with a brand new and enthusiastic webmaster, Arun with a View Media, and on the trails with the ham radio operators from the Westchester Emergency Communications Association.

So yeah, a lot of people and sponsors  involved!

And now I have to pick one person from the staggering number of runners and volunteers to award the coveted Race Director’s Prize, given in my absolute and dictatorial discretion (<insert maniacal laughter>).

The award started when a runner turned a cartwheel coming down the home stretch, and has gone in the past to those who assisted injured runners, blocked cars trying to come onto the course, or simply inspired others.

Each of the last three races Lucille Renwick has acted as sweeper along with Scout. She encourages those in the back of the pack, keeps them going, and exemplifies everything about the spirit of the race. She is, based on the reports I get from others, the epitome of joyful enthusiasm while out there.

And so, by the powers vested in me, by me, because there’s no one to overrule a Grand Poobah, I award Lucille this prize (free entry into next year’s race.) Of course, since this is a different kind of volunteer — one who sacrifices her own race so that others can run —  she wasn’t paying to begin with. So if she elects to volunteer again next year in the same capacity, she may gift her free entry to any friend or relative she chooses.

Race date for next year is October 8th, once again falling on Columbus (Indigenous Peoples) Day weekend!!!!

And now, if you will excuse me, I will attempt to treat myself with chocolate chip cookies.  Because why not?

One last thing. Watch this lovely video of the race from Breen Brothers:

Paine to Pain 2022 from Breen Brothers on Vimeo.

Bib and Wave Numbers for 2022

Are you ready for some trail running?

Here are the bib and wave numbers for participants in the 2022 Paine to Pain Trail Half Marathon.

If you haven’t registered yet… sorry, but registration is closed and we DO NOT have in-person signup. So, see you in 2023!

To all 2022 runners: Get some rest and see you Sunday, Oct. 9!

Last Name First Name Bib Wave
Abazari Maryam 5090 5
Abelow Aryeh 2092 2
Abrams John 5113 5
Acker Karen 3165 3
Adamski Michael 3066 3
Adler Ken 2106 2
Agudana Rey Arnel 4077 4
Aiello Dom 3074 3
Aiello Jim 3080 3
Aiello Joenia 5093 5
Aikebaier Hatire 5037 5
Aikman Bradley 208 1
Alcala Soraya 4104 4
Alter Daniel 18 3
Alter Richard 3009 3
Alvarado Oscar 4154 4
Anderson Glen 3036 3
Anderson Jamie 4121 4
Andersson Erik 2158 2
Andrade Gabriel 2163 2
Andrade Jhenelle 3125 3
Androic Dina 321 1
Andron Elisha 245 1
Angevine George 2073 2
Aprile Dianna 5124 5
Archbold Damien 3038 3
Arenas Miguel 3053 3
Arias Adriana 2179 2
Arnold Robert 5012 5
Arnould Ruth 4133 4
Aronoff Alex 4164 4
Arroyo Paul 4034 4
Arthur Brian 2108 2
Asakawa Hideki 3129 3
Ashman Kristin 5073 5
Attwood Rayna 3028 3
Atwood Edson 2144 2
Avila Guillermo 318 1
Bach M. Daniel 4048 4
Baden James 3084 3
Baffuto Matthew 129 1
Baid Dev 2042 2
Balagtas Francisco 375 1
Balick Lawrence 5116 5
Banks Ed 358 1
Barbella Timothy 3154 3
Bardin Jonathan 359 1
Bargar Jeremiah 211 1
Barisonek K B 5104 5
Bark Lesley 4065 4
Baron Adam 5072 5
Barragan Jacqueline 2094 2
Barresi Ryan 213 1
Barthelemy Gregory 5057 5
Bases Daniel 3034 3
Basile Robert 2009 2
Basner Charles 5152 5
Battaglia Giovanni 5024 5
Bauza Diana 3054 3
Baxter Nichola 3020 3
Beckett John 3045 3
Beil Dylan 4103 4
Bellinson Nicholas 2152 2
Benbanaste Jef 2149 2
Bendavid Daniel 3100 3
Bennett Nick 4037 4
Berger Steven 3085 3
Bernardi Nilla 3060 3
Bernstein Michael 5005 5
Bernstein Mitchell 3116 3
Bernstein Paul 17 3
Berryann Adam 5029 5
Bessin Jean-Francois 235 1
Billig Jeremy 2112 2
Birkey Mark 3108 3
Bittelman Eric 4035 4
Bland Leon 3139 3
Blatter Brett 3087 3
Blatter Jordan 3088 3
Blume Teresa 5100 5
Blumenfeld Hal 5155 5
Bochner Evan 3130 3
Boelset Nils 4159 4
Boismain Cedric 225 1
Boline Daniel 249 1
Bolivar Julio 222 1
Bonilla Sandra 3050 3
Bordeman Bryan 3135 3
Borsack Erica 319 1
Bosworth Brian 224 1
Boulan Sebastian 3043 3
Bowes Burke Kristen 304 1
Bradley Cassidy 4032 4
Bradley Ray 2003 2
Bradley Richard 376 1
Breen James 3159 3
Brennan Sean 3155 3
Broaddus Jay 2132 2
Broas Cheryl 6 3
Brodsky Adam 377 1
Broszeit Alanna 5107 5
Brouhard Ben 4108 4
Brown David 5114 5
Browning Benjamin 3150 3
Brune Stephen 311 1
Bruschi Matt 260 1
Brusco Vincent 5061 5
Bryant Benjamin 5017 5
Bryson Aaron 2041 2
Buc Nicolas 4161 4
Bucquet Dorothée 3032 3
Bucquet Patrick 3033 3
Builder Josh 4089 4
Bullock Bevin 3027 3
Bumbaco Daniel 4049 4
Burckhard Joseph 276 1
Burr Randall 4 1
Butler John 209 1
Byrne Jake 4152 4
Byrne Sarah 2104 2
Bystrek Chris 3138 3
Caballes Lourdes 3072 3
Cabrera Michelle 163 1
Calderon Diane 2138 2
Callahan Sharon 3024 3
Camacho Vincent 3002 3
Camens Lindsay 3044 3
Camens Sam 287 1
Cameron Kirtley 2130 2
Cameron Seth 2131 2
Campbell Samuel 2153 2
Campo Julio 5184 5
Campo Leonardo 5016 5
Cangemi Gregory 2014 2
Canlar Sibel 317 1
Cannell Oliver 2030 2
Cannistraci John 1 4
Cano Pascual 5173 5
Carlson Chris 10 2
Carrasquillo Susan 5067 5
Carroll Nora 322 1
Carter Josh 2119 2
Cattaneo Ibraheem 3126 3
Caupin Adrien 3008 3
Cezard Quentin 346 1
Chamberlain Eli 344 1
Chan Anthony W. 4013 4
Chan David 5172 5
Chandler Davey 4066 4
Chavez Jordan 349 1
Chavez Martha 5094 5
Chen Joy 2061 2
Cherpion Camille 303 1
Cherubini Edward 4158 4
Chianese A.J. 4080 4
Choi Kyung 4046 4
Choi Taeyoung 4005 4
Cholerton-Brown Natasha 2074 2
Chun Yuen Na 5083 5
Ciaccia Peter 2063 2
Clemons Max 2083 2
Clinton Brian 4170 4
Cocchiara Joseph 5040 5
Coffey Gena 2071 2
Cohen Asaf 3031 3
Cohen Stephen 2059 2
Colantuoni Kenneth 2121 2
Collado Hector 5162 5
Collado Roberto 5021 5
Collier Ben 122 1
Collins Dwight 4118 4
Collins Eric 4058 4
Collins Neil 5174 5
Combe Rolland 4122 4
Comerford Philip 4042 4
Concha Kenneth 278 1
Concha Maya 4053 4
Cooper John 3061 3
Coote Simon 356 1
Corrigan Rachel 2105 2
Coulter Lauren 2084 2
Crewe John 4029 4
Crnic Steven 120 1
Cruz Gaspar 371 1
Cruz Minerva 4167 4
Cruz Russel 20 1
Cruz Bautista Edgar 4169 4
Cruz-Gonzales Erasmo 3164 3
Cuccia Todd 2140 2
Cueman Jess 5043 5
Cummings Griffin 5076 5
Cummings Robert 24 5
Cunningham Scott 5106 5
Curley Tom 378 1
Curnin Paul 2015 2
Curra Michael 3119 3
Curtis Keith 2062 2
Cutler Adam 3012 3
Cwiok Jennifer 5014 5
Czik Alexander 340 1
Dagata Emilia 4110 4
Daher Christian 5065 5
Daks William 277 1
Daly Owen 4130 4
Dams-O’Connor Kristen 219 1
Davidson Linda 3018 3
Davis Helen 5167 5
Day Olivia 5022 5
De Beaucorps Ludovic 348 1
De Lange Gavin 3156 3
De Vignemont Gilles 2034 2
Dean Cory 4101 4
Decker Simmy 4134 4
Dedic Dino 268 1
Dee Edmund 3 1
Del Pilar Samuel 3078 3
Deluca Wendy 2082 2
Delucia James 3109 3
Demaio Anthony 332 1
Demato Joseph 353 1
Demato Michael 352 1
Denic Alban 3114 3
Dente Tom 3003 3
Derzie Cyril 5099 5
Diamantis Alex 3037 3
Diaz David 3051 3
Dicarrado Stefanie 2078 2
Difrancesco Harry 2150 2
Digiacomo Janice 3019 3
Dixon Blake 343 1
Djiounas Tiffani 4023 4
Dolce Samantha 4024 4
Dombrowski Dylan 3049 3
Domogala Joe 270 1
Donovan Tim 3007 3
Dooley Patrick 126 1
Doyle Greg 4010 4
Doyon Jeffrey 305 1
Drayer Keith 313 1
Drummond Mark 216 1
Drury Daniel 4055 4
Duclos Eric 2116 2
Ducrot Pia 4073 4
Ducrot Tom 2079 2
Dunaif Anthony 5149 5
Dunbar William 2124 2
Dunne Sean 373 1
Duque Valentina 3090 3
Durland Kimberly 4098 4
Eberly Sarah 4117 4
Eddon Guy 2029 2
Edward Ryan 4057 4
Egelberg Adam 207 1
Eisen Andrew 2055 2
Eisenman Eddie 341 1
Elton John 5146 5
Emery Daniel 3058 3
Engfer Matt 5125 5
Erickson Sean 4136 4
Escobar Mari 5181 5
Escobar Osvaldo 3161 3
Escobar Ramon 3162 3
Escobar Yaquelin 5180 5
Espaillat Reina 4064 4
Esposito Darren 239 1
Evans Dane 323 1
Farinella Dawn 5028 5
Fasciani Laura 5049 5
Fay Kathleen 5006 5
Febus Taylor 3035 3
Feinblum Laura 4082 4
Felling Lindsey 160 1
Ference Stephanie 2017 2
Ferret Vincent 2026 2
Ferriere Luc 2069 2
Fiedler Andy 316 1
Fielding Joe 237 1
Fiftal Nicole 4014 4
Finerty Marybeth 5063 5
Finnerty Mark 336 1
Fish Michael 3153 3
Fitzsimons Joseph 2134 2
Flaherty-Lovy Olivia 366 1
Flax Alex 3014 3
Fletcher Jeffrey 4061 4
Fletcher Melanie 4062 4
Flores Gerardo 253 1
Forman Jonathan 3081 3
Forti Gwen 3101 3
Foxen Kimberly 3095 3
Foxhall Eric 4018 4
Fragoso Raul 269 1
Fraioli William 3140 3
Franco Manuel 5150 5
Frederick Edward 2156 2
Freeman Rich 2174 2
Fricke Allyson 5088 5
Friedrichs Martin 5161 5
Friedrichs Martin 5177 5
Frisch Tracey 4025 4
Frommer Robert 5178 5
Fulvini Alessandro 314 1
Galati Amanda 5047 5
Galati Daniel 5055 5
Galbraith Tim 3042 3
Gale Matthew 3104 3
Gallagher Scott 3046 3
Gallegos Daniel 275 1
Gannon Sean 4155 4
Garcia Araceli 2048 2
Garcia Joseph 2045 2
Gardephe Sophie 3057 3
Gariglio Vanessa 4050 4
Gartlan Danit 5160 5
Gaspard Todd 307 1
Geer Ralph 2005 2
Gelb Bruce 2022 2
Gervais Maxime 3160 3
Ghafourzadeh Marie 2099 2
Ghafourzadeh Yannn 2100 2
Ghanooni Amanda 5126 5
Gianotti Robert 5108 5
Gibson Stalina 5002 5
Gil Leo 2020 2
Gillis Chris 5123 5
Gim Lauren 2089 2
Ginsburg Peter 4020 4
Girling Adam 2122 2
Girling Susan 2006 2
Glass Charles 295 1
Glennon Robert 4146 4
Gluckselig Katherine 3077 3
Goh Richard 4126 4
Goldman Seth 2054 2
Golebiowski Delphine 266 1
Golebiowski Paul 267 1
Golebiowski Vincent 265 1
Gonzalez Leticia 2173 2
Goodrow John 2126 2
Goodstein Lauren 2057 2
Gorjanc Kyle 2127 2
Gould Casey 3047 3
Grabina Matthew 201 1
Graham Sarah 381 1
Granger Anne 4096 4
Grause John 312 1
Gray Becky 4085 4
Gray Brian 4084 4
Gray Eric 5129 5
Gray Jessica 5130 5
Gray Justine 5041 5
Greenberg Mike 4166 4
Grenouillon Claudine 3076 3
Grill Yuval 335 1
Grisback Ken 2035 2
Grone Bryan 4143 4
Gross Kathleen 2143 2
Gross Peter 15 3
Grossbauer Bryan 3001 3
Grossbauer Scott 3010 3
Gulko Edwin 4090 4
Gundersen Todd 368 1
Gupta Sanjey 5128 5
Gutierrez Jose 2097 2
Gutierrez Madeline 296 1
Haddad Amelia 5132 5
Haddad Gerard 5133 5
Hadden Hamilton 2021 2
Hafner Kimberly 2090 2
Halperin Greg 5035 5
Hanley Heidi 21 3
Hanley Ian 4141 4
Hanquier Kristelle 2051 2
Hansen Peter 2120 2
Harding Niall 2129 2
Harper Joshua 2125 2
Harvey Ian 325 1
Haslett Philip 2102 2
Hawks Christina 3056 3
Haywood Zakia 3120 3
Healy Timothy M 5092 5
Hearn Ian 3172 3
Henderson Steven 5142 5
Heraud Anthony 3073 3
Herzberg Stephen 11 3
Hester Sean 2137 2
Hill Matt 5136 5
Hodge Stephen 3065 3
Hodys Deborah 5147 5
Hodys Renee 5013 5
Hofgartner Elizabeth 5025 5
Hofstedt Christine 4135 4
Hogan Michael 2043 2
Hogue Jessica 4070 4
Holder Emma 5026 5
Hooper-Stanley Kim 3146 3
Hornak Peter 226 1
Huchet Nicolas 333 1
Hughes Michael 2157 2
Hughson Ian 4031 4
Humphreys Brett 3015 3
Hunt Brad 5064 5
Hunter Jody 2064 2
Hurley Brigit 4107 4
Hurlin William 5027 5
Imhoff Raymond 4067 4
Intervallo Katie 3026 3
Irish James 5134 5
Irwin Christopher 350 1
Isaacs Anwar 2154 2
Itty Jerome 250 1
Ivicic Alan 5140 5
Jacobsen Samantha 357 1
Jacobson Lena 3102 3
Jacobson Spencer 5171 5
Jaeckel Johann 2013 2
James Craig 3142 3
Jensen Thomas 202 1
Jessop Rich 2018 2
Jimenez Jocelyn 4001 4
Johnson Jared 206 1
Johnston Dillon 2038 2
Johnston Samantha 3030 3
Joly Philippe 5138 5
Jones Frederick 345 1
Jones Keith 5054 5
Kahn Michael 2016 2
Kahn Nicole 4139 4
Kaler Mike 272 1
Kane Gary 4081 4
Kangas Matt 4028 4
Kanzer Adam 3158 3
Kazin Marjorie 3103 3
Kearns Kenneth 217 1
Keating Edward 212 1
Keating Michael 5071 5
Kelly Christopher 3094 3
Kelly Mark 4150 4
Keltz Martin 3149 3
Kencel Sarah 5115 5
Kenter Doron 2052 2
Kietlinski Robin 255 1
Kim Sarah 5060 5
Kinsella Ray 3075 3
Kleaveland Ben 298 1
Klein Lou 2 3
Knapp Frank 2058 2
Knight Matthew 3083 3
Knoll David 3112 3
Knust Bryan 242 1
Kobrinsky Zach 4125 4
Kohany Timothy 2081 2
Kohl Kari 2039 2
Kosse Monique 4124 4
Krebsbach Jill 2095 2
Kritzer Matt 4113 4
Krupka Meghan 3167 3
La Rosa Sarah 2113 2
Lamongie Nicolas 2023 2
Landau Ian 2176 2
Landau Michael 3097 3
Landegger George 4002 4
Lau Chun Yee 2031 2
Laura Peter 3122 3
Lawhon Sam 2085 2
Lawner Robert 230 1
Le Bertre Florent 2128 2
Le Bertre Thomas 2159 2
Le Maguer Sabine 3059 3
Le Masurier Jessica 2053 2
Lee Sunny 2161 2
Leeds Eugene 2087 2
Leentjes Brenda 5084 5
Lehman Matt 4063 4
Leitch Michael 5003 5
Lemus Nancy 5086 5
Lesman Jennifer 3022 3
Lesser Dave 364 1
Levin Jake 4160 4
Levine Gary 4087 4
Levy Jessica 5119 5
Levy Leslie 5122 5
Lewandoski Keith 3092 3
Lidestri Cameron 5039 5
Lieberman Steven 2148 2
Lin Wincheng 5156 5
Liszt Amy 4086 4
Littmann Jenna 5169 5
Liu Amy 3113 3
Loftus Paul 5170 5
Long Dave 4008 4
Long Michael 342 1
Look Lester 2172 2
Lopez Miguel 5182 5
Loren Gus 2162 2
Loughnane Matthew 362 1
Louie David 4157 4
Lovy Westin 293 1
Lu Qiwei 5080 5
Lubeley Justin 339 1
Lucas Mike 3068 3
Lucero Blanca 291 1
Lue Joyce 5131 5
Luff Brad 5089 5
Luff Christine 302 1
Lukashok Rachel 3148 3
Lunnie Christine 4092 4
Lupi Luca 284 1
Lynch Ed 5023 5
Lynch Finola 2086 2
Lynch Kathy 5030 5
Lynch Robert 5 1
Lyne Doree 3173 3
Lyons Marci 3124 3
Macdonald Shaun 283 1
Macfarlane Andrea 4019 4
Macfarlane Kristen 3011 3
Madden Lisa 4017 4
Maffei Jesse 289 1
Mah Jeff 5007 5
Maher Damon 13 2
Maldonado Andrew 3006 3
Mallie Aymeric 3118 3
Mancini Cristina 5008 5
Mandal Elisa 3025 3
Mantel Brad 4151 4
Marcus Sam 248 1
Margolin Nancy 3093 3
Marichal Micky 3151 3
Markham Daniel 4114 4
Marquez Gabriel 2007 2
Martinez Araceli 2077 2
Massart Laurent 215 1
Massey Iii Paul 2072 2
Matamoros Andres 4091 4
Matcovsky Matthew 9 3
Matsui Brandon 3121 3
Mazariego Jacqueline 4105 4
Mazza Brian 5143 5
McArdle Erin 2117 2
McCafferty Nicole 324 1
McCamphill Amy 3110 3
McCarthy Neil 354 1
McClave Brian 3086 3
McClellan Bryan 4145 4
McClellan Justine 4144 4
McCourt Joe 2175 2
McElwee Joe 3163 3
McEvily Kyle 4093 4
McGrath Robert 5176 5
McGraw Bridget 3115 3
McShane Theresa 3169 3
Meisner Steve 5096 5
Mellace Rafael 5051 5
Mellon Tyrone 4071 4
Mendez Stephanie 5105 5
Menz Kate 5145 5
Metson Marc 3016 3
Metz Heather 3013 3
Meziere Gilles 4111 4
Meziere Nathalie 4112 4
Mikeo Marissa 5015 5
Miles Paul 2010 2
Milligan Melissa 4102 4
Mirsky Justin 5070 5
Misilo Katria 3067 3
Mislavsky Hector 4041 4
Mohring Kenneth 258 1
Monaco Michael 2027 2
Mongan John 286 1
Montanti Vincent 4012 4
Montero Keith 308 1
Moore Charlie 326 1
Moore Sean 234 1
Moreno Arturo 4052 4
Moreno Marco 4051 4
Moreno Martin 4054 4
Morgan Patrina 4171 4
Moroch Jeff 3107 3
Morrow Benjamin 297 1
Munch Chris 300 1
Muroski Jason 5075 5
Murphy Theresa 4100 4
Murray Karen 12 3
Nable David 2065 2
Nable Jessica 2066 2
Nagi Tsuyoshi 5168 5
Navin Rhiannon 2033 2
Nelson Chris 236 1
Nepomnyashchiy Igor 4039 4
Nepomnyashchiy Lyudmila 4040 4
Newman Daniel 264 1
Nigro Maria 3029 3
North Christopher 4026 4
Novick Rachel 4123 4
Novick Stuart 2036 2
Nuess Cj 2147 2
Nuttall Brittany 5112 5
Nwankwoala Kelechi 5052 5
Nyarady Barbara 3143 3
O’Kane Rory 2070 2
Ochoa Adrian 5050 5
O’Connor Patrick 221 1
O’Halloran Matthew 369 1
Ohannessian John 261 1
Oliver Pedro 5087 5
Olt Olivia 3062 3
Opdyke Sophie 16 1
Orduz Carlos 4004 4
Orellano David 2103 2
Orr Topher 204 1
Orth Michael 3105 3
Oscher Shannon 2075 2
Outram Matthew 5082 5
Oyler Kate 271 1
Pabby Vivek 2068 2
Pacenta Eric 4138 4
Palma Douglas 294 1
Palmer Enoch 2101 2
Papakipos Matt 2109 2
Paremoud Jana 2118 2
Parrode Rodrigo 4068 4
Parrode Sara 285 1
Pasichow Joshua 4074 4
Pasqua Kerry 2008 2
Patel Prianka 4149 4
Patterson David 203 1
Patterson Ryan 3091 3
Paul Sara 5019 5
Pavinkurve Nishanth 5042 5
Payes Giora 3052 3
Peck Richie 5153 5
Pennachio Matthew 4033 4
Perez Deron 5081 5
Peri Harish 2093 2
Perry Elizabeth 2171 2
Phan Donna 5120 5
Phan Linda 4083 4
Phipps Kevin 5079 5
Piccolella Keiko 4060 4
Pickering Matt 2142 2
Piddington Julie 281 1
Piekarski Chris 2004 2
Pierce Darren 5154 5
Pierroutsakos Andreas 5179 5
Pietrosanti Daniel 380 1
Pike Eileen 2001 2
Pilchik James 233 1
Pinney Andrew 5117 5
Pinney Luke 4127 4
Pion Avi 5166 5
Pittner Michael 3136 3
Pollitt Michelle 4137 4
Popescu Alexandru 3064 3
Posner Kenneth 4142 4
Potenza Matthew 370 1
Poure Jason 4162 4
Poziumschi Paul 2025 2
Pratt Josh 238 1
Pressdee Markus 2155 2
Priego David 3079 3
Prunier Lionel 252 1
Puig De La Bellacasa Ignacio 3133 3
Pulla John 372 1
Putrich Nathan 382 1
Quinn Brenda 3023 3
Ralph Ian 3117 3
Ramirez Miguelangel 5165 5
Rankis Annmaria 3174 3
Raposa Michael 231 1
Rappaport Brian 5077 5
Reddy Prath 4044 4
Reeder George 4045 4
Reeves Joelle 159 1
Regalbuto Mary 4027 4
Reid Carl E 8 5
Reid Gautama 2107 2
Reisman Gregg 3004 3
Reitinger Erik 124 1
Repp Rebecca 3039 3
Resman Kristen 280 1
Resnick Brandon 279 1
Rich Chip 3063 3
Ring Toby 4075 4
Ringwald Steven 4003 4
Riordan Gigi 299 1
Rivel Elana 5034 5
Rivel Ethan 2044 2
Rivera Manuel 2096 2
Robbins Christopher 4076 4
Roberts Avril 5158 5
Roberts Matthew 328 1
Robertson Christopher 5121 5
Robine Nicolas 220 1
Rodriguez Adriana 4163 4
Rodriguez Johanna 5078 5
Roese Tina 2047 2
Rojas Cesar 5183 5
Rollner Corey 2040 2
Romita Kathryn 2012 2
Ronan Nicholas 315 1
Rosen Jason 351 1
Rosenblith Murray 5009 5
Rosengarden Andrew 4147 4
Rosin Morgan 2110 2
Rosman Dena 329 1
Rota Enkeledi 2151 2
Rowe Chris 361 1
Rudaw Lauren 3021 3
Ruiz Marysol 5144 5
Runyan David 4016 4
Russell Raymond 273 1
Ruyle Stephanie 3134 3
Ryan Christopher 2115 2
Rynne Michael 5085 5
Safferstein Don 5159 5
Sage Brad 241 1
Sager Madeline 4116 4
Sagliano Tom 2032 2
Sallemi Genevieve 5097 5
Sallemi Michael 5098 5
Samalot Alycia 3131 3
Sanderson Elizabeth 363 1
Sandford Lee 2114 2
Sanfilippo-Burchman Elaine 3055 3
Sankbeil Noreen 223 1
Santos Adam 301 1
Santos Emily 3098 3
Schierle Samantha 240 1
Schlottmann Kevin 3082 3
Schneider Julien 3145 3
Scimone Lyndsay 2178 2
Scoffier Marco 2024 2
Scott Marjorie 3127 3
Scovotti Stephen 4168 4
Scovotti Tracy 4156 4
Sealove Eric 2160 2
Seeman Lisa 2056 2
Seidenfrau Carissa 360 1
Seltzer Celine 2037 2
Serra-Lima Jack 4030 4
Sexton Ruairi 3132 3
Sharkey Susan 4059 4
Shats Anna 4132 4
Shats Elizabeth 4131 4
Shats Eugene 2123 2
Sheehy Brendan 246 1
Sheridan Levi 3128 3
Sherman Scott 4011 4
Shibata Yasu 244 1
Shingler Alex 2060 2
Shmul Ori 5175 5
Sicard Jack 5046 5
Sicard Jennifer 4056 4
Sicard Michael 5045 5
Silbersher Zachary 3137 3
Silverman Mikael 337 1
Sina-Jessiman Chris 288 1
Sjaaeng Jostein 3152 3
Slate Emily 3069 3
Smeal Amanda 3166 3
Smeets Michael 4129 4
Smith Marissa 4088 4
Smith Matthew 5111 5
Smith Walter 5157 5
Smykla Laura 5069 5
Snedeker Samantha 4128 4
Snedeker William 3099 3
Soboroff Peter 4009 4
Sole Marc 327 1
Sommer Lily 5001 5
Song Eric 3048 3
Sonneborn Jim 102 1
Soroker Edan 4115 4
Soto Peter 251 1
Sparks Jason 5127 5
Spencer Corliss 2088 2
Speranza Nicholas 23 1
Sponaugle Jim 2046 2
Spratford Scot 334 1
Squire Troy 118 1
Staab Laurel 5018 5
Stabile Susan 5033 5
Stajk Mary Ellen 4007 4
Stanford Justin 2002 2
Stanko Jonathan 243 1
Stanton Gregory 3106 3
Starikovsky Marina 2145 2
Stebbins Tim 4109 4
Stefanov Mark 2136 2
Stefanov Michele 2135 2
Stein Jon 3111 3
Steinberg Nina 14 3
Stermer Michael 282 1
Stewart Shea 5074 5
Stowe Ian 338 1
Strauss Sally 3040 3
Streicher David 218 1
Sullivan Eamonn 367 1
Sullivan Katherine 320 1
Sunko Todd 214 1
Supino Robert 5103 5
Swagerty John 3141 3
Swan Jenni 5004 5
Swart Anim 3171 3
Szleifer Reuven 5102 5
Talt Gina 2146 2
Talty Amalia 5031 5
Tantillo Mark 4015 4
Tascio Peter 2098 2
Taveras Tiffany 5053 5
Tedesco Pete 121 1
Tellez Gregorio 2050 2
Temple Will 331 1
Thompson Karen 5066 5
Tilston Shane 247 1
Tlatempu Amado 290 1
Tobin Patrick 2139 2
Tobkes Tad 254 1
Tomizawa Nicholas 4072 4
Toneatto Jenna 5135 5
Torres Claudio 2049 2
Tovar Andres 5032 5
Tower Dan 2011 2
Towey Sean 310 1
Trachtenberg Ben 257 1
Trent Claude 4120 4
Trentalange Chiara 4094 4
Trepp William 5010 5
Trias Luis 274 1
Trimboli Glenn 2177 2
Trowbridge John 5058 5
Tse Andy 5038 5
Tunkey James 5048 5
Turnbull Rus 5148 5
Uhland Nancy 5056 5
Uhrlass Alison 3168 3
Urdang Jeffrey 5062 5
Urick Sarah 4153 4
Vail Benjamin 5091 5
Vail Kate 4106 4
Valentin Alkis 256 1
Vallar Darlene 4047 4
Van Beest Djoeke 3070 3
Van Heerden Lanie 228 1
Vanoli Fabio 227 1
Varhue William 2019 2
Varillas Lady 5044 5
Varillas Rachel 5020 5
Varillas Rebecca 5036 5
Vega Angela 7 3
Vega Melvin 5163 5
Velez Jessica 4119 4
Venkat Sundar 3147 3
Ventura Nancy 5164 5
Vertenten Rachelle 3096 3
Vettorino Stephen 2028 2
Vinzant Benjamin 4099 4
Vollmer Ray 4036 4
Wade Dustin 5109 5
Wagner Isaac 4097 4
Wan Lillian 4165 4
Waterbury Adam 5141 5
Wealth Edwin 5139 5
Weaver Elmer 210 1
Weingart Noah 3144 3
Weinrib Craig 374 1
Weintraub Steve 3123 3
Wellman Mark 3017 3
Werblowsky David 2141 2
Wheeler Grant 309 1
White Ian 205 1
Whiting Jacquelyn 5068 5
Wiener Sophia 5118 5
Wiggins Jon 4148 4
Williams Andrew 330 1
Williams Matthew 292 1
Williams Steve 4069 4
Willis Paul 2080 2
Wilson Greg 262 1
Winks Emily 5137 5
Winter Peter 379 1
Winter Sari 4006 4
Wiseman Samson 4043 4
Wolf Michael 3071 3
Wolfe Rachel 229 1
Wolff Patricia 3041 3
Woodring Jilllian 3170 3
Wuebber Maryann 4038 4
Wynne Tim 259 1
Xia Sha 3089 3
Xian Sandy 5059 5
Yankus Wyatt 3157 3
Yao Mike 263 1
Yates Penelope 2091 2
Yelsey Benjamin 2111 2
Yelsey Lisa 5095 5
Yen Timothy 5151 5
Young Deborah 365 1
Young Zara 2076 2
Yt Dennis 2133 2
Yt Yoora 4140 4
Zable Hanna 4095 4
Zabriskie Charlie 3005 3
Zamfino Crystal 5101 5
Zanoguera Garcias Inmaculada 355 1
Zarama Felipe 232 1
Zaro Michael 2067 2
Zelznick Lisa 4021 4
Zelznick Matthew 4022 4
Zhang Yaxia 5011 5
Zhou Harry 4078 4
Zhou Riley 4079 4
Zori Alessandro 347 1
Zorita Aingeru 306 1
Zucker Jesse 5110 5

One month to Go (And 7 Things to Know)

With Labor Day in the rearview mirror, we’re now just five weeks to Paine to Pain. It’s update time! Please. Read. To. The. End!

1.  There will be no in-person registration:  Online only!!  This worked really well last year as we avoided the chaos and congestion that our volunteers previously dealt with at bib pick-up. Keep It Simple works, so it’s now permanent.

Tell your procrastinating friends not to delay.  Register here.

And if you’re thinking Hakuna Matata, and you have no worries about this, we hope you enjoy spectating.

2.  Vaccination: Due to the high rates of vaccination (especially among runners), the substantial decrease in severe illness, and that the event is outdoors, we are suspending the vaccination requirement.  Let’s all hope that no funky new variants come down the pike.

3.  The Paine to Pain Preview is Sunday, September 25th at 8 am. Come join NewRo Runners for a course check. You don’t have to be signed up for the race to participate. There are no fees.  Do a short version or the full monty. The run is self-supported, and running guides will lead various pace groups. In order to accommodate shorter runs, the race will not start at the P2P start line. Details are here.

4.  Free photos! You read that right, we’ll once again have professional photographers on the course and then and we’ll give you those hi-res digital photos for nothin’. Nada. Zero. Zip. Zilch. More free!!! Woo hoo!!! We’ll try to catch you covered in mud if we’re lucky enough to get rain.

5.  We are again planning 5 waves. Why? We want you to run your best race, and not get stuck in traffic on single-track. While overall 1-2-3 is based on gun-time off the first musket shot, everything else is chip-time.  No need to crowd!

6.  Ultra Runners – Interested in running 26.2 on race day? If you’d like to do a “warm up lap” before the race, shoot us an email. (The warm-up lap is not a race, not timed, unsupported and will still be dark when you first set off. These are features, not bugs. The bugs are on the trail.)

7.  Volunteer Sign-up is well underway! As every runner knows, races don’t happen without volunteers. Period. If you aren’t running, we need you! (Online sign-up at this link)

Also, we welcome back Westchester Road Runner of White Plains, sponsoring this race for the 14th consecutive year! Bib pick-up will start there Friday before the race, from 5-8, and we’ll have some P2P merch for sale.

And if your injuries on race day are more hard core than muscle fatigue – and let’s hope that isn’t the case – Empress EMS will be out there on the course again at the three aid stations and Montefiore New Rochelle will be waiting for you with open arms at the finish line medical tent!

We’re lining up food and other sponsors as we type!! We’re excited!!  And when I say “we” I mean me!  But I hope it’s you too!

Race day is my favorite day! That’s why I use so many exclamation marks!!!

— OK,  my favorite day after my anniversary.  And wife and kids’ birthdays.  I’m required by law to say this. Hi honey! Did you get to the bottom of this long email I just sent to several thousand of my nearest and dearest?

Eric Turkewitz
Founder, Race Director, Grand Poobah
(Mrs. Poobah threatened divorce over use of Race Overlord or Darth Turkey.)
Paine to Pain Trail 1/2 Marathon
Westchester County, NY
PaineToPain.com

Real job (Where I put on my lawyer face):
The Turkewitz Law Firm
228 East 45th Street – Suite 1110
New York, NY  10017

Paine to Pain Preview – 2022

 

If you’re in John’s group, you get a free seminar on beer as you  run..

NewRo Runners, the group that organizes the Paine to Pain Trail Half Marathon, will host our annual Preview of the course on September 25th at 8:00 am. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early so that we can start promptly.

All runners are invited to join us , whether you’re signed up for the race or not, and whether you want to run the full monty or just a section (see below)

This is not a race, but simply a guided running tour of the P2P course, which NewRo Runners does  as one of our regular weekend group runs.

We usually get 50-75 people and we usually have about 10 trail leaders since there are no flags on the course.  If you know the course and can lead, please email me privately.

We will have multiple groups – which we coyly designate as fast, medium and slow, because tall, grande and venti didn’t seem right.  The groupings will generally (and very loosely) be:

  • Fastest – Training for 3:30 marathon or faster (or 1:40 ½-marathon)
  • Medium – Training for 3:30 – 4:15 marathon (or 1:40 – 2:10  ½-marathon)
  • Slower – Training for 4:15-5:00 hour marathon (All runners should be capable of running a 2:30 half marathon on the street – please, no walkers.)

Distancing between groups of runners will happen naturally as speedier runners take flight. Leaders will pause at major junctions so others in their groups can catch up.

There are no fees, no services, and you don’t have to be a member of NewRo Runners to join us. We do this once a year as one of our  weekly group runs,  and invite others to join us so we can show you our little runners’ playground.

Just send me an email, tweet (@PaineToPain), Instagram (@PaineToPain) or mention on our Facebook page, so that I have a sense of how big our crowd will be, and let me know which group you think you might run with. You can always change groups on the spot, or mid-run if you don’t like the teeny, tiny, tiger-striped shorts of the guy in front of you.

Important!!  We do not meet at the starting line for P2P! We start, instead, at the trailhead for the Leatherstocking Trail. This is at the corner of Pinebrook Boulevard and Hillside Crescent in New Rochelle. (See map) There is parking available on Hillside Crescent.

There is one water fountain along the way, inside the Saxon Woods Golf Club, which has bathrooms as well, and is at the 6.8-ish-mile mark.

Your options are:

  • 5.6 miles — Out and back on the Leatherstocking trail, which is marked.
  • 10 miles — Stay with the group until we head south down the Hutchinson River Trail (after passing the golf course) and then bail out on Pinebrook Boulevard at mile 8-ish.  This is the same street we started on, but two miles to the north. Then just run on Pinebrook (going left) back to the start. There are no turns to make after leaving the group.
  • 13+  —The full monty. As an extra bonus, instead of running the Broadview hill at the start of the race, you get to run it at the end when you are tired.

Please let me know if you will be able to join us.

Eric @ PaineToPain.com

2022 Mid-Summer Update: Sign Up or Pay Up!

Volunteer and Runner John Cannistraci cruises down the trail

Nothing says dog days of summer like temps in the 90s, eh?  But don’t worry, even if you can’t get up at 5 am to run, you’ve still got time to train! It will get cooler! Promise!

Race Day is October 9th — Columbus Day Sunday. (Or Indigenous Peoples’ Sunday, as preferred by an increasing number of folks. Also, John Lennon’s birthday.)

And off we go with five quick updates…

1.         Price Increase:

Can you believe this race is still so cheap?! Really, just $55 right now, but it goes up August 16th!  You opened this email after the 15th?  Tough noogies — serves you right for ignoring my missives. (Registration link) Sign up now to avoid the pain. Get it? I know, I’m good.

How does NewRo Runners put on a race this awesome at such a stupid price? First off, we don’t get paid. Not even me. Call it a labor of love, or a third child. Whatever you call it, this puppy is non-profit.  Net proceeds go into the trails or to local charities.

2.         It Doesn’t Happen Without Sponsors:

The second reason P2P is easy on your bank account? We have great sponsors that help defray the costs with money, services, safety and logistics. Last year Salomon and New York Presbyterian – Sports Performance Institute were major financial sponsors. And we again had the generous personnel support of Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital at the finish line and Empress EMS at our aid stations. Orange Theory of Mamaroneck commandeered the first water stop last year and will return this year to make sure you’re hydrated. And, for the 14th time, Westchester Road Runner will help with the logistics of pre-race bib distribution. And those are just a few that help make this race, at this ridiculous price, a reality.

And a third reason the price is so cheap? The vast majority of our “marketing” is simply word of mouth. A few lame social media messages is the rest.  We count on you to tell your friends and running club members. (Hint, hint.)

3.         Registration:

I never know from year to year exactly how many runners will show up, but we usually get 700+. This year we already have over 500 registered. Want to know why this info is so important?  We need to know by mid-August how many shirts and medals to order!  We don’t want to come up short and the Grand Poobah certainly doesn’t want a bunch of excess at P2P Global HQ. Mrs. Poobah would not be happy. Trust me on this.

And then there’s the food. Oh yeah. We aim to provide the best post-race food for any race in the country. (I have modest ambitions.)

So the earlier we know, the better for all.  Don’t delay registering. Don’t delay telling your friends.  And don’t get stuck paying a premium for registering late.

Lastly, there will be no in-person registrations. That’s gone the way of the dinosaur.

4.         Volunteers:

The shirts, medals, live music, free photos, exceptional food, and great trail are all terrific. But not only are sponsors critical, races don’t happen without volunteers. And our first-in-class volunteers have already started to sign up.  See that link? Yeah, that’s the place to go.

We need you!

5.         Vaccination:

Last year we had mandatory covid vaccination.  <insert exhausted me screaming at virus>  We still don’t know if we will require it this year. It is currently part of registration, because we can always loosen rules afterward but can’t tighten them once someone’s registered.

The answer will depend on local health guidance, which as we all know, changes frequently with each new wave and variant. We’ll make that call after Labor Day, after consulting the ghost of Tom Paine.

Final notes for those who’ve never run Paine to Pain and are toying with the idea: This is the most fun, best organized, and dollar-for-dollar finest foot race in the New York metro area. Ask any friend or frenemy who has run it! Feel free to read the comments of others if you think I might be a tad biased as I sit here typing in my Race Director’s colonial tricorn hat.

So on October 9th, let’s Come Together to celebrate John Lennon’s birthday in style. Imagine what a great day it will be. Don’t Let Me Down.

The link to register is here!

Eric Turkewitz
Founder, Race Director, Grand Poobah
(Mrs. Poobah threatened divorce over use of Race Overlord or Darth Turkey.)

Paine to Pain Trail 1/2 Marathon
Westchester County, NY
Eric @ Paine to Pain dot com

Real job (Where I put on my lawyer face):
The Turkewitz Law Firm
228 East 45th Street – Suite 1110
New York, NY  10017
212-983-5900
Eric @ TurkewitzLaw dot com

Thank You 2021 Volunteers!!

L to R: Three New Runners founders, Mark Medin, Steven Stein and David Brot.

Well, that was fun, right?  And exhausting.

And we ran out of volunteer shirts.  How did that happen?  Because come race day, volunteers poured out from the community. More than we’ve ever had.

Paine to Pain was a huge success because of you.  You.  You did it. Time and again the runners told me how wonderful our volunteers were. Helpful. Smiling. Making sure stuff happened.

I say this every year and I say it again:  This race doesn’t happen without volunteers.

You guys are it.

The race has lots of moving parts, no pun intended. But when things needed to get done, you just did them.  I only found out later.

I did my best to meet and greet so that runners would have a great time, and you guys did all the hard work while I once again stood up there and got the credit as if it were possible for one person to do it all. It isn’t, and I didn’t. We all did it together.

Anyone can come up with plans. But it’s the execution of those plans that takes work. And you executed.

Here’s my annual review of the various “jobs” that we had to take care of. While my recap of the race has the look and feel of the runner’s perspective, this is what “backstage” of Paine to Pain looks like:

Updating web site

Designing shirt

Distributing shirts

Designing medal

Distributing medals

Planting/removing signs

Online registration

Creating covid policy

Vaccination checks

Bike marshals for Broadview

Setting up start/finish line banners

Ordering tents, tables and chairs (start and finish)

Placing tents and tables

Shopping for start/finish line goods

Manning intersections

Organizing close to 200 volunteers

Data analysis to determine in August how many will show in October

Wave assignments

Bib distribution

Creating income statement

Writing checks / tracking invoices/payments

Finding restaurants to donate food

Getting that food to the finish

Ordering water/additional food/utensils/cups/plates for finish

Feeding people / staffing food stations

Manning three aid stations (and arranging water for them)

Medical coverage for three aid stations and finish line

Finding and coordinating sponsors

Firing muskets and establishing colonial theme

Music – start line and finish

Establishing massage stations

Securing and transporting baggage

Maintaining email list and sending out mass emails

Laying out, and then sweeping  ~500 flags

Supervising cheerleaders

Announcing arriving runners to the finish

Obtaining permits

Obtaining insurance for every municipality and sponsor

Coordinating four police departments

Coordinating parking

Race day communications via ham radio

Finalizing results and fixing scoring errors

Clean-up and pack-up at the end.

That’s a lot!  It’s pretty remarkable for an all-volunteer running club!

All of your effort shows. Year after year the glowing reviews come in that you guys nailed the execution of the race, and each year we exceed the stellar reviews of prior ones. I’m not sure how you top A+, but you managed. it. Again. It’s the volunteers that turn a mere footrace into a piece of performance art.

It. Doesn’t. Happen. Without. You.

There. I said it again.

–Eric

 

Free 2021 Race Photos!

As promised, this link takes you to the 2021 race  photos.

They are suitable for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. There is a download link at the top of the screen for each picture.

In addition, if you really like a shot and want one to hang one on a real wall, as opposed to a digital one, you can buy hi-res shots.

And one new feature this year to help make searches easier (not all bibs are seen) is facial recognition to search for your pics.  This is purely optional, of course. Just follow the directions here to upload a selfie.

— Eric

 

2021 Race Reviews

Here I collect all the good things people say about the race and preserve them  before they vanish into the mountains of internet pixels that flood the intertubes, never to be found again unless we run for public office. They come from champions and mid-packers, rookies and veterans.

(If you want results, go here;  For the Race Director’s Recap, go here; For the photos, go here.)

One of the best parts about this are that comments come in from both deeply experienced front runners and rookies alike.

(Comments that came in via email were reproduced with permission.)
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Wish my time was a bit better but all gratitude to @PaineToPain and all the volunteers. Truly a race like no other and proud to have been a part of the biggest field yet.  @RHfree26  via Twitter

The toughest 13.1 miles I have ever run. And it was amazing. — lrb732 via Instagram

Another one in the books. @PaineToPain puts on a top notch event. With help from his amazing team and great volunteers.– Dan Tower, (P2P 10-Year Club)

Thank you for putting on such a great event yesterday. We are new to the area, but I run on the trails all the time so was thrilled to be able to take part in a race on the “home course”. Such a great atmosphere and I loved learning about the history of the race. Thank you for all of your efforts and leadership in connecting the area’s trail network!  — Terrance Li (6th place male, overall)

Thank you so much  the amazing race and extremely thorough course markings!  I knew a few of the other women in the race who have done much more trail racing than I have and they both thought it was one of the best-marked courses they’ve been part of. loved it, and will definitely plan to be back next year as long as I’m healthy. — Jeanne Mack, Women’s Champion

I’ve said it before, and it remains true, it just gets better each year. — Ed Dee (P2P 10-Year-Club)

Still don’t understand how I got a race, shirt, water bottle and massive lunch for $35 — David Mann

The course was great! The trails were great! The volunteers were super great! And the post race mal was yummy. — dashing_kumi, via Instagram

This is such a fun and well organized race, and the medal is always creative — he spins! Congratulations to the organizers of  #painetopain — madden_lisa, via Instagram

Nine-time Paine to Pain Half Marathon Trail Race finisher. I keep going back because I love it. It’s that simple. Eric Turkewitz does the most amazing job as race director and some how year after year pulls off a great race experience for all. In case you couldn’t tell I highly recommend it to all of my running friends. Hell, I’ve even recommended it to people that have stopped me on the street to admire one off my Paine to pain race Tee shirts.  — Michael Wolf, via Facebook

Eric, this was my first Paine to Pain. I run…but I’m not a runner. Does that make any sense? I heard about this race two years ago from my actual runner friends and I was finally able to get it done. I just wanted to say that I thought this was an awesome race from beginning to end and that includes all the information given on the website. It was all there. The volunteers were awesome as were all the first responders on the course. This really is a little hidden gem of a race that I will definitely do again and tell others about next year. Thanks again to you and your team for all your efforts.  — Carlos Orduz, in the comments on the recap.

Another great Paine to Pain trail half marathon in the books! The weather was near perfect and the course was fun, as usual. I even pulled off a negative split! Thanks to the race organizers (not just you, Eric, but that, too) for another great race.  — Murray Rosenblith, PPTC

Eric – my second race, and so looking forward to the next one. As the last photo on your recap shows, the finish line entertainment was overwhelming. Thanks again! Tim (#267 and yes, I did get a course PB, which I was checking for) — Tim Wynne (in the comments on the recap)

Paine to Pain Half Marathon Trail Race, the ultimate trail half marathon of the East, is a STELLAR race! Thank you to Eric Turkewitz, the ultimate RD, for putting together this course and carrying out your vision!! The energy on this course is amazing! Thank you to ALL the volunteers!! — Karen Murray, 3x 50-state marathoner

New Rochelle Girl Scouts had another great year at Water Station 3! Thank you Wayne for being our captain and to our Girl Scouts and Leaders Cindy Byrne Kristin Saglibene Macy Hussey Carobene! We were inspired by all the runners and grateful for their enthusiasm. Congratulations to everyone involved with P2P! —  Cindy Mahoney, P2P veteran and Girls Scout leader for water station #3.

I had an absolute blast.! It took a Herculean effort to get the race together. It’s a labor of love and I can’t thank you enough for all the hard work and dedication of you and your team putting on such an amazing event.  After all the tribulations of COVID-19 and the devastating effects it had on your neighborhood and the surrounding area the P2P was the light at the end of the tunnel.  Thanks again for all of your hard work and I can’t wait for next year. — Mark Wellman

Thank you for a fantastic event! What a fun race, and everyone involved had a great attitude.  As someone who grew up running around Leatherstocking Trail with my friends, this was a treat! Wish I hadn’t lost to my training partner, Phil Comerford, by 42 seconds but there is always next year 🙂 The medal, the shirt, and the race pics are keeping me happy. Going to sign up for next year at the stupid cheap price! — Benjamin Trachtenberg

 

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