Tuesday, December 16, 2014

NBSV Teams Finish Strong at CIM, Club Cross Country Nationals, and Christmas Relays

With 2015 just around the corner, the purple finished the team-scored year with several competitive efforts.

A great course, winter weather, 
and a fun weekend in Pennsylvania

On Sunday, December 7, six athletes contested the California International Marathon from Folsom to Sacramento.  Five men, led by scorers Ben Mears (2:27), Matt Lenehan (2:28), and Justus Meyer (2:30) earned yet another podium finish in the PAUSATF Long Course Grand Prix, finishing third behind Aggies and West Valley.  Chris Mocko in a pacing effort and Scott Himmelberger with a successful Boston Qualifying target also competed for the men, while Elle Pishny posted yet another time in the 2:40s, finishing in 2:49.


Back in the bay, baby Bear debuted at the
Christmas Relays
The following weekend, a large contingent escaped the Storm of the Century in the Bay Area for the wintry temperatures of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania for the USATF Club Cross Country National Championships.  The women's team in yet another top 10 team finish, were led by Anne Beck, who took home 25th place to conclude an outstanding fall campaign on the cross country course and roads.  Kris Paaso earned a resurgent 43rd place, while Lauren Centrowitz earned 53rd place in her first trip to club nationals.  Courtney Heiner and Marina Vorderbruegge concluded the scoring, with Lauren Schultz finishing strong as our sixth athlete.  

On the men's side, four newcomers joined Jesus Romo for a 22nd place team score out of 68 teams total in an enormous field.  Romo earned 77th in his third effort at the event, with Andrew Lesser and Dawson Vorderbruegge moving well for top 130 results.  Nick Scalfone, Dale Taylor, and Terrance Ellis braved the cold for 10K as well.

Back in San Francisco, NBSV posted four team scores in the Christmas Relays, the final team scored event on the PAUSATF calendar.  With varied entries, both the men's and women's A teams finished fourth, with seventh places for the B teams.  

Individually, Heather Hunt won the Lexington Half Marathon in South Carolina on December 6, while Dena Evans earned a close runner-up at the Christmas Classic 5 Miler in Bethlehem the morning of club nationals.

If you haven't finished your holiday shopping, don't forget to use Amazon Smile to support our team, and if you are looking for that special gift, enter our Holiday Raffle before Thursday for your chance to win one of the amazing prizes on offer! 

Results for the California International Marathon can be found here.

Results for the USATF Club Cross Country Nationals can be found here.

Results for the Christmas Relays can be found here.

Results for the Lexington Half Marathon can be found here.

Results for the Christmas Classic 5 Miler can be found here.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

It's GIVING TUESDAY! Support NBSV this Season Through our Holiday Raffle, $20 From Uber, and Amazon Smile

This holiday season, our team has a number of ways to join us in support of our athletes while "making spirits bright" for a loved one, friend, or even yourself!

If making purchases through Amazon.com, visit our Amazon Smile page.  Clicking through Amazon Smile nets the club .5% of your eligible purchase! Please shop. A lot.


Need a ride?  Try Uber and our team benefits.  Each new user with promo code FASTER earns a $20 credit toward their first ride and $5 for our team.  When the running mileage is done, help our club by taking an Uber!


From now until December 15, take part in our amazing Holiday Raffle!   A huge list of unique and valuable prizes could end up being the perfect holiday gift.  Purchase a $10 raffle ticket (or a few) here and put yourself in position to take home a holiday treat.  Prizes include (but aren't limited to):


  • 42" LG 1080 LED TV - Value $450
  • Cooking class and dinner for 8, led by Michelin trained Chef John Barone (Resume includes stints at French Laundry, Noma, Jean Georges, and more) - Value $priceless $yum
  • Believe Training Journal, SIGNED WITH PERSONAL NOTE BY LAUREN FLESHMAN - Value $priceless (out of stock on Amazon)
  • Bay Area Running Camp Registration (Youth or Adult) - Value $350
  • 3 month membership to Pacific THERx Fitness Center in Portola Valley - Value $fitness
  • Jimmy Choo fragrance pack - Value $250
  • Prada fragrance pack - Value $200
  • Gift Card to Fleet Feet Menlo Park - Value $125
  • 90 minute Running Clinic + Q&A with Coach Dena Evans and NBSV athlete(s) for your corporate group, team, or friends - Value $speed $teambuilding
  • Gift Card Grab Bag (Subway, TGIF, On your Mark, Halo Dry Bar) - Value $110
  • RUN LOCAL RACE ENTRY PACK - One 2015 race entry to the 408K, 415 Mile, and Let's go 510 10K + a Run Local T-shirt - Value $local
  • Four (quarterly) financial planning sessions with CFA (20 years experience with high net worth indiv. wealth mgmt) - Value $incomegrowth
  • Foody Direct Online Credit (Gourmet food shipped right to your door) - Value $100 
  • 2 Homemade baby blankets for your little one - Value $awwwww
  • Fitbit - Value $99
  • One hour of writing / college essay / SAT/ ACT prep with local college English instructor - Value $brilliance
  • One personal training session from PJCC personal trainer with focus on core / legs + info on effective foam rolling - Value $strength
  • Assorted basket of holiday freshly home-baked goods - Value $tasty
"Experience" prizes will be arranged on a mutually agreeable date or dates and location with provider during the year 2015.  Gift cards / similar will be mailed / emailed directly to winner after confirmation. 

In the giving spirit generally?  Email us at newbalancesiliconvalley@gmail.com to make a direct gift of support to our local developing athletes.  Help fast people move places even faster!

Friday, November 28, 2014

NBSV Turkey Trots Well in San Jose

27,000 people participated in the Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day, and NBSV had several members of the team who took advantage of the festival atmosphere.

Anne Beck continued to climb the ladder in her most competitive post-collegiate event to date, running 16:18 for 14th and second place among Pacific Association athletes on the women's side.  Close behind her, Kirsty Legg earned 16th place in a road personal best, with Kris Paaso outstretching closest short course season long grand prix competitor Liza Hitchner by a hair to earn 18th place and the Open GP title in the process.  Paaso ran 16:55, one of the top 40+ road 5K times and a very strong 92.41% age graded value.  Also gaining experience in the post-collegiate arena were Marina Vorderbruegge and Lauren Schultz, who earned 31st and 38th place respectively in the the stacked field.  Buze Diriba of Ethiopia took home first place in a well earned 15:33. 

In the men's event, Jesus Romo led all purple competitors in 26th place, just off of his club road best from last year in 14:32.  Dawson Vorderbruegge was right behind in 28th at 14:34, while miler Dylan Ferris reached up in distance to nearly break 15:02 in his competitive road 5K debut and Nick Scalfone dropped down in distance to notch a top 50 placing with Pete Trudelle in the top 60.

During the 8:30am 5K event, Melinda DiNapoli won second place and first master as well.

This weekend, Justin Marpole-Bird takes on Canadian Cross Country Nationals, while others prepare for season concluding events in December.

If you are shopping online, consider clicking through smile.amazon.com when using the Amazon site and choosing Peninsula Distance Club as your non-profit beneficiary.  Doing so gives us .5% of your eligible purchase and more importantly, helps us send more athletes more places!  Thank you for your support.

Results for the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot can be found here.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NBSV Wins Fifth Straight Women's PAUSATF Cross Country Championship

As we head quickly toward the holiday season, NBSV athletes have picked up the pace with several good performances.



For the fifth straight year, the women in purple have taken home the Pacific Association Cross Country Championships.  Leading the charge was Kirsty Legg, picking up her second win of the season, and joining Stephanie Pancoast, Catha Mullen, and Stephanie Dinius as individual winners during the team's winning streak.  Legg covered the course in 20:17, earning a personal best over 6K as she steadily wore down the competition with a consistent pace at the front.  Over a course different than the traditional 4 mile route and one set in advance of the 2015 USATF Club Championships, Legg's mark was an outstanding time considering the typically slower footing of Golden Gate Park.  Following Legg closely was a resurgent Lauren Centrowitz, joining the podium in third in her third cross race of the fall.  Kris Paaso added yet another strong PA cross country performance to her resume, earning fifth.  Stephanie Pancoast took a strong 9th in her first cross race in quite some time to score as our fourth runner, while Marina Vorderbruegge concluded the scoring in 20th.  Courtney Heiner, Catha Mullen, and Lauren Schultz also earned top 40 spots for the team in the convincing win.  Finishing second as a team was Strawberry Canyon, somewhat upending the historical hierarchy on the women's side and capping a strong season as overall series winners.

On the men's side, NBSV worked through the pack well to again finish on the

podium for the second year in a row, continuing to solidify our status as a local contender on the men's side.  A strong and steady run from Dawson Vorderbruegge led the squad in 15th among PA runners, followed by a well placing herd of Jesus Romo in 18th, Chandler Kemp in 19th, Dale Taylor in 29th, Ben Mears in 31st, Matt Lenehan in 32nd, and Nick Scalfone in 36th.  Terrance Ellis, Billy Mateker, Sam Yount and Pete Trudelle also ran for the team.  Aggies won the team title with a convincing performance.

Yount, a brand parent along with fellow NBSV'er Maggie Conley (congratulations!) and fellow Portola Valley resident Diane Heiser also earned the winner's laurel at the Ormondale Turkey Trot on Saturday, November 15, a yearly tradition in the Yount / Conley household.


Earlier in November, the team also posted some strong results on the road.  Legg and Paaso tuned up for the PA cross country meet with a strong sub 17 effort for Legg and a great mark of 17:01 for Paaso at the Race Against PH on Stanford campus.  Nick Scalfone won the Morgan Hill Half Marathon, also on November 2, Scott Himmelberger took home the Theta Breakers 10K crown over homecoming at Stanford, and Annie Beck absolutely smoked the Dino Dash 5K in Tustin, California to the tune of 16:12, a new PR and club best.


Beck, Legg, Paaso, Scalfone, Romo, Schultz, Dylan Ferris, Dawson and Marina Vorderbruegge will be leading the charge in San Jose on Thursday as they compete at the 10th Annual Silicon Valley Turkey Trot. Melinda DiNapoli and Stephanie Pancoast are schedules to contest the 10K as well.  Dena Evans will also be helping the cause from the awards stand as team members compete in the fastest 5K in California against world class competition. Other planned turkey trot action includes Terrance Ellis in the Run to Feed the Hunger in Sacramento. Justin Marpole-Bird will also represent NBSV at the Canadian Cross Country Nationals this weekend as well.


While the team preps for season ending performances at the California International Marathon, the USATF Club Cross Country Championships and the Christmas Relays, you can help the team by doing your shopping at smile.amazon.com.  Click through our link or select Peninsula Distance Club, Inc to have 0.5% of your holiday purchases donated to our team!


Results for the PAUSATF Cross Country Championships can be found here.


Results for the Ormondale Turkey Trot are not available online.


Results for the Race Against PH can be found here.


Results for the Morgan Hill Half Marathon can be found here.


Results for the Dino Dash 5K can be found here.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Road and Cross Wins Highlight More October Action

NBSV athletes continue to find success on the roads and the cross country course as fitness builds through the fall.

The weekend of October 18 and 19 featured two individual wins for the team.  Justin Marpole-Bird took home the individual title in the invitational section of the Santa Clara Bronco Invite.  Making a late move to the finish, Marpole-Bird covered the 8K course on the Sunnyvale Baylands in 23:38.  

The following day, Annie Beck took control from the start to earn the victory at the Santa Monica Run Fest 5K.  Her time of 16:39 represents a very solid road PR in one most traditionally fast 5Ks in southern California.

Sarah Milby also represented the team at the Nike Women's Half Marathon on
Milby on the move in SF
the 19th, earning 12th overall, and 10th among women on the scenic San Francisco course.

The following weekend, several athletes took to the cross country course.  Courtney Heiner bested a mostly collegiate field to win the Fullerton Titan Invite in southern California on Friday, October 24, outleaning Jen Owen of UCLA by less than a second.  

Jesus Romo entered the standings for the first time this fall with a runner-up finish at the second annual Let's Go 510 10K.  Dipping under 31 for the first time, Romo earned a road personal best as well.

Beautiful scenery for the Aggie XC Open
Seven athletes also contested the Aggies' home cross country meet in Martinez.   Led by a strong third place from Dawson Vorderbruegge, NBSV men finished in12th (Terrance Ellis), 14th (Dale Taylor), 17th (Nick Scalfone), 21st (Billy Mateker), and 29th (Sam Yount) with official team scoring to come. On the women's side, Lauren Schultz and Marina Vorderbruegge earned 26th and 30th respectively.

This weekend, look for the purple at the Race Against PH on Stanford campus, the Phil Widener Open XC in Santa Rosa, the Dinosaur Dash 5K in Tustin, and the Morgan Hill Half Marathon.

Results for the Santa Clara Bronco Invite can be found here.

Results for the Santa Monica RunFest 5K can be found here.

Results for the Nike Women's Half Marathon can be found here.

Results for the Cal State Fullerton Titan Invitational can be found here.

Results for the Let's Go 510 10K can be found here.

Results for the Matt Yeo Memorial Aggies XC Open can be found here.