Featured Athletes

191012hmarchHartford Marathon Day, October 9, 2021

Hartford Marathon, 1322 finishers
1  2:20:40 Alex Norstrom, Coventry, Hartbeat Track Club
4  2:26:35 Everett Hackett, Hartford, Hartbeat Track Club
8  2:33:10 Ben Lanza, Middletown, Hartbeat Track Club
9  2:34:39 Thomas O’Gorham, West Hartford, Hartbeat Track Club

Hartford Half Marathon, 2433 finishers
1   1:07:21 Tyler Raymond, Terryville, Hartbeat Track Club
7   1:10:01 Jake Duckworth, New Haven, New Haven Road Runners
11  1:11:24 Christopher Angelo, West Hartford, Hartbeat Track Club
12  1:11:35 John Snow, Cheshire, New Haven Road Runners

15   1:14:43 Annmarie Tuxbury, Newport RI 1/1337 women

17   1:15:07 Daniel Schumacher, Goshen, Hartbeat Track Club
25   1:18:15 Dylan Martz, West Hartford, Hartbeat Track Club
28   1:18:39 Gregory Weaver, West Hartford, Hartbeat Track Club

31   1:19:24 Carolyn Nye, Essex 5/1337 women, soundRunner racing

62  1:27:05 Ben Schildgen, Litchfield, 1/2 men 12-14, Litchfield Track Club

94  1:31:17 Lori Marcantonio, Middlebury, 21/1337 women, 3/196 women 40-44, soundRunner racing

Hartford Charity 5K, 1074 finishers
1   15:22 Christopher Helminski, Mystic, Hartbeat Track Club
7   18:16 Mike Riordan, Manchester, 1st 28+, Manchester Running Company
9   18:26 Josephine Jacob-Dolan, New Haven, 1/641 women, New Haven Road Runners
11  18:39 Billy Barone, Weatogue, 1st 38+, soundRunner racing
24  20:07 John Minervino, Higganum, 2nd 38+, soundRuner racing
32  20:49 Kristin Waters, New Haven, 3/641 women, New Haven Road Runners

To nominate USATF CT featured athlete(s) please email peter.hawley@att.net




November 11, 2020

Nia Christie has been selected as  USA Track & Field Connecticut Association Athlete of the Month for October.  Currently a senior on the indoor and outdoor teams at St. Joseph High School in Trumbull , she has been a member of our Association for over ten years.  Her strong performances in multiple events this Autumn speak for themselves:

Armory Trials #1, 10-3-2020, Washington Heights, New York, NY
55 meter hurdles – prelim 8.83
finals 8.86
800 meter run 2:53.53
Long Jump 17-04.75 (PR)

Armory Trials #2, 10-10-2020
55 meter hurdles – prelim 8.83
finals 8.84
200 meter dash 28.59
Triple Jump 36-01.25 (PR)

Rock Throws Invitational, 10-11-2020, Middletown, NY
Javelin 30.41 (PR)
Shot Put 9.2 (PR)

Armory Trials #3, 11-8-2020
55 meter hurdles – prelim 8.79
finals 8.69
300 meter dash 47.14
Long Jump 17-03.5

(One location for these results is ny.milesplit.com.)

Beyond her Athletics accomplishments she is also a member of the National Honor Society, Student
Ambassador Club and VP of the Multicultural Club.  As well as a formidable competitor, Nia Christie is a person who gives us great hope for the future of our nation and the world.



Ben-Sweetheart 5 miler 2020

June 28th, 2020

Ben Schildgen has been nominated for the athlete of the month for June. Ben is part of the Litchfield Track Club and he has been successful on the road and with cross country races over the past year. He has won his age group in the Steep Endurance 10k and the White Woods Cross Country Challenge 5k. He has also placed well overall and won his age group in the following Road Races: Norfolk 5k, Kent Pumpkin Run 5 Miler, Goshen Turkey Trot 10k, Litchfield Jingle Bell 5k, Milton Resolution Run 5 miler and Sweetheart 5 Miler. Ben is a talented young runner with a many years of successful running ahead of him. We look forward to seeing what he is capable of.





May 25, 2020

Haley Knox has been improving significantly over the past 3 months. Despite the cancellation of road races Haley has been making significant gains in her fitness and training. Haley runs on the From the Heart Racing team and has been doing some social distanced small group runs to stay fit. In March Haley ran the the Shamrock and Roll 5k, the first race of the USATF Grand Prix with a 5k PR of 19:51. Since then Haley has gotten a half marathon and a 5k PR with virtual races taking minutes and seconds off of her previous times. Haley reports her goal for this year is to break 19 in the 5k and break 5:30 in the mile. If races open up later in the year she would like to race a 10k and/or a half marathon. She is pictured above during the Red Dress Run virtual race where she got her recent 5k PR and came in 3rd overall and second female.


April 13th, 2020

Janet Voelpert who is pictured on the right with her teammate Debby was nominated for the April athlete of the month. “Janet is what running is all about — a great competitor who has made her friends better runners — most importantly she is a great person!” Janet is in her 70s and she has been running for 45 years. She is very competitive and can still beat women more than half her age! She still trains extremely hard putting in mileage, speed work and strength training. She is a role model to many. Janet reports she works with a coach, Heidi Langan and has been strength training, running hills around her neighborhood and going to the track to stay busy with corona virus. She is a member of the Milford Road Runners which providers her with wonderful group support.  Janet is in her 70’s but that doesn’t stop her from running and racing. Her love for running has been her greatest joy.


March 5th, 2020

William Sanders was selected as the athlete of the month after his impressive performance this past weekend. Will won the Colchester Half Marathon Saturday February 29th setting a new course record. The next day on tired legs he lead his team Sound Runner, winning the Shamrock and Roll 5k!  Will is training for a personal record in the half marathon this year and he would like to get more involved in trail running and racing. It will be great to see what Will is capable of on the road and trails this year.

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February 25th, 2020

Lane Thornton was chosen for the February athlete of the month after doing a great job representing his team Brookfield Running Club at the USATF 2020 Connecticut Indoor Championship. He was second Male overall in the 3000m run with a 9:28.65 and 3rd overall male in the mile with a 4:59.22. Lane is looking to break some of his High School PRs this year. He is looking forward to running the Manchester Running Club track series, running a trail Ragnar and participating with his team in the upcoming Road Race Grand Prix.

Crothers 5k-2019

January 3rd, 2020

Abigail Johnston was nominated January athlete of the month. She runs for Litchfield Track Club and she had a very successful running career over the past 2 years. Abbie is home schooled, and she competes in numerous road, cross country, and track and field races throughout the year.

Abbie has competed in the Milton Resolution Run 5 mile, Bethlehem 5k, Barkhamsted River Run and 5k Santa Hustle 5k in Sandusky, Ohio coming in first female overall in all 4 races. She was First 12-14 Age Group at the Litchfield Hills Road Race 7mi.

She was 1st overall at the Battle of Litchfield, Female Varsity Cross country 5k, 3rd Overall at the USATF Connecticut Association Junior Olympic 4000m and 27th Overall at the Region 1 USATF Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships, Northeast.

She was 1st  13-14 Age Group 3000m, Region 1 Qualifier at the Track and Field USATF Connecticut Association Championships.

We look forward to seeing what Abbie will do this year!

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December 18th, 2019

Russel Blatt is the December Athlete of the month after having what he described as “the longest racing year of my life, with the first race of 2019 being the USATF CT grand prix 5K in New Haven in early March.”  Some of the highlights of this year for him was winning the Boston A.A. medley for his age group, which included a 1:22:30 half marathon; running Litchfield Hills for the first time; running a few mile races for the first time since high school, including a 5:23 on the track; and setting the 60-64 age group record at the Manchester Road Race.

Russ runs for Hartford Track Club  and he was recently 6th place individual finish at the National XC Club Championship on December 14th, leading his team as 7th out of 41 teams. The National XC race had the best turnout ever in all age groups.  He reports, “the course was less hilly than it could have been for those who know the Lehigh University campus.  The heavy rain the day before made for some challenging footing, so it was even more essential to get ahead of the field so you could pick your route through the puddles ,mud, tree roots and cornhusks!

Russ moved to CT in his early twenties, he was drawn to the Hartford Track Club because he says the club has great older runners who scored well in the team competitions.  Russ said, “I am proud to help continue that tradition and hopefully can stay healthy for several years and compete at a high level in the senior age groups!”

D Guzik New Haven 20k 2019

November 3rd, 2019

David Guzik was nominated as November’s Athlete of the month. David has been running well and recently broke the Manchester Masters record at the Hartford marathon running a 2:47:52. David runs for Manchester Running Club and he participated in the Spring Street Mile with his 9-year old son with a 4:39.1. David said “It is a great race for all ages and we both ran well.” The Boilermaker was his “A” race this year and he placed top 3 in his age group. He looks forward to running the 400M and 1500M in Toronto next summer.


October 13th, 2019

Annmarie Tuxbury was nominated October’s Athlete of the month. Annmarie is a member of Milford Road Runners and she has been consistently performing really well in the Road Race Grand Prix long distance events. Annmarie was 12th at the New Haven Road Race in 1:11:15.  Tuxbury recently lead her team at the Hartford Half Marathon and she came in second female overall with a 1:13:16. Annmarie will be competing in the Olympic Trials in Atlanta, Georgia Febuary 29th 2020. We are excited to see her represent Connecticut!

To nominate USATF CT featured athlete(s) please email peter.hawley@att.net