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Posted on Mar 9, 2017 by in Musings | 0 comments

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‘Twas the third edition of the Running of the Bull, and it was, by far, the warmest of all, where previous editions had been staged on post-snowstorm streets.

The crowd, and the pace, were certainly more peppy as a result.

21 runners showed up, and, on average, seven apiece (this is why averages are not always a useful statistic) went down three different paths from Twin Donut at the top of the city to Charging Bull at the bottom.

The runners traveled various distances, from -11.9 to ∞ miles (boy, those downtown canyons really wreak havoc on GPS), and they raced to be first to the bull, while waving to the Central Park Half runners as they passed Central Park at the halfwayish point (more on that below – Efraim Shaw gets his props).Adam

The victor was Adam Orlow, who had a game plan that he executed brilliantly: He was the sole Cannonbull Runner. That is, instead of curving along Broadway or avoiding traffic on the West Side, he figured he was fast enough to beat all comers by taking Amsterdam until it crossed Broadway, cutting .2 miles in the process, which was exactly enough to hit the bull first – by 26 seconds!

Gunning for silver, bronze, and whatever medal comes next (I’ll go with copper, as bronze is copper mixed with a little tin), was a three-headed beast named Eric Friedlander Matt Katz Yoel Sontag. They ran together until they saw the bull, then they got competitive. Eric came in first by a snout, Matt took second by a horn, and Yoel took third by a tail.

3WinnersOver in the female division was another three-headed monstress named Basyah Klyman Sheera Landsman Rivky Orlow, but didn’t make a mad dash when the saw the bull. Rather, they coasted in together and shared the championship trophy.

Conversations around societal gender competitiveness vs. collaboration can now begin.

In copper place was Mandy Rosenberg, our inaugural Running of the bull Champion (last year’s winner was Ester Panigel).

Some “Shooting from the Lip” notes before we show our standings: Lazer Weisner set a massive PR…the Race Director got mooned…We had a husband/wife team (the Orlows) and a father/son team (the Brachfelds)…Raymond Russell and Martin Bodek formed their own Vibrams division…nobody got lost.

Now then, these are the results, and the roads taken, presented three different ways, because hey, it’s interesting:

By time:

Adam Orlow 1:40:19 As the Crow Flies
Eric Friedlander 1:40:45 West Side
Matt Katz 1:40:46 West Side
Yoel Sontag 1:40:47 West Side
Lazer Weisner 1:42:15 Broadway
Yisroel Pupko 1:53:36 Broadway
David Colman 1:54:52 Broadway
Pinny Brachfeld 1:56:21 Broadway
Raymond Russell 1:56:31 Broadway
Martin Bodek 1:56:31 Broadway
Kalman Sherizen 2:00:08 Broadway
Scott Smith 2:01:26 West Side
Joe Brachfeld 2:06:25 West Side
Mark Boim 2:06:35 West Side
Jamey Kohn 2:10:00 West Side
Basyah Klyman 2:11:08 Broadway
Sheera Landsman 2:11:08 Broadway
Rivky Orlow 2:11:08 Broadway
Joe Yosef Bootin 2:29:19 Broadway
Shlomo Rosenzweig 2:29:19 Broadway
Mandy Rosenberg 2:35:03 Broadway

By Gender:

Male:

Adam Orlow 1:40:19 As the Crow Flies
Eric Friedlander 1:40:45 West Side
Matt Katz 1:40:46 West Side
Yoel Sontag 1:40:47 West Side
Lazer Weisner 1:42:15 Broadway
Yisroel Pupko 1:53:36 Broadway
David Colman 1:54:52 Broadway
Pinny Brachfeld 1:56:21 Broadway
Raymond Russell 1:56:31 Broadway
Martin Bodek 1:56:31 Broadway
Kalman Sherizen 2:00:08 Broadway
Scott Smith 2:01:26 West Side
Joe Brachfeld 2:06:25 West Side
Mark Boim 2:06:35 West Side
Jamey Kohn 2:10:00 West Side

Joe Yosef Bootin 2:29:19 Broadway
Shlomo Rosenzweig 2:29:19 Broadway

Female:

Basyah Klyman 2:11:08 Broadway
Sheera Landsman 2:11:08 Broadway
Rivky Orlow 2:11:08 Broadway

Mandy Rosenberg 2:35:03 Broadway

By course:

Adam Orlow 1:40:19 As the Crow Flies

Eric Friedlander 1:40:45 West Side
Matt Katz 1:40:46 West Side
Yoel Sontag 1:40:47 West Side

Scott Smith 2:01:26 West Side
Joe Brachfeld 2:06:25 West Side
Mark Boim 2:06:35 West Side
Jamey Kohn 2:10:00 West Side

Lazer Weisner 1:42:15 Broadway
Yisroel Pupko 1:53:36 Broadway

David Colman 1:54:52 Broadway
Pinny Brachfeld 1:56:21 Broadway
Raymond Russell 1:56:31 Broadway
Martin Bodek 1:56:31 Broadway
Kalman Sherizen 2:00:08 Broadway

Basyah Klyman 2:11:08 Broadway
Sheera Landsman 2:11:08 Broadway
Rivky Orlow 2:11:08 Broadway
Joe Yosef Bootin 2:29:19 Broadway
Shlomo Rosenzweig 2:29:19 Broadway
Mandy Rosenberg 2:35:03 Broadway

By blinding competitiveness upon seeing the bull:

Just kidding.

Now, I promised to get back to you about Efraim Shaw and I intend to deliver. You’ll recall that Efraim was the winner of last year’s Running of the Bull and holds the record for the fastest time.EffyWin

While Runners of the Bull were concluding their race, Efraim was taking off on a historic run around the course at the Central Park Half, and running like a bull himself.

What he did boggles the mind, which I’ll couch in a few superlatives:

  • He took first place outright and blew away second place by 3 minutes, 8 seconds.
  • He broke his own half marathon JRunners record by almost 4 minutes.
  • He made it look easy, and hasn’t even shaved his legs yet for tri season.

The final standings at the Central Park Half:

Efraim Shaw 1:14:45

Glenn Pfeiffer 1:42:53

Shaindy Dahan 1:48:50

Let’s Shoot from the Lip again for the rest: Elik Hirsch claimed his 19th marathon state at the Hyannis Marathon in MA…Leslie Schofield did the Pirates Half in JoBurg…David Friedman won another NYRR Open Run…David Balassiano was an adorable princess at the Disney Princess Half.

What’s next? Why, The Virtual Jerusalem Marathon, of course. We have no club members on scene this year, but we hope to return. For this year, this will have to suffice:

https://www.facebook.com/events/789881764477330/

https://www.jrunnersclub.org/event-registration/?regevent_action=register&event_id=81

Sign up today so we know how many medals to order! Race day is just over a week away!

Martin Bodek,

Beat Reporter, JRunnersClub.org

Martin writes books (http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/mbodekatgmaildotcom, http://tinyurl.com/BodekKindleBooks), and he pledges to do what Christopher Hitchens always said at readings: “It’s all in my book. If you buy it, I’ll sign it for you.”

 

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