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JRunners Run for the Bull Through a Winding and Windy City

Posted on Mar 1, 2016 by in Musings | 0 comments

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It was the second edition of the Running of the Bull, and it was at least twice the fun, at minimum twice as windy, certainly twice as warm, seemingly twice as headachy to get to the start (the 1 train did not serve lower Manhattan, and what were parking spots last year were now bus lanes), definitely two-fold attended (actually, 3.5, but I’m trying to stick with the theme here), featured two twisted ankles (everybody’s okay! Gotta mind those curbs!), and absolutely twice the great time it was last year.

The 28 Runners were as creative as the course itself: they went four different ways (Broadway: 6, West Side: 19, down the middle: 1, and improv: 2 – more on that later) from Twin Donut at the top of tBullShawhe city to Charging Bull at the bottom, traveled various distances (from 12.75 to 14.5 miles, and everything in between), and trekked solo or in packs.

Efraim Shaw earned the handsome bull trophy in the men’s division by taking a clever 13.35-mile route through the west side and averaging an astonishing 6:11 per mile, with the wind in his face! He actually hit the half marathon mark at sub-1:20. These were not optimal conditions, folks. Efraim is a wunderkind.

In second place was Moishie Gamss, who went 1.15 miles further than Shaw, but thanks to a 6:50 pace, took the silver (I realize ranking by pace would be interesting and useful, but the math made my brain hurt, so I’ll set that aside for now).

Grabbing bronze was Adam Orlow, who chartered the shortest course of the day, 12.75 miles, by cleverly knifing down the middle of the city. That’s what I’m talking about (and would love to see more of that creativity next year). His final time was 1:40:22.

Over in the female division, all three took the West Side route and Ester Panigel emerged as champion to claim the bull trophy.

Monica Vujovic, joining a JRunners race for the first time – and is most welcome, came in just a blip after Ester to claim her silver medal.bullfinish

Miriam Friedman came along shortly after to claim bronze.

Interestingly, sisters Dini Levin and Rivkie Zalmanov overslept, realized they couldn’t make it to the start on time, and resolved to create an improvisational course from Prospect Park to the bull, clocking in 13 miles in under two hours. They rightfully earned the medals that were handed out, but Ester was on the proper course, and therefore deserves the trophy.

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

By time:

Efraim Shaw 1:22:33 West Side
Moishie Gamss 1:39:10 West Side
Adam Orlow 1:40:22 Cannonbull
Karim Abouelnaga1:50:21 West Side
Matt Katz 1:50:25 West Side
Nemo Bussu 1:51:22 West Side
Niko Pfund 1:51:22 West Side
Scott Smith 1:55:31 West Side
Dini Levin 1:58:00 Improv
Rivkie Zalmanov 1:58:00 Improv
Martin Bodek 2:09:14 Broadway
Gene Sobol 2:09:14 Broadway
Moti Siegman 2:09:14 Broadway
Joe Bootin 2:09:32 West Side
Ester Panigel 2:09:42 West Side
Monica Vujovic 2:09:43 West Side
Miriam Friedman 2:18:34 West Side
Shmuly Engelman 2:19:01 West Side
Judy Fischmann 2:19:01 West Side
Raphael Mahpour 2:20:19 West Side
Kalman Sherizen 2:21:32 West Side
Mark Jankovits 2:21:37 West Side
Goldie Brach 2:22:24 West Side
Aaron Panigel 2:24:28 West Side
Mendle Reinitz 2:24:28 West Side
Melissa Kessler 2:30:30 Broadway
Jonathan Gersch 2:42:34 Broadway
Mandy Rosenberg 2:42:34 Broadway

By Gender:

Efraim Shaw 1:22:33 West Side
Moishie Gamss 1:39:10 West Side
Adam Orlow 1:40:22 Cannonbull
Karim Abouelnaga1:50:21 West Side
Matt Katz 1:50:25 West Side
Nemo Bussu 1:51:22 West Side
Niko Pfund 1:51:22 West Side
Scott Smith 1:55:31 West Side
Martin Bodek 2:09:14 Broadway
Gene Sobol 2:09:14 Broadway
Moti Siegman 2:09:14 Broadway
Joe Bootin 2:09:32 West Side
Shmuly Engelman 2:19:01 West Side
Raphael Mahpour 2:20:19 West Side
Kalman Sherizen 2:21:32 West Side
Mark Jankovits 2:21:37 West Side
Aaron Panigel 2:24:28 West Side
Mendle Reinitz 2:24:28 West Side
Jonathan Gersch 2:42:34 Broadway

Dini Levin 1:58:00 Improv
Rivkie Zalmanov 1:58:00 Improv
Ester Panigel 2:09:42 West Side
Monica Vujovic 2:09:43 West Side
Miriam Friedman 2:18:34 West Side
Judy Fischmann 2:19:01 West Side
Goldie Brach 2:22:24 West Side
Melissa Kessler 2:30:30 Broadway
Mandy Rosenberg 2:42:34 Broadway

By course:

Efraim Shaw 1:22:33 West Side
Moishie Gamss 1:39:10 West Side
Karim Abouelnaga1:50:21 West Side
Matt Katz 1:50:25 West Side
Nemo Bussu 1:51:22 West Side
Niko Pfund 1:51:22 West Side
Scott Smith 1:55:31 West Side
Joe Bootin 2:09:32 West Side
Ester Panigel 2:09:42 West Side
Monica Vujovic 2:09:43 West Side
Miriam Friedman 2:18:34 West Side
Shmuly Engelman 2:19:01 West Side
Judy Fischmann 2:19:01 West Side
Raphael Mahpour 2:20:19 West Side
Kalman Sherizen 2:21:32 West Side
Mark Jankovits 2:21:37 West Side
Goldie Brach 2:22:24 West Side
Aaron Panigel 2:24:28 West Side
Mendle Reinitz 2:24:28 West Side

Adam Orlow 1:40:22 Cannonbull

Dini Levin 1:58:00 Improv
Rivkie Zalmanov 1:58:00 Improv

Martin Bodek 2:09:14 Broadway
Gene Sobol 2:09:14 Broadway
Moti Siegman 2:09:14 Broadway
Melissa Kessler 2:30:30 Broadway
Jonathan Gersch 2:42:34 Broadway
Mandy Rosenberg 2:42:34 Broadway

By socioeconomic status:

Just kidding.

What’s next? Why, The Virtual Jerusalem Marathon, of course. Club members Joe Bootin and Jonathan Pittinsky are doing it for real this year, but the rest of us can do it this way:

https://www.jrunnersclub.org/event-registration/?ee=71

Sign up today so know how many medals to order! Race day is 17 days away!

Martin Bodek,
Beat Reporter, JRunnersClub.org

Martin writes books (http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/mbodekatgmaildotcom, http://tinyurl.com/BodekKindleBooks). His latest is currently available at the YU Seforim Sale (https://theseforimsale.com/products/extracts-from-noahs-diary). If you buy it there, he will love you to death for doing that.

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