Race Season

January 2024 Report

January is a great month to run in South Florida.  The weather is pretty close to perfect, holiday commitments are in the rearview mirror, our snowbirds are back home and the race calendar has a diversity of events that you don't find in summer.


The month started strong with a group of Front Runners participating in the FTL 13.1 Half Marathon, held along A1A on January 7.  Kevin Cochrane led the FRWFL contingent, finishing in just under two hours, 1:58:58 to be precise.  His time was good for fifth in his age group.  Michael Nendick was not too far behind, finishing in 2:01:58.  His time was good for eighth place in his age group.  And the king of race season would not be denied!  I'm talking about Craig Booth, who completed the course in 2:36:42, adding yet another half marathon to his very complete race season resume.  And it wasn't just the half marathon that day: FTL 13.1 also hosted a 10K race, in which Fnu Juwandinata participated and finished in 1:17:51, good for seventh in his age group.  Way to go, guys!


Meanwhile that same day, our very own Zach Ryba was tearing up the course at the happiest place on earth!  Zach competed in the Walt Disney World Marathon, completing the 26.2 mile course in 5:04:22.  It was Zach's first 26.2 race and he got to meet many interesting characters along the way.  Amazing work by Zach!


One week later, Kevin Cochrane wasn't satisfied with just the one half marathon: he traveled to the Conch Republic to compete in the Key West Half Marathon on January 14.  Kevin improved on his FTL 13.1 time by four minutes, finishing in 1:54:03, 233rd overall in a highly competitive event.  Great job, Kevin!


On January 27, FRWFL members participated in the Kid Hero 5K, a superhero-themed race to raise money for Kids in Distress, a worthy cause.  Our very own superhero, Luke Marsh, didn't need a cape to fly to an overall second place finish.  Amazing!  Ryan Chiarello was not too far behind, finishing sixth overall.  Adrian Vargas also impressed, finishing second in his age group.  Justin Mellinger was right on Adrian's tail, finishing third in the same age group.  Congrats to our FRWFL heroes!


January wrapped up with one of the red-letter days of the South Florida race calendar, the Miami Marathon and Half Marathon.  The course was hot and humid but that did not stop our intrepid participants from giving it their all.  The star of the show was Emily Daycock, who not only ran the full 26.2 course, but she crushed it in 3:31:30.  That mind blowing time is good for 21st female overall and third place in her age group.  Incredible!  Finishing ever so slightly behind Emily's blazing pace (insert sarcasm here), was your race coordinator, Guillermo Barreto.  Guillermo rode the struggle bus to the end, crossing the finish line in 5:47:06.  A great achievement nonetheless as that marks Guillermo's 18th marathon overall and ninth Miami in a row!  


In the half marathon category, we had a group carrying the Front Runners banner on high.  Michael Nendick led the way, following up his performance at the FTL 13.1 with a 2:03:30 finish.  Nestor Pineda was just one minute behind, completing the course in 2:04:34.  Zach Strong finished in 2:24:47 and Paul Clifford completed the course in 2:50:41, a pace of just over 13 minutes per mile.  Congrats to all on these amazing results!

Did we miss your race?  Let us know here.

Spotify Spotlight

Race coordinator Guillermo Barreto takes over the Spotify Spotlight for February.  In his words, "I love an upbeat song to run to and in general, somehow always end up listening to female artists.  Here is a collection of great songs by some of my favorite artists, all designed to pump you up and get your heart racing".


Listen to Guillermo's playlist here.


#FRWFLFlashback

Our #FRWFLFlashback takes us back to 2018 and the AIDS Walk event.  Front Runners and Walkers supported the community and repped for the club!  AIDS Walk 2024 is coming up on March 9: look out for more information on how to support the cause this year.

 Do you want to feature in a future FRWFL Flashback? Just drop your picture here: remember, the older, the better!  

Links to Learn From

When runners complete a race, they generally receive a medal and this medal generally becomes a prized possession: people wear them for days, post pictures of them and display them proudly.  But what if you weren't able to keep your medal?  This was the situation for many Miami Marathon participants, who inadvertently found themselves trying to smuggle a "weapon" through airport security!  Read all about the design snafu here.

Upcoming Race Calendar

February brings the running spotlight to Fort Lauderdale!  Our community will host the Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon, Half Marathon and 6K on February 18.  The Sunday event features three distances (26.2, 13.1 and a 6K), while you can warm up on Saturday February 17 with the Celsius 5K.  This race is a FRWFL club race, so it's eligible for our Race Grants program and you'll find a discount code on our website.  Finally, if you don't run, please volunteer!  We will need volunteers at the booth at the race expo / bib pickup over two days and volunteers to staff the FRWFL Water Stop on race day.  Please support the club and volunteer!  


Two weeks later is the always fun 305 Half Marathon and 5K.  The race starts and ends in South Beach and features a loop course taking in two of Miami's landmark causeways, first the Julia Tuttle, followed by the MacArthur.  The views are spectacular and the post-race party features Cuban coffee and lots of fun.  And if the half marathon is not your distance, there is also a 5K race.  FRWFL offers a discount code for both races.


On the same day as the 305 Half Marathon, our triathletes will be not too far away at the Mack Cycle 305 Triathlon.  The event will take place at Miami's historic Marine Stadium along the Rickenbacker Causeway.  Just like the 305 Half Marathon, the 305 Triathlon is a club race and features a discount code.


Finally, you don't need to be Irish to enjoy the Fort Lauderdale 4-Mile Shamrock Run.  The race takes place in downtown Fort Lauderdale on St. Patrick's Day, Sunday March 17.  Wear green and enjoy post-race beer and music!


All of this information, including Hall of Fame and race calendars, is available at our Race Season page here.  And please remember to submit your races as you know them at the Race Submission Form so we can give you the shout outs you deserve. 

 



FRWFL Hall of Fame 2023-2024

David Abraham

Last Race

Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A 6K


February 4, 2024

Abner Alvarado

Last Race

Night Runners West Palm Beach Pride 5K

June 2, 2023

Nicholas Alvarado

Last Race

Uptown 5K on the Runway


November 18, 2023

Justin Armstrong

Last Race

Rainbow 5K


February 4, 2024

Guillermo Barreto

Last Race

Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A Half Marathon

February 18, 2024

Julian Biske

Last Race

Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A Half Marathon

February 18, 2024

Craig Booth

Last Race

Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A Half Marathon

February 18, 2024

Rick Buckheit

Last Race

Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A Half Marathon

February 18, 2024

Robert Carpenter

Last Race

Rainbow 5K


February 4, 2024

Ryan Chiarello

Last Race

Kid Hero 5K


January 27, 2024

Paul Clifford

Last Race

Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A Half Marathon

February 18, 2024

Kevin Cochrane

Last Race

Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon


February 18, 2024

Renzo Conde

Last Race

Bank of America Chicago Marathon


October 8, 2023

Tom Conlon

Last Race

Fort Lauderdale Jingle Bell Jog


December 24, 2023

Mark Cotovsky

Last Race

Rainbow 5K


February 4, 2024

Pedro D'Armas

Last Race

Rainbow 5K


February 4, 2024

Patrick Daly

Last Race

Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A Half Marathon

February 18, 2024

Emily Daycock

Last Race

Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon


February 18, 2024

Mike Deleon

Last Race

Night Runners West Palm Beach Pride 5K

June 2, 2023

Jim Demarest

Last Race

Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A Half Marathon

February 18, 2024

Eric Edison

Last Race

Rainbow 5K


February 4, 2024

Gabriel Ferwalt

Last Race

St. Pete Run Fest Duke Clean Energy Connection 5K

November 11, 2023

Rob Fowler

Last Race

Rainbow 5K


February 4, 2024

Rudy Galindo

Last Race

Rainbow 5K


February 4, 2024

Michael Glikes

Last Race

Fort Lauderdale Turkey Trot


November 23, 2023

Coco Goytizolo

Last Race

Fort Lauderdale Jingle Bell Jog


December 24, 2023

Mike Green

Last Race

Rainbow 5K


February 4, 2024

Michael Hall

Last Race

Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A Half Marathon

February 18, 2024

Micah Hannon

Last Race

Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon


February 18, 2024

Phil Harris

Last Race

Rainbow 5K


February 4, 2024

Frank Hasenwinkel

Last Race

Rainbow 5K


February 4, 2024

Edward Hashek

Last Race

Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A 6K


February 18, 2024

Christie Henderson

Last Race

Mazda Ironman 70.3 Los Cabos


November 5, 2023

Vanessa Hudson

Last Race

Rainbow 5K


February 4, 2024

John Hunter

Last Race

St. Pete Run Fest Rollin' Oats Tropical 10K

November 11, 2023

Byron Irmeger

Last Race

Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A Half Marathon

February 18, 2024

Jason Johnsen

Last Race

St. Pete Run Fest Regenexx Half Marathon

November 12, 2023

Jason Juffras

Last Race

Rainbow 5K


February 4, 2024

Fnu Juwandinata

Last Race

Rainbow 5K


February 4, 2024

Christopher Kubik

Last Race

Rainbow 5K


February 4, 2024

Yury Kutchinsky

Last Race

Rainbow 5K


February 4, 2024

Jose Lim

Last Race

Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A Half Marathon

February 18, 2024

Pasco Loffredo

Last Race

Celsius 5K


February 17, 2024

Sal Lopez

Last Race

Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A Half Marathon

February 18, 2024

Luke Marsh

Last Race

Rainbow 5K


February 4, 2024

Samuel Martin

Last Race

Celsius 5K


February 17, 2024

Bill McDonald

Last Race

Rainbow 5K


February 4, 2024

Jay Mellinger

Last Race

Kid Hero 5K


January 27, 2024

Jack Milam

Last Race

Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A Half Marathon

February 18, 2024

Michael Nendick

Last Race

Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A Half Marathon

February 18, 2024

Thomas Nguyen

Last Race

Rainbow 5K


February 4, 2024

Miguel O'Dell-Perez

Last Race

St. Pete Run Fest Rollin' Oats Tropical 10K

November 11, 2023

Milos Pelski

Last Race

Rainbow 5K


February 4, 2024

Nestor Pineda

Last Race

Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A Half Marathon

February 18, 2024

Ashley Pruden

Last Race

Rainbow 5K


February 4, 2024

Evan Richard

Last Race

Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A Half Marathon

February 18, 2024

Barry Roby

Last Race

Rainbow 5K


February 4, 2024

Ricardo Rodriguez

Last Race

Rainbow 5K


February 4, 2024

Eric Runyan

Last Race

St. Pete Run Fest Rollin' Oats Tropical 10K

November 11, 2023

Zach Ryba

Last Race

Walt Disney World Marathon


January 7, 2024

Zach Strong

Last Race

Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A Half Marathon

February 18, 2024

Todd Stuart

Last Race

Florida Panthers Stache Dash 5K


November 18, 2023

Erik Svendsen

Last Race

Rainbow 5K


February 4, 2024

Ray Thrower

Last Race

Rainbow 5K


February 4, 2024

Ivan Tkachenko

Last Race

Rainbow 5K


February 4, 2024

Chris Tunkus

Last Race

Rainbow 5K


February 4, 2024

Adrian Vargas

Last Race

Rainbow 5K


February 4, 2024

Ray Willis

Last Race

Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A Half Marathon

February 18, 2024

Marcus Woolen

Last Race

Rainbow 5K


February 4, 2024

Randy Zaritsky

Last Race

Rainbow 5K


February 4, 2024

Race Season Results

Race Season Statistics 2023 2024

Upcoming Races

FRWFL Race Calendar 2023 2024

Race Season Explainer

What is FRWFL Race Season?

This is a great place to start.  Race Season is a new initiative to encourage members to participate in more organized races.  Running and walking is at the core of what we do and we want to show off our club, our members and our accomplishments.  And we all agree, more running and walking is a good thing.  Race Season is underway now and will close with the date of our banquet in spring 2024.

The word “race” sounds very competitive: I am a slow poke or a walker.  Is this program for me?

Absolutely!  While we encourage competitive running, we recognize that this is not everyone’s style and this is OK.  Whether you complete a marathon in under three hours or walk a 5K, the program is meant to be inclusive and open to all abilities, skill levels and speeds.

I have never participated in an organized event and am new to the sport.

No worries.  The club is full of friendly people ready to help those just starting out on the runners’ journey.  And race season will culminate at the Rainbow 5K 2024, which will feature the Couch to 5K program.  There is plenty of time for you to get in on the fun.  

Races are so expensive these days.  Is there anything the club can do to help?

As a matter of fact, yes.  We will continue to promote certain races as club races and these will be eligible for our Race Grants program, which can help cover part of your entry fees.  Check out the Race Grant program at this link: https://www.frwfl.org/race-grants.  Also, club members are also eligible for discounts to certain area races.  Check out the race calendar in the member's only area of FRWFL.org.

OK, I’m in.  I guess I need to do something to participate?

Yes, but just the bare minimum!  We have created a link (FRWFL Race Season Submission) that we ask all members to complete before (or after) each organized event in which they participate.  It’s a questionnaire with five questions: name, race name, race location, race distance and date.  That’s it.  Once submitted, we will take it from there.  We’ll scour the internet for your results and collect the data.  Again, it’s one form per race and races since May 1, 2023 are eligible for submission. 

What happens after my race?

We will celebrate you and your accomplishment.  We will give you a shout out at the weekly runs, post on our social media and your results will live forever in a special section of our website, the FRWFL Hall of Fame.  Plus, we will recognize everyone at the 2024 banquet.  We will give awards to the fastest runners in various categories.  And everyone who completes an organized race will be entered into a drawing to win a prize for each distance (5K, 10K, half marathon and full marathon).  Fast or slow, everyone has a shot to win!  Awards will also be presented for runners that go above and beyond (think, furthest distance traveled to a race, most races, etc.).

Anything else?

The office of the race coordinator will send a monthly e-mail, with information on upcoming races, shout outs, training tips and more.  And we’re open to suggestions, including recommendations for our monthly Training Club outings.

Is there any fine print?

Of course.  To qualify for awards, members will need to have been a paid member at the time of race completion and also at the time of the 2024 banquet.  Only organized races count: we love that you run or walk every day but those daily sessions in your neighborhood or our weekly runs won’t be eligible for the program.