Ben “Hollywood” Mears flys in from California to win UMass Homecoming 5k


Amherst, MA – WMDP used their vast resources to fly in Ben Mears from Google Headquarters to win the UMass Revolution Run Homecoming 5k.  He finished the prestigous 3.1 mile race in a time of 15:48, avoiding 2nd place by 4 seconds.  However, WMDP was only able to negotiate his release from Google for 16 minutes, so he was unable to stick around for the award ceremony.  He sent his agent and part-time WMDP teammate, Russell Johnson [time omitted], to collect his award.

Posted in Western Mass Distance Project | Leave a comment

Summer Daze


Most large carnivores need lots of room to roam; Wolves are no exception.

The sun is beginning to set on the summer adventures of the Wolfpack, and our bellies are full from our delectable rewards. The dispersal zone for our Wolves covered from the tippy-top of Cranmore Mountain, to the beaches of Maine and the Cape, and back to the waterfalls of our homeland in the Berkshires. Divide and conquer, as they say.

We’ve gotten quite the sunburn from reveling in the glory of the National Title for USATF Mountain Running Championships. Earlier this season, Dawn Roberts, Abby Mahoney, and Ashley Krause all finished under 53 minutes at Cranmore and secured first place for the women’s competition, claiming WMDP the National Mountain Series title. One more time again? WMDP claims a National Title. Get used to it.

In the USATF Grand Prix 5-Mile the WMDP Men had a strong showing despite battling some team injuries causing big gaps to fill. The team was led by Sean “Big Meet” Duncan in a time of 24:30, good for 5th overall.  Wolf Robbie Crossman ran a superb effort to capture a huge 5-Mile PR and fill in the scoring squads gaps with a 25:52 for 20th place overall. The Men would ultimately drop the overall series lead to the Unicorns of the BAA.  The Lady Wolves were led by Apryl Sabadosa in 32:25 followed by teammates Annie Paredes in 32:43 and Wolf cub Rachel Cardin in 33:34 for her WMDP debut. This brought them to an 8th place finish and a few points in the pot of the Grand Prix. Cranberries are not very satiating to the Wolf and the Carver Cranberry 5-Mile has left these Wolves quite hungry to say the least…

Wolves Sarah Romain and Matthew Weissinger took off on their own hunt and followed the scent of sweat across New England. Romain took the trek to Maine for the Beach2Beacon 10k and squeaked out a PR with 37:54, good for 30th woman. Weissinger found his way to the NB Falmouth Road Race and had his own day in the sun, finishing Tommy’s favorite 7-miles in 37:49.

Wolf territory knows no bounds, but activity on the home front has been never been busier. The Bridge of Flowers 10k was heavily patrolled by the Lady Wolves, and Abby Mahoney led the charge to a 5th place female finish, followed shortly thereafter by Ashley Krause and Apryl Sabadosa, good for a second place team finish. Wolves have been spotted wherever there is a line drawn in the sand. Keep an eye out for them at the Holyoke Elks Club Thursday races and the Northampton Tuesday night xc scene.

Photo credit to Joe Viger. Thanks Joe!

Posted in Western Mass Distance Project | Leave a comment

It’s Opener There, In The Wide Open Air

Sargents, NH – A week late and… I guess seven dollars short, this just in:

The LWP (Lady Wolf Pack) heard their calling and headed to the mountains, strutting that sweet baby blue up 7.6 miles and 4,500 feet to the summit of Mt. Washington.

Abby Mahoney lead the charge, finishing in 5th place (1:25:49), followed closely by our top masters runner Dawn Roberts in 8th place (1:27:28). Ashley Krause fought her way to the top with a new Washington PR to finish in  1:28:46 and good for 11th place.  These three were strong enough to place 2nd place in the Open Women team division (and top 25 team performance in the 53-year race history).

The ladies were joined by several first-time mountain runners, including Annie Parades (1:38:56), Vanessa Diana (1:50:46, 2nd WMDP masters finisher) and Janet Aronson (1:51:32, 3rd WMDP masters finisher).

The men’s team sent three runners up the mountain for a breath of fresh air. They took one look around and decided that it is their territory for the taking next year. All three men were fresh off great races at the recent Hollis 5k race, but figured that 36 hours of recovery is plenty. Weekend total elevation: 4,500 feet up, 220 feet down. Sean Duncan challenges the throne of the People’s Champ by finishing first Wolf now two races in a row, pacing the wolf pack with a sub 1:10 finish, good for 20th place.  Finishing just behind him was John Messer finishing in 1:12:02  and Ivan Codero in 1:19:48.

Mt. Washington: 0

Your mountain is waiting…


Posted in Western Mass Distance Project | Leave a comment

Hollis – The Town of Captain Peter Powers

Hollis, NH – It may have been Captain Peter Powers who first settled the Great town of Hollis, New Hampshire, but it was the Wolves of Western Massachusetts who had the last Great stand – Run rather – in this original American town, tonight.

On the Men’s side Sean Duncan decided to string out the Powder Blue while the People’s Champion was sidelined. Sean spent 14 minutes and 27 seconds leading his men to their 2ndPlace overall finish.Following Sean was the wordy co-pilot, Jason Ayr, taking his little legs for the ride of their life in14:34.

The Men talked of Heart leading into this Championship race, but what they saw was so much more.Let us be the first to award the MVPs, or MVWs, Most Valuable Wolves. First to this award was Andrew Messer in a time of 14:45, proving the Gauvin system is a real concern for those not donning the Powder Blue. Do not check your prescription; there was another Messer to follow.That would be John, his brother, his TWIN brother, in a time of 15:05.As the four gathered and anticipated the wait, their breather was stalled as Mathew Weissinger cruised to a 47 second PR in a valiant effort for 15:07.Let’s just say Matthew has been a hungry Wolf and we appreciate his appetite.

Five may have scored, but the story has not been fully told.  Orlando Cordero and Philip Gingras, in their WMDP debut, followed closely in 15:14 and 15:21, respectively, warning the front Pack that the hungriest Wolf gets the Unicorn. There will be more to be told of these newcomers in future hunts.

Getting to the line first for the ladies squad was Amy Rusieki, in a time of 18:09. Did we mention that Amy just finished a 50 Miler on Saturday? Sorry folks, that just happened.

Following Amy in her heroic effort was Lady Wolf Laura Christoph (You may know her as Laura Hutchinson, but recently married she still has wheels.  How did you spend your Honey Moon?) in 18:26. The Ladies kept pouring in; Apryl Sabadosa – 18:56, Liz Abate – 20:31, and Karin George – 21:06.

Their efforts were good for a 12th place finish in this bloodbath of a New England Championship. The Process Felt Respected, just as it should have.

What the Baby Blue learned tonight, on the Men’s and the Women’s side, is that the Process is a fickle thing; something that only privileges those who desire it’s appreciation. If the hunger fits the bill, the times will surely follow.

Posted in Western Mass Distance Project | Leave a comment

WMDP Hammers Down ‘Round New England


Hear that noise? Recognize that reverberation? Why, it’s the sound of the WMDP hammer going down across New England this weekend.

At 2,000 ft, Abby Woods Mahoney reclaimed her dominance in the mountain series, taking the W at the Mt. Waaaah-wa-chusett 10k mountain race. Baby blue jerseys littered the top 10, with Ashley Krause bringing in 6th place and Dawn Roberts in 8th.

Meanwhile in Maine, the Storm raged on at the Pineland Farms Trail Running mudfest as Amy Rusiecki finished the 50 miler as the 2nd place female finisher and 8th overall, and Kelsey Battige was the 6th woman to the beer line in the 50k.

Be on the lookout for packs of wolves roaming the New England trails all spring long, we hear they’re hungry… and the only thing that satiates them is of course, the Process.

“As I hit the kill switch… now that’s how you let the beat build…”

Posted in Western Mass Distance Project | Leave a comment