D.A.V. (Disabled American Veterans
Broadway off Ball Square
Somerville, Massachusetts 02145
Hosted by the "New" Somerville Striders Athletic Club
John Barry was able to stroll into the "Ville" tonight for an easy
run with his soon to be SSAC bride Michelle McAndrew-the winningest women in
Somerville Road Racing history and just take it easy after a grueling fall
X-Country season as coach of the MIAA Division I State Cross Country Champions
- Brockton High School X-Country Team better known as "Da Boxahs"
in muddy cross country circles are the country and Stillman's Gym in the
ole Navy Yard section of Brooklyn !!
John predicted back in January 2005 to me at a bar in Hyannis,
Massachusetts that this was the year and it was...so big congrats to JB
who by all accounts has had a great year and 2006 will only be better!!
I know that tonight was a race in Somerville but I am gonna babble on a wee bit
more about Brockton...cause I think it matters...and if I think somethin'
matters..I, well rabble & babble on..thats the charm of "The Big
I met another coach of "Da Boxah's" at a wedding in Connecticut back
in 2003 or 2004..who can remember such things and he told me the team was good
and was on the way up but the coaches needed some bread (for new peeps to
Somerville..that means $$$$)..so they could get the kid's some nice
jackets and other sorts of swag to keep em' goin' and pumped--City of Brockton
budget cuts killed em'!! So I said, "would the kid's come up to toney
Boston by the Charles, to volunteer at the New Charles River Run, and if so
I'll drop a grand in the bucket"...well they did and since then they have
volunteered at many more events for the Somerville Striders A.C. and
more coin has been dropped in "Da Boxah's" bucket as well
as Mizuno jumping in to help-Thanks Ryan, the Colonial Road Runners pitchin' in
as well as the Brockton Rox AND maybe you after you read this American Success Story....and I
do an mean an American Success Story as "Da Boxah's" as they like to be called has a biggah
mix of nationalities on the team than anything Ellis Island ever had!!!
Anyway, big time on the town tonight--our biggest crowd of runners and hangers
on...some call em' groupies and this was nice as I think the SSAC is startin'
to settle back in to its fall, winter & spring digs at the Disabled
American Veterans Club ...so come on down and settle in with us in 2006!!
Happy New Year from the Somerville Striders A.C. & "Da Big Fella"
D.A.V. Somerville 5.15Km every Thursday
night in "The Ville"
1. Michelle McAndrew
Worcester, MA 28:10
5. Elena Jacubiak
Seneca Falls, NY 30:49 SSAC
MA 30:50 SSAC
MA 19:24 SSAC
Weymouth, MA 20:32 SSAC
Cambridge, MA 20:53
Somerville, MA 20:57
Worcester, MA 21:07 NTC
Cambridge, MA 22:29 SSAC
Cambridge, MA 23:34 SSAC
Wilmington, MA 24:11 SSAC
Somerville, MA 24:33 SDT
Somerville, MA 25:42 SDT
15. Big Sammy
MA 29:48 SSAC
Cambridge, MA 30:11
17. Greg "Phat Ernie"
Ernst Weymouth, MA 38:19 CCAC
CCAC = Cape Cod Athletic Club
BHS = Brocton High School X-Country
SDT = Somerville Diving Team
CHPR = Castle Hill Park Runner
SSAC = Somerville Striders Athletic Club
NTC = Nordica Track Club
USACFRF = USA Clydesdale & Filly Racing Federation