15K Team/PAC 12/Colo Club XC Championships/National Cub XC Championships
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(left- Bruce Kirschner, middle- Devin Croft, right- John Victoria)

Hi, I told many of you that I would update you on my most recent USA Track & Field (USATF) event, the Masters15K (9.3 mile) National Championship on Sat., Oct. 31 in Tulsa, OK.  Well, it was undulating terrain (read: nearly all hills and practically nothing flat) and crosswinds over the entire course. But cloudy skies and temperatures in the low 50s were in our favor.
So our 3-man Men 60-69 Boulder Road Runners team, composed of Devin Croft, John Victoria, and myself outdistanced our closest competitors by over 5 minutes for the gold medal and top prize money. My finishing time was 1:03:44, a 6:50 average pace per mile.
Our Men 60-69 team, which includes others, is now in serious contention for the 2015 USATF Masters Grand Prix National Championship for our age group.  Our last race of the year will be the USATF Club Championships at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park on Dec. 12.  We hope to bring with us Colorado’s other top runners in our age group to seal our 2015 national championship there, bringing home more honors and prize money for the Boulder Road Runners.  So wish us luck!
Again, as always, thank you for your warm support, which means a lot to me and the rest of the team!
CU Buffs Sweep PAC 12 X-C Championships 

Read the Daily Camera's Article


Colorado Club XC Championships

Come defend your club's honor in the Colorado Club XC Championships.  Open teams and men's teams 40-49 and 50-59 score 5 with up to 8 on teams.  All women's 40+ teams and mens 60+ score 3 with a max of 5 on the team.  There will be awards for 5-year age groups for individuals and 10 year age groups for teams.  This race serves as the USATF Colorado Cross Country Team and Individual Championships and a perfect warm-up for Club Nationals or your winter racing schedule!  All entrants get a race t-shirt and post-race food including Savory Cuisines breakfst burritos.  

Start Times:

7:30am   Registration/Bib pick-up

9:00am   Kid's 2k Race

9:30am   Women's 6k Race

10:15am   Men's 6k Race

11:15am   Awards Presentation

Entry Fee:

$20 advance; $25 race day; $10 kids

For more information and to register, visit our Events Website!

 Next Up: Saturday, November 21 at 7:30am
What: USATF Club XC Championships. The final event in the 2015 USATF Grand Prix Race Series
Where: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco 
When: Saturday, December 12, 9:45 am
Why it's important: The BRR Men's team is in a solid position to be the overall winner of the 60+ Men's Division in Grand Prix Series. We currently have 3 first place finishes in the series (XC Championship/Boulder, 5K Road Championship/Syracuse and 15K Road Championship/Tulsa). BRR also has a solid chance at a 4th win November 15 with a 3 man team competing at the US National 12K Road Race Championship in Alexandria, VA. No other team in the division has more than 2 wins and final standings in the series is based on the best FIVE team performances in the series. So we MUST be present with a team at San Francisco to complete our minimum five races. A win for BRR at Alexandria will make it extremely difficult for any of the other contenders to beat us in the overall standings only as long as we send a strong team to San Francsisco to finish off the series. Sending more than one team will make it even tougher for the competition to match us if last February's performance is any indication. 
What's in it for me (you!): Honor and glory, but also money. The BRR has decided that all prize money earned by the teams in USATF competition will be used to help pay the travel costs of the participating team members. An overall win means an additional $1000 available for this purpose. Naturally the total amount of prize money won't cover all costs, but every bit helps and can make the difference for some folks that need a little added incentive (or justification to their spouse) for going to this event. The USATF will also award a team championship banner to the club, which will certainly look good when it's displayed at BRR events in the coming year.
What do you need to do?: You must be a current, paid up member of Boulder Road Runners: 
You must be a current member of the USATF: 
You must register at the race website shown above. You must wear an official Boulder Road Runners racing singlet to meet USATF team competition rules. Contact John Bridges if you do not have a singlet:
If you're interested in competing at San Francisco let me or Bruce Kirschner  know of your interest as soon as possible. 
Thanks for your interest in this competition,
Devin Croft

Up Coming Events

November 21st, Colorado Club XC Championships


December 7th, First Monday, Deb Conley's/ Tevis Morrow's house, 
Club Elections, Members Night  Share Running Stories From the Past Year,     Pot luck/BYOB

December 12th, USATF National Club X-C Championships, San Francisco

February, USATF National Cross Country Championships, Bend, OR.
March, USSSA National Snowshoeing Championships, Ogden, UT.

Coaching Coming to Boulder Road Runners
Devin Croft, one of our 60+ Men's division runners has offered to provide coaching services to any interested BRR members free of charge. Devin began running in 1967 as a student at Concord-Carlisle High School (MA) and continued at the University of Massachusetts where he established lifetime bests of 1:53.5 (880) 4:09 (mile) 9:09 (2 miles) and 14:30 (3 miles). He continued running in his post-college years for the Greater Boston Track Club, Kennekuk Road Runners (Danville, IL) and with the Rocky Mountain Road Runners and Colorado Masters Running/Racewalking Association. As a Master's runner Devin has run times of 32:48 for 10K and 1:20:09 for the half-marathon distance. In 2015 Devin has participated in all three of Boulder Road Runner's National Championship teams in the 60+ division at the National XC Championships, 5K Road Race and 15K Road Race Championships.
Devin can provide assistance in setting realistic, achievable goals; short-term and long term training plans for races up to the half-marathon; injury prevention and recovery practices; mental preparation and racing strategy. Even if you aren't interested in coaching advice, he will be happy to answer any running related questions you have. Devin's approach to training can be summarized by the following: 
"It's always better to be a little bit under-trained than it is to be the least bit over-trained. No one ever missed the starting gun for their goal race because they were under-trained, but every year thousands of runners miss the starting gun for their goal race because they were over-trained."
The main influences in his own training are derived from the writings of Arthur Lydiard and Jack Daniels.

(Details to follow)
Devin can be contacted at

Wednesday Fun Run at Flatirons Running- 6:15
Monday Fun Run at Fleet Feet- 6 p.m. 
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