Morristown’s Super Bowl warm-up race too warm for polar bears

Karl and Aya Leitz of Jersey City dominated the Polar Bear division once again at the Pre-Game 4 Miler 2016. Photo by Katharine Boyle
Karl and Aya Leitz of Jersey City dominated the Polar Bear division once again at the Pre-Game 4 Miler 2016. Photo by Katharine Boyle
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Video playlist: Are you in the starting pack? Top finishers, too.

By Kevin Coughlin

With Sunday’s temperatures in the balmy 40s, one would anticipate plenty of competition in the Polar Bear category of the annual Pre-Game 4-Miler road race in Morristown.

But only four runners out of 1,000 stripped down to the bare necessities.

“I was sweaty,” said Aya Leitz, who ran in a blonde wig and a “Scottish cheerleader” ensemble. She finished second in the popular vote–again–to her Speedo-clad husband, Karl Leitz, who sprinted with a “D” for Defense and little more.

Karl and Aya Leitz of Jersey City dominated the Polar Bear division once again at the Pre-Game 4 Miler 2016. Photo by Katharine Boyle
Karl and Aya Leitz of Jersey City dominated the Polar Bear division once again at the Pre-Game 4 Miler 2016. Photo by Katharine Boyle

Year five of this pre-Super Bowl race through Morristown and Morris Township went smoothly, according to co-organizer Chris Russo of Superhero Events.

“I like this event because there are not many races this time of year,” Russo said.

Here are the winners, and their times, according to Compuscore:

MEN:

  1. Michael Jordan (no not that one); 24, of High Bridge, 20:23.66, pace: 5:05
  2. Stephen Mennitt, 26,  North Brunswick,  20:43:53, pace: 5:10
  3. Alex Hall, 17,  Westfield,  22:21.34, pace:  5:35

WOMEN:

  1. Greta Sieve, 28, Trenton, 23:42.50, pace: 5:55
  2. Hollie Sick, 25, Cherry Hill, 24:47.37, pace: 6:11
  3. Erika Meling, 26,  North Brunswick, 25:11.36, pace: 6:17

And congratulations to three winners in the over-80 division:

  • Bill Welsh, 86, Staten Island, 1:28:47.41, pace: 22:12
  • Diane Stone, 84, Chatham, 1:06:01.65, pace: 16:30
  • Shirley Pettijohn, 82, Chatham, 1:06:04.25, pace: 16:31

And our thanks to MG contributor Katharine Boyle for this slideshow:

 

 

WE FINISHED! After the Pre-Game 4 Miler. Photo by Katharine Boyle
WE FINISHED! After the Pre-Game 4 Miler. Photo by Katharine Boyle
GO MOM! Runner gets cheered down home stretch. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
GO MOM! Runner gets cheered down home stretch. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Erika Meling has finished in the top three for three straight years. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Erika Meling has finished in the top three for three straight years. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Drama during the Polar Bear voting, as spouses Karl and Aya Leitz try to out-hex each other. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Drama during the Polar Bear voting, as spouses Karl and Aya Leitz try to out-hex each other. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
HERE THEY COME! The 2016 Pre-Game 4 Miler. Photo by Katharine Boyle
HERE THEY COME! The 2016 Pre-Game 4 Miler. Photo by Katharine Boyle
Runners race together in Morristown.Photo by Katharine Boyle
Runners race together in Morristown.Photo by Katharine Boyle

 

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