Blackstone River

19 10 2014

On a ride back from visiting Purgatory Chasm and the West End Creamery we stopped off to see the Blackstone River area. In this area what used to be a factory is now living spaces and condos. Along the river banks is both a walking and bike path. This time of year as the leaves are changing in New England the repletions on the river was very nice and worth a few photographs.

To learn more visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackstone_River

Blackstone River Reflection Leaves

Blackstone River Reflection Leaves

Blackstone River Bruce On Bridge

Blackstone River Bruce On Bridge

Blackstone River  Fence

Blackstone River Fence

Blackstone River Reflection

Blackstone River Reflection

Blackstone River Rocks and Water

Blackstone River Rocks and Water

Blackstone River RR Tracks

Blackstone River RR Tracks

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A Day In Newport RI

13 09 2014

We enjoy taking day trip visiting different New England towns and the surrounding area. On this day we took a trip to Newport Rhode Island. A short drive from Boston. We took a stroll along the Cliff Walk as the tide was coming in. This always makes for exciting and interesting photos. You can see some of the mansions along the way and interesting architecture. From there we visited one of the harbors when we noticed a large ship. At first it look like it a moored just off shore however it was actually moving and coming into dock. Come to find out as we spoke with the crew this ship was a training ship that people can sign up for the summer months. It was not the ship they usually use as it was in for restoration so the captain had to rent this one for the season. From her we went down town Newport for dinner over looking the harbor. It was a great night as the sun set over the harbor and the dinner was great. Here are a few photos we took during the day. Please enjoy them.

Sun Set Dinner Newport RI

Sun Set Dinner Newport RI

Splash from the Cliff Walk Newport RI

Splash from the Cliff Walk Newport RI

Salver Regina University Newport RI

Salver Regina University Newport RI

Salver Regina University and Gazabo Newport RI

Salver Regina University and Gazebo Newport RI

On the Cliff Walk Newport RI

On the Cliff Walk Newport RI

Splash from the Cliff Walk Newport RI

Splash from the Cliff Walk Newport RI

Neport RI Harbor

Neport RI Harbor

Traing Ship Newport RI

Training Ship Newport RI

Aquidneck Lobster Newport RI

Aquidneck Lobster Newport RI





WaterFire Providence, RI July 31, 2010

1 08 2010

WaterFire Providence, the award-winning sculpture by Barnaby Evans installed on the three rivers of downtown Providence, has been praised by Rhode Island residents and international visitors alike as a powerful work of art and a moving symbol of Providence’s renaissance. WaterFire’…s one hundred sparkling bonfires, the fragrant scent of aromatic wood smoke, the flickering firelight on the arched bridges, the silhouettes of the firetenders passing by the flames, the torch-lit vessels traveling down the river, and the enchanting music from around the world engage all the senses and emotions of those who stroll the paths of Waterplace Park. WaterFire has captured the imagination of over ten million visitors, bringing life to downtown, and revitalizing Rhode Island’s capital city. [http://www.waterfire.org/]

Cited by the [Providence Journal] in 1997 as “the most popular work of art created in the capital city’s 371-year history” and by Friedrich St. Florian as the “crown jewel of the Providence renaissance,” WaterFire continues to grow and gain in popularity. Barnaby Evans created First Fire in 1994 as a commission to celebrate the tenth anniversary of First Night Providence. In June 1996, Evans created Second Fire for the International Sculpture Conference where it became the gathering place for thousands of participants from all over the world. Ardent art supporters convinced Evans to create an on-going fire installation and started a grass-roots effort to establish WaterFire as a non-profit arts organization. With the support of hundreds of dedicated volunteers, a hard working staff, generous donations from visitors, contributions from corporate leaders, and support from the City and State, WaterFire’s bright flames now regularly return to illuminate downtown Providence. [http://www.waterfire.org/]

Some of the thousands of lookers called this night “magical” as The Philharmonic on Fire! The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra played LIVE as the the volunteers took their place in boats and lit the fires on the water.

Reporting

Bruce Garber
http://bruceKgarber.com/
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Rhode Island 6 Hour Ultramarathon 2009

28 11 2009

This video has a surprise ending in more ways than one!

What is the Ultra? The Ultramarathon is a long distance race consisting of distances greater than the traditional 26.2 miles of the marathon. While common distances of 50km or 50 miles are most often found, other events like this one, are timed duration events. Why the Rhode Island 6 Hour? Rhode Island has a rich tradition of road running, and the weather in mid-November makes for ideal running conditions.

Rhode Island 6-Hour Ultra
November 15, 2009 Warwick City Park, Warwick, RI

This first time and only ultra in Rhode Island was founded by Bob Jackman, an accomplished ultra runner himself. In years past, RI played host to the “Nifty 50 Miler” which gave way to the Breakers Marathon (now called the Amica Marathon) in Newport, RI several years ago. As a result, the smallest state was without an ultra. To fill the void, Jackman decided to put on a 6–hour ultra run on a USATF certified 2.70121 mile loop on a rolling bike path in Warwick City Park. Expectations were low in terms of the response from ultra runners for a first time event of unknown quality, but the turnout was surprisingly high with 80 registered ultra runners and 29 relay teams of 2-6 runners per team.
By race morning the remnants of a nor’easter from the day before were all but gone, and the weather was near perfect with temperatures in the high 40’s, overcast skies, and no wind, for what would be a spirited and close competition between the top two favorites.
Ben Nephew (34) from Mansfield, MA and Martin Tighe (51) from Providence, RI would battle back and forth, and push each other hard for the entire 6 hours, both running 19 loops (51.323 miles) before time expired. Nephew planned to take it out at 6:45 pace, and Martin figured to let him go, and hover back at 7:00 pace, running conservatively in order to make his goal of 50 miles. At the end of the first loop, Tighe and Nephew were running together, passing the 2.7 miles at 6:16 pace. So much for pre-race plans… The race was on.
Tighe and Nephew continued to run stride for stride for the next three loops, passing 10.8 miles at 1:10:12 (6:30) on pace for 5:25:00 for 50 miles. On loop # 5, Tighe pulled away by half a minute, but in this battle of punch / counter punch, Nephew gained it back on loop #6 (16.2 miles). Once again they were dead even.
On the 7th loop at 18.9 miles, Tighe dropped the hammer, running the fastest single loop of the day – at 6:08 pace, and followed that up with 6:11 pace for the 8th loop (21.6). Tighe’s lead had grown to a minute, and he would continue to increase it, loop by loop, to 7:16 by the end of the 15th loop (40.5 miles).
In the ebb and flow that is an ultra, it was up to Nephew to turn the tide. Over the next 3 loops, from 40.5 – 48.6 miles, he averaged steady 7:35 pace while Tighe ran 8:29 pace for the same stretch. By the start of the next and final loop, they were again dead even, as they had been so many times in the going. The 7:16 gap (at 40.5 miles) was now down to zero, and the final 2.7 miles would determine the outcome. As game and gutsy as Tighe is, Nephew was the stronger of the two, taking charge and passing 50 miles in 5:47:55 to 5:48:20 for Tighe. Nephew finished his 19th loop at 5:58:41 winning this first annual 6-hour ultra, with Tighe one minute behind at 5:59:41- with just 19 seconds to spare in order for the loop to count. Both ran the same total distance of 51.323 miles.
Mike Carroll (43) from Millville, MA finished 3rd overall, running an extremely consistent and steady race, hitting each of the first six 2.7 mile loops through 16.2 miles between 6:56 and 7:00 pace. Carroll’s marathon split was 3:04:49 (7:03). His last 5 loops from 32.4 – 45.9 were run between 8:36 and 8:49 pace. Carroll capped off his race with one ‘add-on’ loop of 0.8907 miles at 8:27 pace for a grand total of 46.811 miles in 5:57:01 (7:37 pace).
In the women’s race, Lisa Mikkelsen (44) from Holliston, MA held the lead for the first 8 loops (21.6 miles), with Daniele Cherniak (48) from Cohoes, NY trailing in 2nd place by as much as 6:23 after 13.5 miles. At 13.5 Mikkelsen was averaging 7:46 pace, while Cherniak was content to hang back at 8:14 average. Cherniak closed the gap to 3:38 at 21.6, and by the end of the next loop (24.3 miles), the tide had turned as it had in the men’s race. Cherniak had taken the lead for good, and was now in front of MIkkelson by 23 seconds.
Cherniak passed the marathon split at 3:42:23 (8:29 pace), and 50K at 4:24:42 (8:31 pace), and continued to increase her lead over Mikkelson to nearly 26 minutes after 13 loops (35.1157 miles). Slowing somewhat in the final hour, Cherniak completed two more 2.7 mile loops at 9:07.0 pace. At this point, after 15 loops and 40.5 miles in 5:51:26, Cherniak did not have time for another 2.7 mile loop, but did have time to tack on an “add-on” loop of 0.8907 miles before the 6 hours elapsed. The “add-on” loop was made available after 5 hours. Based on remaining time, energy, and personal assessment, runners had the option of running one or two of them to add to their grand total. Cherniak logged as much mileage as she could before the time expired, completing one “add-on” loop (at 8:45 pace) for a grand total of 41.409 miles in 5:59:14 (8:40 pace overall).
Mikkleson completed 13 loops of 2.7 miles (35.1157) and was still in 2nd place, 5:04 up on Stephanie Arango (24) from Cincinnati , OH. Isabel Lowell (29) from Hartford, CT., also completed 13 loops and was over 6 minutes behind Arango. At this point, unknown to each other and with time a critical factor, all three women opted for the ‘add-on’ loop. The race for second was in the balance.
After completing one add-on loop, Arango had closed the gap to 3:32 with ‘only’ one more ‘add-on’ loop of 0.8907 miles to go. Lowell had also gained some time on Mikkleson, but was 10:33 behind. Arango had picked up her pace from 10:58 for her 13th loop to 9:43 for the first of two add-on loops. Mikkleson had run her 13th loop at 10:16 pace, and then slowed to 11:26 pace for her first add-on loop. The race for second place would come down to the final 0.9 miles.
Arango held pace (actually increased it to 9:41) and on that last ‘short’ loop, surged ahead of Mikkleson to take 2nd with a time of 5:44:20. Mikkleson finished 3rd, just 39 seconds behind Arango at 5:44:59, while the steady and composed Lowell was 4th at 5:51:42. Total distance for this ultra trio was 36.897 miles each.
64 of 67 ultra runners completed at least 10 loops (27.012 miles) and received “ultra” medals for their accomplishment. The top 3 men (Ben Nephew, Martin Tighe, Mike Carroll) and top 3 women (Daniele Cherniak, Stephanie Arango, Lisa Mikkelson) won cash awards of $150, $75, and $50 respectively. In the USATF-NE championship division, the top 3 male open runners were Nephew, Tighe, and Seth Roberts (57) from Longmeadow, MA. Tighe also won the masters division, with Roberts 2nd, and Jake Scheiffelin (46) from Barrington, RI 3rd. Lisa Mikkelson won both the USATF-NE women’s open and masters titles.

Ray Nelson – USATF National Certifier








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