Friday, March 31, 2006

Art Glass Returns To NJ

From an e-mail from Colleen Glass Swansson received on 3/31:
(again, please leave good wishes by using the comments at the bottom)

Well, the latest news: My Dad has moved! He is now at the Meadowlands Hospital up in North Jersey. (I know, still not exactly close to home, but this really is the best place for him right now). It's called the Center for Acute Pulmonary Care. There, they will be able to really be proactive in Rehab, giving him phycial therapy every day (i know if nothing else, he will at least be happier, moving around a lot more). Also, their main objective, and their speciality, is to wean him off of the ventilator. This is a process that may take just a few days, or up to a couple of months. It's not just a matter of his breathing on his own, it's re-learning to control his breathing, etc, so that he does not get sick. As of now, he is initiating his breaths. But, they can't just take him off of it, or he may only have shallow breaths, and not be able to cough up mucous, or clear his throat - things like that, which keep people from getting sick. So, the vent-weening will teach this control. He was just moved yesterday, late afternoon. But, so far this place seems great, and we're all comfortable and happy that it is a step forward, into rehab...Again, if you're updating anyone, please express our sincere thanks for all of the wonderful thoughts, encouragement, and prayers. It helps so much. We just can never underestimate the power of prayer and positive thinking!!

Oh, actually, I have the address where he is now, and you can feel free to pass this along too: Meadowlands Medical Center, 55 Meadowlands Pkwy.- Room 261, Seacaucus, NJ 07094.

As far as his condition, there are no major changes right now. But, we really feel that he has been more responsive the last few days....opening his eyes from time to time, and it seems as though he does this in reaction to certain things that we say. Did I tell you about the latest EEG? I can't remember if I did. Well, they did another EEG (brain activity) test last Friday. The neurologist was happy with the results - they saw more meaningful brain activity than on the last EEG, over a week prior to this. The doctor said this was a good sign, and improves the prognosis. Of course, doctors are hesitant to predict anything, but they did say that it was improvement on his part, and that it was better than they expected. So, we continue to have faith in God, and in my Dad. We were so happy to have that good news.

I hope all is well, and that you have a chance to get out and enjoy this weather today...have a good run/walk!!!

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

NJ Racewalking Grand Prix

The 2006 NJ Racewalking Grand Prix got underway at the USATF Indoor Championships with the 3000m walk on 3/4. The Grand Prix champion is determined by points based on finish at each event. The rest of the schedule is:
4/23 Ron Zinn 10km Wall Township
5/21 Al Saner 20km Pt. Pleasant
7/9 USATF-NJ 5000m Monmouth Regional HS
9/10 USATF 40km Ocean Township
12/30 Polar Bear 10 mile Asbury Park
Entry info when available at

Other upcoming events in April are:
4/8 Osprey Open 3000m Richard Stockton College
4/9 US World Racewalk Cup Trials 20km Hauppague, NY
4/29 Penn Relays 10,000m (men) 5000m (women)

This past weekend, Shore AC's Panse Geer finished second W55 at the USATF National Masters Indoor 3000m walk in 17:52.39. John Fredericks was second racewalker at the Winter Park, Fl 10km in 58:27, while closer to home, improving Rich Leuttchau took the measure of Shore vet John Soucheck in 13:56 over 3000m at the Richard Stockton Invitational.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Biomechanics Lecture

Last week, I attended a lecture on The Biomechanics of Running given by Gerard Pearlberg, author of Run Tall, Run Easy, and Mr. RunningBuzz. The lecture was given at Shore Runner, a new running specialty store in Long Branch, NJ.

The lecture covered proper running form, and Coach GP gave a lot of simple, easy-to-understand descriptions, often calling on audience members to demonstrate. The crowd, made up of runners from high school age up to those in their 60's all seemed to both enjoy and learn from the lecture.

In addition to being an authority on running, Coach GP is a vice-president of the Shore Athletic Club and also does race commentary work at races like the Miami Marathon, putting his English accent to work.

If you get the opportunity, we encourage you to attend Coach GP's lectures, whether locally or at a race outside the area. You'll be entertained and probably learn something.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Race results

To see Shore AC and Jersey Stinger race results from the weekend of March 18th and 19th '06

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Friday, March 17, 2006

Update on Art Glass

From an e-mail from Colleen on Friday morning, 3/17/2006:

"He went into cardiac arrest on Friday while working out, during his lunch hour. He has not regained consciousness yet, but is breathing on his own, and his heart is very strong now. He is in Virtua Memorial, in Mt. Holly (he commutes to south jersey for work!) on the CCU. He has limited visitors right now, but my Mom, my sister, my brother, my husband and I have been there every day to talk to him because I know he can hear us. I told him about your email and your kind wishes. They planned to do a procedure today to put in a trach., but he is running a fever, and they decided to postpone until possibly Monday."

Anyone wishing to extend their good wishes to Art and his family, please post a comment.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Good Wishes to Art Glass

Many of you know Art as one of the regular racewalkers at Lake Tak and other area events (along with being the proud father of Colleen Swanson). Art apparently suffered a heart attack while working out at a Y near his workplace. We believe that he is doing OK. If any of you want to wish him well, please comment on this post and we will attempt to get them to him. (If we get any further information about his condition, we will post it.)

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Shore AC at Indoor Worlds

Shore Athletic Club of New Jersey member Tora Harris will represent the USA in the men's high jump at the 11th IAAF World Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend at the Olimpiyskiy Sports Palace in Moscow, Russia. Harris, the former Princeton University star and 2004 USA Olympian, has a high jump best of 7 feet, 6 1/2 inches this winter.
Two-time Olympian Dudley Dorival, a former USATF state champion for Shore AC, will represent Haiti in the 60-meter high hurdles. Other New Jerseyans on the USA team are Me'Lisa Barber of Montclair in the women's 60-meter dash and Steve Slattery of Flanders in the men's 3,000-meter run. The World Championships will be televised on the Outdoor Life Channel (OLN) from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Shore A.C. at USATF-NJ Indoor Track Meet

Shore A.C. had many competitors at the USATF-NJ Open and Masters Indoor Championship Track Meet. Results may be viewed here. (Note: Shore AC appears as SAC in the affiliation column.)

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Shore AC Night at Shore Runner - March 15th

Shore Runner, a new running store owned by Christine Clifton and Michael Chirico, is hosting a clinic on Proper Running Biomechanics presented by Coach GP of (and Shore AC Vice-President). The clinic will be held on Wednesday, March 15th, between 6:00 and 8:00 PM. Gait analysis will also be available. Meet GP and the store's owners and enjoy visiting with other area runners over food and drinks.

Shore Runner is located at:
Pier Village
40 Centennial Drive
Long Branch, NJ 07740
That's on the water, a few blocks south of Seven Presidents Park.
If you get lost, you can call the store at: (732) 571-3100
You can find a map on Shore Runner's website.

WMA Championships

Linda Piff and John Kuhi at the World Masters Track Championship, San Sebastian, Spain in August 2005.