Catching Up With Maegan Krifchin
Maegan Krifchin is having one heck of a 2012 racing season. This coming weekend she'll run the World Half Marathon Championships, representing Team USA and running for a new PR and compete against some of the best in the world. We caught up with Maegan earlier this week, talking about her training, being part of the Stotan training group and much more.
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Colin Leak places top 15 in US 5k Championships!
Stotan Team, Leak, and Krifchin Strong performance at USATF Niagara 5km Championships
Colin Leak of Syracuse, NY and Maegan Krifchin of Dewitt, NY won the USATF Niagara Association 5km Championships which were hosted by the Jenny Kumza Memorial Bergen 5km. Leak won the mens title edging out Peter Kosgei of Binghamton, NY with a time of 14:33. Kosgei finished with a time of 14:36. Chris Burke of Tully, NY finished 3rd overall with a time of 14:44 followed by Aaron Roweof Edinboro, NY with a time of 14:45. Patrick Geoghegan of Syracuse, NY rounded out the top 5 by breaking the 15minute mark with a time of 14:56. The Mens Master title was won by Mark Andrews, 41of Rochester, NY with a time of 15:20 which age graded to 89.68%. Charlie Andrews, 55of Rochester, NY had the performance of the day by finishing the 5km course in a time of 16:45 which age graded to 91.76% which earnedAndrews a Niagara Age Grading Time Bonus. Mark Andrews also received the bonus along with Jim Derick, 47of Big Flats, NY with a time of 16:05 which age graded to 89.56%. Leak, Kosgei, Burke, and Rowereceived an open time Bonus for breaking 14:50. On the women's sideMaegan Krifchin defended her Bergen 5km title and the USATF Niagara Association 5km title by crusing to a 16:43 victory, which was 36seconds better than Christa Meyer of Rochester, NY who finished with a time of 17:19. Krifchin earned the womens time Bonus for breaking 17minutes. Krifchin already won the USATF Niagara 10km title this year and was the 2011 USATF Niagara 5km Champion. The third place finisher was Iona Cross Country standout Katie Niblock of East Amherst with a time of 17:41 followed by Amanda Jinks of Pavillion, NY with a time of 17:45. Finishing 5th was Lynn Kubeja of Scottsville, NY with a time of 17:52. The USATF Niagara master womens champion was Audra Naujokas-Knapp, 42 of Rochester, NY with a time of 18:42. In the Team Competitions Stotan Racing won for the open Men with a combined time of 1:15:20 and for the open Women the Checkers AC won with a combined time of 53:48 edging out Brockport Distance Project who finished with a time of 54:22. TheGenesee Valley Harriers men and women won 6 masters team titles. Full Results Click Here. USATF Niagara Results Click Here. USATF Niagara Team Results Click Here.
The following passage is an excerpt from the Graem Sims biography of Percy Cerutty, 'Why Die'...the words are Cerutty's...
"A Stotan is one who hardens, strengthens, toughens and beautifies the body by consistent habits and regular exercises, which are consciously and irrevocably made part of the life plan of the individual, as well as consciously determining that the mind will be cultivated upon such abstractions as purity, beauty and logic. Erudition, in as complete a degree as possible shall be the lifelong aim: Truth, in relation to all aspects of life, the unending search.
Stotans will, by virtue of their philosophy, be nature lovers, with a respect and appreciation of all evolved or created things. They will appreciate the sanctity of creative effort both in themselves and in others. They will strive to understand the significance implied by reality, will be able to discern the real from the spurious, and see no anomaly in nudity, either in body or mind. But neither will they cast pearls before swine.
Stotans, for all the reasons that their philosophy stands for (viz: hardness, toughness, unswerving devotion to an ideal), would look upon the sea (or mountains) as their pristine element and endeavour to associate themselves with their primeval source by immersing themselves at least once per month in all seasons of the year. No practice is disposed to toughen, both the body and the morale, more than this.
Stotans believe that neither the body nor the mind can be maintained at a high pitch of efficiency unless sufficient and regular rest is obtained, and aim at a daily average of of 8 hours sleep. Stotans, also, will not be found in social places after midnight. Stotans shall so regulate their lives that at the end of a period, varying with the intensity of effort, each shall realize that they have attained, without conscious striving, to a state of knowledge, and a position of leadership within the community. It is axiomatic that only the pure can understand purity, only the cultivated appreciate beauty, and only the strong truly measure their strength.Therefore, only the self-disciplined can command genuine respect. A program shall be aimed at which shall be designed to [train each Stotan]:
(a)… to withstand physical hardship, to accomplish feats of strength and endurance, to understand orderliness, and the true meaning of intelligence.
(b) To know himself as an organism and a personality
(c) To emerge, eventually emancipated, from all dogmas, creeds, and beliefs, as well as worldly and unworldly hopes and fears.
(d) To habitually function upon the highest planes of thought and physical effort.
(e) To place the objective of an alert, informed intelligence, and a perfected body, as primary in Life. And to arrive at the conclusion that all else will follow on.
(f) To learn that on this basis, the whole world, and all that it has to offer, opens out as a vision, splendid, normal and realizable.
(g) To understand that Past, Futures, Fates, Fears, Death, Selfishness, Egoism, Pride, Envy, Hate and Prejudice can be replaced by Intelligence that controls emotion, dominates destiny, manifests completeness and exults in Life.
(h) To understand that, in actuality, evolved man is a King, but without the trappings. That Kingship is his right and his destiny.That we can make ourselves, in time, all that we would. That we honour real men but are subservient to none.
In addition, Stotans shall train themselves to withstand, stoically, personal criticism, also, scepticism as the necessity or wisdom of such a Way of Life. In this regard, Stotans soon learn that they command knowledge, experience and ability not available to the prejudiced, the ignorant or the slothful.
Also, having embarked upon the Stotan Way of Life, like the Spartans, one must go through with it to the end. There is no giving up throughout life. The first pre-requisite for a Stotan is tenacity. The next is to understand that his loyalties are towards making the most of the material that is his, to the expansion, or at least the manifestation of the Life Force, and a constant identification of himself with his Life Force through his Way of Life.
To live this Way of Life is hard. It is not for weaklings. It is the Way that is travelled by all the truly great ones. It requires strenuous effort of body and mind."
The passage above is taken from the Graem Sims biography of Percy Cerutty, entitled “Why Die”.