Remembering Matt Lalumia

It is with a heavy heart that I post this very sad news. My friend, Teammate, and one of the founding members of our Club, Matt Lalumia, passed away this morning after being hit by a car while out on a run. Please keep Matt, his wife Vivian and the rest of his family in your prayers.

-Clifton RoadRunner President Ben Teixeira

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"Somebody mentioned that Matt was a big part of Clifton Club calling itself the friendliest club in NJ, and now I see that’s a true statement. Matt was the tipping point for me to getting more involved in running and with Clifton RRC. Before joining Clifton, I used to attend the track meets for one of the other running groups in the area. Even though the track meets were great, the group was very ‘cliquey’, and I remember clearly one time when somebody brought beers and drinks, and they went out of their way to avoid inviting the new guys to join them. Then I attended Matt's bun run for the first time. Jose Fernandez and I were new and didn’t know we were supposed to bring a change of clothes, and there we were sweating in the middle of Matt's living room in winter, and Matt just gave me a big smile, told me, 'Well, that happens. We runners sweat,' and after that I got hooked on running and on the club."

-Clifton RoadRunner Vice-President George Roa

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Saturday, July 17, 2021, the day of Matt Lalumia's funeral, William Ash ran the Packanack Lake 5k, a race he and Matt were registered to run together, wearing both his and Matt's bib. A fitting tribute.

A Selection of Results from Matt Lalumia's Running Career

courtesy of Mark Snyder

2009
Ashenfelter 8K, Glen Ridge - 40:33
USATF-NJ 8K XC Championship, Readington - 42:41
Winglass Marathon, Corning NY - 4:32:49
Liberty Half Marathon, Jersey City - 1:54:11
Rentas 5K, Bayonne - 24:33 (3rd in age)
USATF 5K XC Championship, Readington - 25:53
Teterboro Airport 5K - 23:47
Lawyers For Kids 5K, Morris Township - 23:48 (2nd in age)
Firecracker 4 Mile, Cranford - 31:49 (3rd in age)
Pine Beach 5K - 24:22
Sunset Classic 5 Mile, Bloomfield - 40:43
President's Cup 5K, Millburn - 24:04
5000 Strides 5K, Morristown - 24:31 - (1st in age)
Run For Rachel 5K, Livingston - 24:54
Ridgewood 10K - 51:46
Maywood 5K - 24:29 (3rd in age)
Our House 5 Mile, Summit - 43:16
1st Day 5K, Fair Lawn - 25:19 (1st in age)

2008
USATF-NJ 14K Championship, West Windsor - 1:11:37
Stampede Through Clifton 5K - 25:11
USATF-NJ 8K XC Championship, Readington - 42:49
Nutley Fall 5 Mile - 41:22 (2nd in age) 
Wineglass Marathon - 3:43:03
Newport Liberty Half Marathon, Jersey City - 1:44:42 (1st in age)
USATF-NJ XC 5K Men Championship, Holmdel - 24:39 (2nd in age)
Fall Classic 4 Mile, Cranford - 29:45 (1st in age)
Lawyers For Kids 5K, Morris Township - 22:56 (1st in age)
Firecracker 4 Mile, Cranford - 30:18 (2nd in age)
Pine Beach 5K - 22:40
President's Cup 5K, Millburn - 22:50
5000 Strides 5K, Morristown - 23:34 (1st in age)
Kilometers For Karyn 5K, West Orange - 22:59 (1st in age)
Ridgewood 10K - 47:39
Gilda's 15K, Ridgewood - 1:13:05 (3rd in age)
Newport 10,000, Jersey City - 47:13
Our House 5 Mile, Summit - 38:27 (2nd in age)
Cherry Blossom 10K, Newark - 47:53 (3rd in age)
St. Paddy's 10 Mile, Freehold - 1:18:50 (3rd in age)
Newark Distance Classic 20K - 1:42:38 (3rd in age)
1st Day 5K, Fair Lawn - 23:45 (2nd in age)

 

2007
USATF-NJ 15K Championship, West Windsor - 1:12:32 (1st in age)
Ashenfelter 8K, Glen Ridge - 37:25 (2nd in age)
Great Swamp Devil 10K, Basking Ridge - 1:11:23 (1st in age)
USATF-NJ XC Championship, Readington - 38:42
Paramus 10K - 46:57 (1st in age)
Nutley Fall 5 Mile - 38:07 (1st in age)
USATF- NJ 5K XC Championship, Holmdel - 25:04 (3rd in age)
Wineglass Marathon, Corning NY - 3:40:32 (1st in age)
Liberty Waterfront Half Marathon - 1:45:03 (2nd in age)
Turkey Swamp 20 Mile, Freehold - 2:50:??
Teterboro Airport 5K - 22:43 (1st in age)
Firecracker 4 Mile, Cranford - 29:37
Pine Beach 5K - 22:27
President's Cup 5K, Millburn - 22:57 (2nd in age)
Portugal Day 5K, Newark - 22:59 (2nd in age)
Jill & Jack 5K, Westfield - 22:49 (2nd in age)
Ridgewood 10K - 47:30
Gilda's 15K, Ridgewood - 1:12:13 (2nd in age)
Our House 5 Mile, Summit - 38:10 (3rd in age)
MK5K, Denville - 23:02 (2nd in age)
South Orange Rotary 5K - 24:02 (1st in age)
Indian Trails 15K, Middletown - 1:15:38
St. Paddy's 10 Mile, Freehold - 1:24:17 (2nd in age)
Fair Lawn Rotary 5K - 24:07

2006
USATF-NJ 10 Mile Championship, West Windsor - 1:16:25 (2nd in age)
Ashenfelter 8K, Glen Ridge - 38:41 (3rd in age)
Great Swamp Devil 15K, Basking Ridge - 1:11:28
Giralda Farms 10K, Madison - 48:05
Heroes To Hero 5K, Gloucester City - 23:51
Liberty Waterfront Half Marathon, Jersey City - 1:42:19 (3rd in age)
Wineglass Marathon, Corning NY - 3:54:51
USATF-NJ 8K XC Championship, Washington Crossing State Park, Titusville - 40:50 (3rd in age)
Cranford Firecracker 4 Mile - 31:24 (1st in age)
Portugal Day 5K, Newark - 23:01 (2nd in age)
Montclair 10K - 47:32 (3rd in age)
Ridgewood 10K - 48:20 (3rd in age)
Gilda's 15K, Ridgewood - 1:14:42
Our House 5 Mile, Summit - 38:35 (3rd in age)
Cherry Blossom 10K, Newark - 49:45
1st Day 5K, Fair Lawn - 23:41

2005
USATF-NJ 10 Mile Championship, West Windsor - 1:23:44
Ashenfelter 8K, Glen Ridge - 38:45 (1st in age)
Stampede Through Clifton 5K - 23:15 (1st in age)
Giralda Farms 10K, Madison - 48:24
USATF-NJ Men's 8K XC Championship, Readington - 39:14
USATF-NJ Men's 5K XC Championship, Holmdel - 25:27
Liberty Waterfront Half Marathon, Jersey City - 1:44:34 (2nd in age)
Firecracker 4 Mile, Cranford - 31:11 (3rd in age)
Montclair YMCA 10K - 48:38 (2nd in age)
Ridgewood Run 10K - 47:05 (1st in age)
Midland 15K, Far Hills - 1:14:11
Cherry Blossom 10K, Newark - 47:38
Equinox 20K, Piscataway - 1:37:44 (3rd in age)
Newark Distance Classic 20K - 1:41:13
Philadelphia Masters Track & Field Meet @ Albright College, Reading PA
  440 yards - 1:23.0
Fair Lawn Rotary 5K - 22:35

2004
USATF-NJ 10 Mile Championship, West Winsor - 1:16:15
Ashenfelter 8K, Glen Ridge - 38:34
USATF Men 8K XC Championship, Readington - 38:32
Great Falls Challenge 5K, Paterson - 21:34
USATF 5K XC Championship, Holmdel Park - 24:04
Wineglass Marathon, Corning NY - 3:35:29 (2nd in age)
Liberty Waterfront Half Marathon, Jersey City - 1:42:33
Teterboro Airport 5K - 23:06
West Essex YMCA 5K, Livingston - 22:33 (2nd in age)

Firecracker 4 Mile, Cranford - 29:59

William & Teresa Wright Memorial 5K, Randolph - 23:27 (2nd in age)

Montclair YMCA 10K - 46:11 (2nd in age)

Ridgewood 10K - 46:00
Midland 15K, Far Hills - 1:11:47 (3rd in age)
Our House 5 Mile, Summit - 37:46
Cherry Blossom 10K, Newark - 47:00

South Orange Rotary 5K - 22:54 (2nd in age)

Newark Distance Classic 20K - 1:40:02 (2nd in age)
1st Day 5K, Fair Lawn - 22:59 (1st in age)

2003
Ashenfelter 8K, Glen Ridge - 39:19 
Wineglass Marathon, Corning NY - 3:26:14 (1st in age)
10th Annual Liberty Waterfront Half Marathon, Jersey City - 1:41:54 
Grings Mills 5 Mile, PA - 38:09 (2nd in age)
West Essex YMCA 5K - 22:10 (1st in age)
Firecracker 4 Mile, Cranford - 29:00 (3rd in age)
William & Theresa Wright Memorial 5K, Randolph - 22:41  (2nd in age)
Run For Dad 5K, West Winsor - 22:30 (2nd in age)
Montclair YMCA 10K - 46:47 (1st in age)
Ridgewood 10K - 47:15 
Our House 5 Mile, Summit - 37:28
Cherry Blossom 10K, Newark - 48:28 
Equinox 20K, Piscataway - 1:36:59 
Newark Distance Classic 20K - 1:44:31

2002
USATF-NJ 10 Mile Championship, South Orange - 1:17:52
Ashenfelter 8K, Glen Ridge - 36:36 
Paramus 10K - 45:18 
Wineglass Marathon, Corning NY - 3:28:11 (1st in age)
South Nyack 10 Mile - 1:16:01 (2nd in age)
West Essex YMCA 5K, Livingston - 22:37 (2nd in age)
Run For The Roses 10K, Denville - 45:35 (2nd in age)
Ridgewood 10K - 47:33
Midland 15K, Far Hills - 1:13:05
Our House 5 Mile, Summit - 36:39 (3rd in age)
Cherry Blossom 10K, Newark - 45:52
Run For Awareness 5K, Bayonne - 21:53
Newark Distance Classic 20K - 1:34:48 (3rd in age)

2001
Ashenfelter 8K , Glen Ridge - 36:15
Clifton Stampede 5K - 21:57
Liberty Half Marathon, Jersey City - 1:39:12
Firecracker 4 Mile, Cranford - 29:13
Teterboro Airport 5K - 21:50
St. Paddy's 10 Mile, Freehold - 1:13:15
Cherry Blossom 10K, Newark - 45:53

2000
Wineglass Marathon, Corning NY - 3:23:33 (1st in age)
Montclair YMCA 10K - 44:16 (1st in age)
Cedar Grove Mental Health 5K - 22:11 (1st in age)
Run For The Roses 10K, Denville - 43:42 (2nd in age)
Ridgewood 10K - 44:04 (3rd in age) 
Chilton Memorial Hospital Apple Chase 10K, Pompton Plains - 44:11 (1st in age)
Cherry Blossom 10K, Newark - 44:58 (3rd in age)

1999
Firecracker 4 Mile, Cranford - 29:41
Teterboro Airport 5K - 21:27
Montclair YMCA 10K - 43:59 (4th in age)
Rumson Run 5 Mile - 42:25
Cherry Blossom 10K, Newark - 42:54
E. Murray Todd Half Marathon, Lincroft - 1:37:38

1998
Rutherford Halloween 5 Mile - 34:26
Wineglass Marathon, Corning NY, 3:19:05
Liberty Waterfront 1/2 Marathon (hot, no shade) - 1:38:49
CJRR Fall Classic, Cranford 5 Mile - 34:31
South Nyack 10 Mile - 1:12:12
Firecracker 4 Mile, Cranford - 28:15
Montclair YMCA 10K - 44:03
Oxford, PA 5K - 20:15
Run For The Roses, Denville - 44:36
Newark Cherry Blossom 10K - 45:13
Newark Distance Classic 20K - 1:32:52

1997
Wineglass Marathon, Corning NY - 3:26:02
Griggs Mill, PA 5M - 34:28
Montclair YMCA 10K - 43:28
Run For The Roses, Denville - 44:28 
Demarest 5K - 21:27
Newark Cherry Blossom 10K - 45:40
Newark Distance Classic 20K - 1:41:30
St. Paddy's 10 Mile, Freehold - 1:13:42

1996
Glen Ridge Turkey Trot 10K - 43:47
Woodbridge 10K - 43:36 (1st in age group)
Oley Valley Country Classic 10 Mile - 1:11:58
Jersey Shore 1/2 Marathon - 1:35:44
Rutherford Halloween 5 Mile - 34:13
Montclair YMCA 10K - 43:57
Run For The Roses 10K, Denville - 44:08 (1st in age group)
Lodi Anti-Drug 5K - 21:12
Boston Marathon - 4:05:?
Newark Distance Classic 20K - 1:36:51
Freehold 10 Mile - 1:13:03

1995
Central Jersey Road Runners Fall Classic 5 Mile - 34:22 (3rd in age group USTAF)
Black River 5K, Roxbury - 20:52 (2nd in age group)
Bloomfield Sunset Classic 5 Mile - 38:58
Run For The Roses 10K, Denville - 41:12 (2nd in age group)
Johnson & Higgins 5K - 20:14 (2nd in age group)
Apple Chase 10K, Pompton Plains - 42:10
Edison Family Day 5K - 21:22 (1st in age group)
Cherry Blossom 10K, Newark - 42:55
Ringwood Spring Festival 4 Mile - 27:19 (3rd in age group)
Newark Distance Classic 20K - 1:30:30
St. Paddy's 10 Mile, Freehold - 1:09:17 (3rd in age group)

1994
Jersey Shore 1/2 Marathon - 1:33:57

Run For The Roses 10K Run in Denville - 43:58