Race bib and medal display

My father made me this great Uptown Gentlefriends (my race team) display for all of my race bibs and medals. It’s pretty damn sweet. Thanks dad!!!


Race Schedule

I started running in October of 2011 and I’ve done a bunch of races since. Here’s a list of my past races and finishing times as well as upcoming races that I will be attempting.

Upcoming Races:
8/6/2013 Flying Pig, Pennington NJ, 5k, trails
8/16/2014 Bradley Beach 5k, Bradley Beach NJ, 5k
9/1/2014 Hot Diggity Dog, Mercer County Park NJ, 10k, trails
Super Spartan, Vernon NJ, 9+ miles, mud run obstacle course
Spartan Beast, Killington VT, 14+ miles, mud run obstacle course
Parx Octoberfest 5k, Bensalem PA, 5k
Atlantic City Marathon, Atlantic City NJ, marathon
Trenton Half Marathon, Trenton NJ, half marathon

Past Races:
7/19/2014 Running With The Devil, Vernon NJ, 12 hour endurance trail race; 30 miles, 11:25:23, 19 of 33
7/13/2014 Spartan Sprint, Palmerton PA, 5 miles, mud run obstacle course; 3:06:56, 2303 of 4445
5/18/2014 Hair of the Dog, Working Dog Winery NJ, 5k; 21:51, 42 of 1123
5/10/2014 Washington Crossing 5k, Washington Crossing Park NJ, 5k, trails; 20:40 (course mismeasured), 9 of 117
5/4/2014 Bucks County 10 Miler, Washington Crossing Park PA, 10 miles; 1:16:29, 25 of 246
4/26/2014 Asbury Park Half Marathon, Asbury Park NJ, half marathon; 1:47:37, 129 of 1131
4/13/2014 Donor Dash, Philadelphia PA, 10k; 47:08, 98 of 1011
4/5/2014 IAS Woods Run, Princeton NJ, 6k, trails; 26:45, 7 of 78
3/22/2014 Phillies 5k, Citizens Bank Park PA, 5k; 22:08, 138 of 4747
3/15/2014 Looney Leprechaun, Tyler State Park PA, 10k, trails; 52:58, 23 of 159
2/8/2014 Cupid's Chase, Princeton NJ, 5k; 23:39, 15 of 154
1/1/2014 Hamilton Hangover, Veterans Park NJ, 5 miles; 37:46, 81 of 495
12/14/2013 Mistletoe 5k, Mercerville NJ, 5k; 23:19, 15 of 153
12/7/2013 IAS Woods Winter Wonder Run, Princeton NJ, 6k, trails; 27:59, 16 of 106
11/28/2013 Hopewell Valley Turkey Trot, Pennington NJ, 5k, trails; 23:45, 124 of 667
11/9/2013 Trenton Half Marathon, Trenton NJ, half marathon; 1:48:38, 261 of 1476
11/3/2013 Cooper Norcross Run The Bridge, Camden NJ, 10k; 48:46, 529 of 3400
10/26/2013 Spooky Tails & Trails, Washington’s Crossing NJ, 5k; 22:40, 22 of 162
10/20/2013 Seaside Half Marathon, Seaside Park NJ, half marathon; 1:57:15, 235 of 678
10/12/2013 Tomm May 5k, Robbinsville NJ, 5k; 22:32, 16 of 105
9/28/2013 Spartan Sprint, Citizens Bank Park PA, 3+ miles, obstacle course; 1:01:42, 865 of 4383
9/21/2013 Spartan Beast/World Championship, Killington VT, 14+ miles, mud run obstacle course; 9:29:29, 2651 of 3124
9/15/2013 Rock N Roll Half Marathon, Philadelphia PA, half marathon; 2:07:26, 8657 of 24295
9/7/2013 Super Spartan, Vernon NJ, 9+ miles, mud run obstacle course; 3:10:42, 2722 of 5269
9/2/2013 Hot Diggity Dog, Mercer County Park NJ, 10k, trails; 1:00:41, 42 of 129
8/25/2013 George Wah Memorial, Veterans Park NJ, 5k, trails; 23:11, 102 of 228
8/7/2013 Flying Pig, Pennington NJ, 5k, trails; 23:08, 44 of 97
Spartan Sprint, Palmerton PA, 5+ miles, mud run obstacle course; 1:56:32, 1875 of 5624
7/4/2013 Revolutionary Run, Washington’s Crossing PA, 10k; 54:53
6/25/2013 ETS Firecracker 5k, Princeton NJ, 5k; 23:36, 61 of 460
Princeton Healthcare 10k, Princeton NJ, 10k; 49:48, 100 of 551
Run For Your Lives, Medford NJ, 5k, mud run obstacle course; untimed/non competitive event
CYO Memorial Day, Veterans Park NJ, 5k; 22:15, 8 of 38
Hair of the Dog, Silver Decoy Winery NJ, 5k; 22:05, 37 of 930
5/4/2013 Miles for Isles, Mercer County Park NJ, 5k; 22:09, 17 of 96
4/20/2013 Asbury Park Half Marathon, Asbury Park NJ, half marathon; 1:52:27, 273 of 1204
Spartan Sprint, Citi Field NYC, 3+ miles, obstacle course; 1:19:47, 2300 of 9663
3/16/2013 St. Patty’s Day 5k, Bordentown NJ, 5k; 22:37, 37 of 507
1/1/2013 Hamilton Hangover, Veterans Park NJ, 5 miles; 40:22, 140 of 459
Mistletoe 5k, Mercerville NJ, 5k; 22:34, 19 of 199
11/22/2012 Hopewell Valley Turkey Trot, Pennington NJ, 5k, trails; 22:46, 83 of 591
Trenton Half Marathon, Trenton NJ, half marathon; 2:00:03, 596 of 1400
10/27/2012 Spooky Tails & Trails, Veterans Park NJ, 5k; 22:41, 22 of 197
Race to Restore, Ewing NJ, 5k; 22:45, 9 of 57
Carnegie Center, Princeton NJ, 5k; 23:51, 107 of 546
Runyon at Yankee Stadium, Yankee Stadium NYC, 5k; 28:31, 241 of 2944
Flying Pig, Pennington NJ, 5k, trails; 24:29, 55 of 149.
Spartan Sprint, Palmerton PA, 5+ miles, mud run obstacle course; 2:38:58, 701 of 2011
Strides for Stroke, Veterans Park NJ, 5k: 23:28, 40 of 203
The Color Run, Philadelphia PA, 5k: untimed/non competitive event
Revolutionary Run, Washington’s Crossing PA, 5k: 23:50, 41 of 412
Run for Dad, Mercer County Park NJ, 5k: 24:43, 144 of 516
CYO Memorial Day, Veterans Park NJ, 5k: 25:07, 21 of 72
Hair of the Dog, Silver Decoy Winery NJ, 5k: 25:14, 110 of 934
Run the Vineyards, Heritage Winery NJ, 2.5 miles: 22:40, 6 of 90
Hamilton Hangover, Veterans Park NJ, 5 miles: 45:26, 224 of 470
Turkey Trot, Newtown PA, 5 miles: 53:48, 651 of 781
Sowebo Landmark, Baltimore MD, 5k: 37:08, 97 of 182

I will update this page as races are finished or added.

Bucks County 10 Miler: May the Fourth Be With You

Got this in my email yesterday from the Star Wars themed Bucks County Ten Miler, May the Fourth Be With You.

2014-BC10Miler - 41 - John - Beck

SNL Digital Short: When Will The Bass Drop?

SNL Digital Short: When Will The Bass Drop?

SNL Digital Short: Hugs

SNL Digital Short - Hugs

Happy Mother's Day

Happy mother's day to all the mothers out there. My grandmother recently found this old photo of my mother during Halloween. I found this picture interesting and had to share it. My mom is the one on the right, the hobo.

mother's day

Earth, Air, Fire, Water

2 opening receptions at Artworks Trenton this Saturday, May 10th 2014, 6 to 8pm.


A forest of large painted and individually collaged prisms will be literally hanging throughout ARTWORKS in Trenton May 10 to June 7.

This massive interactive installation is the centerpiece of a one man show featuring local artist Alan Goldstein. The show features work relating to 4 natural elements; Earth, Air, Fire and Water. Goldstein has based much of his life’s work on nature’s inventions and processes.

The forest was inspired by the trees the artist has studied for over 30 years walking to his Bucks County studio. “ My trees are a part of my life and I see them age and die like my friends, like myself.  Slowly they loose twigs, branches, leaves and bark until they stand like ghosts waiting to fall.”

Goldstein spent most of the 1960s in New Jersey.  He taught at St Bernard’s School for Boys, the Summit Art Center and the Morris County Art Association in Morristown.  An invited artist to the International Summer Seminar at Fairleigh Dickenson, Goldstein has been shown at the NJ Visual Arts Center and the Newark Museum.

His work was regularly shown at the Lacework Gallery in Lambertville, New Jersey and he has many works in the permanent collection of the Michener Museum in Doylestown Pennsylvania.

“Alpha Genesis” will be the first official exhibition for Allegory Lab Art Collective.

Allegory Lab Art Collective is comprised of four, self-representing artists: Melody Saccone, John A. Saccone, Bobby Bates, and Addison Vincent. The four artists decided to collaborate and form the collective in March of 2013.

“Alpha Genesis” is the first exhibition in a four year, four part series of works which will culminate into a massive body of works by 2017.
“Alpha Genesis” will showcase 5 works by each artist, and their personal styles for the 2014 season.
“Beta Genesis”, 2015 season, will showcase collaborative works as the artists pair off to create 8 works per pair.
“Omega Genesis”, 2016 season, will showcase 8 collaborative, large scale works of all four artists.
“The Genesis Series”, 2017 season, will be the culmination of the past three years, and will showcase a total of 36 works, ranging from personal works, to full collaborative works.

The purpose of working in yearly segments is to foster growth as artists through both personal and collaborative exploration and experimentation. Since each of the artist’s work in their own style and medium, the outcome of the collaborative works should be nothing short of spectacular.


Help Artworks Trenton

Artworks Trenton, the amazing place where I work, has a matching fund challenge. Can you help us reach our goal of $5,000 by donating WHATEVER you are able using this link? Then message me to let me know (we've got some Board member and Staff competition going on here and you know how competitive I am). In return you will get the comfort of knowing that you're helping an incredible small roots arts organization and possibly a foot massage from me.

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The Knife

Last night I saw the Knife at Terminal 5 in NYC. It was one of the stranger shows that I've been too. They took the idea of a concert and then took the concert out of that idea. It was a strange abstract dance performance. I enjoyed every minute of it. Though I didn't like it as much as Fever Ray, my favorite show of all time, this show still is one of my favorite and most memorable performances.

Here are some pictures and video that I took. In order of appearance in the performance.













Young Galaxy: Fresh Works from the College of New Jersey

Opening reception at Artworks Trenton this Friday, April 11th, 2014!


Artworks Trenton presents an exhibition of fresh work by advanced students from The College of New Jersey.  Entitled, “young galaxy,” this show will run from April 11 to May 3, 2014.  Meet the artists at the reception on April 11th, 6-8pm.

“young galaxy” is a free-wheeling, jostling, exuberant, compelling, and wild collection of fresh works.  As this cohort of advanced visual arts students at The College of New Jersey moves into artistic maturity, the results are a cocktail of newfound creative independence stirred with technical acumen. ‘young galaxy’ asks questions of how a young artist perceives the world around him/her and how do those perceptions become art.
The exhibition is a mash-up of drawing, painting, video, installation, sculpture and large-scale murals.  In each work, the young artist has taken on the task of creating something ‘new’, often by excavating the past or by exposing personal experience to the world.  To witness this point of creation is like witnessing the birth of a galaxy; it is explosive, and rapidly expands to fill the space around it.

The False Mirror – Surrealism Forward and Back


The False Mirror – Surrealism Forward and Back
Curated by Frances Heinrich

Exhibiting in the Artworks Main Gallery from January 11, 2013 through February 22, 2014
An opening reception will be held on January 11, 2014  6-8pm (Snowdate Jan 18)

Almost a hundred years have passed since classical Surrealist works were first shown, and their irrational “snapshots” of the impossible were surely quite shocking back then.  Today, however, we appear increasingly attracted to similar oddities:  computer-altered talking babies, life-sized combative tacos, and flying cars probably now seem both plausible and trendy.

The False Mirror will present a wide variety of top works by a group of highly professional artists; Tom Bendtsen, John Goodyear, Benjamin S. Jones, Alan Kesselhaut, Paul Leibow, Jim and Lynn Lemyre, Adam Niklewicz, Sarah Petruziello, Frank Rivera, Anita Thacher, and Andrew Wilkinson.

Drawing, painting, sculpture, video, and installation will all be on display.  Some of these artists might deny being Surrealists, but their work demonstrates, for curator Frances Heinrich, the ideas, sensibilities, and visual freedoms originally granted by historical Surrealists and Dadaists.

At 6pm on the night of the opening reception, curator Frances Heinrich will also present a short Powerpoint talk which relates famous historical works to the current “special effects” now surrounding us in film, tv, advertising, and fashion. This will truly be an engaging event for anyone interested in their media environment.


Top 50 albums of 2013

My favorite albums of 2013 in order from most favorite.

1. Kanye West - Yeezus
2. Forest Swords - Engravings
3. Darkside - Psychic
4. Dirty Beaches - Drifters/Love Is The Devil
5. Oneohtrix Point Never - R Plus Seven
6. Tim Hecker - Virgins
7. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
8. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Push The Sky Away
9. Boards of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest
10. Savages - Silence Yourself
11. Holy Ghost! - Dynamics
12. David Lynch - The Big Dream
13. Majical Cloudz - Impersonator
14. Austra - Olympia
15. Katie Gately - Katie Gately
16. Fuck Buttons - Slow Focus
17. Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol 3: See More Light
18. Deafheaven - Sunbather
19. Zomby - With Love
20. Burial - Rival Dealer
21. Haim - Days Are Gone
22. The Haxan Cloak - Excavation
23. Four Tet - Beautiful Rewind
24. Gesaffelstein - Aleph
25. Kavinsky - Outrun
26. James Blake - Overgrown
27. Autechre - Exai
28. London Grammar - If You Wait
29. Matmos - The Marriage of True Minds
30. William Basinski - Nocturnes
31. M.I.A. - Matangi
32. Arcade Fire - Reflektor
33. The Knife - Shaking the Habitual
34. Factory Floor - Factory Floor
35. Jon Hopkins - Immunity
36. The Field - Cupid's Head
37. Matt Elliott - Only Myocardial Infarction Can Break Your Heart
38. Suuns - Images Du Futur
39. Foetus - Soak
40. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
41. oOoOO - Without Your Love
42. Sleigh Bells - Bitter Rivals
43. Phosphorescent - Muchacho
44. Charli XCX - True Romance
45. Au Revoir Simone - Move In Spectrums
46. Grouper - The Man Who Died in His Boat
47. Lorde - Pure Heroine
48. Adult. - The Way Things Fall
49. Atoms for Peace - Amok
50. Depeche Mode - Delta Machine