My neighbor Joseph. A dedicated long distance runner

Lee Heidhues 5.22.2023

My neighbor Joseph Grovers is a dedicated long distance runner.

A years long runner in high school, college and now an active competitive runner. His latest exploit was being part of a “Centipede” team in this year’s Bay to Breakers. His team finished third in the competition with a sub 40 minute time in the nearly eight mile race across San Francisco. A link to a video clip of Joseph’s team climbing “Hellish Hayes Street” is attached.

A bubbly happy group of Bay to Breakers participants left behind by the Centipede team. Photo-San Francisco Chronicle

Joseph Grovers 5.22.2023 Special to Lee’s Perspective

The members of our Centipede line-up:

Zach Litoff, Josh Rosenkranz, Simon Ricci, Jonathan Charlesworth, Richard Skogsberg, Tristan Santos, Brody Barkan, Joseph Grovers, Franklin Rice, Ben Eversole, Quinn Todzo, Michael Roberts, Jason Karbelk, Ryan Somerfield, Will Goodness.

The happy, chilly Centipede team at Ocean Beach. Joseph is third from left. Top row
All the Centipedes. Including the Doggy Diner themed women’s Centipede hanging out at Ocean Beach after the race

We’re all runners who ran collegiately to some extent, whether club cross country / track, or NCAA team. And we all now reside in San Francisco, practice with & compete for West Valley Track Club.

WVTC had a B Centipede on the men’s side, a centipede for the women(dressed in a Doggy Diner theme, paying homage to the dog heads on JFK and former SF restaurant chain)

I’m a Bay Area native, from Newark specifically. I ran while at Newark Memorial, then continued competing in cross country and track at UC Davis, for the club team.

After Davis, I returned home to the Bay Area and trained independently. After a few years, I joined West Valley Track Club in San Francisco.

Start of the race in downtown San Francisco. Photo-San Francisco Chronicle

Top photo. Joseph’s Centipede team cruises down JFK Promenade in Golden Gate Park near the DeYoung Museum