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2014 Annual Meeting and Elections

Dear Roadrunner Members:

The Utica Roadrunners annual business meeting and election for the Board of Directors will be held Monday, November 10th at the F. X. Matt Brewery’s Saranac 1888 Tavern on Court Street in Utica. The meeting starts at 6:30 pm with the Brewery’s best liquid refreshments and some finger food for your enjoyment. This is the meeting where we will elect six members to the club’s Board of Directors for two year terms.

There are 8 members who have put their names forward as candidates for the Board. Their bios are included with a ballot. Please note there is space for write-ins. You can vote for any combination of six of the nominees and/or your write-in names. Ballots with more than six names will be void. You can bring this ballot to the meeting to cast it, or mail it to the club at: Utica Roadrunners, P. O. Box 4141, Utica, NY 13504. Please put your return address on the envelopes just so we know there are not multiple ballots per member.  Any mailed ballot that is not in the post office box by early afternoon November 10th will not be counted, so mail early.

Very truly yours,
Sybil Johnson, President

Roadrunners Annual Meeting and Board Elections

Dear Roadrunner Member(s):

The Utica Roadrunners annual business meeting and election for the Board of Directors will be held Monday, November 11th at the F. X. Matt Brewery’s Saranac 1888 Tavern on Court Street in Utica. The meeting starts at 6:30 pm with the Brewery’s best liquid refreshments and some finger food for your enjoyment. This is the meeting where we will elect six members to the club’s Board of Directors for two year terms, and one member for a one year term.

There are 9 members who have put their names forward as candidates for the Board. Their bios are included with a ballot. Please note there is space for write-ins. You can vote for any combination of seven of the nominees and/or your write-in names. Ballots with more than seven names will be void. You can bring this ballot to the meeting to cast it, or mail it to the club at: Utica Roadrunners, P. O. Box 4141, Utica, NY 13504. Please put your return address on the envelopes just so we know there are not multiple ballots per member.  Any mailed ballot that is not in the post office box by early afternoon November 11th will not be counted, so mail early.

Very truly yours,
Sybil Johnson, President

Deerfield Skeleton 5K Doubles Its Participation on Challenging Cross-Country Course

With twice the participation as previous years, ideal Indian summer weather, unparalleled autumnal foliage, and a dry yet challenging cross-country course made the Deerfield Skeleton 5K on Sunday, October 13th, the perfect conclusion to the 2013 Utica Roadrunners Grand Prix series. It was a welcomed change from previous years’ rainy, windy, cold, mud-slippery and sneaker-sucking conditions.

 

After a kids’ race and a 3K event that attracted some hot scholastic harriers, the 5K circuits drew 31 Grand Prix eligible Utica Roadrunners to the town’s bejeweled trails, ten of them running their first GP event of the year. Among them were Ryan, Patrick, Colleen and Colin Sparacino who represented the largest family participation at the event. John Draper led all Utica Roadrunners with 21:15 and a fourth place finish overall, followed by Stephen Paddock, Scott Suba, Evan Potter, Ryan Misencik and Bruce Palmer rounding out the top 24 of 216 finishers. Fastest female was Elizabeth Miller in 26:47 and 8th female overall (an outstanding time for the steeply hilled and curving route), followed by MaryAnn Wilkinson and Bettina Lindsey.

 

Scott Suba had the best GP-eligible Utica Roadrunners age-graded performance (6th overall) at 66.36%, followed by John Draper’s 66.21%, Liz Miller’s 65.05%, Bruce Palmer’s 62.29%, Gary LaShure’s 61.43%, and Steve Paddock’s 60.52%. Age group race winners were: Bruce Palmer first and Gary LaShure third in M51-99; Liz Miller second in F51-99; John Draper first in M41-50; MaryAnn Wilkinson third in F41-50; Ryan Misencik third in M31-40; and Steve Paddock second in M1-20.

 

On a final note, there were a number of cloaked participants vying for costume prizes, but none more elaborate (and cumbersome!) than active Club volunteer Charlie Kane whose medieval knight’s shield, sword and helmet at once struck fear and felicity as he ran with daughter Emilie.

 

Final 2013 Grand Prix standings appear at the Club’s website and November’s newsletter, but look for a complete summary of this year’s Grand Prix series, with rundown of age-group and special awards, in the December SpliTimes. Until then, stay strong, train safe, and race swift!           

 

~ Ted Lenio, Grand Prix Coordinator, 10/17/13

Susan Luley Tops All Runners in Age-Graded Performance at Herkimer ARC Heart and Sole Awareness 5K Run!

Thirty-two Utica Roadrunners Grand Prix participants turned out Saturday, September 7th for Herkimer ARC’s Heart and Sole Awareness 5K Run, comprising one-third of those finishing! With generous goody bags and donut holes distributed at bib and T-shirt pickup, it boded well for what would be a glorious morning of racing with ideal weather conditions. The course provided an eclectic blend of rolling, curved open roads and circuitous residential streets peppered with a proliferation of political primary lawn placards in and around East Herkimer Elementary and the Herkimer ARC Senior Center. Race director Audrey Piccione and her helpful staff at registration and out on the course created an almost flawless environment for serious and fun runners alike.

 

In age-graded performance, Sue Luley topped all 101 participants with a remarkable 77.83%, with Tina Lindsey’s 74.8% and Bill Kosina’s 73.31% also qualifying for regional classification. Nine Utica Roadrunners finished in the top 21 places, with Bill Kosina third overall and fastest Club member at 20:38!

 

In race age-group awards, the following Utica Roadrunners stepped onto the podium, receiving HARC client-crafted plaques: Francis A. Peruzzi, first place in M30-39; Mary J. Wilson, first in F40-49; Susan Luley, first and Dorothy Massinger, second in F60-99; Tina Lindsey, first and Sue Tucker, third in F50-59; Bill Kosina, first and Gary Roback, third in M50-59; Nick Netti, second in M11-19; Jim Roach, second and Rob Ichihana, third in M60-99, just nipping Francis J. Peruzzi by less than a second; Melanie Crisino, third in F30-39; and Scott Suba, third in M40-49 (though Scott was a victim of course marshal misdirection).

 

Five Club members ran their first 2013 Grand Prix event at the HARC race, bringing the total to 143 participating in the series (86 men and 57 women). Standings continue to vacillate after this tenth of twelve events, several more members now able to use their best seven finishes for points allocation. (Remember, one need not run a minimum of seven races to qualify for awards.) As a result of the HARC 5K, two Club members moved up to firmly secure first place in their respective five-year age groups: Lesia Roback (F45-49) and Scott Nonemaker (M35-39).

 

Finally, there were a number of fine raffle prizes presented in post-race ceremonies, cinema tickets and WalMart gift cards among them. But, receiving the grand prize of four tickets to the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays game later this month was our own Mark DesJardins!

 

Our last two 2013 Grand Prix events will be the Club’s Falling Leaves 14K on Sunday, September 22nd and the Deerfield Skeleton 5K Trail Run on Sunday, October 13th.  Until then, may everyone stay strong, train safe, and race swift!        ~ Ted Lenio, 9/9/13

Woodsmen’s 10K Is A Hit as New Addition to 2013 Grand Prix Series!

The 23rd running of Woodsmen’s 10K in Boonville, on Friday evening, August 16, was just one of many events highlighting the weekend’s 66th Annual New York State Woodsmen’s Field Days. With 56 more runners than last year (34 of them Utica Roadrunners), race officials surmised that its inaugural inclusion into the 2013 Grand Prix series spurred the increase. After pre-race info and instructions provided by race director and ToePath Trekker Al Salmon, the 231 participants set out on what appeared to be a nicely rolling rural route, that is until Mile 5. Depending on one’s fitness, racers encountered either mounds or mountains that would challenge a lumberjack for more than a mile. Thankfully, the bulk of spectator and water (even beer!) support helped runners endure the exhausting escarpment.

 

Utica Roadrunners were at the top of their race podiums in four divisions, mostly in Grandmasters and Masters categories, receiving lovely Hardin Furniture plaques. Taking first and second, respectively, were: Susan Luley and Cornelia Brown (F60-69); Tina Lindsey and Liz Miller (F50-54); and Mike Massoud and Bill Kosina (M50-54); Cory Battles and Josh Kuelling (M30-34); and Justyna Wilkinson capturing first in F1-14. Richard Cohen and John Draper, finished second and third, respectively, in M40-44. Third place race age group finishes were turned in by: MaryAnn Wilkinson (F45-49), Tom Bick (M60-69), and Kermit Cadrette (M70-99).

 

In age-graded performance, Mike Massound turned in a remarkable 76.41%, best Utica Roadrunner result and second best overall to race winner Zakaria Adam Djouma, whom we have gotten used to leading the 10K pack at our weekly development runs. Our next best age-graded performance was Susan Luley’s 73.55% (tenth best overall among the 231 finishers), with Richard Cohen right behind with 72.60%. Those also included in the regional class of 70-79.99% were: Cory Battles (71.93%), Bill Kosina (71.28%), John Draper (71.13%), Liz Miller (70.6%), Tina Lindsey (70.39%), and Stephen Paddock (70.23%).

 

As a result of this new and ninth race of the 2013 series of twelve events, Grand Prix standings predictably shifted. Moving into first place in their respective GP age groups were: MaryAnn Wilkinson (F45-49); Susan Luley, breaking their previous tie and pulling just ahead of Cornelia Brown (F60-64); and Kermit Cadrette, moving into a tie with Joseph Madeira, Jr. (M>70). Moving into second place in their GP age groups were: Bill Luley (M60-64), Jolene Nonemaker (F35-39), Liz Miller (F50-54), and Rich Crandall (M45-49), who is also one of only two members who have run all Grand Prix events thus far! And jumping into third place in their GP age groups were: Terry Draper (F40-44); Erich Salie (M50-54); Fred Roth (M>70), who joined Bruce Harris and Scott Daskiewich in running their first Grand Prix events of the year; and Richard Cohen (M40-44), returning to racing after prudent recovery from an injury.

 

Finally, hats off to Gary Roback who interrupted his race to assist and stay with a younger male runner downed by a shin injury until medical help arrived. Gary displayed inspiring, rare spirit in sacrificing his own time for a fallen fellow runner on the challenging course. Despite giving up numerous minutes, Gary rallied to regain his tempo and, only fittingly, held onto his second place position in GP M50-54.

 

The tenth and next race in the Grand Prix series is the Herkimer ARC Heart and Sole 5K on Saturday, September 7th. For registration info and to learn about course changes due to summer flooding go to < http://www.herkimerarc.org/page/herkimer-arcs-heart–sole-5k-awareness-run> Until then, stay strong, train safe, and race swift! ~ Ted Lenio, GP Coordinator, 8/17/13