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