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

Grand Prix’s Bolder Inspiration 5 Mile ~ The Most Beautiful Course in the . . .

Grand Prix’s Bolder Inspiration 5 Mile ~ The Most Beautiful Course in the . . .

 

No matter how you complete the above statement, it’s true!  The wooded, winding, climbing and descending roads of this route in and around Trenton Falls, NY, make this road race among the most scenic one could ever run or walk. Moreover, the numerous aid stations and cheering residents made the long and winding road whiz by, assisted by signage and course marshals directing at critical junctures. The fourteen male and twelve female Utica Roadrunners took off amongst a field of 152 on Saturday morning, August 3rd, with an early, sustained, somewhat steep ascent through a shaded canopy of greenery under perfect temperatures and mostly cloudy, then sunny skies.

 

Sporting their new UR-logo race kits, Club members Jeremy West, Cory Battles and Thomas Joslin swept seventh through ninth places overall, with John Draper in thirteenth and Scott Suba, seventeenth. But, the best age-graded performance was turned in by Susan Luley with 72.01% (calculated using her 43:26 time for 60-year-old females), followed by defending champion West’s 70.45% and Battes’ 70.24%, all in the regional class category.

 

Race directors and Club members Rich and Pam Karaz of The Sneaker Store rolled out the green carpet with their trademark ebullient hospitality, welcoming and acknowledging both kids and adults at a post-race awards ceremony that presented medals and commemorative drinking glasses. In its fourth year, the race was founded after the couple’s visit to Bolder, Colorado, where they experienced an aesthetically beautiful community enthusiastically engaged in physical recreation of all kinds.

 

In race age-group awards, the following Utica Roadrunners took honors: Susan Luley, Cornelia Brown, and Dorothy Massinger, who swept the podium in the F60-99 group; Ingrid Otto-Jones, first in F40-49; John Draper and Scott Suba, first and second in M40-49; Cory Battles and Thomas Joslin, second and third in M30-39; and Jeremy West, first in M19-29.

As of August 7th press time, this eighth and first new event in the 2013 Grand Prix series  yielded ongoing shake-ups in the five-year standings, where two members are already beginning to use their best seven finishes, though not necessarily advancing their positions. Three members were added to the rolls leaving only the oldest female age group still unfilled.

 

For the first time, Sandy Arcuri won her GP age group and moved into a tie for third to challenge Mary Wilson and Melanie Crisino’s domination of F40-44 age group, with Terry Draper also moving up in the standings. John Draper broke his tie with James Latshaw in M40-44 and pulled ahead with his age group award at Bolder Inspiration, and Susan Luley moved into a tie with Cornelia Brown in the hotly contested F60-64 age group. Ingrid Otto-Jones surged to the top of the F45-49 standings with her age group first place race effort and Sue Tucker moved into second in F50-54. Dennis Johnson’s fourth place race age group award corresponded to the same position in the GP M50-54 group, as did Gary LaShure’s effort to fortify his second place standing in M55-59. Finally, Jim Moragne’s GP entry resulted in maximum points in the M60-64 standings, with Bill Luley’s effort moving him up in the same age group.

With only one-third of the Grand Prix series remaining, our next race will be the certified Woodsmen’s 10K in Boonville on Friday evening, August 16, followed by the Herkimer ARC Heart and Sole 5K (with modified race route following recent flooding) on Saturday, September 7. Paper applications are available at our weekly Wednesday developmental run registration located at the Val Bialas Sports Center, 210 Memorial Parkway, Utica.

~  Ted Lenio, Grand Prix Coordinator, 8/7/13

Ice Cream Social Atmosphere Attracts Families to Millers Mills Sundae Run

Ice Cream Social Atmosphere Attracts Families to Millers Mills Sundae Run

 

The hamlet of Millers Mills played host and offered down-home hospitality to the 45 Utica Roadrunners (twelve more than last year) who ran the 19th edition of the Sundae 5K run this past Sunday. Aptly, there was more member family participation evident, with The Wilkinsons, The Cohens, The Humphreys, and The Salies showing the largest participation.

 

Hardly a walk in the park, the certified, so-called “official cool-down event for the Boilermaker” is renowned as an undulating, serpentine rural route and “the only out-and-back course that’s uphill all the way!” And a cool-down it was with a break in the recent week’s sweltering heat and humidity, accompanied by free homemade ice cream made from frozen blocks harvested mid-winter off Unadilla Pond and stored until summer in hay-insulated barns.

 

Besides a hefty haul in raffle prizes, Utica Roadrunners harvested a bounty of distinctions. The three fastest Utica Roadrunners were Josh Kuelling (4th overall in 19:37), Paul Humphrey (6th overall in 19:55 / 71.77% age-grade), and Scott Suba (14th overall in 21:08). Fastest UR female was Justyna Wilkinson, trailing the first female overall by just six seconds in 21:58, age-grade 71.54%.

In age group awards, Club members were even more successful: F14-18, Justyna Wilkinson, first and Bridget Humphrey, third; F30-39, Sarah Elleman, second; F50-59, a clean sweep with Tina Lindsey, first (as well as fifth place female overall and age-grade of 70.52%), Liz Miller, second, and Heidi Chrisman, third. In men’s action, M30-39, Josh Kuelling, second; M40-49, Paul Humphrey, first; M50-59, Bill Kosina, second and Bruce Palmer, third; M60-69, Tom Bick, second; and M70+, Kermit Cadrette, first.

 

With nine members entering Grand Prix competition at Millers Mills, there are now 132 participants in the series (54 females and 78 males), with three members having done all seven races thus far. In our youngest groups 0-14, Emma and Rachel Humphrey have now ascended to the top of their division standings, with Noah Cohen adding to his lead over Daniel Humphrey in their group, which now includes Alex Wilkinson.

 

With an official population of just 29, Millers Mills playfully boasts “uptown, midtown, and downtown” signs along the course, and it seemed like every resident and Grange #581 member was out to cheer, offer refreshment, or assist with race duties. Special thanks go out to race director Karen Huxtable-Hooker, comedic emcee and husband Patrick Hooker for his appreciation in our sizable participation and cueing Club members for a photograph, and the ladies serving up complimentary post-race ice cream.

 

With seven races completed, we await our next series event, the Bolder Inspiration 5-Mile in Trenton Falls on Saturday, August 3rd http://www.bolderinspiration.blogspot.com. Until then, stay strong, train safe, and race swift!

 

~ Text and photos by Ted Lenio, Grand Prix Coordinator, 7/22/13

Summer Sizzle Recap

An extremely scenic, modified, well-marked, seemingly less-hilly, fast-finish course drew 27 more participants than last year to the Utica Roadrunners’ Summer Sizzle 5-Miler on Sunday, June 9, with an even more impressive volunteer presence than previous years. Race Director Dennis Johnson designed and coordinated a well-sponsored event, which featured a festive awards party at the finish line pavilion knoll below the SUNY-IT campus center. The Club-sponsored event, which wound its way amidst the picturesque campus roads, walkways and reduced, manicured cross-country trails, donated profits to the Stevens-Swan Humane Society.

 

Unique to the race was the family team awards, with a preponderance of accolades going to Utica Roadrunners with the fastest combined times. Mark Novak and Ryan Kelly took the Father & Daughter prize; David and William Paddock, the Father & Son award; Alexander and Dina White, the Husband & Wife category; Maryann and Justyna Wilkinson, the Mother & Daughter honors; and Leisa and Devin Murphy, the Mother & Son laurels.

 

In looking at the Club’s best age-graded performances (i.e., age and gender calculated to corresponding world records), our Grandmaster women surpassed even younger men in their efforts! The following were all considered Regional Class caliber: Susan Luley (75.18%), Bruce Palmer (74.76%), Tina Lindsey (73.81%), Paul Humphrey (73.81%), Ingrid Otto-Jones (71.35%), Tom Bick (70.55%), Cory Battles (70.35%), and Ginny Truax (70.1%). Also with highly graded efforts were Justyna Wilkinson (69.94%), Gary Kulis (69.92%), and Scott Suba (69.13%). Female numbers very nearly equaled male participation at the Summer Sizzle, not usual for most races where guys normally surpass gals two-to-one.

 

Top age-group winners were: Ingrid Otto-Jones (F45-49), Tina Lindsey (F50-54), Susan Luley (F55-59), Cornelia Brown (F60+), Ryan Misencik (M35-39), Paul Humphrey (M45-49), Gary Kulis (M50-54), Bruce Palmer (M55-59), Tom Bick (M60-64), Rich Hahn (M65-69), and Joe Madeira (M70+). The Club’s fastest runners were Cory Battles, Josh Kuelling and Paul Humphrey, finishing sixth through eighth, respectively. Breaking the top 25 of the 156 racers were Bruce Palmer (12th), Scott Suba (19th), Gary Kulis (22nd), Justyna Wilkinson (24th), and Ryan Misencik (25th).

 

Now exactly halfway through the 2013 Grand Prix season, surprising outcomes continue to headline the standings, with determined, dark horse racers surpassing the perennial leaders due to their dedication to the series. James Latshaw has wrested the lead in the M40-44 and others have moved up onto their age-group podia. Thus far, we have 44 more Grand Prix event participations than last year, and only two age groups unoccupied. Seventy-two males and 49 females are represented among 121 Utica Roadrunners in the Grand Prix. But, there’s still time to get involved with Grand Prix racing and challenge even those with seemingly insurmountable dominance. Remember, age group honors are based on your best seven races, with awards also going to those with most cumulative points, 100% participation, and family involvement.

(GP standings available at: www.uticaroadrunners.org)

 

The Grand Prix now takes more than a month’s hiatus to make room for Boilermaker training, but comes back with the very distinctive and popular “official Boilermaker cool-down,” the Millers Mills Sundae 5K run on July 21st. (Hardcopy registrations are available online at: http://millersmillsny.webs.com/sundae-run and at our weekly Wednesday development runs.)

See you on the road and trails, and remember to stay strong, train safe, and race swift! 

~ Ted Lenio    6/11/13

KAC Recap

The KAC 5K in Clinton was truly a festive family affair, preceded by kids races and a one mile run, all culminating in a grand carnival, Norman Rockwell atmosphere on the town green Saturday evening. Race director Moe Lalonde and his committee, many of whom are Utica Roadrunners, did a great job, both with event logistics and a fine awards program featuring lovely pottery prizes at the town’s central gazebo. Despite temperatures hovering around 90F and humidity at least as high, 40 Club members were among the 294 finishers, seven more than last year. Best male and female Club racers were Steve Paddock, third overall, and Ellen Furnari, third female overall, as well as first in her 25-29 age group.

 

The big news from the KAC 5K was that our masters and grandmaster runners absolutely ruled! John Draper, sixth place overall, captured the top male masters award, with Scott Suba next fastest in twelfth place. The older age groups were utterly dominated by Utica Roadrunners, with the following members first in their five-year categories: Cornelia Brown and Tom Bick, 60-64; Susan Luley and Bruce Palmer, 55-59; Tina Lindsey and Bill Kosina, 50-54; as well as Scott and John taking M45-49 and M40-44, respectively.

 

In age-graded performance, Utica Roadrunners took 10 of the top 16 places! Earning Regional Class distinction were: Steve Paddock (71.78%), Susan Luley (70.93%), John Draper (70.83%), Tom Bick (70.82%), and Cornelia Brown (70.09%). Right behind were Scott Suba (68.67%), Liz Miller (68.54%), Bill Kosina (68.49%), Tina Lindsey (68.42%), and Bruce Palmer (68.30%).

 

In Grand Prix news, this fifth event shuffled the standings and saw some great family participation. Travis, Sienna, and John Huther all ran the 5K, as well as Steve, Will, and David Paddock. Watch out Cohens and Humphreys, you’ve got some friendly competition for the Grand Prix Family Award! Lesia Roback has lept into the lead of the F45-49 age group, as well as Ben Kozik in M35-39. In other shake-ups, Scott Suba and Rich Crandall have taken the top spots in M45-49, with the following members firmly holding second place in their respective groups: Susan Luley in F60-64, Ed Gunn in M55-59, Gary Roback in M50-54, James Latshaw in M40-44, and Christina Reilly in F40-44. Still, there are a few leading their age groups with comfortable margins, thanks to strong showings at the KAC, especially Bill Kosina, Bruce Palmer, Ashley Fess, Ellen Furnari, Anne Marie Latshaw, Mary Wilson, Pamela Fess, and Cornelia Brown. With 58 points, Ashley Fess has the largest cumulative total in the Grand Prix series, and is among only three members who have done all five races. Thus far, we have 49 more Grand Prix event participations than last year, with ten new Club members included in the standings after the KAC 5K, and only two age groups unoccupied.

 

Next Sunday, June 9, is our next Grand Prix event, the Summer Sizzle 5 Mile at SUNY-IT in Marcy, starting at 8:30 A.M. It will mark the halfway point of our season, and be the last race for six weeks to accommodate training for and participation in the Boilermaker. The Summer Sizzle is a Utica Roadrunners-sponsored event, and race director Dennis Johnson is offering a modified course that is a spectator-friendly, modified figure-8 pattern through the SUNY-IT campus. The majority is on the paved campus roads and picturesque walkways with one section utilizing a portion of the college’s manicured cross-country trails, followed by a fast finish. Special team awards will be awarded for the fastest combined times in the following Family categories: Mother/Daughter, Father/Son, Sister/Sister, Brother/Brother, Sister/Brother, Mother/Son, Father/Daughter, and Husband/Wife. Chobani yogurt, Bagel Grove bagels, fruit and chocolate milk afterwards. Remember, stay strong, train safe, and race swift!   ~ Ted Lenio, 6/3/13

A View from the Back at the Hall of Fame Half

The National Distance Running Half of Fame Half-Marathon on Sunday, May 19, saw three Utica Roadrunners among the top five and eight of the top fifteen fastest finishers. Leading Club member was Jerry Tylutki, returning to Grand Prix racing for his first event of the year, after being kept away by busy weekend schedules with his TNT Timing company. Jerry’s third place 1:20:22 was just ahead of Cory Battles and Thomas Joslin’s fourth and fifth place finishes, respectively, with Joseph Mashaw and Josh Kuelling in the seventh and eighth slots. Top overall female was Club member Christine McGlynn, 14th overall, in 1:33:48. (And, though not Grand Prix events, numerous Club members competed and earned accolades in the 5K and half-marathon relay in open and masters male, female and mixed divisions.)

 

There were five more runners finishing this 15th edition than last year’s, with two-dozen males and eleven females among 35 Utica Roadrunners. Highest age-graded performances were turned in by: Jerry Tylutki (73.8%), Bob Vandenbergh (73.66%), Christine McGlynn (72.1%), Joe Mashaw (71.83%), Bill Kosina (71.75%), John Murphy (71.23%), Ingrid Otto-Jones (68.98%), Liz Miller (68.81%), and Cornelia Brown (68.71%).

 

The HoF Half added nine more participants to our Grand Prix ranks, now with 64 males and 40 females vying for age group points. Of the four members who’ve run all four races thus far, only Ashley Fess maintains an unbroken record of first-place finishes in her age group, though it’s wide open for numerous others to log perfect results for their remaining seven best races.

 

Next races in the Grand Prix series are Kirkland Art Center 5K on June 1st and Utica Roadrunners’ Summer Sizzle 5 Mile on June 9. (Please contact Summer Sizzle race director Dennis Johnson if you’d like to help out with this second Club-sponsored race at SUNY-IT!)

 

Finally, hope you’ll indulge a personal perspective from the back of the pack. After racing considerably better a few years ago, finishing dead last at the HoF Half was humbling (humiliating?) Injury, extra weight, and lack of training (any?) have a way of handicapping performance, as many of us know. But far more importantly, I had a chance on Sunday to experience and enjoy the event from a plodder’s point of view. As I shuffled along, it became amply apparent that course support was nothing short of terrific! Excellent attention and care were given to every single last runner, with each aid station present, prepared and enthusiastic until the bitter end in the rain (thanks for being there first and last, Bill Dunham and crew!); what seemed like a personal entourage of “sweep” personnel who supported us late-comers (especially Emilie Huxley and Alan Copeland from the Ride for Missing Children, whose conversation made the hours seem like minutes); cycling State Troopers and rolling UPD and UFD uniformed officers; numerous course marshals who flagged the way and inspired the journey; well-marked roots, rails, and other trail irregularities to prevent injuries due to tripping/falling; and cheering Leone Timing staff at the finish who provided a box of cookies, granola bars, banana and water (lest the post-party provisions be already consumed and/or cleared)! Having been age-group competitive just a few years ago, I would be hard pressed to choose now between being amongst the vanguard or stragglers, for there is fun and fulfillment to be had in each kind of participation! Everyone stay strong, train safe, and race swift (if you like or can!)                   ~ Ted Lenio       5/20/13