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