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