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