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