Annual Meeting Highlights

On March 5, the Finger Lakes Runners Club hosted its Annual Member Meeting at Joe’s Restaurant. The meeting is a gathering of FLRC members and their families, where the officers and board members openly discuss the club’s finances, past and upcoming events, and other club business. It is a time for members of the local running community to meet new, liked-minded people, and for the club to recognize members for their outstanding volunteer work.

This year’s special guest speaker was Amelia Habicht. A well known member of the Ithaca community, Amelia gave a presentation titled “Running 2020: Looking Back, Looking Forward.” She described her life as an endurance athlete prior to suffering a serious stroke at a young age. Amelia underscored the power of determination in helping her get back into endurance sports after her stroke, and highlighted how her condition has empowered her to achieve new goals and inspire others. The presentation was an abbreviated version of a TEDx talk Amelia gave at Ithaca College.

Following the guest presentation, several club officers discussed recent and upcoming FLRC events. Highlights include the successful Track Friday—a fundraiser for the Finger Lakes Trail Conference that we are making into an annual FLRC event,—the Mithical Miler race series and weekly training groups, the FLRC and High Noon cross country teams, and the 2017 Trail Circuit. Treasurer Mike Allinger then gave a brief report on the club’s financial state.

Next it was on to the awards. Gary McCheyne announced the Trail Series winners for the 2016 season. The Stonehead awards for the highest score across all ten races in the series went to Bill King and Audrey Balander. The Pebblehead title—for highest score compiled from a runner’s top three series races—was awarded to Fred Harle and Nora McIver-Sheridan. Nora had a perfect score of 300, meaning she won at least three series races. The Boulderhead crown is for the runner who completed the most miles in the series races, regardless of his/her finishing time or place. The 2016 Boulderheads were Ron Cunningham and Nancy Kleinrock. Special thanks to Karen Ingall for compiling the statistics and organizing these rankings year after year.

FLRC president Micki Sanders-Jauquet recognized the five new FLRC Life Members, as voted on by the Board of Directors earlier this year. Lifetime membership status is a way for the FLRC to acknowledge individuals who have volunteered their time, energy, and resources toward the club’s activities—and the local running community as a whole—over many years. The Lifetime Member Class of 2017 is comprised of Bruce Robel, Steve Shaum, Nancy Kleinrock, Sue Aigen, and Tom Hartshorne. Thank you all for your years of dedicated volunteer service! (Here is a brief bio of each new Lifetime Member.)

Every year, all club members are invited to vote on the FLRC Volunteer of the Year. The award recognizes an individual for going above and beyond the call of duty in a volunteer capacity at club events during a single calendar year. The 2016 award went to Katie Stettler—the former club treasurer who meticulously kept records of all of the club’s financial transactions and yearly budgets through a series of spreadsheets. Katie served as the club’s treasurer for several years before handing the reigns to Mike Allinger in January 2017. She also lent a hand at many of our races throughout 2016.

In the Desert Contest, Bruce Robel eked out a win with his brownie recipe. The brownies included real whipped cream, which likely put him over the edge as the top vote-getter.

We’d like to thank everyone who attended the meeting, as well as all who contributed to the delectable dessert table. As a reminder, all FLRC club members—not just board members—are welcome to attend our monthly board meetings, usually held on the second Wednesday of each month. If you are interested in voicing your opinions on club activities, or looking to serve as an officer, board member-at-large, or a race director, the meetings are the best way to learn how the club functions behind the scenes and see what opportunities are available.

New FLRC Lifetime Members

The Finger Lakes Runners Club is pleased to announce the addition of five new Lifetime Members, as voted on at our January 2017 Board of Directors meeting. The FLRC’s Lifetime Membership status is a way for the club to acknowledge individuals who have committed extensive time and energy to the club on a voluntary basis, over a period of many years. This includes, but is not limited to, directing or organizing club events, holding a significant position on the club’s Board of Directors, outstanding community involvement with regards to running, and volunteering at several club races each year.

The FLRC would like to recognize the following individuals for their years of service to the club, the community, and the sport of running.

Steve Shaum:

Steve announcing the FL50s awards

Steve Shaum has served on the Finger Lakes Runners Club Board of Directors since 2005. During his tenure, he has served as Membership Coordinator from 2005-2010, Co-President in 2006, Board Member-at-Large from 2011-2012 and 2017 to present, Race Director for the Finger Lakes 50s Trail Races from 2012-2016, and is currently on the Finger Lakes 50s organizational committee. Shaum has also served on various board committees, including the marketing, finance, web development, and governance committees.

The Finger Lakes Runners Club organizes over 20 running events each year, and Shaum has not only run in nearly all of the events—he has also volunteered at them. Shaum is known to show up early at a race to help out with registration and set-up, run the race, then step in to assist with finish-line timing and cleaning up after the event. He is also known to volunteer at and run in many other races around the Finger Lakes region.

Shaum has been a runner for 30 years. He and his wife Nancy Kleinrock enjoy traveling globally and participating in races during their travels whenever possible. Both of them have enjoyed running races around the United States, and in New Zealand, Spain, and Italy.

Shaum has worked full-time in higher-education administration for 22 years and currently works in the Office of Student Services at Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, where he conducts academic and career advising.

Bruce Robel:

Bruce Robel became a runner after turning 40. He has run with the High Noon Athletic Club since 1996 and has volunteered extensively with the Finger Lakes Runners Club. Robel has been the race director of the FLRC Turkey Trot since 2007, turning the low-key prediction run into a much larger event with over 400 runners. Before he took on this role, the Turkey Trot rarely exceeded 100 participants. This is truly a labor of love for Robel—keeping extensive records, all by hand and memory. For the last eight years, he has used the Turkey Trot to help the Finger Lakes Runners Club partner with Loaves & Fishes of Tompkins County to provide meals for those in need. Last year, with only 268 participants, the Turkey Trot contributed $2,756 to Ithaca Loaves & Fishes.

Robel directed the indoor and outdoor FLRC track meets from 2010 to 2015. He has been the official starter at the meets since the turn of the century. In addition to volunteering at track meets, Robel arranges to secure the Barton Hall and Kane Field tracks for FLRC events. For the past ten years, Robel has served as a course marshal the Skunk Cabbage Classic Half Marathon and the Ithaca 5 & 10, and has helped out at the Hartshorne Memorial Masters Mile.

Robel has worked at Cornell University for the past 36 years. He is currently the administrative manager of the Department of Anthropology, the Program in Archaeology, and the Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines. He and his wife, Kathleen Gibson, share their time in Ithaca and Watkins Glen.

Nancy Kleinrock:

Nancy en route to another FL50s finish

Nancy Kleinrock has served on the Finger Lakes Runners Club’s board for 13 years in various capacities. She served as Assistant Newsletter Editor from 2004-2007 before becaming the Newsletter Editor—a position she continued through 2012. In 2006, she was the FLRC’s Co-President. Additionally, Kleinrock served as the club’s Secretary from 2009-2012, as Executive Vice President from 2012-2013, and returned to Secretary in 2014—a position she currently holds.

Kleinrock regularly volunteers at races, either throughout the entire duration of an event or before or after she runs it. The FLRC awarded Kleinrock the Hartshorne Volunteer of the Year award in 2013.

Along with her various roles on the Board of Director and as  a volunteer, Kleinrock can be found putting in miles on the area’s trails—around the Finger Lakes region, and nationally and globally while traveling. She’s also competed in many road races, achieving age group national ranking times in distances including 5k, 10k, the half marathon, and the marathon. She is happiest when she runs long on trails, with favorite race distances being 50k or 50 miles. In 2010 she placed first masters woman at the USATF 50-Mile National Championship, and the same year placed third in the 50–54 age group at the USATF National Cross-Country Club Championships. She’s even won a couple of races outright, finishing ahead of not just the women, but all the men too!

Outside of running, Kleinrock works as a writer for a Southern California conference company that focuses on emerging high technology.

Tom Hartshorne:

Tom Hartshorne, son of Finger Lakes Runners Club founder James Hartshorne, was the club’s “copy jockey” during its early years. In the late 1960s and early 70s, when Tom was in middle school and high school, he took on the tasks of copying announcements and invitations, stuffing envelopes, and licking stamps for numerous FLRC event mailings.

In 2002, when Tom Hartshorne returned to Ithaca after 30 years away, he stepped in to become Assistant Director of the Hartshorne Memorial Masters Mile—a competitive track event named in honor of his father. His role involved helping race director Rick Hoebeke bring in talented athletes to flesh out the elite masters fields. Hartshorne was racing against international competition at the time and was able to convince many of the world’s best masters track athletes to come to Ithaca and race at Cornell’s Barton Hall. In 2007, Tom took over the Hartshorne Masters Mile as Head Director—a job he’s held for the past ten years.

Hartshorne has also contributed his time to many other volunteer tasks, such as the lead cyclist for the Skunk Cabbage Classic Half Marathon, and as a course marshall for the Ithaca 5 & 10 and FLRC Turkey Trot. From 2002 to 2014 he also volunteered his time coaching youth soccer and hockey.   

Hartshorne has competed in dozens of USATF Masters Championships, and has won several national titles in 800-meter and 1500-meter individual competitions, as well as a 4×800-meter relay team member. He has competed in seven World Athletic Veterans Association Track Championships over the past 21 years, making the finals five times in the 800 and 1500-meter events.

Hartshorne has worked in Brooklyn since 1983 as a real estate developer and presently manages properties in Brooklyn and Ithaca. His son Hunter runs cross-country for Carnegie Mellon University. His daughter Corinne runs cross-country as a sophomore at Ithaca High School.  

Sue Aigen:

Sue Aigen has served on the Finger Lakes Runners Club Board since 2001. During this time she volunteered as Race Director for the Danby Down & Dirty from 2001-2006, has been a Race Co-Director for the Women’s Distance Festival 5k since 2008, and has served on the club’s finance committee since 2001. Aigen regularly volunteers throughout the year at FLRC races, as well as at local, non-FLRC running events. This past year Aigen volunteered at the Skunk Cabbage Half Marathon, the Monster Marathon, the Cayuga Nature Center 5k, and the YMCA Santa Run 5k.

Aigen’s running career began in 1974 as a member of the Cornell women’s cross-country and track teams coached by Greg Page. She became a member of FLRC in 1995 when she joined Bob Congdon’s Sunday running group in order to meet new friends and prepare for her first marathon.

Aigen has worked in the financial services industry for the past 38 years, and is currently a financial planner with Finger Lakes Financial Group.  

Fabulous performances from FLRC’s February indoor track meet

FLRC’s February 19th meet was another huge one, with 252 runners across 4 individual events and 2 relays (42 heats all told) for a grand total of 536 entries. Phew! It was a record number of teams too, with 18 teams coming from all over New York and even several from Pennsylvania.

We always start with the longest race, which this month was the 2 mile, where Ace Serianni outlasted Joseph Thompson to take the tape in 10:37. Olivia Lovejoy of Elmira won the women’s race in 12:06, with Amrita Ramamurthy of the Cornell Running Club in second in 13:17.

After 20 heats of the 200m, we ended up with nine runners under 25 seconds, with Alex Spicer of Corning-Painted Post finishing strong in 24.05 to edge his teammate Carrington Vaughn’s 24.06. The women’s race was almost as close, with Elmira’s Agrieanna Mathewson running 27.22 to beat her teammate Hannah Brooks’s 27.33.

The 800m proved to be one of the most exciting races of the meet, with Corning-Painted Post’s Kevin Moshier, one of the top cross-country runners in New York State last fall, winning in 1:58.1 over Owego’s Clayton Wolfe, who came through just a half-second later in 1:58.6. In another nail-biter, Alyssa Walker of Team PREFO took the women’s crown in 2:25.7, outleaning Elmira’s Madaleen Nelan, who finished just two-tenths of a second later in 2:25.9.

In the 1 mile, Kevin Moshier paced his Corning-Painted Post teammates through the first five or six laps before dropping out to let Quinn Nicholson and Jack Ustanik battle for the win. Nicholson took it in 4:32, with Ustanik back just slightly in 4:36. It was another deep race, with the top ten men all under 5:00. On the women’s side, Kristina Kronauer of Red Newt Racing won handily with a 5:09, followed by a trio from Corning-Painted Post — Katherine Mertus, Emily Nui, and Cleo Baker — all of whom finished within tenths of a second in 5:19. Sadly, the second mile heat was marred when world-class super-vet runner Coreen Steinbach went down shortly after the start, breaking her clavicle. Our best wishes for a speedy recovery, Coreen!

Although we were tempted to dock some of the teams in the post-Valentine’s Day 2x400m relay for insufficient smooching, we resisted the urge, and Owego’s middle distance runners took the top two spots, with Clayton Wolfe’s team running a 1:51.2 to beat Vince Duvall’s team’s 1:54.2. In the more traditional 4x400m relay, Corning-Painted Post’s Alex Spicer followed up on his 200m victory to anchor the winning relay team in a smoking 3:39.6, beating out Owego’s 3:55.8, anchored again by Clayton Wolfe.

Such a big meet would have been impossible to put on without the hard work of numerous volunteers. Carl Franck helped set up, managed rolling bib pickup, and arranged the relay heats. David Keifer helped with setup, team registration, heat management, result entry, and breakdown at the end. Tonya Engst was also there the entire time to help with setup and registration before moving on to take over heat management, which was key in keeping the meet moving. Mickie Jauquet did setup and registration and heat management as well, plus coordinated FLRC gear sales. Alex Colvin and Harris Bockol filled out essential roles on the heat management team. Ved Gund and Jesse Koenecke entered day-of-meet registrants and seeded the races, with Scott Wehrwein moving from backup timing to take over the computer to enter results with Jesse — they were the last ones working! Tom Rishel, after making it clear that he remains a pacifist, did a great job with the gun as starter. Alex Looi returned from Vermont to be head timer, with Julie Quinn reprising her usual role of recording finishers. Aaron Proujansky shouldered the harder-than-it-looks job of counting laps for the leaders and helped Julie keep finishers in order in big heats. Casey Carlstrom and Kevin Nelson and Jullien Flynn all helped out with backup timing. And finally, Jim Miner pitched in to help break down all the equipment at the end.

Skunk Cabbage Registration and T-Shirts

The 36th Annual Skunk Cabbage Classic is barely a month away. Are you up to the challenge of running one of Ithaca’s oldest and most popular road races on April 9? Then come check out Ithaca’s rolling hills on our USATF certified course.

Online registration for both distances—the 10k and the half marathon—will remain open until April 6. The price is $35, but runners under age 18 can register for the 10k for free! Afterwards, the cost is $50 for everyone, regardless of which distance they choose. Click here to register.

The first 550 half-marathon finishers will receive an all-new, custom finisher’s medal. Special awards will go to the top three overall open, top two overall masters (40–49), and first overall vets (50+). The award ceremony takes place soon after each race, with male and female age-group awards in five year increments. All the race details are right here.

T-shirts are available for order through March 26, but only for those who register online. Made by Zorel, the short sleeve tech shirts are gender-specific styles and cost $15 each. The black design is guaranteed to match anything in even the craziest looking runner wardrobe! (Including your mom’s neon spandex from 1989.)

Men’s Tech Shirt

Women’s Tech Shirt

 

Winter Chill Series Results and Recap

Well folks, that’s a wrap for the 2017 Winter Chill 5k series. Between the four races, we had some nasty cold in Chill #1, late April sunshine and warmth in Chill #3, and some pretty typical January weather for weeks two and four. For many, the series was a way to kick off the year on a positive note and to keep active when Mother Nature fails to cooperate.

Many thanks to the 102 different runners (and at least five dogs) who completed one or more Winter Chill race! We had 14 runners complete all four races to be eligible for the overall series win. The series came down to the wire in the fourth week, with Gerrit Van Loon and Yvette de Boer separated by a mere two seconds after the first three races. When the dust finally settled, Gerrit earned the top spot with an overage time of 20:38.4 over the four 5k races.

Results: Week 1

Results: Week 2

Results: Week 3

Results: Week 4

Overall Series

Following Winter Chill #4, runners and volunteers met for brunch at Kelly’s Dock-Side, race director Bob Talda handed out some fun awards. The costumed runners from each week—sports apparel, pajamas, animal costumes, and colors of the rainbow—were eligible for a raffle to win some fun shwag. If anyone wishes to share their race photos on social media, don’t forget to use #WinterChill5K and tag @FLRCithaca on Instagram and Twitter.

As always, our Winter Chill volunteers were amazing—from the timing crew, to the course marshals, to registration, to post-race cleanup, and anything else we might have missed. These folks gave up part of their Sunday mornings to stand in the cold and help us put on the race each week. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Week 3 pajama party. PC: Bob Talda

Super Frosty Loomis Roundup

The snowfall was somewhat sparse in late January, but Mother Nature was kind enough to blanket Hammond Hill with enough snow for the third annual Super Frosty Loomis Snowshoe Race. The low-key event drew 26 runners to Hammond Hill State Forest to run shortened versions of the classic Thom B loop over 5k and 10k distances. Sunny skies were enough to keep runners moving, despite the 20-degree cold and the hilly course—and no one got permanently lost in the woods. (Boris included!)

Thank you to everyone who came out to Hammond Hill for the race—whether it was to run hard and win a pair of socks, or to burn some extra calories on the eve of the Super Bowl. Kudos to Jim Miner, who, after winning the Loomis 5k, hightailed it up route 96 at 88 mph to complete a marathon at the Cast-a-Shadow 6-Hour run. Also of note: Sarah Ridenour topped the women’s 5k for the third straight year. Will anyone step up and challenge her reign in 2018?

A shout out to our race sponsors: Hopshire Farm Brewery, Finger Lakes Running & Triathlon Co., and Stonewall Wine & Spirits.

Race results

Photos

Videos from the 2017 Hartshorne Masters Mile

If you couldn’t be at the Hartshorne Masters Mile this year, you can now relive the excitement by watching the videos of each heat, a number of which feature thrilling finishes.

Hartshorne Masters Mile Men Elite 40s 2017

Hartshorne Masters Mile Men Elite 50s 2017

Hartshorne Masters Mile Men Section I 2017

Hartshorne Masters Mile Men Section II 2017

Hartshorne Masters Mile Men Section III 2017

Hartshorne Masters Mile Men Section IV 2017

Hartshorne Masters Mile Women Elite 40s 2017

Hartshorne Masters Mile Women Elite 50s 2017

Hartshorne Masters Mile Women Section I 2017

Hartshorne Masters Mile Women Section II 2017

Register to Attend FLRC’s Annual Meeting on Sunday, March 5th at 4 PM

FLRC’s annual meeting will take place this year from 4–6 PM on Sunday, March 5th at Joe’s Restaurant (602 West Buffalo Street). The event is free, and if you’re coming, please register on Webscorer so we can get a headcount for the food.

Speaking of which, appetizers will be served in the form of a social buffet and we’ll once again have our annual Dessert Contest. The menu includes Spinach Artichoke Dip, Stuffed Mushrooms, Gouda Macaroni and Cheese Balls, Vegetable Crudites, and Joe’s Signature Meatballs in Red Sauce. Lemonade, water, and a coffee/tea bar will be provided. A cash bar is available for folks wishing other options for beverages.

To join in the Dessert Contest, bring your favorite dessert to share with others. We will be voting on the yummiest and a winner will be announced.

Along with a quick recap of FLRC’s successful year in 2016, we’ll be announcing the Volunteer of the Year and new Lifetime Members, and there will be a short presentation by a special guest runner.

Race results from 1998–2009 are back online

For anyone looking for results from long-ago FLRC races, we’ve brought results pages from 1998 through 2009 back onto the site. You can once again view them in their original glory! There’s also a temporary link in the Menu tab at the bottom of the screen; we’ll add a permanent link to the Results page soon.

Hartshorne Masters Mile Results and Thank Yous

To all Hartshorne Memorial Masters Mile volunteers, supporters, and competitors:

Whew, it’s a bit surreal that the 50th anniversary running of the Hartshorne Memorial Masters Mile is complete! The 2017 event was the largest on record, and it is hardly an exaggeration to say we saw some of the best, most exciting racing in five decades at the track on Saturday!

Results are available here on the Finger Lakes Runners Club web site. A searchable database of results and videos of all the races will be posted soon, so be sure to check back. We also have results with lap splits via Leone Timing.

Media coverage begins with a brief article by Ken Stone of Masterstrack.com, which includes profiles of elite 40s winners Sasha Scott and Peter Brady. There is also a nice write-up in the Ithaca Journal of race highlights and results from some local runners, and video footage of the men’s Section 6 heat.

This event simply could not happen without the support of the volunteers who cover all the posts—from registration to holding the finish line tape. The runners could run, but it would be only a workout and not an exciting, timed mile event with all the trappings of the bigger track meets at Madison Square Garden and The Armory in upper Manhattan. Putting on the masters races as the introduction to the collegiate track and field meet—which begins immediately after the Hartshorne Masters Mile—is one of the reasons why the masters mile has the energy and attention it deserves. Showing masters competition at its best to all of the college athletes in Barton Hall lets them see themselves 20 or 30 years down the road, and plants the concept of a life of aerobic exercise and competition well beyond their college years. Having support from the college track and field athletes cheering for the “old timers” gives a big boost to our runners out on the oval. So thank you to of all the collegiate track and field athletes from Cornell and the many competing schools for your applause and support of our masters milers!

We are enormously grateful to many people for helping to make the Hartshorne Masters Mile’s 50th year a success. Jim Miner and John Whitman were first on the scene at Barton Hall to staff the registration desk, even while Jim jumped in to race in Section 3. Bruce Roebal and Steve Shaum stood track-side to count laps and call lap times to the runners while Nancy Kleinrock and Aaron Proujansky guided runners in the elite heats through the finish line banner. Dan McKee was crucial at helping to manage a myriad of tasks at the starting line, while Carl Franck and Jim Bisogni expertly handled data entry of the results. Thanks you to Joel Cisne, Darian Muresan, Bert Bland, and Sean Nicholson for keeping order on the third turn and east entrance door.

We were happy to once again have Joe Simpson as course clerk, and Lennie Tucker and Dan Hurley as official starters. Lennie, the force behind Felder Track & Field in Syracuse, NY, started the women’s Section 2 while Dan pulled the trigger for the remaining heats, then continued as starter for the collegiate meet that followed!

Special thanks to our talented rabbits this year: Ben Rainero (ME4), Julie Quinn (WE4), Jay Hubisz (ME5), and Jullien Flynn (WE5). They all did a great job setting the pace for the elite section winners.

Thanks to Tim Bangs and the crew from Bangs Ambulance Service for providing EMS support throughout the day, Jorge Cuevas for his expert video coverage, sound support, and DJ talents at the post-race banquet, and Peter Taylor’s smooth, track-side announcing. (Watch for Peter’s article about this year’s race in National Masters News.) Many thanks to Steve Gallow for his keen eye behind the camera, and to Mary Swan for her great run and her gorgeous rendition of the national anthem that opened the event.

As always, we’re indebted to Cornell coaches Artie Smith, Zeb Lang, and Rich Bowman for their continued support of masters running. They graciously made room for ten heats of the Hartshorne Masters Mile this year, while in the midst of putting together the collegiate track and field meet that began at 12:30 p.m.

We thank Pat Leone, Rick Streeter, and the Leone Timing crew for their excellent timing services. We are deeply grateful to race sponsors Sean Nicholson, Joe Daley, Ken Zeserson, Bill Quinlisk, and Lennie Tucker.

Lastly—and most certainly not least—a tip of the hat to Rick Hoebeke, our 2017 Honorary Race Director. Rick directed the Hartshorne Masters Mile for 20 years after taking over from race founder Jim Hartshorne, before moving to Athens, GA, in 2011. Rick was the force behind the recruitment of national and international class masters runners, and in building the Hartshorne Masters Mile into the premier event it is today.

Thanks to all the fans, friends and families that come to cheer these master athletes.

Finally, and most important of all, thank you to all the athletes who came to run the 50th anniversary event. Your dedication to the sport is an inspiration to all of us!

Sincerely,
Tom and Charlie, race directors