Winter Chill 5K #3 Race Report

Hi folks,
Okay, so maybe it was more like a spring thaw than a winter chill this weekend! The results from Winter Chill 5K #3 have been posted to Webscorer. Thank you to the various businesses, coaches, and members of the community that we had the pleasure of sharing space with at Island Health & Fitness, and to Island for allowing us to stage the race on their property.

A few notes from RD Bob Talda:

  • Thanks to all the volunteers: Mickie, Shelly, Ally, Harris, Adam, Scott, Denice (and anyone else we may have left out!)
  • Kudos to Yvette and Linnie for joining us despite the 3 a.m. return from marching in Washington, DC.
  • We’re still sad that the change of start didn’t get to everyone
  • We’re glad that most of the runners still made it over to Island Health & Fitness in time to join us!
  • To the runner who ran the usual course, please e-mail me with your time so I can credit you for participating. bobtalda@verizon.net
  • I really enjoyed the PJs!
  • It was also an amazing day to be out watching runners—the view up and down the inlet was spectacular! It was even beneficial, as we could yell over to any runner who missed the turn up the hill.
  • Ian’s race photos are on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/FLRTC/photos/…

The FLRC raffle winners are as follows:

  • Skunk Cabbage Classic Half Marathon & 10K: Jake McNamara and Wendy Kozlowski
  • Tortoise & Hare entry: Mo Barger and Gerrit Van Loon
  • Thom B Trail Runs entry: Brett Donaldson and Annette Schaff
  • FLRC Pint Glass and Hat: Laura Morse
  • FLRC membership: Ashley Schmidt

We look forward to seeing new and familiar faces next week for Winter Chill 5K #4. The theme is “colors of the rainbow”—and the prediction is for a return to traditional Winter Chill weather. Don’t forget about the gathering at Kelly’s Dock-Side Cafe immediately following the race!

Winter Chill Mid-Term Report

So that’s two Winter Chill 5Ks in the books, two more to go. Chill #1, on January 8, brought 54 runners to Cass Park to battle the 15 degree cold and some nasty headwinds. Adam Pacheck was the top male finisher in 18:27, and Sarah Jackson was the lead lady in 21:05. (Full results on Webscorer.) Several folks dressed up in their favorite team apparel, and Bob even forgave those who forgot to represent the Steelers!

We had almost an identical number of runners for Chill #2 on January 15, with 52 participants. The weather was much warmer and less windy this time around, but many folks were at Barton Hall for the track meet at the same time as the Winter Chill. Courtney Marin was the women’s and overall winner in 19:43. Top male, and second overall, was Klaas Van Wijk in 20:00. (Full results.) The costume theme this week was “animals,” and some runners went so far as to add floppy tails to their costumes. Kudos to David Keifer who, after running the 5000-meter event at the track meet, threw down a respectable 24:16 at the Winter Chill, then returned to Barton Hall to race the indoor mile. Wow!

For Winter Chill #3, on January 22, the 5k will start and finish at Island Health and Fitness. The course will remain an out-and-back on the Waterfront Trail—only the staging area is different. This is to coincide with Ian Golden’s promotional event to bring together active members of the community across all endurance sports. 5k runners will have the option to demo some shoes from Topo Athletics, and there will be post-run refreshments. (See flyer below.) We have a pajama theme for the costumes this week, so no need to change after you roll out of bed! You can click here to pre-register for Winter Chill #3 and/or #4.

The 5k series will conclude on January 29 with the fourth and final Winter Chill. Make sure to hang around afterward and join us for a post-run brunch at Kelly’s Dockside immediately following the race.

Results from FLRC’s January track meet are up!

The results from Sunday’s meet are up at:

http://fingerlakesrunners.org/race/january-indoor-track-meet-2017/

It was one for the record books, with well over 300 registrants and 267 finishers across five events. It was also our longest meet ever because of having so many runners — we didn’t finish until 2 PM, thanks to needing 19 heats of the 60m, 23 heats of the 400m, and 9 heats of the mile. And some of those 400m and mile heats were twice as large as we’d normally run!

There were numerous great performances as well, with Ben Ericksen of Norwich winning an exciting 5000m in 17:00. He held off Dave Cook of Auburn in 17:07 and Nate Bowers of Owego Free Academy in 17:09. On the women’s side, Kylee O’Hara won in 20:27, with Ithaca High alumna Julia Sinton second in 20:58.

We worked our way up through the 19 heats of the 60m to culminate with Damoy Allen’s 7.25, a hair ahead of Noah Bosket’s 7.27 and Peter Sigona’s 7.33. Elinor Kops of Ithaca took the women’s crown, with an 8.78 that beat out Leila Vargas of Team PREFO’s 8.96 and Maia Wright of Owego Free Academy’s 9.03.

In the 400m, Leon Atkins of the Auburn Pulsars continued his dominance of the event at FLRC meets with 50.59, well ahead of Clayton Wolfe of Owego Free Academy, who still ran an impressive 54.53. Elizabeth Lucason of the Syracuse Track Club took the women’s race in 1:07.6, beating out Katie Laris’s 1:08.09 and Laurel Vargas of Team PREFO’s 1:08.93. The 400m was the most popular event of the day, with 142 finishers.

In the mile, which is the first installment in FLRC’s MITHACAL MILE SERIES, Camden Zaidel of Corning-Painted Post West ran a 4:49.4, outkicking perennial masters champion Jim Derick by 1 second. Nathan Lawson of Corning-Painted Post West was close behind in 4:54.3. Elizabeth Lucason of the Syracuse Track Club doubled her wins for the day, taking the women’s mile in 5:24.2, ahead of Alyssa Walker of Team PREFO in 5:28.7 and her sister Morgan Lucason in 5:49.6. Watch the Lucason sisters — they’re going places!

We’ll be working on the MITHACAL MILE SERIES results soon, since masters runners get to add to their best four race tally at the upcoming Hartshorne Masters Mile. Non-masters runners will have to wait until the February FLRC meet to post another time for the series. Remember, the runners with the best four mile times across all FLRC track meets in 2017 — broken out by age groups, of course! — will win prizes in a special end-of-summer award ceremony.

None of this would have been possible without outstanding performance from our volunteers as well. Alex Colvin stepped in to act as head timer, Tom Rishel took over as starter, Steve Shaum recorded finisher numbers, Tonya Engst and Carl Franck herded the cats as clerks of course, Nancy Kleinrock kept registration moving and did backup timing, Ved Gund manned the computer for race seeding and results entry, David Keifer helped with setup and lots more, Jullien Flynn did backup timing and results entry, Ruth Sproul managed the lap counter, Jesse Koenecke and Mike Stewart helped with results entry, and Alan Evans and Sara Sparling provided additional backup timing help. Thanks to all of you!

Finally, we know some people had to leave before their races because the meet went so long. Sorry! For future meets, I’ll be posting estimated event start times on the FLRC Web site, mailing list, and Facebook page the day before the meet so pre-registered runners can come later in the meet and pick up their bib numbers a reasonable amount of time before their race.

Announcing the MITHACAL MILE SERIES

FLRC is doing something new to encourage runners to participate in more track meets across the year and to spark the competitive spirit beyond a single race: the MITHACAL MILE SERIES.

Every indoor and outdoor FLRC track meet in 2017 will feature the 1 mile race. To compete in the series, you must run the mile in at least four meets. That’s four of six regular track meets (three indoor, three outdoor), and masters runners can pick their best four of seven if they run the Hartshorne Masters Mile. It’s a perk of aging.

We’ll average your four fastest times across all those meets, and at a special award ceremony at the end of next summer, we’ll give highly appropriate prizes to the top male and female runners in each of the following age groups: 1–10, 11–15, 16–19, 20–29, 30–39, 40–49, 50-59, 60+. This will be a standalone evening event with food and drink, not just a quick announcement at the end of a track meet.

So if you need that little push to entice you to Barton Hall this coming Sunday, come sign up for the mile. You don’t have to do anything apart from running the mile; we’ll compile all the results automatically.

And don’t assume that you won’t win because there are faster people in your age group; the MITHACAL MILE SERIES is about speed and consistency!

See you Sunday! And if you still need to register, you can do so at DirectAthletics.

Check out Barton Hall’s new track in FLRC first indoor meet of 2017!

It may be cold and snowy outside, but you can run in shorts at the the first FLRC indoor track meet of the year on Sunday, January 15th at Cornell’s newly renovated Barton Hall. Runners of all ages and abilities are welcome!

Bib pickup starts at 8:00 AM and ends at 8:40 AM, with the first event starting at 9:00 AM. Registration is free for FLRC members and for non-members costs only $3 for students and $5 for adults. Day-of-meet registration is available, but is discouraged and costs $10 for everyone.

If you want to run, please pre-register at DirectAthletics and enter your estimated seed times now so we don’t have any delays in starting the meet.

The schedule of events for this month is as follows:

  • 5000m
  • 60m
  • 400m
  • 1 mile
  • 400-200-200-800m relay (sign up on a relay card at the meet)

More info and registration…

2017 Finger Lakes Runners Club Election: Vote Now!

You might have thought the election season was over, but no! It is now time to cast your vote for the 2017 slate of officers for the Finger Lakes Runners Club.

Here’s how it works: The Board of Directors presents the slate below. You can vote it up in its entirety, vote it down in its entirety, vote it up generally but reserve your vote for one or more candidates, and/or provide write-ins for any position (making sure that your write-in candidate would accept the position if elected).

Vote for one person in each of the following positions:

  • President: Mickie Sanders-Jauquet
    Executive VP: Denice Cassaro
    VP Trails: Joel Cisne
    VP Roads: Alan Lockett
    VP Track: Adam Engst
    Treasurer: Mike Allinger
    Secretary: Nancy Kleinrock

Members-at-Large (vote for up to 10; accepting write-ins up to 12):

  • Sue Aigen
    Harris Bockol
    Maria Costanzo
    Pete Kresock
    Daniel Longaker
    Gary McCheyne
    Bruce Roebal
    Steve Shaum
    Gerrit Van Loon
    Scott Wehrwein

Please direct your votes to secretary@fingerlakesrunners.org on or before December 15 (no votes will be accepted after that date) and include your name for membership verification. We appreciate your membership in the club and your participation in the selection of its governing board.

With best wishes for the holiday season,
–The FLRC Board of Directors