Finger Lakes 50s: A Race of Ice and Fire

We really hope you’ve had a chance to cool down a little since race day. Now in the Fifties’ thirty-first year, the Finger Lakes National Forest dished out what we believe is the hottest race day on record. With temperatures reaching close to 100°F by mid-afternoon, we also doled out a record tonnage of ice. A times, our volunteers struggled to keep up with the demand for ice and ice water! If 2017 was the year of the flood, then this was the year of fire — like last year, the 50-mile finishing rate was low, but for a different reason. Many 50-mile runners opted to drop down to the two-loop 50K instead of trudging back out for another lap through the inferno. Overall, times were generally slower than usual (with one notable exception we’ll get to later), yet the three distances totaled 228 finishers out of 250 registrants.

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Posted by Finger Lakes Runners Club on Saturday, June 30, 2018

25K

On the ladies’ side, Katherine Edwards traveled up from Brooklyn to represent her team The Dashing Whippets. Katherine made good on the name, dashing past the competition to take the win in 2:30:27. We always see a large Brooklyn contingent at the 50s and a handful of Brooklynites on the podiums, so this year was no different. A few minutes later the race for second was close, as Rokhsanna Sadeghi edged out Elinore Loch by just under a minute. Our top masters (40+) woman was Christine Antonini in 3:11:35.

For the men, Patrick Loftus of Washington, D.C., broke the tape first in 2:19:02. The next three guys finished close together. Second place Tyler Barker ran a 2:25:48, with John Kolh and Nery Trigueros Gonza both less than a minute back. Kohl was third overall and also the men’s masters winner.

A couple of local runners, Tommy Hayward and Brett Donaldson, trashed talked their way through the race in a friendly rivalry. Hayward won the contest, but Donaldson could  argue he was saving something in the tank as he was the only FL50s finisher to show up at our Black Diamond Group Run the next morning. Also in the 25K mix was Steve Shaum, whom you know as the FL50s’ Race Director for the past four years. This year Steve passed along the RD torch and was happy to be out running the trails.

25K Full Results

25K runners are feeling fresh as they start off down Potomac Road.

 

Katherine Edwards shows off her finishers mug at the 25K awards ceremony.

50K

Laura Webber proved that masters athletes can compete with the best of them. At age 40, she took the overall win in 6:12:45. Keeping with race tradition, she took home a chainsaw-carved wooden cow for her stellar effort.

Did any of you Pebbleheads run the Tortoise & Hare this year? Then you’d recognize second place woman Emily Funk who is co-RD of Tortoise and ran a 6:18:17 50K. Our third female in the two-lapper was Denise Knight, who came all the way from Chapin, SC. Denise ran a smart race to manage the most even split (+8:21) and fastest second loop (3:15:14) of any woman on the day.

Now on to the men. We already mentioned the uncharacteristically hot and humid weekend, right? That makes Michael Heimes 50K all that more impressive. Heimes ran a 2:06:06 first loop and 2:13:14 second loop, both of which would have won the 25K race. His final time of 4:19:20 is the new 50K course record, besting Jeff Powers’ 4:20:37 from 2012. (Jeff still holds the 25K CR though.) Heimes had a pretty reasonable shot at the 50-mile record too, but we couldn’t convince him to continue for a third loop!

Iain Ridgway and Gonzalo Reviriego came in tied for second after the first loop, with Jon Boser in hot pursuit less than two minutes later. Ridgway ran a faster Loop 2 to take second place in 5:12:53. Reviriego held on to third, while Boser continued on to a 50-mile finish. The men’s masters race was close too, with Jon Wade of Hamilton, ON, taking the top spot by less than four minutes.

The 50K had many other notable performances. Lorrie Tily, former FLRC President, completed the 50K for the twentieth time. Add to that her one 50-mile finish, and that’s 21 ultra-distance finishes in the event’s 31 editions. Due to course changes over the years we’re not 100 percent sure of her total lifetime mileage at this race, but it’s somewhere around 700 miles.

Harland Bigelow’s been in the sport for over half a century, and at 71 years young he nabbed his sixth straight 50K finish. Emily Seltzer earned her first ultra finish while running the entire 33 miles with her father and brother, ensuring that Team Seltzer all finished together. (She sure picks the tough ones — her first marathon was a few years ago at the notorious Monster.) We had numerous other first-time ultra finishers, plus a handful who doubled back after running 40 miles around Letchworth State Park at Many on the Genny a week earlier.

* We recognize that some 50K and 50-mile runners missed a turn mid-way through their first loop, in some cases adding extra mileage. We remarked that turn with extra flags ASAP and apologize for any confusion and aggravation it may have caused. We appreciate that participants were largely understanding, and at the finish line feedback from runners was overwhelmingly positive. We’ll learn from that mistake and be sure to correct it going forward.

50K Results With Splits

Iain Ridgway pursuing the 50K leaders as he skirts the edge of an early cow pasture.

 

Early action from the chase pack at The Outback (mile 13) on Loop 1.

 

Harland Bigelow is all smiles amongst the daisies as he goes for his 6th straight 50K finish.

50-Mile

The 50-mile race was a display of guts and sheer determination. Every 50-miler knew he or she had the chance to make an early exit after two loops and walk away with a 50K finish. 23 runners persevered through three loops as the thermometer continued rising.

Alanna Moss has a pile of 50K and mountain race finishes to her name, but this was her 50-mile debut. After a rough go in the National Forest last year, she came back to take the woman’s title this time. Moss kept a steady effort over the closing miles and held off the fourth and fifth place men to take fourth overall in 9:49:24. (The two men chasing her finished only 2-3 minutes later.) At 41, she was also the women’s masters winner (and second master overall.) Rounding out the top three were Julia Plourde in 10:23:32 and Melinda Bautista in 11:14:06. In a display of smart pacing, Plourde managed to run her third loop only 4:39 slower than her second.

Men’s winner Dillon Shaffer came through Loop 1 trailing only 50K leader Michael Heimes. Like women’s winner Moss, he’d never raced longer than 50K before today. Shaffer ran the second fastest Loop 2 on the day — again, only Heimes’ was faster. Shaffer’s 8:25:28 won the race by over 30 minutes. John Boser hung with the 50K chase pack early on and ultimately took second in the 50-mile in 8:57:55. Boser said prior to the race that he was originally hoping for a sub 8-hour finish, but he wisely adjusted his expectations to match the weather and in the end was happy with a sub-9 and second place. Paul Italiano took the masters win and third overall to earn his cow in 9:35:53.

Elsewhere in the 50-mile: Lucas Lemanski came out from Chicago and threw down hard on the “Baby Loop” — the final half-mile around the finish area — tying for the fastest Baby Loop with winner Shaffer. Allan Co completed his first and only ultra and at the finish swore it would be his last. Odds are 20 to 1 that he’s on Ultrasignup right now looking for his next :) Vinny Cappadora won the just-created Broken Wrist Division, completing 50 miles with his forearm in a hard-shell cast. An ultrarunning veteran, this was also Cappadora’s comeback after two years away from racing due to injury.

Did anyone catch those sweet Michael Jackson dance moves on video? That was Guillermo Ayala, only minutes after a sixth place finish in the 50-mile, declaring “This is for all the volunteers!” Talk about boundless energy — Ayala just ran the steep, rocky, and rugged Manitou’s Revenge a week earlier. And yes, he showed off his MJ prowess at that race too!

50-Mile Results With Splits

Guillerno Ayala moments before notching 50M finish #6.

Thank You

Every race has tons of moving parts behind the scenes, and this race couldn’t have happened without the support of many individuals and organizations: Wilderness Search and Rescue provided a communication network that helped track runners, keep people on course, and administer medical treatment where needed. Jeff and Kathy Sikora have volunteered their services to us as WSAR crew chiefs for the past 18 years, and have decided to retire. They will surely be missed at our races!

The National Forest Service’s team of rangers helped us with trail maintenance and allowed us to hold our race on their land. Albany Running Exchange provided timing services, finish line DJ-ing, and all the corny puns and (occasionally) funny jokes that kept spectators, crews, and volunteers entertained at home base. Fittnell Farms continues to cater our event year after year and dished out all that tasty, post-race real food.

Our sponsors: Rooster Fish Brewing, for the finish line kegs and growler awards; Wegmans (Ithaca) for their generous coffee donation; NBS Nutrition for the electrolyte drink provided at all the aid station. (NBS is a new nutrition product company — if you liked their sports drink or want to try more, check out their website on how to order some.)

There are too many individuals to thank by name in this post, but we certainly didn’t forget you. We’ll give you all a big shout out and virtual high-five soon. But we do want to recognize first year Race Director Alexandra Kleinerman, who took over the helm from Steve Shaum. Alex is RD at four of Ithaca’s biggest events, including FLRC’s Skunk Cabbage Road Race, the Gorges Ithaca Half, and the Cayuga Lake Triathlon. This was her first time directing a trail or ultra race, and, along with her husband John Hohm, did a bang-up job in a large-production event. So thank you for keeping the Fifties going strong into its fourth decade.

What’s Next?

The Finger Lakes 50s is part of our annual Trail Circuit, with rankings based on performance and total mileage completed. Next on the docket is the Forest Frolic on July 14. This is a low-key, singletrack race out in Kennedy State Forest. Check out our event calendar for the rest of our Trail Circuit, including Forge the Gorgeous, The Monster Marathon & Half, and Danby Down & Dirty. We’ve also got a summer track series and plenty of road racing on tap.

As for the Fifties, registration will again open on January 1 for the 2019 race, with a waitlist to follow. So until next time, keep on moooooving and remember — “Don’t let the cows out!”

Happy trails,

Finger Lakes Runners Club

The day was hot and dry but the trails were not without mud!

 

Michael Heimes keeps the pace hot before the sun gets too far overhead.

 

Runners enjoy the valley view while crossing the 2nd of 3 open pastures.

 

Anyone remember these tie-dyes from a few years ago?

 

Pam Champlain came from Apex, NC, to enjoy the Upstate NY greenery.

 

A runner goes with the Jedi robe look in order to stay cool.

 

FLRC’s June Track Meet Hosts Fast Times and Lots of Kids

FLRC’s first summer meet of 2018 at Lansing High School was a rousing success, with 142 runners participating, thanks to large groups from the Ithaca Youth Bureau and the new Lansing Lightning club. They brought a ton of young children, joining our usual clubs: the Auburn Pulsars, Southern Tier SOAR, and Team PREFO. That’s at least 50% more runners than the summer meets drew last year, and it was great (and utterly hilarious) see kids as young as 3 and 4 scampering down the track, weaving between lanes, and sometimes failing entirely to understand the concept of a finish line (“Come back, come back,” we’d yell as they headed into the turn after the 100m).

The meet kicked off with the 2 mile, a race that we may be swapping out for the 3000m next year, given that it’s never run in any competitive meets anymore. Joshua Derrick ran away from the field, clocking sub-5:00 miles to finish in 9:57, followed by Chris Mason of the Auburn Pulsars in 11:09. The lone woman in the race was Althea Johnston of the Ithaca Youth Bureau, who finished in a thoroughly impressive 17:54, given that she’s only 7 years old.

Next up was the 100m dash, which was the most popular event of the meet, given all the kids, with 86 finishers. Mike D’Angelo won it in 11.34 seconds, just edging out Eric Ryan in 11.51 and Leon Atkins of the Auburn Pulsars in 11.53. Elizabeth Shaw of the Lansing Lightning took the women’s crown with a 15.01, edging out her teammate Emma Beckley, who ran 15.09. Props to Kaarina Granroth, who managed to cover the 100 meters in 31.69 at age 3, beating out a couple of 4- and 5-year-olds.

The 800m proved to be an exciting race with Sean Satchwell of the 315 Elite TC winning in 2:11, followed closely by Franklin Skarupinski and Jason Tuori in 2:13.03 and 2:13.84. The top women’s times were identical at 3:06, but unfortunately 67-year-old Coreen Steinbach and 10-year-old Kyleen Brady weren’t in the same heat, so we didn’t get to see them battling to the finish.

One of the highlights of the meet was a race-walking clinic put on by nationally acclaimed race walker Erin Taylor-Talcott, fresh from a 3rd place finish in the 5K Race Walk at Nationals. After her clinic, we had an exhibition heat of the 800m for race walkers, with Kevin Nelson taking the tape in 5:02.

As so often happens, though, the mile was once again the highlight of the meet. After the gun, the pack settled in behind Scott Dawson for the first lap, with a four-man pack breaking free after that, including 2018 Twilight 5K winner Ethan Seltzer, Joshua Derrick (trying to double from the 2 mile), Cornell University grad student Adam Pacheck (who won both the Skunk Half Marathon and Monster Half Marathon in 2017), and Leon Atkins of the Auburn Pulsars, who ran the 800 in 1:52 for the University of Buffalo. Just past the halfway point, Pacheck took the lead, followed by Atkins, and together they pulled away from Derrick and Seltzer. Pacheck still held the lead at the final bell lap, but Atkins unleashed a ferocious kick to win in 4:32, putting 6 seconds on Pacheck in that last lap even as he was kicking too to come through in 4:38.

The race was far from over though. Derrick and Seltzer battled to the line for third and fourth, with Derrick outleaning Seltzer by 0.18 seconds in 4:48. Then, after Jason Tuori cruised in fifth in 5:12, 15-year-old Hayden Belanger of Southern Tier SOAR barely nipped 37-year-old Phil Kwasney of STRC by 0.41 seconds in 5:14. And then, Scott Dawson — remember him from the first lap? — ended up running a 1 mile PR in 5:17 just days after running a half-marathon PR with an 8th place finish in the Gorges Half Marathon.

The top women’s finishers weren’t close, but it was another multi-generational finish, with 52-year-old Michelle Rohl winning in 5:51 and 10-year-old Kyleen Brady second in 6:48.

As always, the meet ran smoothly thanks to the efforts of our experienced volunteers. Scott Wehrwein served as head timer for the final time before he leaves Ithaca for Western Washington University next month, Adam Pacheck ran backup timing until his race, after which Tonya Engst took over. Julie Quinn and Aaron Proujansky recorded finishers, and Jullien Flynn managed race entries, seeding, and results with aplomb, thanks in part to help from Kristina Schwartz. Becca Lovenheim and Carl Franck adroitly wrangled getting everyone into heats as clerks of course. Tonya Engst and David Keifer handled registration. And Bruce Roebal reprised his traditional role as starter while Tom Rishel was away. Then we all ate subs and enjoyed the fabulous sunset!

Ithaca Twilight 5K Results

So another Twilight 5K is in the books. This year we had both rain and the train, 413 runners, several regional Girls on the Run teams, and Joel running barefoot in a banana suit. Approximately 140 runners were under the age of 18, the youngest being 7. The men’s winner was Ethan Seltzer in 17:23. The top woman was 13-year-old Kinsley Jacobs in 20:50.

Results | Text results with age group awards

We have many thank you’s to give so here it goes in no particular order. Thank you Bill King and John Donaldson for unloading the van, setting up the course and reloading the van afterward, and John for helping to unload at the storage unit. Super thanks to our traffic control monitors, Bill Gilligan, Jim Rogers, Morgan Howland, and Jack Gould of the Ithaca Fire Police, and FLRC board members Alan Lockett and Dan Longaker. Thank you to our course marshals Denice Cassaro, Emily Funk, Bailey Drewes, Julienne Flynn, Erin Larson, Julie Quinn, Jeremy Downs, Pete Kresock, Courtney Grey, and Aaron Proujansky! Tim Ingall—lead and sweep biker—you’re the man! Sherry, Maren, and Nora Golden, and Mark and Bryce—thank you for manning the water stops! Thanks to the finish line timing crew Leone Timing and Results Services.

We had an awesome packet-pickup/registration crew also: Pete Dady, Amelia Habicht, and Emily Funk heading up Tuesday pickup at Finger Lakes Running & Triathlon Company. Thanks to them and the folks at the store for the use of their location for packet pickup. On race day, we had Steve Shaum, Jon Shaff, Brenda Michaud, Ally Jauquet, Pete Kresock, Sarah Anderson, and Mike Allinger working to get everyone registered on time. Thanks everyone for a great evening!

If we’re forgetting someone here, we’re truly sorry. (And please let us know!) Without all of you, FLRC could not continue to hold these events!

– Race Directors Mickie Saunders-Jauquet and Gary McCheyne

Mr. Hector’s Thom B Race Recap

Now that everyone’s cold hands have finally warmed up, we here at Mismanagement HQ would like to offer a recap of Saturday’s festivities, held in memory of Thom Bugliosi. Given the weather, we are frankly amazed that about 18 first-timers of the 110 folks made it across the finish line, from 132 total registered. This is one reason why Finger Lakes trail running requires toughness, and will make you tougher as you continue along the path of the FLRC Trail Circuit.

As if on queue, the race day rains started at the stroke of 7 AM when the opening bell rang, keeping the long-haulers from overheating on the first couple of laps. The trail was in pretty fine shape leading up to the 10 AM start, but of 80 pairs of shoes have a way of softening up the wet ground. Therefore the final push in the 42K proved even more challenging.

With respect to the race results, notable performances of the day include the following:

13K:

Amelia Kaufman led Yvette De Boer by 90 seconds for the women’s win. Former co-RD Shelly Marino was able to keep up with Audrey Balander for a spell, though not long enough to secure top Turbo-Vet. Adam Engst took the men’s win handily, with the other top five runners four minutes off and finishing within mere seconds of each other. To the delight of those at the finish, a couple folks came late to the dance, but they happily jumped in and caught up with much of the pack for a morning well spent.

26K:

A close race between Cornell grad Michael Selig and local triathlon stud Brian Lee, ended with Selig ahead by 30 seconds in his last year as an Open competitor. Fourth overall and first woman Charlotte Malmborg led Open winner Jennifer Selig by five minutes. Team Atrocious stringer Dumptruck Rossiter ran another loop in memory of his friend — the titular Thom Bugliosi — but let Kevon Brisson of Cicero take Turbo-Vet since D-Truck retired from racing after last year’s Thom B.

42K:

Men’s winner Andrew Siefert was credited with “going the extra mile” and finishing in 4:06 by way of the parking lot due to a tactical error. Locals Nancy Kleinrock outlasted local Sheena Heise for the women’s win in 4:25, as the pair took the fifth and sixth spots overall. Ultra regulars Ed Housel and Cory West were out once again for Ed’s last appearance as a Vet, placing second and third, with Josh Buczek in fourth rounding out the front of the pack. Turbo-Vet winner Jim Chely — running on a strict eight-mile-per-week training routine — outpaced Ron Cunningham in 4:50. Local trail fiend Paige Anderson raced Elvina Scott to a 5:20 finish, leaving them with Turbo-Vet and Vet women’s wins.

The neat parts of trail racing are the ones often found in solitude out on the trail, forever a memory to those who push hard to reach their goals. A couple local trail denizens, David Losee and Kevin Tripp, fought off cramps and hypothermia — as did many of you! — to secure their marathon finishes just under the wire. Amanda Hsu and Paul Maza needed a few extra victory laps to properly welcome the spring, each collecting 29 miles total. Never one for conventionality, Peter Keirn donned his customary kilt, sandals, and hunting hat for his long forest journey.

Naturally, this amazing event could not go on without the efforts of some important folks who make this possible. Our thanks to:

  • Ann and Charlie Leonard, who swept the course and continually steward the land.
  • Mike Ludgate, the Leonards, Susan Rausch, Johnny Rocket, and the rest of the Friends of Hammond Hill.
  • Susan Rausch of Camp Earth Connection for hosting us.
  • CNY Wilderness Search and Rescue for keeping us tallied, safe, and on-trail.
  • Hammond Hill Social Club for trail condition updates.
  • NYS Deptartment of Environment Conservation for overseeing this gem of a multi-use forest.
  • The timing crew, led by Scott Wehrwein, with help from course marker Eric Sambolec, crew chief Adam Engst, and Kayla and Judson Powers.
  • Setup and breakdown: Thanks to Adam and Tonya Engst, Scot Jacobs, Eric Sambolec, Pete Kresock, and the few of you cool enough to jump in and assist wherever you could.We’re looking forward to the rest of the season and invite you to come back to Ithaca on June 2 during the Ithaca Festival. The FLRC next hosts the Tortoise & Hare Trail Run at Buttermilk Falls State Park, followed by the Finger Lakes 50s (volunteers needed) on June 30, and the beginner-friendly, ever-gorgeous Forest Frolic 7K/15K on July 14. And don’t miss out on the STRC’s Tanglefoot Trail Runs on Fathers Day — part of our Trail Circuit. All this and more at https://fingerlakesrunners.org/flrc-trail-circuit.

    Yours always on happy trails,
    ~Joel C. & Gary M.
    Mr. Hector & Mr. Eckshonn, Thom B. Trail Runs

Marathon Start

2018 Skunk Cabbage Recap and Thank You

Most of the 1000+ Skunk Cabbage runners who registered during the winter months naively believed winter would be long gone come race day. When April 8 finally rolled around, runners could only contemplate “What was I thinking?” as they raced their way through a snow squall and heavy winds over East Ithaca’s backroads. Half marathoners had the pleasure of a strong tailwind for much of the first half, only to get smacked in the face with an equally aggressive headwind as they turned onto Ellis Hollow Creek Road just past the halfway point. When it was all said and done 625 runners competed the half marathon, with another 348 10K finishers. Because of the adverse weather conditions finishing times were generally slower all-around, although some runners did achieve personal records.

Kim Vona of Buffalo was our women’s 10K winner in 38:50. Defending champion William Hoyne took the men’s title in 34:01, over 30 seconds off his winning time from 2017 when the course conditions were much better. (Hoyne also took second place in the 2016 10K.) Caty Menard and Joe Woodworth won the 10K Masters awards. Ann Sick won the women’s Grandmasters (50+) title, while on the men’s side it was Mookie Kent (who also was the overall winner at the last year’s 5 & 10.) At age 53, Kent was third overall in the Skunk 10K and our first over-40 finisher.

Over 13.1 miles, Ithaca’s Jennifer Boerner won the women’s race for the second straight year with a blazing fast 1:24:14. Perennial Skunk Cabbage speedster Richard Powell, the 2016 winner, again topped the field in 1:13:23. (No stranger to the Ellis Hollow hills, Powell also took second place in 2017 and 2015.) Cassandra Crane and Yvette DeBoer were our women’s Masters and Grandmasters winners, respectively. In the men’s race, Scott Dawson edged out Kenny Makosch by five seconds for the Masters win, while Boris Dzikovski failed to get lost and won the men’s Grandmasters division. (You can read Scott’s blog post about the race here.) Each of these age group winners — from both race distances — was also awarded an RRCA New York State Championship medal for his or her effort.

RRCA NY State Award Winners

Results and Race Photos

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Link to results

10k Results with Age Group awards (text)

Half marathon results with Age Group awards (text)

Race photos from photographer Steve Gallow: Coming soon.

Facebook photo album from Matthew Gawors:

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Posted by Confluence Running on Sunday, April 8, 2018

Notes

Did you forget to pre-order a shirt and still want something to remember the day? We have a limited quantity of shirts available for purchase for $15 apiece. (Click for image.) E-mail Race Director Alex at ak235@cornell.edu to grab one before they’re gone!

If you finished the Half Marathon and did not receive a medal but would still like one, you can stop at Finger Lakes Running Company in the Ithaca Commons to pick one up. The same goes for any Age Group award winners who did not pick up their gift card awards after the race.

Thank You

The race organizers would like to recognize everyone who pitched in his or her time to help make the race possible. Major kudos for those whose spent volunteer hours outside enduring the crazy weather as they encouraged and supported all of our participants. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • Setting up, managing and breaking down course, including the start/finish line — Gary McCheyne, Charles Fay, Bob Talda, Evan Kurtz, Joe Reynolds, Carl Franck, Jullien Flynn, Bob Walters, Joel Cisne, and Ian Golden.
  • Saturday packet pickup, day of registration and shirt sales — Shelly Marino, Amelia Habicht, Gretchen Gilbert, Emily Funk, Jon Shaff, Maria Costanzo, Sue Aigen, David Keifer, Mike Allinger, Caroline Rasmussen, Ashley Schmidt, Laurie Cuomo, Marlaina Gehret, and Siham Safi.
  • RRCA table — The Jauquet family.
  • Food setup and management — Sarah Drumheller, Alissa Short, Amy Panek, Isabelle Schweitzer, Kerra Quinn, and Jess Boulia.
  • Motorcycle Lead — Neil Klohmann.
  • Cyclists — Adam Engst, Tom Hartshorne, Emily Funk, Lauren Brzozowski, and David Mountin and his friend Tom.
  • Water Stops — Katahdin Sandy, Myriah Marnell, Donal Fitterer, Marian Fowler, Albert Fowler, Elizabeth, Fowler, Shealena Hartwell, Carl Hartwell, Neil Schwartzbach, and Sally Schwartzbach.
    • The Cornell Running Club — Kimberly Chen, Moriah Adeghe, Julia Tantillo, Polen Guzelocak, and Jeremy Yong.
    • The Ithaca Hash House Harriers — Pete Dady and crew.
    • Pickle Ball Rocks! — Karen Hom, Lou Hom, Molly Hom, Jack Hom, and Dave Lawrence.
    • Alpha Phi Omega — Nathaniel Garry, Dorothy Leung, Angela Zhang, Meera Bhide, Molly Zhang, Caitlin Garbo, Reba and Michael Klingensmith, Matthew Vani, and Karuna Katariwala.
  • Course Marshals — Nathaniel Garry, Dorothy Leung, Michael and Sarah Sullivan, Nick Bennett, Jake Read, Beverly Chin, Dara Panter, Alan Lockett, Shelia Squier, Bruce Roebal, Gerrit Van Loon, Liz Vance, Steven Folsom, Mary Ann and Tom Rishel, Ruth Sproul, Nora McIver-Sheridan, Karlene Smith, Brigid Shipman, Jason Hamm, Ching Pang, Kieran Loehr, Pooja Reddy, Craig and Maureen Trowbridge, Jenna Oliver, Ariana Gracia-Cassani, Cara Smith, Ruby Jin, Jia Yi Wang, Bill Addo and Jennifer Christianson.
  • Finish Line Awards — Brenda Michaud, Claire Colvin and her friend Talia, and Reba and Michael Klingensmith.

Additional thank you to this year’s Skunk Cabbage sponsors for helping to make the race possible. Please support our local businesses and organizations just as they supported us in putting on this event. Gimme CoffeeBuffalo Wild Wings (Ithaca)WegmansCNY Racing, Tompkins County Amateur Radio AssociationFinger Lakes Running CompanyIthaca MilkIthaca Bakery,  and Gatorade. We also wish to thank Cornell University, the Cornell Running Club, the Road Runners Club of America, and the Ithaca running community for their continued support of this event!

So what’s next?

Now that you’ve completed Skunk, why not jump into the Earth Day Half Marathon (April 22, Syracuse) and the Herald of Victory Half (May 27, Binghamton) and earn yourself an extra sweet medal for finishing the Upstate New York Half Marathon Series.

Just interested in the Earth Day 13.1? Register here and use the code SKUNK18 for $13 off the registration fee. Those doing Skunk and Earth Day can earn an additional “Country Mouse/City Mouse” medal to add to their collections. Email willowrunningny@gmail.com to let them know!

Looking to supplement your road running? The FLRC Trail Circuit this summer offers a number of awesome options. Thom B (May 12) is up next, and you can’t beat the beauty of the Hammond Hill trails in the springtime!

We look forward to seeing you on the roads, track, and trails this summer. Save the date for the 38th Annual Skunk Cabbage, usually the second Sunday in April, 2019.

 

Recap of FLRC’s massive March indoor track meet

FLRC’s final indoor track meet of 2018 went off without a hitch on Sunday, and full results are now available. The meet was one of our largest ever, thanks in part to being cosponsored by the Cornell Running Club as a National Intercollegiate Running Club Association (NIRCA) meet that drew teams from as far away as Buffalo, NY and Burlington, VT. Also increasing interest in the meet was a popular race walking clinic presented by Erin Taylor-Talcott, a world record holder in the 50K race walk who was fresh off a second place in an international 50K race walk in Monterrey, Mexico. And we were happy to see youth teams from Ithaca’s own GIAC Navigators and the Syracuse-based SAS ATOMS joining our regulars from the Corning-based Southern Tier SOAR and the Auburn Pulsars.

We kicked the meet off with four heats of the 3000m, culminating in a compelling final heat in which Sam Lagasse repeated his win from last month (a 9:49 in the 2 mile) by running an even more impressive 8:51. In the last lap, Lagasse turned up the speed to outkick David Richards (8:54) and Keith McAteer of the Syracuse University Running Club (8:59). Further back in the pack in the fast heat, Jullien Flynn of Red Newt Racing keyed off the extra competition from being in a mixed race to run a strong 9:57, a season’s best and 1:13 ahead of the second place woman.

Switching from our longest race to the shortest, the 60m showed incredible depth, with a slew of fast times across the last three heats. Patrick Skinner took the win in 7.19 seconds in heat 16, followed by Mike D’Angelo’s 7.25 in heat 17, William Zuckerberg’s 7.31 in heat 16 for the Cornell Running Club, and a tie for fourth between Arnoldo Burnett (heat 15) and Blake Williams (heat 17, for the University of Vermont Running Club) in 7.32. For the women, Charlie Slusser of Southern Tier SOAR won in 8.36, beating Rose Simmons of Mohawk Valley Community College’s 8.67. Four other women also finished under 8.87 seconds.

Next up was our exhibition event — the 800m race walk. It’s not a traditional event, but after Erin Taylor-Talcott’s presentation, we wanted to give people a chance to try race walking for real. It’s not as easy as it looks, and good race walkers speed right along. We had 20 finishers, led by Tayler-Talcott’s husband, Dave Talcott (himself an accomplished race walker) in 3:58 and followed by local favorite Gerrit Van Loon in 4:20 and the Cornell Running Club’s Claire Jones in 4:21. Geraldine Rogers even made the long drive down from near Rome for the race walking presentation and to try this race.

Changing gears again, we moved on to 19 heats of the 200m, and again, there was great depth. The two fastest times of the day came in the final 19th heat, but the next two finishers set their times in heats 18 and 17. In a finish that was really too close to call, Alex Worsley of the Cornell Track & Field Club nominally outleaned Blake Williams of the University of Vermont Running Club, 23.94 to 23.95. Without camera-based fully automatic timing, however, it’s impossible to know for sure who really won. For the women, Charlie Slusser of Southern Tier SOAR repeated her win in the 60m, coming through the tape in 28.87, nearly 1 second ahead of Mya Marsh of the Candor CSD Running Club.

Our final and largest individual event of the day was the 1 mile race, with 120 finishers across 10 heats. It was the fourth event in the MITHACAL MILE SERIES, so I’ll start calculating rankings soon — remember that you need to race four miles to compete for an age-group award. The mile races were exciting, and the times were impressive — fully 31 competitors ran under 5:15. The fast last heat featured blistering kicks and exciting finishes for both first and second, and third and fourth. Mik Kern, who won last month’s mile with a strong final lap in 4:41, tried for the same strategy this time, but Kody Parrott of the University of Buffalo XC and Track Club had a ferocious kick of his own, and managed to outpace Kern in the final meters, 4:36.1 to 4:36.4. Just seconds behind them, David Richards pulled off a similar feat to take third, beating Nico Tripeny of the B Team, 4:39.4 to 4:39.9. The women’s race wasn’t in the slightest bit close, with Kristina Schwartz of Red Newt Racing duplicating her teammate Jullien Flynn’s strategy of moving up smoothly to clock a 5:00.4, 22 seconds in front of second place.

(As an aside, the day before, in the outdoor Belmar Parade Day Mile in Binghamton, the Ithaca-based Red New Racing team of Kristina Schwarz, Jullien Flynn, and Rachel Hilliard, who was head timer for Sunday’s track meet, swept the women’s elite race in 5:15, 5:29, and 5:44!)

As always, we closed out the meet with 6 heats of a relay race — a 4 by 400m this time. Despite all the collegiate runners participating, the Candor CSD Running Club replicated their February win, clocking a team effort of 3:55.

Finally, I want to thank our volunteers, who get better and better at running these track meets even as the number of runners grows — they deserve significant appreciation for putting on a 6-hour event for hundreds of runners and spectators. Rachel Hilliard shouldered head timer duties after being shown the ropes by Scott Wehrwein, and Adam Pacheck did a stellar job with backup timing and lap counting. Jullien Flynn and Emily Funk juggled athlete entries, scratch, and seed time changes with aplomb, and produced results faster than ever before. Becca Lovenheim wrangled a record number of runners in her role as head clerk-of-course, with Tonya Engst shepherding each heat to the starting line. Tom Rishel started each race perfectly, with no false starts or major delays for reloading. Julie Quinn recorded finisher order calmly and accurately, no mean feat when four runners finish in quick succession within seconds. Josh Brockner and Alex Colvin joined us to time the lane-timed races and both were generally helpful as necessary. David Keifer, Carl Franck, and Tonya Engst came early to help set up, and David both managed rolling bib pickup and had many things torn down before the final relay heat was done. My thanks to each and every one of you — numerous runners and coaches have commented on how smoothly our meets run due to your efforts!

We’ll be taking a break from track for a few months before starting up the summer meets at Lansing High School. The dates for the summer meets are June 19th, July 17th, and August 21st — get full details and event info here.

See you then!

High School Seniors: Apply for a $1000 FLRC Scholarship

The Finger Lakes Runners Club is proud to announce the following scholarship program:

Program Eligibility

  • Two unrestricted, $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to two deserving high school seniors who participated on their school’s cross-country and/or track and field teams.
  • Eligible students must reside in Tompkins or a surrounding county.
  • FLRC membership is not required.

Process

  • To apply, applicants must submit a letter describing their academic, extracurricular, and running achievements. Those applying should include any plans they have for a running career beyond high school and the personal benefits they have gained by participating in the sport.
  • Applicants should include two letters of recommendations—one from a teacher and one from a coach. Please do not send complete transcripts or additional material for consideration as these will not be reviewed.
  • Mail application materials to:

FLRC Scholarship Committee
Attn:  Lorrie Tily
P.O. Box 185
Locke, NY 13092

Identification of Recipient

  • The Scholarship Committee must receive scholarship applications by April 27, 2018.
  • Committee members will review submissions and identify recipients by May 18, 2018.
  • Recipients may be asked to present their scholarship application materials to the FLRC Board of Directors.

Try Race Walking at FLRC’s March Track Meet with World-Record Holder Erin Taylor-Talcott

Here’s something to brighten your week—looking forward to learning race walking with Erin Taylor-Talcott at FLRC’s March 4th track meet.

Erin has had an outstanding athletic career as a race walker, with a current focus on the 50K distance. The About section of her Facebook profile tells us that she is a world record holder in the 50K and has 23 U.S. records. Erin is also notable for her efforts to get women included equally in Olympic race walking and to help women receive equal prize money in USATF-funded races.

When race walking, one foot must be in contact with the ground at all times. To see what race walking looks like and to learn more about Erin, watch this video.

If you’re interested in race walking, you can watch, learn, race, and review at the FLRC March 4 track meet:

  • Watch at 9:00 AM: Erin will be race walking in the first event of the meet, the 3000-meter race, so you can watch her to see how it’s done. (Experienced race walkers are welcome to compete in this event or the 1 mile, though we don’t have a special race walking heat.)
  • Learn at 9:30 AM: Once Erin finishes competing and recovers from her race, she’ll conduct a free race walking clinic behind the bleachers. Beginners are welcome and highly encouraged!
  • Race at 10:45 AM (estimated): After the 60-meter sprints, we’ll have one heat (or more, if necessary) of an 800-meter race specifically for race walking, making it possible for those who attend the clinic to give race walking a try on the track.
  • Review your race: After the 800-meter race, Erin will be available to talk about how the race went for you, if your form was legal, and what to try next in the pursuit of more race walking.

You can register now to race! To register for the 800m race walk, be sure to select the 1500m race walk (our registration software doesn’t have an 800m option, but it will be an 800m at the meet). Pre-registration is free to all FLRC members, and either $3 (students) or $5 (adults) for nonmembers. Day-of-race registration costs $10 for everyone. The registration fee includes as many races as you care to run (or race walk!).

Smooth Running and Fast Times in FLRC’s February Indoor Track Meet

FLRC’s February 2018 indoor track meet is in the books! On Sunday, 230 runners piled into Cornell’s Barton Hall to compete in the 2 mile, 800m, 200m, 1 mile, and 4x400m relay. We had runners as young as 5 and as old as 70 (sometimes in the same heat). Everything went swimmingly (runningly?) and good times were had by all, both on and off the track. Results are now available.

In the 2 mile, Sam Lagasse seeded himself at 10:00, and then proceeded to give a master class on pacing while running at 9:49, lapping even second-place Joe Thompson, who finished in 10:55. Local runner Rich Heffron had also seeded himself at 10:00 and might have been able to give Lagasse some competition, but Rich was unable to make the meet given that his wife gave birth to their first child a few hours before. Congratulations, Rich! For the women, Veronica Dailey ran a 12:52 for first place, with 52-year-old Anne Shafer-Nolan (coming off a strong performance at the Hartshorne Memorial Masters Mile) not far behind in 13:03.

We had 9 heats of the 800m next, and it was a strong field, with 15 runners going under 2:10. In the final heat of the day, Corning-Painted Post West’s Bryce Derick took the lead in the last lap and managed to hold off a spirited kick by teammate Quinn Nicholson, winning in 1:59.9 to Nicholson’s 2:00.2. The women’s race was almost as close, with Alyssa Walker of the Crusaders running a 2:21.0 to beat Corning-Painted Post West’s Alyssa Walker by 1 second.

Next up were the sprinters in the 200m, and Jhamir Brown of Elmira took the crown with a masterful 24.05. After him came a tight pack of Lance Jensen of the Candor CSD Club Runners, second in 24.85, Steven Shepard of Chenango Forks, third in 24.88, and Tyreek Billups of the Cornell Track & Field Club, fourth in 24.98. Similarly closely contested was the women’s race, with Isobel Sheffey of Watkins Glen beating Elora Ferrie of Corning-Painted Post West 27.54 to 27.79.

The most popular race of the day was the 1 mile, with 80 runners spread across 8 heats. It also proved one of the most exciting as all the runners in the fastest heat went out in a tight pack for three laps. Eventually, though, it broke up a bit, and Mik Kern went to the front at the start of the final lap and threw down a ferocious kick to beat Steven Segal of Notre Dame High School 4:41 to 4:43. The women ran strong as well, with Aneisa Dodson of Elmira crossing the finish line in 5:27, 1 second ahead of Katherine Mertus of Corning-Painted Post West.

Finally, in the 4x400m relay, Lance Jensen anchored a powerful Candor CSD Club Runners team to clock a 3:51.6, not quite 2 seconds ahead of Elmira’s team, anchored by Patrick Hemmenway, which finished in 3:53.0.

This was one of our smoothest meets yet, thanks to the efforts of an increasingly experienced volunteer team, and they deserve huge thanks for putting on 5-hour event for hundreds of runners and spectators. Scott Wehrwein was head timer, with Aaron Proujansky as backup timer; he also did double duty counting laps for leaders. Jullien Flynn set new speed records of her own in getting results out after each event (with help from David Keifer and Casey Carlstrom), and her work in entering day-of-meet entries and changing seed times made everything run well. Becca Lovenheim exercised a calm hand while wrangling runners as clerk of course, and Bob Swizdor shepherded each heat to the starting line. Tom Rishel, a past president of FLRC, did a bang up job (sorry) of starting each race. Pete Kresock and Jesse Koennecke recorded finisher order, which is sometimes easier said than done when four runners finish within a second or two of each other. Jesse also took a break to run the mile and lower his PR by a few seconds before coming back and taking over as head timer for the relays. Tonya Engst ran registration and the 1 mile, lowering her 2018 personal best by 5 seconds in the process. And David Keifer was instrumental in both setup and teardown, along with handling rolling bib pickup and helping out wherever else he could. Thanks to all of you!

Super Frosty Loomis Race Report

First off, thanks to our supporting and sponsoring organizations: Finger Lakes Running & Triathlon Co., Stonewall Wine & Spirits, Hopshire Brewery, Old Goat Gear Exchange, Friends of Hammond Hill, and of course the Dryden Hotel for their fabulous hospitality. Thanks to Ann & Charlie Leonard for allowing us to use the Hammond Hill-Ton and their land, on which about 1/4 mile of the course passes — including the start and finish. Thanks to Adam Engst, Tonya Engst, and Carrie Sipe who facilitated timing and registration. Thanks to Joel Cisne, Gretchen Gilbert, Eric Jon Maki, Gary McCheyne, and Bob Talda, who helped with various duties on the course, at the Hill-Ton, or with equipment and supplies. Thanks to Melissa Gustafson Schmidt for the fabulous veggie soup! Thanks to Matt Westerlund who provided the loaner snowshoes from Bob Dion’s wonderful snowshoe company. Thanks to Gracie Pajonk for taking and sharing some awesome pics from the race! A special thanks to Will F. and I believe Michael A. & Eric P., who helped get an injured runner back to the finish. The report is that she is okay, but very sore today.  Lastly, a huge thank you goes out to fellow race directors Boris Dzikovski and Dave Kania. If I missed anyone, please let me know and I apologize.

Highlights from the race include Jamie Woolsey’s women’s 10K course record by nearly eight minutes, and Sarah Ridenour’s fourth consecutive win in the Mini-Loomis 5K. We also saw a new course record by Tom Olson in the men’s Mini-Loomis 5K, and a tight three-way battle in the men’s 10K between myself (Eric), Jeremy Drowne, and Mikhail Kern. It left us separated by less than four seconds at the finish line and left me very sore today! Big thanks to everyone who came out yesterday — this was our biggest Loomis so far. We hope everyone enjoyed themselves and we hope this will encourage more people to get out on the trails all year round!

– Eric Sambolec, Race Director

Race start. PC: Gracie Pajonk

 

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Huge thanks to Gracie Pajonk, who came with her husband Eric Pajonk to the race and took a slew of pictures at the start and finish. You can view her gallery here. You may view, download, and share the full-resolution photos for free and in any way you like. Gracie just asks that you credit her as the photographer when sharing in public. You can tag her on Facebook using her profile “Gracie Pajonk” or on Instagram as @minimalgrace. We realize there aren’t that many people in these photos, but let us know if you’d like to see this sort of photography at other FLRC races.

While you’re at it, don’t forget to tag FLRC on Facebook as @FingerLakesRunnersClub, and on Instagram and Twitter as @FLRCithaca.