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.

FLRC Annual Meeting Celebrates 50 Years of Running on March 18th

Join us for the 50th anniversary of the Finger Lakes Runners Club!

On March 18th from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Joe’s Restaurant, we’ll be providing light appetizers and brief remarks about past, present, and future of the club. We’ll also have exhibits of memorabilia from the good old days of running in Ithaca. (And if you have anything great, please bring it to show off!)

To sweeten the deal, you can join your fellow club members and aspiring pastry chefs in our annual dessert contest! Enter your favorite dessert and the winner of the contest shall receive a $25 gift card to the Finger Lakes Running & Triathlon Company. Or just come, sample all the desserts, and vote for your favorites.

Attendance is free, but please RSVP so we can give a head count to Joe’s Restaurant.

FLRC Group Runs Begin February 4th

Running with other FLRC members just got easier, thanks to several group runs being organized for 2018!

With Shelly Marino as our volunteer Group Run director and a few FLRC members who’ve volunteered to lead these runs, we’ve been able to schedule a regular run for the first and third Sundays of every month, starting on February 4th. These runs will begin at the base of the Black Diamond trail, near the Children’s Garden and turtle at Ithaca’s Cass Park.

An important historical detail is that Black Diamond in this case refers to coal, and to the former railroad line that the Black Diamond trail follows. What Black Diamond does not refer to is a super-steep ski slope! So, although this trail does have a slight incline up from its base at Cass Park, it’s not a challenging hill by any standard.

We hope to have several volunteer leaders at each of these runs, with, perhaps, one leader actually leading, one in the middle, and one “sweeping” at the back. If you’d like to join the Group Run team and lead these runs regularly (or just occasionally), please get in touch with Shelly.

Mingling and registration will begin at 8:30 AM and we’ll start running at 8:45 AM. The group will run along the trail for about a half-hour and then turn around. In this way, everyone should start and finish together, regardless of pace, and we hope that everyone will find a few buddies going at an enjoyable speed. Walking or stopping to rest is also okay!

You need to register only once for the entire year—your registration is mostly just signing a liability waiver. You can do this online here, or if that’s not convenient for you, make sure to arrive at 8:30 so there will be time for you to register.

For more details, visit the Group Run page.
FLRC will also be involved with the popular Eat & Run runs that Vicki Brous has led in the past, and we believe that these will kick off in March of 2018, on the second and fourth Sunday. These runs will have a later start time than the 8:45 AM Black Diamond runs. Stay tuned to the FLRC site for details.

Hartshorne Results and Recap

The 51st running of the Hartshorne Memorial Masters Mile is now in the books! We had some great times and exciting races. No new records this year, but Robert Jackson of New Brunswick missed setting the Canadian 60-64 indoor mile record by just 0.59 seconds. We hope to have the videos of all the races posted next week, but in the meantime, you can check out the results here.

Before some quick race summaries, I’d like to thank the volunteers who made this event run so smoothly. Jim Miner and Megan Powers handled registration; Nancy Kleinrock and Herb Engman entered results; Joe Simpson was clerk-of-course; Bruce Roebal manned the lap counter and rang the bell; Steve Shaum called splits; Bert Bland, Sean Nicholson, Joel Cisne, and Aaron Proujansky kept college kids from wandering onto the track; Megan Powers and Tonya Engst held the finish tape for the elite races; Dan Hurley was the starter; and Peter Taylor did the announcing.

All of the elite races were ably paced by rabbits: Matthew Herbert for ME40s, Mik Kern for ME50s, Genna Hartung for WE40s, and Jullien Flynn for WE50s. It’s a surprisingly tough job, and they all did it with aplomb.

I’d also like to thank my assistant race directors, Tom Hartshorne and Charlie Fay. Without their help everything would have been immensely harder.

Finally, putting on an elite event like this is possible only with the help of our sponsors: Cayuga Medical Center, The Ainslie Reilly Group at Morgan Stanley, Bangs Ambulance, the Hartshorne Family, Sean Nicholson, Joe Daley, Ken Zeserson, Bill Quinlisk, Felder Track & Field, and a grant from the Community Foundation of Tompkins County’s Myrtle Dee Nash Memorial Fund.

Now, on to the races!

Men Elite 40s 

Mark Williams of Columbia, NJ led from the start and held off challenges from Dave Welsh of Haddon Twp., NJ (second) and Scott Weeks of Groton (third) to win in 4:31.81.

Women Elite 40s

Sascha Scott of Syracuse ran away from the field for her third-straight Hartshorne win in 4:59.05, less than half a second slower than last year’s winning time. Christy Peterson of North Wales, PA was second and Dianne DeOliveira of Brick, NJ was third.

Men Elite 50s

Kent Lemme of Pittsfield, MA defended his title from 2017 in 4:42.76, also about a half-second slower than his 2017 win. Second and third places repeated from 2017 as well, with Mike Nier of Rochester, NY taking second and Stuart Galloway of Fonthill, Ontario in third. Running in his first elite 50s race, Ithaca’s Alex Colvin came through in fourth, improving on last year’s time by 7 seconds.

Women Elite 50s

Running down with the elite 40s for more competition, Alisa Harvey wasn’t able to match her 2017 time but still won the division easily in 5:26.44. In the actual elite 50s race, Anne Shafer-Nolan of  McDonough, NY was first in 6:06.67, with Mary Swan of Jamesville, NY and 66-year-old Coreen Steinbach of Pompey, NY second and third.

Men Section 1

This race proved one of the most exciting of the day, with 44-year-old Scott Dawson of Trumansburg running off the shoulder of Groton’s Keith Eggleston (58) for most of the race before throwing down an impressive kick to win in 5:23.91. Eggleston was second in 5:31.32, and third place went to Jean-Luc Jannink of Ithaca, who also made up numerous places in the last lap.

Men Section 2

Another kick for the win came from Steve Vanek of Ithaca, 46, who blazed through his final lap to hit 5:58.88 and to beat 62-year-old Mark Rybinski of Manlius, NY and High Noon alum Rod Garratt of Santa Barbara, CA, 54. Ithaca native Caleb Rossiter, 66, was fourth in his 25th — and, he claims, last — Hartshorne Masters Mile.

Men Section 3

Ithaca newcomer Joel Leff, 67, and 64-year-old Ken Hodges, also of Ithaca, battled to the wire in this heat, with Leff out-leaning Hodges by 7 hundredths of a second in 6:25.85. (The race was timed by Leone Timing with fully automatic timing, so we really do have accuracy to the hundredths of a second). Third place went to Jack Salisbury of Tully, NY. Honorable mention to David Keifer (71) and Jim Miner (69), both of Dryden, who placed eighth and ninth, but were the oldest runners in the heat.

Men Section 4

71-year-old Joe Reynolds of Newfield, a fixture at FLRC races for decades, powered through 8 laps to win handily in 8:49.92. He beat Harland Bigelow of Lisle, 73, and John Saylor of Brooktondale, 71. But the most exciting part of this race was when 93-year-old Dixon Hemphill of Fairfax Station, VA, outkicked 89-year-old Richard Sullivan of Buffalo, NY in the final 60 meters.

Women Section 1

Kim Jackson of Cortland, 49, led the entire race, winning in 6:47.95, trailed closely the entire time by Newfield’s Christine Reynolds, 47. The next four places were decided in the final 100 meters, with Louise Mahar of Ithaca, in third, Amy Dawson of Trumansburg in fourth, Tonya Engst of Ithaca in fifth (separated by less than 2 seconds), and Lorrie Tily of Locke in sixth.

Women Section 2

Jane Leff of Ithaca, 67, running her first Hartshorne, ran away with this race, beating the Buffalo area Belle Watling team in 10:26.54. Sandy Balling of Tonawanda, NY (71) was second, Christa Maier of Williamsville, NY (77) was third, and at 83 years of age, Edna Hyer of South Wales, NY was fourth in her 22nd Hartshorne Masters Mile.

Congrats to all our winners, and thanks to everyone who came out to run. And if you showed up to watch, I hope you enjoyed the spectacle!

– Adam Engst, Race Director

Stellar performances at FLRC’s January indoor track meet on Sunday

FLRC’s first indoor track meet of 2018 is in the books, and there were some stunning performances! With 188 runners, attendance was down a bit from previous years, even though the previous day’s high school meet was canceled due to bad weather — the roads were still a bit treacherous and the SAS ATOMS team from Syracuse wasn’t able to come. We still had 300 race entries across five events. Full results here.

Running for High Noon, Rich Heffron started the day off with a commanding win in the 5000m, running 16:40 to Jim Derick’s 17:13. Not content with a single 5K for the day, Rich then ran down to FLRC’s Winter Chill 5K, where he again took first in 19:05, albeit in extremely cold conditions. Claire Mason of Corning-Painted Post West took the women’s race in 20:50, besting several of her teammates by almost a minute. Also note that Erin Taylor-Talcott clocked a 24:54 while race walking — that’s about 5 minutes off the women’s world record.

In the 60m, Alex Spicer of Corning-Painted Post West ran a 7.25 for the win, just .3 seconds faster than Jesse Richard’s 7.55 — two other men ran under 8 seconds. For the women, Charlie Slusser of Southern Tier SOAR won in 8.70, beating Lillian Jensen of the Candor CSD Club Runners by .29 seconds.

Without Leon Atkins of the Auburn Pulsars to continue his historical dominance in the 400m, Alex Spicer picked up his second win, running 53.14 to Keegan Cochran’s 54.00 and Lance Jensen’s 54.85. Jillian Perrault of the B Team took the women’s crown with a 1:05.21, handily finishing ahead of Leah O’Connell of the Candor CSD Club Runners, who came through in 1:08.64.

The 1 mile race was the most exciting of the day, given entries from some of the top high school runners in the area. In the final and ninth heat of the day, Dan Gahagan of Corning-Painted Post West led for most of the race, and fended off numerous challenges from brothers Gabe and Aaron Planty of Watkins Glen. Gahagan ran a 4:31, with Gabe Planty second in 4:32, Groton’s Richard Moore a strong third in 4:35, Aaron Planty fourth in 4:40, and Jason Matthewson of Elmira fifth 4:42. But it didn’t end there, with the next five runners also under 4:45! Alyssa Walker of the Crusaders won the women’s race in 5:25, with Olivia Lovejoy of Elmira second in 5:30.

In the middle of the mile, we were pleased to announce the news that Elmira native Molly Huddle set a new American record in the half marathon with a 1:07:25 at the Houston Half Marathon. She broke Deena Kastor’s 2006 record of 1:07:34 by 9 seconds, and in the process also set unofficial records for the 10 miles and 20K. Speaking as someone who was once outkicked by a then 17-year-old Molly Huddle in the mile in Barton Hall, it’s always great to see her running successes.

With six heats of the sprint medley (400-200-200-800) relay, there were a number of good races as well, with the final heat pitting Keegan Cochrane against Corning-Painted Post West’s Bryce Derick in the ultimate 800m. They traded leads several times in the four laps, and all eyes were on their furious sprint to the finish, with Cochrane outleaning Derick for the win by just a few hundredths of a second.

As always, coordinating a meet with so many runners and so many heats was possible only thanks to the tireless efforts of volunteers. Jullien Flynn managed the essential computer tasks of race day entries, heat changes, and untangling of results with aplomb, with help from Zsofia Franck, who also helped line up young starters in the sprints. Tonya Engst, Becca Lovenheim, and Carl Franck wrangled all the heats, a task made trickier by needing to rearrange heats around the missing SAS ATOMS. Scott Wehrwein was head timer for most of the meet, ably backed by Josh Brockner, who took over running the Time Machine at the end. Aaron Proujansky did backup timing, Bob Swizdor and Hal Coghill recorded finishers, and Brenda Marchewka did a great job managing the lap counter for longer races. Lesley Middleton helped with registration, Lorrie Tily and Ximing Yin helped timed the 60m, Bert Bland and Bob Talda showed up early to help with setup. Thanks to you all!

2017 Turkey Trot Results

We are extremely lucky and forever thankful to be part of such a wonderful and generous community. This year, the Turkey Trot set a record with $4,030 in donations for Loaves & Fishes of Tompkins County. Additionally, the 397 runners was the second most we’ve ever had in 40+ years of the run. While the morning was cool and crisp, the overall weather was perfect for Thanksgiving morning.

For those not in the know, the Turkey Trot is not a traditional competitive race, but rather a prediction run. Participants write down their predicted times before running, then complete all or part of the course without a timing device. Those closest to their predicted times win pies. This year, Ben Kornblum, Gerrit Van Loon, and Rowan Cynch were all within one second of their predicted times for the 5.5-mile course. Bob Walters was only two seconds off, and seven other trotters were within ten seconds of their prediction.

2017 Turkey Trot Results pdf

The honor roll has been updated to include everyone who’s run five or more times in the history of the race: Turkey Trot Honor Roll 2017 pdf

Also, the Ithaca Journal covered the race twice. Once a few weeks before Thanksgiving, and again at the run itself. It’s been reported that the latter made the newspaper’s front page on Black Friday. (Click the links for interviews, photos, and a video from the Journal in it’s coverage of the run.)


Vote for 2018 Club Officers and Volunteer of the Year

You might have thought that the local election season was over, but you still have the opportunity to cast two more votes: (1) 2018 slate of officers for the Finger Lakes Runners Club’s Board of Directors, and (2) FLRC volunteer of the year. (We’re sure you couldn’t be more excited!)

Please direct your votes to 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 and exemplary volunteer.

(1) 2018 slate of officers (all are volunteer positions—these are the go-to workhorses of the club). Here’s how the election works: The 2017 Board of Directors presents the slate below for 2018. 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: Denice Cassaro

Executive VP: Mickie Sanders-Jauquet

VP Trails: Gary McCheyne

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

Lesa Carter

Tonya Engst

Emily Funk

Rich Heffron

Pete Kresock

Daniel Longaker

Steve Shaum

Gerrit Van Loon

Scott Wehrwein

(2) 2017 Volunteer of the Year: As 2017 comes to a close, it is time to consider who among us have contributed most substantially to the fun and smooth functioning of the Finger Lakes Runners Club. If you have in mind a volunteer who has gone above-and-beyond this year, now is the time to weigh in. (Note that the following folks are not eligible, as they have won this award within the last 5 years: Katie Stettler, Steve Shaum, Gerrit Van Loon, Carl Franck, Adam Engst, Gary McCheyne, and Joel Cisne.) The following individuals have been nominated by club members and/or Board members. Feel free to vote for one of these deserving people or write in one of your own. (These are listed alphabetically, so please peruse the entire list!) Again, please direct your votes to on or before December 15 (no votes will be accepted after that date) and include your name for membership verification.

Tonya Engst: Tonya was this year’s chief cheerleader, encouraging women to train for and participate in the Hartshorne Masters Mile and the Mithical Miles series, and organizing the women’s cross-country team and associated group runs. Tonya also volunteered at a number of club races.

Ian Golden: Although Ian produces races for a profit, he also contribute considerable resources to our community.

Andy Jordan: For at least the past six years, Andy has directed the Danby Down & Dirty, carrying on the tradition of creating a frolicking fun time in the fall for area runners.

Pete Kresock: A member-at-large on the Board, FLRC’s new social media coordinator keeps folks in the know regarding the club’s happenings. Pete has also helped with finish line duties and contributed significantly to the success of the Finger Lakes 50s by helping to weedwhack, mark, and check over the course and by working at an aid station on race day.

Mickie Saunders-Jaucquet: FLRC’s outgoing president presided over the club for the past three years and instituted changes that have helped the club become a more organized, functional, and well-structured organization. Mickie has also been active in marketing the club, organizing the picnic, and stepping up to do jobs that fall outside the purview of any specified Board role.

Scott Wehrwein: Despite being largely injured throughout the year, Scott faithfully served on the Board as member-at-large (as he has during most of his grad school stint) and volunteered at nearly every race and track meet the club put on. Notable volunteer efforts included finish line timing for most events and working alongside the Finger Lakes 50s race director for four days straight (marking the course, registration, aid station, prerace setup, postrace cleanup, assisting with equipment, getting the beer).

We Look forward to hearing from you with your votes before December 15!

Volunteer of the Year: Call For Nominations

As 2017 comes to a close, it is time to consider who among us have contributed most substantially to  the smooth functioning of the Finger Lakes Runners Club. If you have in mind a volunteer who has gone above-and-beyond this year, please submit that individual’s name and accomplishments to FLRC secretary Nancy Kleinrock at

Note that the following folks are not eligible as they have won this award within the last 5 years: Katie Stettler, Steve Shaum, Gerrit Van Loon, Carl Franck, Adam Engst, Gary McCheyne, and Joel Cisne.

Voting for the 2017 Volunteer of the Year will take place December 1-15, alongside voting for the already-established 2018 slate of officers, so you have until Tuesday, November 28 to submit your nominations for the Volunteer award. (Members of the board have already nominated four exemplary volunteers.) At that time, all nominees and the reasons for their respective nominations will be listed; write-ins will also be welcome.

We looking forward to hearing from you.

Pete Glavin XC Series Recap

It was finally proper cross-country weather, with temperatures were around 40 and sunny skies. The fifth and final race in the 2017 Pete Glavin Cross-Country Series was run on a tough but fun course at the Finger Lakes Community College, where the women ran 6K and the men ran 8K. David Keifer placed second in the Ultra Vet category, Jullien Flynn took fifth overall in the women’s race, and Casey Carlstrom was fifth in the Vets category. Alas, none of our teams were able to put together a race victory to close out the season. The FLRC Women’s Masters team was second by five points, the High Noon Masters team also took second, and the High Noon Super Vets team placed third.

Full results for Race #5.

Team results for the entire 2017 series.

Individual results for the entire 2017 series.

In the overall series standings, David Keifer and Adam Engst won their age groups overall, and the High Noon Men’s Masters team took the series title, again with the clever strategy of running all the races and pulling the Vet runners down to make for a stronger combined team. Consistency! They have Team Champion beer glasses to share out for that award. The FLRC Women’s Masters and the  High Noon Men’s Super Vets also placed in the top three and received PGXC beer glasses.

Since everyone who placed in the top ten for their age group in the overall series also won a bottle of wine, the teams came home with a carload of goodies. Elizabeth Dawson won the F19-and-under age group, Julie Barclay took third masters, Amy Dawson and Tonya Engst finished in the top ten for the Masters category, and Lorrie Tily made the top ten in the Vets category. Additionally, for the men, Scott Dawson was among the top ten Masters, Casey Carlstrom was third Vet, with Sean Nicholson also among the top ten Vets, and Charlie Fay among the top ten Super Vets.


Results From the PGXC Series Race #4

After one race of nice weather and two insanely hot races, we lined up for the fourth PGXC race in spitting rain and 40-degree temperatures. Nevertheless, the FLRC women (who ran first) and High Noon men posted some excellent results in the October 29th race against some strong teams from the Genesee Valley Harriers, Syracuse Track Club, Checkers AC, and Road Kill.

The fourth race in the five-race series was at Genessee Valley Park in Rochester. The course became increasingly muddy and slippery throughout the day, and we can only imagine how sloppy it was by the end of the men’s open race, which was a four-loop 8K. We didn’t have any open men running, which allowed us to huddle, shivering, in our tent for a bit before cutting out early.

The first highlight of the race was Kristina Kronauer’s 22:17 for third overall in the women’s 6K race, which also proved the fastest Ithaca-area time of the day. Jacqueline Huben’s 22:59 put her in seventh overall, and the FLRC women’s open team finished in third place. Our masters women also ran very well, taking second in the team competition.

The second highlight was that the High Noon masters men’s team eked out a two-second win over a full GVH team, thanks to our strategy of running our vets down to the master’s team. Adam Engst led High Noon with a 22:42 while taking sixth overall and fourth masters, but the win was made possible with the addition of ultramarathon whiz Scotie Jacobs, who took second for the team in his first cross-country race in years. Solid performances by Casey Carlstrom and Alex Colvin, a particularly strong finish from Scott Dawson to finish out the scoring, and Sean Nicholson’s sixth-man tiebreaker all rounded things out for High Noon. This is the first High Noon team win in quite a few years (back to at least 2012,) not counting our unopposed win at Watkins Glen in the last race. There was a mere 46-second spread between first and fifth!

Full results are available here. The fifth and final series race will be on November 12 at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua. Even if you haven’t run cross country in years, you can still join one of our teams!