Finger Lakes 50s Results

What can we say about the 30th running of the 2017 FL50s, other than that it was a race for the ages! The loop in the Finger Lakes National Forest is know for its mud, but this year was a whole different ballgame. Heavy storms hit the forest a day before the race, and again intermittently throughout race day beginning at 5:00 a.m. Long stretches of trail became more like a muddy Crocodile Mile water slide, some areas were completely submerged in knee-deep water, and there were even reports of cows wandering onto the trail within the confines of the pastures. Congratulations to everyone who gutted it out for one, two, or three loops around the forest. We hope you’ve finally dried off and got the mud out of your toenails by the time you’re reading this. Full results on our website.

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We had 89 total finishers for the single-loop 25K. Despite the slippery, sloppy trails, Adam Engst broke Jim Chely’s five-year-old record in the men’s masters division. Adam out-hustled Timm Philips by 14 seconds to take the overall win in 2:08:50. Heather Horth ran 2:39:22 for the women’s overall win, a few minutes ahead of second place Lauren Stroger. Sarah Strunk, who traveled all the way from Durham, NC, was the women’s masters winner in 3:03:55. At 72 years young, Joe Reynolds was our oldest finisher of the day across all three distances.

Detailed results


In the two-loop 50K, Rich Heffron took things out fast, finishing his first loop just ahead of course record pace in 2:08:54. He flirted with the Sean Andrish’s record from 2011 until the final few miles, ultimately taking the win in 4:23:05—less than three minutes off the record. Devang Patel of North Bergen, NJ, ran a strong 4:53:15 for second place. Brian Burke took the men’s masters title in 6:02:30. Kudos to David Keifer, a veteran road runner who—at the age of 70—completed his first ultramarathon, winning the 70+ age group.

For the ladies, Michelle Pratt won convincingly in 5:23:26. Cindy Batzel of Honesdale , PA, was the women’s masters winner in 7:00:40. Also of note, FLRC’s Lorrie Tily pushed through and finished the 50K, making it her twentieth finish in the 50K or longer at the FL50s. Congrats Lorrie!

Detailed results with splits


The treacherous conditions and heavy downpours caused many 50-mile registrants to drop down to the 50K, giving us only 19 50-mile finishers this year. In the men’s race, Lyman Hawbaker battled Zandy Mangold for the win. Hawbaker won in 8:19:48, with Mangold close behind in 8:24:17. Mangold was also the men’s masters winner. Uncharacteristically, no other runner finished in less than nine hours—a testament to how difficult the course was this year.

Lisa Camillaci was the women’s overall and masters winner in 10:20:06, while Lori Johnson took second in 10:40:49. A big congratulations to the few first-time 50-mile finishers! Trust us—it can only get easier from here.

Detailed results with splits

All told, we have runners from 16 states and a few from Canada. Our volunteers and the Wilderness Search and Rescue team ensured that, even with adverse trail conditions, no one got lost or seriously injured.

All of the 50K and 50-mile overall and masters winners took home a carved wooden cow for their efforts, and the winners from three distances also received a growler of beer from race sponsor Rooster Fish Brewing. Thank you Rooster Fish for donating the growlers, and thank you Hammer Nutrition for providing the Hammer Gels, Endurolytes Fizz, and Heed Sports Drink for all the participants.

The FL50s is a large scale production for the FLRC, and would not have been possible without the 60+ people who volunteered their time and energy for the event. There are way too many volunteers to list here—you know who you are! The following is from race director Steve Shaum:

This year’s volunteers had to work through this mess, many for half a day and others for a full day, and some for 3 or 4 days. All associated with this race went far and beyond what was called for this year. I want to thank all of you for volunteering and helping all the runners with food, encouragement, and safety. I can’t count how many runners who came up to me and said “Your volunteers are awesome – some of the best there are at races. This race is great!!” Despite the conditions of the trails this year, this is a huge compliment to all of you who helped with the race. There are lots of ultras out there and to get compliments like this is a big deal. Here’s what one runner sent to me via email: ” Thanks so much for putting on the race! You can’t control the weather, but you and your volunteers did the best with what you had. Everyone was so nice and chipper to be standing in rivers of mud!”

As many of you may know, Steve has directed the race for the past four years, and during that time, has taken the race to the next level. He is now stepping down as RD. Words cannot express how grateful we are to Steve for all his hard work over the past four years, not just on race weekend, but for all the year-round planning that goes into the most minute details of organizing an ultra. We wish Steve the best, as he will hopefully have the chance to run in the race next year!

MITHACAL MILE Standings After June Track Meet

We’ve updated the MITHACAL MILE SERIES standings with results from FLRC’s June meet! To be eligible for prizes at an evening award ceremony for runners and coaches a week or two after the August meet, you must have run at least four races across FLRC’s 2017 indoor and outdoor track season — the awards go to the runners with the fastest average times in each age group.

Read on for an overview or click the Webscorer link for the full standings (click each age group on the main screen for details, and then the Show link for a runner to see their races on the subsequent page). What you’ll see on Webscorer is based on the best two times so far, not the final best four of seven. That way you can see who is still in the running. If you or your runners are in the “null” category, that means there were no birthdates entered in DirectAthletics; let Adam Engst know what’s right and he will fix the data.


  • F 1-10: No one has run more than one race in this age group, meaning that no one will be able to hit the necessary four races.
  • F 11-15: Although Cassandra Collins is currently in the lead with a 6:35 average, due to having completed four races, she’s actually only in 7th place overall in that age group, meaning that if one of the girls ahead of her runs four races, they can nudge her out. This is a particularly competitive group, with Elizabeth Lucason (5:20) of the Syracuse Track Club likely to take it if she can get one more race in. If she doesn’t make it down from Syracuse, Team PREFO’s Faithe Ketchum (5:45) has a good shot, also needing only one more race.
  • F 16-19: Marian Cooper (6:05) of Corning-Painted Post West can still win this one if she runs the next two races; no one else in the age group can get four times in.
  • F 20-29: Amanda Fastiggi needs two more races to win this category, where she’s currently averaging 6:48. However, if she doesn’t run both, Stephanie Krusch needs only one more race to win with her 9:52 average. If you don’t run, you can’t win!
  • F 30-39: Alas, no one in this age group has run two races, so although Becca Lovenheim has a good 5:54 for her one race, no one will be able to hit the necessary four races.
  • F 40-49: Tonya Engst looks like a lock in this age group, since she needs to run only one more race and she has the fastest average already, at 6:57.
  • F 50-59: Lorrie Tily has run two races, with an average of 7:04, and will clinch the award if she runs two more, since no other women in this age group can hit four races.
  • F 60-69: If it weren’t for a fall near the start of the mile in the February meet, Coreen Steinbach would likely win this category, based on her 6:28 at the Hartshorne Memorial Masters Mile. That fall prevented Coreen from getting a time in February or March, so neither she nor anyone else can hit four races in this category.
  • F 70+: Alas, the only 70+ runners on the women’s side concentrated on Hartshorne, and haven’t run any other meets.


  • M 1-10: As with Cassandra Collins, even though Freddie Collins has run four races so far, he’s only in 8th place by time in his age group (7:42 average), opening up the competition to the likes of Owen Gasper of the Auburn Pulsars (6:08 average), who’s currently leading. A number of other Auburn Pulsars and Team PREFO members have run two or three races, so this category is likely going to come down to the wire.
  •  M 11-15: Lots of kids in this category have run two races, with Cody Ripley in the lead with a 5:14 average. It’s wide open, and could even go to Conrad West of Southern Tier SOAR, whose 7:20 average is the slowest of the eligible runners, but since he has three races done, he needs only one more to be eligible for an award. So for everyone else in this category, be sure to show up in July and August!
  • M 16-19: Here’s where most of the speedsters are, and there are seven runners who need only one or two more races. Camden Zaidel of Corning-Painted Post West is in the lead with a 4:46 average, but Ethan Seltzer of Cornell University is in second with a 4:55 average, and he may have more opportunities to run than Camden. Close behind are Joseph (4:59) and Stephen (5:05) Thompson, who both need only one more race.
  • M 20-29: Alas, despite some great times in this category, including Leon Atkins’s leading 4:37, no one has run two races so far so no one can hit four races total.
  • M 30-39: This category could be close, with Bruno Salcedo (5:18) and Phil Kwasney of STRC (5:28) both having two races. If they both come to the next two meets, it could come down to a kick in the August meet.
  • M 40-49: High Noon’s Alex Colvin is leading this category with a 5:11 average, but he needs to run both of the next two meets, whereas Jason Brayman (5:44) needs only one more race.
  • M 50-59: This category could prove interesting too! High Noon’s Casey Carlstrom is leading with a 5:10 average after two races, but since the FLRC summer meets conflict with Casey’s Tuesday night bike rides, he may not be able to run the necessary last two meets. Next up is Keith Eggleston, with a 5:31 average, but Keith pulled a hamstring at the National Senior Games a few weeks ago, and helped out at the June meet rather than running. If he can recover from the hamstring pull without losing too much conditioning, he can clinch with just one more meet. If not, Gerrit Van Loon is solidly in third place with a 5:57 average after three races and a strong likelihood of getting his necessary fourth race. The dark horse is Kevin Nelson, who has a 6:41 average after three races and is also likely to run a fourth.
  • M 60-69: Jim Miner has a lock on this category with a 7:10 average, but only if he can run the last two meets — no one else in the category is eligible.
  • M 70+: It looks like High Noon’s David Keifer has this category sewn up, thanks to a combination of a 6:54 average and four races under his flats. But it’s still contested, since Joe Reynolds has a 7:56 average after three races, and is still in the running, at least mathematically speaking.
There you have it! If you’re in the running but need one or two more meets, make sure to sign up for the next two meets on July 18th and August 15th, both at Lansing High School.

June Track Meet Results

Results are up for FLRC’s first outdoor track meet of the summer, held Tuesday night at Lansing High School.

After a brief threat of rain during registration, the weather turned gorgeous for a relaxed meet with tons of kids from the Ithaca Youth Bureau, Team PREFO, and Southern Tier SOAR. In the lead-off 2-mile, Andrew Davis ran a 10:08 for the win, with Team PREFO’s Victoria Collins taking the women’s title in 13:02.

The eight heats of the 100m started off with children who weren’t entirely clear on the concept of staying in their lanes or stopping after crossing the finish line, and ended with Thomas White running a powerful 10.48 for the win. Charlie Slusser of Southern Tier SOAR was the first woman in 13.58.

The 800m was fairly close, with Andrew David doubling his victory count with a 2:06 over Stephen Thompson’s 2:07. Team PREFO’s Faithe Ketchum won for the women in 2:35.

In the mile, which is the fourth (or fifth, for masters) running in the MITHACAL MILE SERIES, Ethan Seltzer (4:51.76) outkicked Joseph Thompson (4:52.37) by half a second. The women’s race was almost as exciting, with Cassandra Collins of Team PREFO outkicking her teammate Lydia Keys, 6:33 to 6:35. I’ll get the updated MITHACAL MILE standings done soon.

The 4x400m relay pitted an ad hoc team composed of Samuel Voak, Joseph Thompson, Michael Dee, and Stephen Thompson against Team PREFO’s Ben Fenton, Thomas Bovairo, Nate Wilsoncroft, and Jim Derick. The ad hoc team pulled it out in the end, running 3:54.5 to Team PREFO’s 4:00.1.

Special thanks to the strong volunteer team that made it all happen. Scott Wehrwein took the lead as head timer, Ved Gund entered day-of-race registrants and results, with help from Aaron Proujansky. Julie Quinn did backup timing and Keith Eggleston recorded finishers. Bruce Roebal returned to his starter duties after the winter off, Kevin Nelson helped with timing the 100m, and Tom Rishel and David Keifer helped with setup, lap counting, and runner wrangling. Tonya Engst and Carl Franck served as clerks of course to arrange all the heats, and Lansing track coach Becca Lovenheim provided on-site assistance with the facility and sound system. And when it was all done and the runners had left, the volunteers all shared sub sandwiches on a glorious summer evening before packing up all the gear.

Announcing the 2017 FLRC Scholarship Award Winners

The FLRC is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Scholarship Awards. After reviewing application essays from about 30 strongly qualified candidates, the volunteer Scholarship Committee chose three deserving student athletes to receive scholarships. Each received $1,000 to use toward expenses for higher education.

The FLRC Scholarship Committee is comprised of Chris Irving, Karen Ingall, and chairperson Lorrie Tily. Lorrie, along with Joe Reynolds, presented awards to Carmen Bezner Kerr and Jake Avery on June 8 at Ithaca High School’s awards ceremony. On June 15, Lorrie and Chris presented the third scholarship to Tatianna Trojnor-Hill at Moravia Central School District’s ceremony.

Carmen Bezner Kerr

Carmen is an Ithaca High School senior who, in her essay, wrote of the benefits she has received from running. She described the local community and the support received from her team, how running helps her manage stress, and how her longer runs provide a quiet time for self-reflection. Her coach, Rich Bernstein, provided a testament for Carmen’s enthusiasm and love for the sport.

IHS track athlete Jake Avery. Photo provided.

Jake Avery 

Jake began running in FLRC events at early age, winning age group awards at the Ithaca 5 & 10. He took his experience to Ithaca High School to run for Coach Bernstein and the Little Red, becoming only the second two-year captain in Bernstein’s 30+ years of coaching. In his essay, Jake articulated his role as team captain and how he took responsibility for helping the team grow as a whole. Jake is a highly motivated young man who will be attending Cornell University’s Dyson School of Business and will run cross-country and track for the Big Red.

Tatianna Trojnor-Hill

Tatianna is a Moravia Central School District senior and a member of the school’s track and field team. She began running track as a sophomore in an effort to stay in shape for soccer, and has since broken six MCSD school records. In applying for the award, Tatianna wrote of overcoming some difficult times with the help of her team, which she regarded as family, and of learning how and when to hold herself accountable. She plans to major in Biomedical Sciences at Nazareth College.

Lorrie and Joe presenting scholarship awards at Ithaca High School.


The Finger Lakes Runners Club Scholarship Program is open to high school seniors who reside in Tompkins County or the surrounding area and who run track or cross country for their schools. Each applicants is required to submit a letter describing his or her academic, extracurricular, and running achievements, as well as two letters of recommendation—one from a coach and one from a teacher. More information can be found here.

Tortoise & Hare Results

We’re batting 1.000 for the season with wet and muddy race day trail conditions! We had participants ranging in age from seven to seventy-two. Kudos to all the tortoises and hares that weren’t put off by a little rain and mud this morning, and congrats to all you first time off-roaders who weren’t afraid to dirty your shoes. (We know you’ll be back for more!) Several Tortoise & Hare veterans commented afterward that the rain didn’t negatively affect the course at all.

Results have been posted to our website, with more detailed results available on Webscorer.

Ved Gund took the men’s win in a blazing fast 45:36. He claims it was his first ever trail race, but we’re more than a bit skeptical given the stellar performance :). Melissa Hubisz hustled to break the one hour mark and take the women’s win in 59:47. It was a solid outing for Team Hubisz, as Jay took second overall in 47:51. (People were asking if Ved broke the course record, but the record still stands with Nate Lockett’s 40:58 from 2008.)

Joel Cisne almost looked like a hare even after racing the Ithaca Festival Mile on Friday night, followed by the Cayuga Trails Marathon on Saturday. After declaring the marathon  “just a fun run,” Joel still had the energy to MC the Tortoise & Hare awards presentation.

A big pat on the back to all who voluntarily soaked themselves to help make the race possible, and a shout out to our community sponsor GreenStar Natural Foods Market for providing some finish line grub.

On deck we have the Tanglefoot Trail Runs on June 18, followed closely by the sold out Finger Lakes 50s on July 1. The 50s waitlist is pretty deep, but if you’d like to lend a hand we could certainly use a few more volunteers. Let us know!

Thom B Results

Happy runners — what a way to bring in the spring! Seasoned veterans, new trail runners, longtime locals, and fresh visitors gathered to celebrate the dawn of trail season and honor the memory of Thom Bugliosi.

Mr. Hector and Miss Management have exercised their privilege to postpone the formal race report, though results have been posted to our webpage.

Extra thanks to our committed volunteers–Amelia for appearing at stupid o’clock to set up aid stations, Harris for parking and finish line detail, Adam and Bob for finish and results tallies, the Hammond Hill Social Club for course markings, Scotie for taking the ultra win and sticking around to help break things down, Gary for equipment support, and Miss Management for keeping Mr. Hector honest and above-board. Cheers go to “Dump Truck” Rossiter, who celebrated his official final trail race with us today–though Team Atrocious may see him out again ere long for the Finger Lakes Triennial Relay this coming September…

With gratitude for each and every runner who joined today — may peace and flow follow us all on the solitude of happy trails ’til next year

~~ Joel & Shelly

So What is the Trail Circuit?

Next weekend, the FLRC Trail Circuit kicks off with the Thom B Trail runs on May 13. For those of you new to the club, new to the trails, or both, our annual Trail Circuit is a series of FLRC and non-FLRC organized off-road races spanning from May through October. Each race is pretty low-key, with a home-grown feel, low entry fees, and little-to-no swag or fancy awards. These races are a great way to meet some new people, get more in touch with Mother Nature, and come up with some wacky trail tales to impress your buddies over a post-race beer.

How about running through the beautiful gorges at Robert Treman State Park at the Monster Marathon and Half Marathon, then sticking around for our volunteer picnic that same afternoon? Some of you might even decide to double up and run the gorge again the next day at Lucifer’s Crossing. What about conquering your fear of hills while surrounded by bright green flora at the Forest Frolic? Or escaping the confines of your cubicle on a Thursday evening in August to get down and dirty at Forge the Gorgeous? Not running? It’s just as fun to pitch in and volunteer at an aid station or road crossing, and then join the post-race gathering afterwards at the finish line. There’s something here for everyone!

Our Trail Circuit ranking system helps keep things fun and a little more competitive. Anyone who completes at least one series race is automatically added to the rankings. At the end of the season, awards are given in three categories, to the top male and top female in each. (Thank you to Karen Ingall for compiling the statistics year after year!)

  • Stonehead – Top points earner across all series races that a runner has completed. A runner’s “score” for a race is determined by dividing the winning time by his/her time, then multiplying by 100.
  • Pebblehead – Same as above, except only the runner’s top three scoring races are counted.
  • Boulderhead – Points are based on the total number of Trail Circuit miles a runner completes, regardless of finishing position. A DNF (did not finish) is scored as a 0.

After the aforementioned Thom B, the next series race is the Tortoise & Hare at Buttermilk Falls on June 4. Click here for a full list of races that are part of the series. (Note: We’ve confirmed that the Highland Forest 1-2-3 will not take place this year, but will likely return in 2018. Also note that the Finger Lakes 50s is already sold out.) Registration is open for many of the trail races, and will be open soon for the others.

So whadd’ya say? It’s time to bust out the gaiters and trucker hats and get a little mud on your new shoes!

The FLRC Book Lending Library

You probably didn’t even know that FLRC has a lending library, did you?
It’s located at Gerrit Van Loon’s office on Snyder Hill, and it’s populated
largely with books from the collection of Diane Scherrer and Jim
Hartshorne, although there have been more recent additions too.

Many of the books are pretty old—there’s even a yearbook-style volume
with results from the 1960 Olympics that shows that Jack Daniels did indeed
win a medal in the modern pentathlon. But while that’s amusing for the
haircuts alone, there’s one that Adam Engst recommends highly, particularly to
those who remember runners like Frank Shorter, Jim Ryun, Bill Rodgers,
Marty Liquori, Benji Durden, Rod Dixon, Pat Porter, Jeff Galloway, and Jack

Written by John L. Parker, Jr. of “Once a Runner” fame, “Runners & Other
Dreamers” is a collection of articles originally published in magazines in
the 1980s, often with a postscript that brings the story up to date as of
1988. Of the 24 articles, there are a handful that aren’t about running at
all, and a couple that just feel odd. But overall they’re great. Parker was
a national class miler in his own right, with a 4:06 mile in college, and
he ran with the Florida Track Club in Gainesville when it had some of the
best distance runners in the world. If he’s to be believed, he introduced
Frank Shorter to Jack Bacheler there.

As anyone who has read Parker’s writing knows, he understands at a deep
level what it’s like to run and race at the highest levels. For him, a
bunch of old washed-up ex-professional runners getting together for a
charity race means that they all run under 34:30 for 10k, with most of them
in the 30:00 to 32:00 range. But since he knows all these people
personally, reading the articles feels like getting the stories on a
cooldown run after a hard workout. He may not be Rick Cleary, but no one’s
succeeded in goading Rick into writing a book yet. :-)

Anyway, next time you’re at Gerrit’s, look for “Runners & Other Dreamers”. To check any of the available books out, just give the receptionist the card inside the back cover like you’re in an old-fashioned library before the days of computer catalogs. You can keep the books for 3-4 weeks and there are no overdue fines if you miss by a day or two. You may also donate books to the collection if you wish.

Skunk Cabbage Results

On April 9, the local running community came together for the 36th consecutive running of the Skunk Cabbage Classic. All told, 366 runners completed the 10k while 535 completed the half marathon, for a total of 901 finishers between the two distances. Many runners were out to run their first 10k or half marathon, while others were seasoned veterans chasing a personal best. Some were competing for age group or overall awards, and most were out to enjoy a beautiful morning on the outskirts of Ithaca.

Despite Mother Nature’s full cooperation this year, there were no new records set. The race wasn’t without excitement, though. In his half marathon debut, Adam Pacheck took home the men’s win in 1:11:13, outlasting defending champion Richard Powell. Powell took the runner-up spot in 1:14:03. For the women, Ithaca’s Jennifer Boerner was victorious in 1:22:33, placing ninth overall. The 10k was won by William Hoyne and Jullien Flynn in 33:28 and 37:02, respectively.

Half Marathon Results With Awards

10k Results With Awards

As always, we wouldn’t be able to put on an event of this magnitude without such a large crew of amazing volunteers and sponsors. Much gratitude to everyone who helped with the race in some capacity. Between course marshals, water stops, equipment management, finish line help, and many other areas, we had our hands full making sure that every runner had a safe and enjoyable race day experience.

Additional thank you to the following sponsors for their support of Skunk Cabbage Classic:

  • Buffalo Wild Wings, Cornell Dairy, Ithaca Bakery, Ithaca Milk, Gimme! Coffee, and Wegmans for providing post-race refreshments.
  • Finger Lakes Running & Triathlon Co. for hosting Saturday packet pickup and providing awards in the form of gift cards. 
  • Top Stitch for the really cool finishers’ medals.
  • Tompkins County Amateur Radio Association, Cornell University, and the Cornell Running Club for their continued support of the race.

Race photos from Steve Gallow, our official event photographer, will be available shortly. In the meantime, check out our Facebook page to view and post your race day photos. We also welcome you to share with us on Twitter and Instagram, tagging @FLRCithaca and using #SkunkCabbageClassic.

We hope to see you all next April for Skunk Cabbage 2018!

FLRC Scholarship Program Deadline is Approaching

The deadline is fast approaching so get those applications in! We are proud to announce the following scholarship program:


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


  • To apply, applicants must submit a letter describing their academic, extracurricular, and running achievements. Include any plans you may have for a running career beyond high school and the personal benefits you have gained by participating in the sport.
  • Applicants should include two letters of recommendation, 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:

  • Scholarship applications must be received by the Scholarship Committee by Friday, April 7, 2017.
  • Committee members will review submissions and identify recipients by May 12, 2017.
  • Recipients may be asked to present their scholarship application materials to the FLRC Board.