Introducing the Skunk Cabbage Virtual 13.1

Missed running the Skunk Cabbage Classic this year but want to earn a sweet medal (the skunk moves!)? Looking for extra motivation to get through a long run this spring? Want to support the Finger Lakes Runners Club?

Introducing the Skunk Cabbage Classic Virtual 13.1!

Run 13.1 miles anytime between now and June 30 and earn a sweet medal.

Cost: $10 (all proceeds to support Finger Lakes Runners Club programs)

How to register: Email race director Alex at with proof of your run (subject line: Skunk Virtual 13.1), she will send payment info (cash, check or PayPal), and arrange for pickup/mailing of your medal!

When and where? Anytime you want to run or walk 13.1 miles. Road, trail, track, treadmill, outer space in zero gravity… this is a virtual race—it’s your choice.

Hammond Hill Trail Work 4/27—Volunteers Needed

Barkeaters and Stoneheads rejoice! Trail season is upon us, as the cherry trees blossom and the Mayapples burst forth. The spirit of Thom Bugliosi returns once again in two weeks for the FLRC’s spring trail opener, featuring one, two, or three loops for up to a full marathon’s worth of muddy mayhem!

This year our course is changing to spare the FLT section on the back portion of the course (off Y4), which adds a few feet to the course distance but is much more scenic and runnable. We will update the race website as soon as possible with this minor change. We figured y’all would appreciate the improved flow as you leap and bound through the forest.

To prepare the course, we are once again partnering with Mike Ludgate, Ann and Charlie Leonard, Red Newt Racing, and Friends of Hammond Hill for some trail work. Meet at the parking lot off Hammond Hill Road next Saturday, April 27, with hoes, rakes, shovels, and gloves — our goal is mostly water bar cleanup after a wet fall and spring. Meet at 9:00 AM at the Hammond Hill parking lot (the start of the Thom B race) on Hammond Hill Road. We should be done around noon-ish.

Our field is already half-full, with a cap of 150, so get with it and sign up today!

Your favorite zookeepers of Beastialis Barkeatis wishing you all a lovely spring—

~Mr. Hector & Mr. Eckshonn

Looking for a Workout? Check out FLRC’s Family Running Program!

We’re pleased to announce the start of the FLRC Family Running Program, designed to provide adults and children with structured, age-appropriate workouts. Unlike many youth running programs, adults and children run at the same time, allowing parents to get in an interval workout while their kids learn more about running and enjoy some exercise.

Currently, one Family Running Program group is in the middle of a 7-week session running through mid-May. On Tuesday nights, adults are running 5K/10K workouts designed by Jason Tuori, a USATF-certified coach. Kids ages 7 to 11 are being coached by Sandy Gregorich, who is also a USATF-certified coach, has extensive experience coaching children of different ages in a variety of sports, and has up-to-date adult and child first aid and CPR certificates; the group also benefits from kid-wrangling assistance from FLRC board member Bill Watson. Communication about adult workouts will take place on the main FLRC mailing list; details about the kid workouts will be posted to the new Youth Running mailing list.

Read more and learn how to sign up!

FLRC members may now run on the Ithaca High School track

FLRC is pleased to announce that club members may now run on the Ithaca High School track in the mornings before school starts. IHS custodians are unlocking the track starting at 5 AM and the track will remain available through 7 AM. Thanks to ICSD for working with us to reopen the track for running!
Sports practices may start at 7 AM, and if so, anyone running on the track at that time would need to leave, and regardless, the school may start using the track for gym class starting at 8:30 AM.
We talked with ICSD about using the track after school in the afternoons and evenings, and on weekends, but there are too many sports practices and games for there to be regular hours. Some games even start later than might be expected—a recent lacrosse game went until 10 PM. Nevertheless, ICSD is investigating how to make the track accessible to runners on evenings and weekends when it’s not in use.
Summer hours aren’t currently in the cards due to planned maintenance work. But if that doesn’t end up happening or finishes early, we’ll see what we can do to provide access.
Much as with using Barton Hall’s track in the winter, you need to be an FLRC club member to use the IHS track. If you’re not already a member, join today.

March Track Meet Closes Out FLRC’s 2019 Indoor Season

We closed out our winter indoor track season with a smaller, relaxing meet that showcased some fabulous races and times. The March meet is often a bit smaller because high school kids are done with their indoor season and taking some downtime before outdoor track starts. But we still drew nine teams, including collegiate running clubs from Binghamton, Buffalo, and Syracuse, plus two from Cornell, in addition to our regular youth teams: the Auburn Pulsars, GIAC Navigators, SOAR Running Club, and Candor CSD Running Club. Nasty morning driving conditions, daylight saving time, and illnesses making the rounds also hurt attendance a bit, but we still had 143 runners and 289 entries across four individual races and a relay. Full results are now available.

With everyone having been forced to wake up an hour earlier than normal, it wasn’t surprising that our fast 3000m heat started out as a tactical race, with a big clump of runners sticking together through a slow first mile. Then it started to break up, with Cornell grad student Sam Lagasse, Joshua Lacey and Kody Parrot from the University of Buffalo, and the Cornell Running Club’s Ethan Seltzer pulling away from the pack. Lagasse ended up throwing down a ferocious kick to claim the victory in 9:20, with Lacey coming in second in 9:31. For the women, Cornell’s Krista Scibisz beat 14-year-old Bethany Lorenzo of the Auburn Pulsars, 12:08 to 12:26.

Next we moved into the 60m, and after a bunch of munchkin heats with runners as young as 4, the University of Buffalo’s Nicholas Abdo won in 6.9 seconds, beating Candor’s Lance Jensen and five other runners who were in the 7.3 second range. The women’s title went to 12-year-old Makenna Keough of the SOAR Running Club, just a hair ahead of Raquel Morehouse of the Cornell Track and Field Club, both in 9.1 seconds.

In the 200m, Nicholas Abdo and Lance Jensen repeated their places, with Abdo taking the win in 23.2 second and Jensen taking second in 24.0. On the women’s side, Buffalo’s Yuleiny Fernandez cruised through the tape in 29.1 seconds, followed by 11-year-old Maggie Houp of SOAR in 30.7 seconds.

The mile race was the most popular and most competitive, with all the runners in the fastest heat seeding themselves at under 4:50. The race didn’t disappoint, with numerous lead changes that ended with the Cornell Running Club’s Oliver Rapp kicking hard in the final lap to beat James Felice, 4:35 to 4:39. The winner of the women’s race was never in question, with national masters mile champion and Hartshorne Masters Mile winner Sascha Scott coming down from Syracuse to get some competition from men since there are few women of any age, and almost no masters runners, who can run with her. Despite feeling lousy in her warmup and getting tangled at the start, Sascha ran even splits and moved up strongly in the final laps of her race to lay down a 4:54.1, her fastest time of the year and one of the fastest mile times by a 40-44 woman in the world. The next fastest woman was 20-year-old Gabriella Dunkelberg in 5:45 that just outpaced an impressive 5:46 by 43-year-old Richarda Ericson.

Finally, the University of Buffalo runners ran a strong 4x200m relay to win handily in 1:37, beating a tough Candor team that came through in 1:44.

Huge thanks go to the many volunteers who made this and the other indoor meets run so smoothly. We consistently receive compliments from coaches and runners about how our meets are among the best run anywhere, and that’s a testament to our dedicated volunteer team. Jullien Flynn coordinates all entries, seeding, and results in the Meet Manager app. Josh Brockner was once again our head timer. Tom Rishel served as starter, working with good humor through a cranky starter’s pistol. Adam Pacheck managed the finish line with help from Truck Rossiter. Tonya Engst and Jesse Koennecke wrangled registration and bib pickup (and then both went out and ran PRs in the mile). As clerks-of-course, Bill Watson and Becca Lovenheim arranged runners into heats, with help from Ellie Pell. Aaron Proujansky did backup timing and lap counting, and Carl Franck set up the PA system and helped out in numerous places. Thanks to each and every one of you for making FLRC’s track meets such a success!

See you outdoors on Lansing High School’s track on June 18th!

FLRC’s February Track Meet Showcases Fast Times and Numerous Teams

Our second track meet of the 2019 season is in the books! Although mid-winter illnesses kept nearly 50 pre-registrants from running, we still had 224 finishers and 376 entries across our traditional 5 events, including some stellar times, particularly in the mile and 3000m.  Full results are now available.

Team attendance was up, thanks to collegiate club teams from Cornell, Ithaca College, Morrisville State, Syracuse University, and Columbia-Greene Community College. They joined the Ithaca College crew team and our regular youth groups: the Auburn Pulsars, GIAC Navigators, Team SOAR, and the Corning-Painted Post school teams.

We kicked things off with four heats of the 3000m, with Cornell grad student Sam Lagasse unleashing a ferocious kick in the final laps to win in 9:10, 11 seconds in front of Ryan Buzby and James Felice, who he’d been running with until the kick. Amrita Ramamurthy of the Cornell Running Club took the win for the women in 10:50, well ahead of Rylee Campeau’s second place in 12:08.

James Felice was only warming up in the 3000m, it turned out, as he posted a 2:02.4 in the 800m for the win, just .2 seconds ahead of Owen Juan. Elora Ferrie of Corning-Painted Post West ran an impressive 2:26.8 to take the women’s crown, just ahead of teammate Charlotte Nevins in 2:27.9, with 53-year-old Michelle Rohl placing third in 2:28.1.

It took 17 heats of the 200m to get to the fastest sprinters, with Conor O’Neill finishing first in 23.90 seconds, half a second ahead of Caden Bennett’s 24.46. In the women’s race, Charlie Slusser of Team SOAR came through in 28.99, beating Maddie Olson of Corning-Painted Post West, who ran a 30.45.

The mile was the marquee event of the day, and even though several top seeds weren’t able to run due to illness, all the runners in the fastest heat (of nine!) were seeded at 4:40 or faster. They didn’t disappoint, with only one person missing the seed slightly and Louis Greco laying down a 4:32 for the win. Oliver Rapp of the Cornell Running Club kicked hard, but slightly too late—he took second place in 4:33.

Finally, in the 4 by 400m relay, the Syracuse Running Club proved dominant, winning the relay by 20 seconds with a 4:14.

The meet ran smoothly despite an unusually large number of heat and seeding changes. Our new system for downloading finishing times directly from the Time Machine into the meet management software introduced some slight delays between heats of the longer races—that’s more a testament to how fast we had been before than anything else. Jullien Flynn was once again instrumental in managing all the entries, seeds, and results. Josh Brockner managed the timing with aplomb, and lots of people, including Ian Golden, timed the sprints. Tom Rishel worked through various issues with the pistol to start each heat. Bill Watson reprised his role as clerk-of-course swimmingly, with help from Bob Talda, Ellie Pell, and Jesse Koenecke. Tonya Engst and Jesse ran registration and bib pickup, with some late help from Casey Carlstrom. Adam Pacheck recorded finishers, with help from David Rossiter, and Ethan Pacheck’s video of the finish line helped clarify some tight finishes. Aaron Proujansky handled backup timing and lap counting, and he took over as head timer for the relays. Finally, special thanks to Bill Watson, Bob Talda, David Rossiter, Casey Carlstrom, Jesse Koenecke, and Gerrit Van Loon for help with early morning setup and afternoon teardown

We hope to see you at our final winter meet of 2019 on March 10th—you can sign up now!

Fun, Food, and Magic at Our Upcoming Annual Meeting

While most FLRC events feature fun and food, this year’s annual meeting will also bring us internationally acclaimed magician Kozmo, along with door prizes and a raffle. So join us for what may be the top FLRC social event of the year on Sunday, March 3, from 5:00pm through 8:00pm at Celebrations.

Food will be a buffet dinner, and there will be awards for Volunteer of the Year and the Pebble Head, Stone Head, and Boulder Head trails series winners, as well as short reports on what the club has been up to.

The cost is $10 per person, and you can pay in advance with a credit card online or at the door with cash or check. No matter how you pay, your RSVP would be helpful to our event planners! To RSVP, visit this page—as you go through the confirmation page, you can sign up for only yourself, or you can add people to your party—this could be the perfect date night for two runners! You’ll be able to pay with a credit card or select “Pay at the door.”

Q. Will there be vegetarian options?
A. Yes.

Q. What about gluten-free, dairy, vegan, or marshmallow?
A. Unknown at this time, sorry.

Q. Any wine or beer?
A. There will be a cash bar.

Q. Did Kozmo ever perform at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles?
A. Yes!

Q. Where is Celebrations?
A. 2331 Slaterville Rd., Ithaca, New York 14850

Recap of the 2019 Hartshorne Memorial Masters Mile

I’m pleased to report that one of FLRC’s marquee events, the Hartshorne Memorial Masters Mile, was once again a success, despite us having to move up both the meet and post-race banquet by 90 minutes to accommodate weather-related changes.

On Thursday before the Saturday race, we were told that the Cornell administration was considering closing the university early on Saturday due to the predicted snowstorm, and they required Cornell Track & Field to start the Upstate Challenge track meet at 11 AM instead of 1 PM. That in turn forced us to move the start of Hartshorne up by 90 minutes, and Charlie Fay, Tom Hartshorne, and I scrambled all day Thursday and Friday to alert runners, volunteers, and others to the new times. In the end, only about ten runners scratched from the race due to the weather, and only one didn’t see the scheduling email and missed her race.

So a huge thanks to Charlie, Tom, and the volunteers who made Hartshorne run so smoothly this year. Tonya Engst, Jim Miner, Carl Franck, and Bill Watson all arrived early to help set up, and Jim Miner and John Whitman continued on to manage the registration table, with Jim also running the race. Bill Watson also did a fabulous job as clerk-of-course, filling in for the snowbound Joe Simpson. Dan Hurley started all the races flawlessly, as usual. Bruce Roebal ran the lap counter and printed our results booklet in plenty of time for the banquet. Bob Dattola called splits for the runners. Megan Powers wrangled the results into the booklet with help from Kathleen Gibson. Sandy Gregorich and Shelly Marino donned evening gowns and tiaras to hold the finish tape for the elite races. Bert Bland, Sean Nicholson, Truck Rossiter, and Stacie Mann helped Tom monitor the track to keep the collegiate runners from accidentally interfering with our races. Our rabbits—Bailey Drewes (W50+), Mik Kern (M50+), and Adam Pacheck (M40)—helped the leaders of their races hit fast times. And of course, Steve Gallow once again took great photos.

As far as the races themselves, they were once again a treat to watch, and I tremendously enjoyed being able to cheer for all the runners during their races. The FLRC site now has sortable results, and the Leone Timing site has results with lap splits. Here’s a rundown:

Veteran Men & Women: In our first heat of the day, local runners ruled. Joe Reynolds ran an 8:15 to outpace Harland Bigelow in second at 8:49, and Jane Leff ran a 10:10 in only her second mile race ever (after last year’s Hartshorne), sneaking in 5 seconds ahead of Sandy Balling. 84-year-old Edna Hyer, who has been running Hartshorne for many years, came in fifth.

Women Section 1: While a certain amount of non-partisanship is required of a race director, I was overjoyed to watch Tonya Engst run a gloriously tactical race, tucking in behind her cross-country rival Collen Magnussen and 63-year-old Ivy Bell for 6 laps. Then Tonya kicked hard from 300m out, running a final lap that was 7 seconds faster than her average and beating Bell by 4 seconds and Magnussen by 9. Susan Stirrat and Christine Klein finished fourth and fifth, with local ultravet Deb Bliss running a solid 8:12 at age 71.

Men Section 3: This race was also filled with locals at the top. 68-year-old Joel Leff won it by 5 seconds in 6:28, but not before 65-year-old Ken Hodges gave him a run for his money. Phil Metzger was third, followed by the indomitable Jim Miner, who ran a 6:53 at age 70. A pair of 75-year-olds, Hal Lieberman and Vita Di Cesare, filled out the finisher ranks.

Men Section 2: 48-year-old Javier Martinez came down from Baldwinsville to win this race in 5:39, but a pair of Ithacans from our Tuesday night MITHACAL MILERS group, Bill Thibault and Steve Vanek, dueled it out for second and third, with Thibault unleashing a kick that brought him in just behind Martinez in 5:40, with Vanek through in 5:41. Talk about an exciting finish! Rich McCutcheon finished fourth, followed by GVH’s Tim McMullen, Takeshi Yamazaki (in town from New York City to watch his daughter run at the Cornell meet), High Noon’s Greg Green, GVH’s Mark Rybinski, ex-High Nooner Rod Garratt, Ric Bond, ex-High Nooner Rick Cleary, GVH’s Dave Bowen, Jack Salisbury, and 71-year-old Harold Nolan.

Men Section 1: In our final non-elite section, Bill Frawley came up from Philadelphia and ran away with the race to win in 5:14, outpacing High Noon’s Scott Dawson, who came through in 5:23. Scott Armstrong was fourth, followed by GVH’s Joe Mora, then Neal Coffey, High Noon’s Jean-Luc Jannink, Syracuse Track Club’s 60-year-old Tim Riccardi, Keith Davies, Robert Mozo, Keith Eggleston, and 64-year-old Reno Stirrat.

Women Elite 50+: Moving on to the elite races, national racewalking champion Michelle Rohl came up from Mansfield, PA to run this time, and won handily in 5:37 with rabbiting help from Bailey Drewes. Apart from Karyl Sargent, the rest of the race was made up of women from the elite Athena Track Club, with Lorraine Jasper in second, followed by Louise Kelley, Julie Pangburn, Sargent, Mary Swan, Betsy Stewart, and Coreen Steinbach. Although Steinbach wasn’t entirely happy with her 6:37, at age 67, she topped the age-graded percentage competition for all runners at the meet.

Men Elite 50+: Paced by rabbit Mik Kern, this section was a tight four-man race for most of the laps. In the end, though, a pair of runners from New Jersey, Peter Kashulines and Brian Crowley pulled away, with Crowley outkicking Kashulines for a 2-second win in 4:51—impressive at age 54. Ryan Mitchel snuck past PGXH race director Mike Nier by half a second for third in 4:57, followed by Canadian Stuart Galloway, High Noon’s Alex Colvin, GVH’s Dale Flanders, Dave Lee, Chuck Shields, 63-year-old Canadian Jerry Kooymans, 61-year-old David Westenberg, and Francis Burdett.

Women Elite 40: This race was once again a foregone conclusion with Syracuse’s Sascha Scott winning for her fourth year in a row—every year since she turned 40. Scott ran a 5:02 this year, followed by the Athena Track Club’s Christy Peterson in 5:20. In third was Dianne DeOliveira, then GVH’s Heather Webster, GVH’s Donna Langerfeld, running as a sub-master, and 50-year-old Felicia Bishop, running down from the W50+ section. And no, we couldn’t find anyone fast enough to rabbit Sascha Scott, who is one of the top runners in the world for her age group.

Men Elite 40: Mark Williams was looking to retain his crown in the final race of the day, but Brock Butler wasn’t having it. After rabbit Adam Pacheck took them out at a fast clip, Butler stayed behind Williams until the last couple of laps and then made his move, which Williams couldn’t counter. Butler ended up winning in 4:34, with Williams through 2 seconds later in 4:36. GVH’s Tim Reith was third, followed by Dan Courtney, who outleaned High Noon’s Brian Lazzaro by .08 seconds.

Finally, I’d like to thank the sponsors who make Hartshorne possible. It takes a lot of money to put on a national-level meet like this, with rabbits, a professional announcer, video of all the races (coming soon), a post-race banquet, and cash prizes to attract some of the top talent in the US and Canada. The race’s 2019 sponsors include Cayuga Medical Center, Bangs Ambulance, the Hartshorne Family, Sean Nicholson, Joe Daley, Ken Zeserson, Bill Quinlisk, Felder Track & Field, and a grant from the Myrtle Dee Nash Fund of Community Foundation. The masters running community is tremendously appreciative of the support.

Upcoming Presentation! Gender Inclusivity in Running: Policy and Philosophy

Most sign-up forms for running races have a checkbox for Male and another for Female, but what about runners who don’t fit comfortably into one of those categories? This question has come up recently in FLRC board meetings, and now Kristine Newhall, an assistant professor of Kinesiology at SUNY Cortland, will be giving a presentation about the topic. The event is free.

Gender Inclusivity in Running: Policy and Philosophy
February 21st at 7pm
Greenstar’s The Space, 700 W Buffalo Street, Ithaca NY 14850
RSVPs are helpful—please sign up here

The presentation will look at current policies governing gender inclusion in sex-segregated sports, the history of these policies, how they have evolved, and how they operate at various levels of sports, from interscholastic to professional/Olympic. We’ll also learn about how organizational philosophy should inform the creation of policies and practices governing gender inclusivity and include examples from her research.

Kristine Newhall is an assistant professor of Kinesiology at SUNY Cortland, and her research focuses on gender, sexuality, race, and class dynamics in sport and physical cultures and includes work on trans inclusion and policy, women-only sport spaces/communities, and Title IX. She teaches courses in sports ethics, sport and society, and sport and sexuality, and publishes articles on The Title IX Blog, which she co-founded.

Questions? Contact event organizer Tonya Engst.

Youth running on the rise at FLRC’s January indoor track meet

This past Sunday marked FLRC’s first indoor meet of 2019, and it was a rousing success, with 198 runners and 436 entries across 5 events. We had so many kids—even a 2-year-old!—running the 60m that it was the most popular event of the day with 121 finishers across 18 heats, although the 400m wasn’t far behind, with 104 finishers in 21 heats. 17 hardy souls gritted out 25 laps in the 5000m, and the 1 mile once again drew strongly, with 88 finishers across 7 heats.

A lot of the kids came from our youth club and school teams: the Auburn Pulsars, Candor CSD Club Runners, Chenango Forks, Corning-Painted Post West, GIAC Navigators, SOAR, and Watkins Glen. As usual, it’s great to see so many teams at our meets, and we anticipate even more at the next two meets. Onto the results, which are now available!

The 5000m was mostly a warmup race this month, with Roy Wedge winning it in 17:44 for the men, 8 seconds ahead of Jake Pusey, and Megan Luckner the first woman across the line in 18:57, 35 seconds in front of Amelia Kaufman.

In the final heat of the 60m, Lance Jensen of Candor ran a 7.4 to best Patrick Skinner’s 7.5. For the women, Haley Dean of Watkins Glen took the crown with an 8.9-second finish, outpacing Emma Frost of Corning by .2 seconds.

Lance Jensen tried to repeat his win in the 400m, but couldn’t catch the speedsuit-clad Henry Gilbert, who laid down a commanding 51.1 time for the win, notably faster than Jensen’s 53.9. The first woman was Marissa Silba in 1:06.9, well ahead of Sophie Stewart’s 1:10.2 for second.

The 1 mile is often our most contested race, and this month looked like it was going to be another nail-biter, with James Felice leading for a number of laps before 2018 MITHACAL MILE SERIES champion Adam Pacheck took the lead in the middle of the race. But Pacheck wasn’t able to hold on past six laps, and Felice cruised in for a 4:30 win, 9 seconds ahead of Pacheck’s second place 4:39. For the women, 16-year-old Alyssa Walker ran a strong 5:29 for the win, followed by Megan Luckner in 5:37.

We closed with a relay, a 4x200m this time, which was won by a team anchored by 400m winner Henry Gilbert, just barely outpacing the Candor A team anchored by Lance Jensen, 1:43 to 1:44. Impressively, Adam Pacheck and his brother Ethan (who also ran a 4:49 mile) doubled up in the 4x200m to run a 1:52 for fourth, just behind Candor’s B team in 1:51.

As always, this meet was made possible by the superhuman efforts of a dedicated cadre of volunteers, and I can’t express how appreciative I am for their help. Jullien Flynn worked wonders with a new meet management app, despite its ancient Windows interface causing her flashbacks to middle school. Josh Brockner was quick and accurate as head timer. Newcomer Bill Watson stepped into the demanding clerk-of-course role and handled it with aplomb. Tom Rishel once again did a great job as starter. Adam Pacheck, before and after his excellent races, recorded finisher bibs, a job picked up by Bree Zogaria of Candor when he was running. Rod Weeden of Watkins Glen helped with lap counting. Tonya Engst and Jesse Koennecke ensured that registration and bib pickup moved smoothly all day long. Jesse, Bob Swizdor, Aaron Proujansky, Carl Franck, and Shannon Oakes of SOAR all helped manage heats. And many of the people above, aided by Emily Funk and Casey Carlstrom, were key in timing the lane-based 60m and 400m.

We hope to see you at our next meet on February 17th. You can sign up now.