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.
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!