McQuiad Invitational 2014

They say a picture is worth a 1000 words (and they say writing using clichés is lazy writing) either way here are some pictures from the 50th Annual McQuaid Invitational.

After the most confusing, injury/illness, roster juggling, USATF rule sorting week I’ve ever had Roadkill managed in the end to put together 4 teams for the McQuaid Invitational. Part of the problem is this race tries to be too many things. It is scored as an open individual invitational, USATF open championship (team and individual) and as a PGXC series race. You can find the various results those scorings below.

Admittedly those are a lot of results to parse so I’ll just give you the highlights (highlight really). The Roadkill women came in 3rd place in the USATF championship edging a GVH team by 1 point. Thier finish earned them $100! 

I continue to be amazed by the growth of our team, both in ability and size. I guess “Beer & Glory” resonates with a lot of people. The women’s slightly different battle cry of “Effort & Ice Cream” seems to be paying off as well. Next up for some of the team is the Syracuse Festival of Races. After that it is back to cross country with meet 3 in Akron Falls.

Rochester Marathon & Half Marathon

Congrats to all the Roadkill Racers who raced the Rochester Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday.

Start of the Marathon
Start of the Marathon

Marathon
Joe Haungs 3:24:47 2nd place 50-54

Half Marathon
Joe Williams 1:25:13 3rd masters
Drew Caffrey 1:26:18 2nd 35-39
Marianne Campbell 1:46:41
Emily O’Shea 1:51:56
Tricia Foran 1:59:47 (debut effort!)
Lauryn Recchia 2:06:37

Great job all of you! Now rest up cross country is just heating up.

I love the smell of Genny in the morning

3 Years ago Roadkill Racing won the Pete Glavin XC Series taking 3 of the 5 races including the Championship race. Since then it has been rough going. We were shutout in 2012 and in 2013 we didn’t even have enough runners to field a team. But it has been a busy year and we returned to form at the first race of the 2014 season.

The Strut
The Strut

Just look at those faces. Do those look like the faces of runners who are messing around? OK maybe Kenny is messing around but Matt is serious as hell.

Seventeen Roadkill Racers competed in the opening race of the PGXC Series Sunday at Jamesville Beach. Seven open men, 5 masters men and 5 open women took on the challenging 5k course along with 140 other runners. It was the first time we had fielded a women’s or masters team.

Leading the way for Roadkill were a couple of old hands, Kenny and Pete but we had a number of runners making not only their cross country debut but also their Roadkill debut.

Leading Men
Leading Men

Josh Williams, Joe Haungs, Kraig Connor and Megan Ganskop ran their first of what will hopefully be many races for Roadkill Racing.

The New
The New

The open men finished 3rd and the open women finished 4th against stacked fields of Syracuse Track Club, Genesee Valley Harriers, Checkers Athletic Club, Cornell Running Club and High Noon.  The masters men owned the day though, surprising the series old timers and taking home Beer & Glory!

Man Down
Man Down

One of our runners got a little too excited (Derrick) and dropped his beer. I am confident that we will be able to win another one for him before the end of the series.

Results

Saving the Hooha’s

As many of you know HBO (Heather Bailey Ostrander) recently kicked ovarian cancer’s ass. To help celebrate and to support women currently fighting the battle many on Roadkill Racing turned out for the 7th annual Ovarian Cancer 5k at MCC.

HBO with son Austin and husband Rick.
HBO with son Austin and husband Rick.

The women were led by Lisa Perks who finished 2nd overall and was followed closely by Ashlie Roberts 3rd overall. Lynn Gottfried finished 3rd in her age-group and Jamie Phillips ran a 5k PR of 24:39. HBO was taking it easy on her family and the 3 of them finished the race together.

Lisa leading the women's team.
Lisa leading the women’s team.

On the men’s side it was a clean sweep 4 deep, led by Kenny Goodfellow who managed a 16:17 despite being in the middle of 247 mile week. He was followed closely by Matthew George the Dread Pirate Roberts who ran a certified road PR of 16:20.

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Kenny breaking the tape

Dave Rappleyea and Derrick Jones finished up the sweep in 17:01 and 17:06 respectively. This was Dave’s first race back since suffering a foot injury in the spring and Derrick is reminding himself why he prefers longer races. Still not too shabby for a 43 year old, I expect he’ll take 30 seconds off that time for the Masters National Championships in October.

Roadkill men taking and holding the lead.
Roadkill men taking and holding the lead.

Next up… cross country, where time doesn’t matter and the distances are made up.

Results Here.