Over the river and through the woods…

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Before the 4th race in the PGXC series I was complaining about the courses being boring. For the most part they had all just circled around grassy fields. None really had significant hills or anything resembling a trail. Then came race #4 at the Robert Treman State Park in Ithaca. This 6k for women 8k for men course featured the usual laps around flat fields but mixed in some nice and not so nice changes.

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This was the first race where it actually felt like cross country weather. The ground was littered with crunch leaves and it was a blustery 37 degrees with a few snow flurries. The cold weather arrived just in time for us to have our first water crossing of the year. This wasn’t just a little stream we had to hope over, it was a 40 yard stretch of 6″+ deep water.

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We got to cross this creek not once but twice! The first time was about 1.5 miles into the race the second time was with about a half mile to go. Sandwiched between the two crossing was a nice 300 foot mile long hill that started out as a single track with lots of switchbacks (and fallen trees to hurdle) that reduced many runners to a near walk and finished as a very steep gravel road that was less fun running down than it was running up.

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All fun and games until you run across an icy stream.

 

Despite the difficulty of the course (maybe because of it) the Roadkill men and women had a great time. There is something unexplainably wonderful about running around in the cold and the wind and through water, up and down rocky roads with a bunch of friends in an attempt to win beer.

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Molly leading the charge for the ladies.
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Dave racing himself back into top form led the way for the men’s team.

Things stayed pretty consistent with the scoring. Then men finished 3rd for the 4th time in a row and then women finishing 4th for the 4th time in a row. Roadkill had never fielded a team for all the races in a season before and this year we have fielded a full men and women’s team for each race. I see this as a huge win for the team, even if we don’t get any beer for it.

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Jim Park the latest masters addition with a strong 6th place performance.

The men’s masters team finished 2nd to GVH setting up a winner take all scenario for championship day. We have gone back in forth with GVH all season each winning 2 meets. Although we hold a 2 point advantage in the standings if GVH were to win the final race the would own the head to head tiebreaker.  I like that things worked out nice and simple. We win we win, they win they win.

Race 4 Women’s Team Results

Race 4 Men’s Team Results

Race 4 Men’s Masters Results

Team Standings to Date

Individual Standings to Date

Thanks to HBO and Tim Matthews (and myself) for the pictures!

Effort

Let’s say we have two 40 year old men. One spends a year training for the 100 meters so he can compete at the USATF Masters Track Championship. The other spends a year training for the NYC Marathon.

The sprinter goes to the track 5 days a week, and hits the gym another 2 days a week. He does form drills, core work, tons of speed work plyos everything he can to race his best. He spends 10 hours a week training.

The marathoner runs 4 days a week. 3 easy runs of 40-50 minutes and one long run starting at 50 minutes and working up to 2.5 hours. He spends 5 hours a week training.

The sprinter goes to the masters championship and runs 12 seconds flat. An 85% age grade time putting him in the national class.

The marathoner goes to NYC marathon and runs 3 hours 52 minutes. A 55% age grade time putting him in lower than local class.

Who do you think is getting all the love, all the kudos all the likes on Facebook? Who is being celebrated and talked about around the office? Who gets a big medal for finishing? The guy who worked less hard and had the lesser performance that’s who.

Founding Fathers Reunion Special

A little more than 5 years ago Mike Insler and I had the crazy idea of starting a new racing team in Rochester. Then he up and moved to Maryland 3 years ago, leaving me short a training partner and a chief rival. This past weekend Mike returned for a visit and I knew we had to find a race to do together. Roadkill Racing came out in force and showed Mike how much the team has grown over the years. We had some great performance by our open runners, and also from our new masters women runners. We have come a long way from that first meet in 2010 and our iron-on singlets.

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Roadkill Racing Circa 2010

Once again it was Kenny Goodfellow leading the way. This time at the Scare Brain Cancer Away 5k in East Rochester. We had 11 runners compete in the race with lots of overall and age group awards won and even a few PR’s.

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Kenny (16:13) finished 2nd overall with Matt Roberts just 3 seconds behind in 16:16. I took top masters honors in 4th overall with a 16:20. Derrick Jones (16:38) and Mike Insler (16:43) gave us 5 runners inside the top 10 both winning their age group.

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Rounding out the men’s team were Andy Penner (17:13) Josh Williams (17:14) and Joe Williams (18:20). The race was Josh’s fastest 5k by over 20 seconds and just a few seconds off Joe’s best. Andy’s 11th place overall was good for 1st in his age group.

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Not to be outdone by the men, the women’s team turned in some impressive performances as well. All 3 ladies ran PR’s (1 lifetime and 2 post pregnancy). Ashlie Roberts who is gearing up for the Indy Monumental Marathon next weekend lead the way in 21:18 ( LTPR) followed closely by Lisa Perks in 21:20 (PPPR). The picture above shows Ashlie and Lisa separated a healthy margin with 100 meters to go, Lisa threw down a serious kick to close within 2 seconds! Lynn Gottfried, who managed the awesome feat of running her final mile of this race faster than her McMullen Mile time in June, finished in 23:15 (PPPR).

Full Results Here

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While Mike was up here Adam was down in DC racing in the 28th Annual Walk to End HIV 5k. He finished in 3rd place with shiny new 23 second PR of 16:09! That made for 3 20+ second PR’s in one weekend… I think there is something to this team racing thing.

 

One final note on the Scare Brain Cancer Away race. Take a look at the picture below taken right before the start. This is after Derrick told the starter something should be said.

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The starter (director?) at Derricks urging said “If you aren’t planning on running a 5 minute mile you shouldn’t be on the front line.” This caused a bit of laughing from the 1000 runners but no change. He went ahead and started the race anyway. I didn’t think this was funny in the least. It is dangerous. I’m sure that many of the people a few rows back had no idea there were a bunch of young kids, some literally coming up only to my waist, on the line. I would strongly encourage race directors to take a more active role in managing runners at the start, especially in a race with this many people. I would also strongly encourage whoever was responsible for these kids (they appeared to be a boys hockey team and a girls soccer team) to understanding racing protocol before taking kids to a race.

A huge thanks to everyone who contributed photos to this post including the Rochester Photo Crew and Roadkiller Lauryn.