Roadkill Racing’s bravest turned out in 30-degree temperatures and strong winds on March 16th to partake in the Running of the Green, the unofficial start to the racing season in Rochester. Despite the less-than-optimal conditions, the team saw many terrific performances, as seen below.
Brett Smith – 3rd overall (27:46)
Mark Streb – 6th overall, 3rd AG (28:35)
Matthew Roberts – 16th overall, 1st AG (30:11)
Marcus Gage – 18th overall, 1st AG (30:23)
Joel Nowatchik – 21st overall, 3rd AG (30:37)
Jeremy Cook – 33rd overall, 8th AG (32:01)
Erin Caffrey – 97th overall, 5th AG (35:59)
Ashlie Roberts – 100th overall, 6th AG (36:09)
John Rynders – 158th overall, 14th AG (38:26)
Lindsay Rynders – 178th overall, 9th AG (38:54)
Marie Davis – 434th overall, 18th AG (44:34)
Valerie Vermeulen – 479th overall, 4th AG (45:33)
Martha Doody – 631st overall, 39th AG (48:31)
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I’m sure many of you are wondering, What the hell happened to Roadkill Racing? Why weren’t they listed in the team results for the first Upstate XC race?!?
Don’t panic, we haven’t gone anywhere, not really. Because of numerous last minute cancellations we were left with 2 options going into the series this year. 1- run with a 5 man team and hope all 5 people show up and finish every race 2- partner with another team who might be willing to put up with us. After a lot of last minute (literally last minute on Saturday night) maneuvering we ended up partnering with High Noon, a racing team based in Ithaca, NY.
High Noon has a number of very good runners, but like us they have struggled in recent years to get a competitive team to show up at all the races. They also aren’t a USATF club, so there would be no conflict with USATF team races. Roadkill is running under the High Noon name, but we are still of course sporting our best in the country RKR singlets. Kenny, Joe, Drew, Matt and I made the trip out to Green Lakes state Park and joined up with our new Teammates. They seemed like a cheery bunch of guys with a fondness for beer and running around in the woods… clearly a match made in heaven. We had enough open runners to field 2 open teams, although we could have broken them up a bit better, and Joe could have run for their masters team, but it was hard enough just getting this all put together last minute. Next race we can go for optimal teams.
Kenny lead the RKR contingent and was the 4th runner for High Noon team 1.
I was the 5th High Noon person but was running for team 2, so I was the 1st team 2 runner.