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.
Matt was wearing a EKG contraption for the race because of heart palpitations during Bergen (same thing I did a few years ago when I was having a reaction to my allergy meds.) Luckily Matt is in tip top shape and we can count on him running for years to come.
Drew made his Roadkill racing debut, and showed he is ready to step down from marathons and learn how to tear it up on the short courses.
Joe is going to be a force to reckon with on the masters circuit this year!
We did not win any Glory, but luckily for us the other half of our motto was fulfilled thanks to Mason & Grant Air Management for bringing the beer truck!