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.
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.
Josh Williams, Joe Haungs, Kraig Connor and Megan Ganskop ran their first of what will hopefully be many races for Roadkill Racing.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Next up… cross country, where time doesn’t matter and the distances are made up.