Johnny’s Runnin’ of the Green (AKA Freezeroo #7)

Johnny’s Runnin’ of the Green (AKA Freezeroo #7)

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While not quite as cold as some of this year’s Freezeroos, the dampness and 15-25 mph winds certainly made it feel wintery enough at what is the unofficial Spring kick-off race in Rochester, NY.  Johnny’s Runnin’ of the Green 5 miler, which annually draws about 2000 runners, is the first race of the year when all the fast guys come out of hibernation and remind us that dominating the Freezeroo series isn’t the same as being a dominant racing team.

Despite being out gunned at the very top of the race we still managed to put 3 runners in the top 10 going 6-7-8.  Personally it was my first time cracking the top 10 and amazingly it was Dave’s first time running Johnny’s!

Kenny in full on beast mode once again finished 6th in 26:47.
Kenny, in full on beast mode once again, finished 6th in 26:47.
Dave finished 7th in his Johnny's debut and is ready to start doing some speedwork.
Dave finished 7th in his Johnny’s debut and is ready to start doing some speedwork.
8th place and a 5:15 last mile, I can't wait for nice racing weather.
8th place and a 5:15 last mile, I can’t wait for nice racing weather.

 

We may run for Beer & Glory but wine isn't too bad either.
We may run for Beer & Glory but wine isn’t too bad either.

It was tough race for Derrick in his Roadkill Racing debut, but he was smart to shut it down and protect those legs for the rest of the season.  Dave and Derrick are both targeting the Buffalo Marathon in late May as their Spring goal races.

Johnny’s 2014 Results

In other Roadkill news Matt and Ashlie were down in North Carolina running in the Tobacco Road Marathon along with some of the ladies from Brockport Distance Project.  Both finished the race and still have legs, as far as I’m concerned that is a win where marathons are concerned.

Edge of the World: so long winter racing!

Edge of the World: so long winter racing!

Another winter racing season in Rochester, NY has come and gone.  And once again Roadkill Racing dominated the Freezeroo races.  With the unfortunate ending of the Polar Cats races the Freezeroo is pretty much the only game in town from December through February.  I’ve done pretty well in the series over the years, and so have other members of Roadkill Racing.  Here is break down of the last 4 Freezeroo Roadkill series finishes (out of about 200 male runners).

2010-2011

1st Matt Roberts
13th Joe Williams

2011-2012

1st Jeff Bigham
2nd Chanse Hungerford
3rd Joshua Perks
5th Matt Roberts
18th Joe Williams

2012-2013

1st Kenny Goodfellow
2nd Joshua Perks
3rd Jeff Bigham
5th Matt Roberts
14th Joe Williams

2013-2014

1st Kenny Goodfellow
2nd Dave Rappleyea
4th Matt Roberts
5th Joshua Perks
11th Joe Williams

This years final series results here.

As you can see we have done really well. Next year when our women’s team is fully up and running I expect them to dominate the leader board as well.

I’m not going to give you a blow by blow description of the final race.  Kenny ran like an absolute beast despite the howling wind and Matt finally raced one of these Freezeroos blazing past several runners during a sub 5:30 final mile.  I think the rest of us were just happy to get out of the wind and have a beer.

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You can see the 10k results HERE.

Heart felt thanks to the many Greater Rochester Track Club members who put on the races, YellowJacket Racing for keeping accurate time, the various town police for keeping us safe while on the sometimes very busy roads, the Rochester Photo Crew who take nearly all the pictures on this blog, and Running4morefun who does the video.  With out all of you we would just be running around in the cold.