High Kill Racing: XC Race #1

Bad Ass Kenny
Bad Ass Kenny

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.

Ready Go!
Ready Go!

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
Kenny

Kenny lead the RKR contingent and was the 4th runner for High Noon team 1.

Josh
Josh

I was the 5th High Noon person but was running for team 2, so I was the 1st team 2 runner.

Matt
Matt

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
Drew

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
Joe

Joe is going to be a force to reckon with on the masters circuit this year!

Beer no glory
Beer no glory

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!

No glory, but at least some beer.
No glory, but at least some beer.
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Here’s to free beer

Overall Results

Team Results

Out with the old, in with the new… runners

Roadkill Racing prides itself on not only having great runners, but having great all around people. Our runners are successful in more than just races, they are smart upwardly mobile academically and career minded humans. Unfortunately that means most of them end up leaving Rochester. Through this attrition by success we have lost some great competitors over the last 4 years.

Mike Insler: Moved to Annapolis to take a job as an economics professor at the Naval Academy.

Chanse Hungerford: Left U of R for Vanderbilt with his optics advisor.

Tyle Stelzig: Graduated from U of R and moved to North Carolina.

Dan Lane: Graduated from U of R and moved to North Carolina to get a graduate degree from UNC.

Jeff Bigham: Left his job as computer science professor at U of R and took a better job as a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon.

Evan Nelsen: Finished his internship working on nuclear reactors or something and is current saving lives in Nicaragua and will then attend grad school at UNC.

Travis Kroot: Graduated from U of R with a degree in biomedical engineering and is now living in Maine pursuing his dream to be a procyclist.

We leak talent the way my old 1977 Pontiac Grand Lemans leaked oil.

lemans
Was actually my Dad’s car, but it was the car I took my drivers test in.

So what’s a team to do? How do we overcome this overwhelming success? We hit the recruiting trail every year and bring in fresh talent, that’s how. Roadkill is always looking for new runners to join our ranks. You don’t need to be a former All American cross country runner to join Roadkill, you just have to have a passion for racing (and a liking of strong dark beer helps too).

mmmm Beer
mmmm Beer

What’s in it for you (WIIFY)? Joining Roadkill will give you the opportunity to train and race with the smartest, if not the fastest, team in Western NY. You get to wear the slickest racing singlet in the sport of road racing. But wait there’s more!

  • Race in both team and individual USATF local-regional-national championships
  • Win beer & glory during the Upstate New York Cross Country Series
  • Be part of hilarious email exchanges
  • See all your running exploits poorly written about on a website no one reads
  • Learn the secrets of the Roadkill Racing Circle of Fire training method
  • Get 15% off at www.runningwarehouse.com

What will all this cost you? I imagine by now you are thinking, “I can’t afford all that, I’m just a down on my luck runner.” Well don’t worry, Roadkill Racing doesn’t have any membership fees, dues or taxes. We do ask that you purchase a Roadkill Racing Singlet…

Awesome Singlets
Awesome Singlets

and that you join USATF Niagara, if you aren’t already a member. This will allow you to score in USATF championship races and gives you the opportunity to win both individual prize money (which you keep) and team prize money (which we keep to buy beer and other party supplies for the team).

Roadkill Racers run many races throughout the year, but the following are our team’s priority races:

When you are ready for a better running experince drop us a line. We’d be happy to have you, be you man or woman, young or old (look for Roadkill Masters next season!).

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