And they’re off…
Annual Winter Wimp race run in spring-like weather
HAGAMAN — A 38-year-old Albany man was the overall winner among males and a 17-year-old Mayfield student overall among females Saturday at the Fulmont Roadrunners Club’s 34th annual Winter Wimp Foot Race.
Jim Sweeney took first place in the 4.4 mile race with a time of 25:21 minutes and Madison Relyea finished in 29:47.
Second and third among males were Ian Thane of Amsterdam at 25:51 and Chuck Terry of Albany at 26:06 respectively. Among females second and third went to Ashley Wilson of Broadalbin at 31:33 and Emily Gunther of Vestal at 32:39.
Sweeney paced himself, saying, “Four or five guys were ahead of me at the mile mark, and I passed them.”
The temperatures were unseasonably warm in the high 50s to low 60s, good running weather.
“It’s a nice race, good community support, and the weather cooperated,” said onlooker Jim Bowles of Amsterdam.
Runners ranged in age from 8 to 76. They had a choice of the 2.2- or 4.4.-mile runs, starting and ending at Pawling Hall.
“I’d go anywhere for a race,” said 70-year-old John Vavasour of Albany, who said he competed in 43 races last year.
A special award in memory of Fulmont club member Kay Guere was given to a female over 60, Kathleen Goldberg of Schenectady, who was also first in the 60 to 69 female category with 44;12 minutes in the 4.4.
“Kay was a dear member of the club who passed away from cancer,” said Rick Vertuscci, coordinator of the event.
Other awards for shortest time were given in the 4.4 by age group.
First and second for males ages 15 to 19 were give to Trevor Dzikowicz of Amsterdam at 29:53 and Alex Cwiakala of Johnstown at 32:55.
In the 20 to 29 age category, Gregory Bogdan of Broadalbin was the only winner at the male group at 26:41. Among the females were Gina Davis of Glens Falls, 33:49, and Pam Eistertz of Albany, 41:14.
In the 30 to 39 group, the top three males were Ambrose Schaffer of Canajoharie, 28:00; Jason Bull of Glenville, 30:31; and Matthew Ash of Northville, 34:12. Among women were Leah Shaffer of Canajoharie, 35:40; Katie Gifford of Gloversville, 38:35; and Brittany Douglass of Gloversville, 49:11.
In the 40 to 49 range for males were Randall Cannell of Broadalbin, 29:21; Johnathan Guthan of Scotia, 30:17; and Paul Cirillo of Mohawk, 30:42. The women winners were Nicola Macnal of Rotterdam Junction, 36:25; Lee Briggs of Ballston Spa, 39:14; and Kim Nuzzi of Glenville, 40:05.
In the 50 to 59 age group among males were Sam Mercado of Albany, 31:19; Brian Borden of Altamont, 32:19; and Lennie Davis of Newport, 34:31. Among the women were Kim Scott of Broadalbin, 35:22; Lynn Fredericks of Amsterdam, 39:13; and Jill Frankoski of Rensselaer, 41:57.
In the 60 to 69 age group among males were Christopher Douglass of Gloversville, 33:33; Dennis Fillmore of Ballston Spa, 39:10; and Agapito Tarquinio of Scotia, 41:37. Among the women were Goldberg, first, and Suzanne Nealon, 53:57.
In the 70 to 79 category, which included only men, were Joe Yavonditte, 43:46; Robert Theissen, 57:20; and Raymond W. Lee Jr., 1:02:56.
The top three in the 2.2-mile race were (first) Milo Gifford of Gloversville, 7:03, and Sarah Smith of Lake Pleasant, 7:48; (second) Roy Mowrey of Gloversville, 7:50, and Avery Crain of Hagaman, 8:15; and (third) Megan Loomis of Malta, 8:28, and Paul Loomis of Malta, 8:29.
Awards were also given to top male and female cross-country runners in Fulton and Montgomery high schools. A portion of the proceeds from the race will help fund the Dern Memorial Scholarship for college-committed high school runners in their senior years.