The women and the men run separate races; last year the men ran first and were lucky with the rain which held off. The women wound up running in a fair [or perhaps unfair :)] amount of rain. But I was told it had been the other way around a few years previously. In any case, the rain served to neither dampen their spirits nor slow their times down as there were some incredible performances.
[Preview based upon information available online as of Sep.19, 2014 at 10:30 pm]
Overall. The overall Master's crown went to Melody Fairchild [Boulder, CO] who scored a decisive win last year in 16:51. She was followed by Sonja Friend-Uhl [Brentwood, TN] 19 seconds back and Lori Kingsley [Wysox, PA] another half minute back. It was a terrific Masters debut for Fairchild, who has been a storied runner since her high school days. As of press time, only Friend-Uhl is currently registered. Even if the field were fixed as at present, there would be a challenger for 2014. Holly Ortlund [Atlanta Track Club] is a new Masters athlete who ran a 17:12 5K on Labor Day this year. And, of course, Fairchild and Kingsley may yet register.
|Melody Fairchild breaking the tape as the 5K Women's Champion in 2013|
|Sonja Friend-Uhl, setting a brisk pace in one of her many races|
W45. Last year Lori Kingsley (PA) and Emily Bryans (NY) battled to the finish with Kingsley taking the age group [and 3rd overall] by 5 seconds in 17:47. So far neither is signed up for this year's race. Among
|Lori Kingsley, USATF Half Marathon Champion, 2011|
those who have signed up, it appears that Linda Hawke [Athena Track Club] is the strongest competitor with a sub-3 hour marathon, a 1:25+ half marathon and a 30:41 8K. Although she seems
|Linda Hawke (middle), 3rd place finisher in Michelle's Miles 5K|
W50. Last year Marisa Sutera Strange [Athena Track Club-NY] took this category decisively at 18:10, with a half minute margin over Deborah Torneden (KS). Sutera Strange is back to defend her
|Marisa Sutera Strange, claiming the vistory in the Women's 5k of the Dutchess County Classic|
title but so far Torneden has not registered. Among those who have, her teammate, Doreen McCoubrie [Athena Track Club], is a real threat. She will try to reverse the results of the USATF 10K championship earlier this year where
|Doreen McCoubrie, #2 in the 2006 MORE Marathon|
Sutera Strange defeated her by 14 seconds in 38:47. It should be quite a rematch!