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Race Report: The Summer Sizzlers continued tonight with the 13th race in the series, a 5,000 meter run through the cross country course. Tonight proved to be a true “Sizzler” with hazy, hot and humid conditions greeting the 34 runners. Temperature at the start was a cool 86F with a 71F dewpoint with only the mosquitos enjoying the soupy air. After giving his weekly course description to the noobs, Brian “Ironman” Goddu rang the sacred bell signaling the start of the race. Faster than the sound of the bell the field charged down Main Greeting Road and on their way to the trails.
There was a large pack of runners jostling for the lead, including Freddy Rivera and a group of Ludlow XC runners. The women’s field was led by GSH’s Julie Carroll. Once the field began the decent the volunteer could only sit and speculate how the race would unfold.
As the sounds of the leader’s footsteps grew louder it would be Freddy Rivera emerging from the trails, crossing the finish line in 19:32 for his 1st career Summer Sizzler Victory. Freddy’s name will forever be etched in the Hall of Fame. Following closely behind in 2nd place with Drew Manuel in 19:53 and Giovanni Soto’s time of 21:31 was good enough for 3rd place. Age Group awards went to the following; Open Division (20-39) was Dario Serra in 22:52, Zheni Zhigalin’s 25:56 was good for top Master (40-49), GSH’s Doug Cummings was first Senior (50-59) in 25:31 and GSH’s Roy Anderson’s 32:59 was tops in the Veteran’s (60-69) division.
Julie Carroll would be the first female to cross the finish line with a time of 24:07. The win marked Julie’s 4th of the season and 8th of her young career. The 8 career wins moves Julie into 15th place on the career win list. Second place, and top Open Division, belonged to Katie Sullivan in 24:42 and Kineysha Rivera’s 24:51 earned her 3rd female. GSH’s Kathy McCarhty rounded out the female Age Group winners, grabbing tops position in the Senior Division in 24:59.
Johan Amaro and GSH’s Rogina Modestow tied for the time prediction award, each finishing just 20 seconds off their predicted finishing time.
Volunteers for the race were Brian Goddu, Ed Carroll, Bruce Kurtz and Brian McCarthy. Thanks to all the runners and volunteers for showing up on this hot and humid evening. I hope see everyone next week for race #14 in the series, the 8K road race.
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