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The Summer Sizzler series continued with race #9, the 8000 meter road race. It was a beautiful evening for a run as temperature was 70F with partly cloudy skies. Twenty seven runners would toe the line this evening for a run through the park.
After instructions from the race director and volunteer staff the field was off. From the start it was a trio of GSH runners leading the field down the opening straight. Carlos Rivera was in the lead followed closely by Daniel Krasemann and Bill Carroll. Around the park and out onto Trafton Road the order remained the same. Upon re-entering the park it was Carlos holding a measurable lead, coming around to win the race with a time of 29:15. The win was Carlos’ 2nd of the season and 64th of his career, padding his lead at the top of the Hall of Fame win list. Daniel would come around and finish in 2nd place with a time of 30:39, breaking the age 11 record, previously held by Bill Carroll, by 39 seconds. Bill Carroll took the final podium spot in 33:24. Male age group winners were Daniel in the Youth (0-19) division, Carlos in the Open (20-39) division, Volker Krasemann’s 34:17 earned him top Master (40-49), GSH’s Doug Bielefeld was first Senior (50-59) in 39:49, GSH’s Celio Hernandez was first Veteran (60-69) with an impressive time of 33:50, and EORC’s Dan Lynes was the first 70+ runner with a time of 48:50.
In the women’s race, GSH’s Julie Carroll completed the course in 35:57, earning her 4th win of the season and 12th of her career. With the win Julie moved ahead of Colleen Cummings for 13th place in the career Hall of Fame win list. Second place went to GSH’s Kiana Eaton with a time of 37:38 and GSH’s Kathy McCarthy was the 3rd female in 38:26. Female age group winners were Julie in the Youth division, Maura Feeney was first Open female in 43:20, Anne Taupier’s 46:19 earner her first Master, Kathy McCarthy was first Senior and SS’s Vicki Quagliaroli earner first Veteran with a time of 52:21.
Volunteers for the evening were Brian Goddu, Ed Carroll, Brian McCarthy and Bruce Kurtz. Thanks to all the runners, volunteers and spectators. Next week marks the mid-point of the season with race #10, the 5K cross country race. With all the rain recently the course is sure to be muddy. You have been warned!