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People's Forest 8.57/17.13-Mile Road Race

Barkhamsted, CT, January 15, 2012

Results Plus Two-Loop Race History

That's race director Tom Buckley waving in this Michael Taricani photo.
That's race director Tom Buckley waving in this Michael Taricani photo.


People’s Forest Run, 8.57/17.13 miles
January 15, 2012

A Winter Series Run organized by the Hartford Track Club. More information on the Club and the series can be found at www.hartfordtrackclub.org

This year, Tom Buckley was the race director. Some of the duties he performed were getting the permits for the race, acquiring and bringing the bagels, water and Gatorade, and marking the course. David Reik did the timing and results with the assistance of Michael Taricani who handed out the finish cards. These people, and perhaps others, contributed great baked goods: Kelly Burns Gallagher, Lee and Linda Bradley, Bekkie Wright, and Cynthia Kozak Buckley. Peter Hawley brought the Club timing device, and tables.

A Few Words from Race Director Tom Buckley:

Frigid People’s Forest Run – January 15, 2012

What is the proper word for 55 runners who braved the 8 degree (minus 11 windchill) icebox known as the 2012 People’s Forest Run? Hardy? Robust? Resilient? Nuts? You pick the adjective and many would fit the bill on this coldest day of the year, as the wooded roads of People’s Forest delighted in the pitter patter of frozen feet. Marc Robacynski laughed at the cold and wind on his way to a 2 loop (17.13 mile) jaunt of 1:41:06 to lead the way, while Amanda Hill led the iron women 2 loop gang in 2:04:48. For the relatively wimpy one-loopers, Doug Mulcahy cruised the 8.57 mile loop around the Farmington River in 56:49, and Katherine Bussiere scorched the frozen pavement in 1:00:52 to lead the women.

A hardy, frozen thank you to David Reik for his high-tech timing and Michael Taricani for his finish line assistance and wonderful pictures, but mostly for their braving the elements for over 3 hours and providing encouragement to warm the soul (and the feet). There was no shortage of fuel for the cold furnace on this day, thanks to the warm hearts of Kelly Burns Gallagher, Lee and Linda Bradley, Bekkie Wright, and Cindy Kozak-Buckley.

Tom Buckley – Race Director

You can see more pictures of the race, and some commentary, at http://teamprimalforce.blogspot.com/2012/01/peoples-state-forest.html

Below this year's results, you can see a history of the two-loop race.


One-loop (8.57 miles) finishers:
Place   Time       Pace    Name                          Town             State   Age   Sex   
1       0:56:49    06:38   Doug Mulcahy                  Canton           CT      44    M     
2       1:00:12    07:02   Kevin Klett                   Newington        CT      33    M     
3       1:00:17    07:02   Chris Levesque                Canton           CT      29    M     
4       1:00:26    07:03   Tom Buckley                   Avon             CT      52    M     
5       1:00:52    07:06   Katherine Bussiere            Canton           CT      20    F     
6       1:01:00    07:07   Shea Williams                 West Hartford    CT      15    F     
7       1:02:20    07:17   Joel Lehman                   Avon             CT      50    M     
8       1:02:35    07:18   Doug Benedetto                Torrington       CT      45    M     
9       1:03:00    07:21   Bert Macintosh                Burlington       CT      45    M     
10      1:05:41    07:40   Tim Hawley                    Middletown       CT      58    M     
11      1:06:33    07:46   Mitch Bielenda                South Windsor    CT      55    M     
12      1:07:51    07:55   Peter Hawley                  New Hartford     CT      61    M     
13      1:08:06    07:57   Doug Keats                    New Britain      CT      51    M     
14      1:08:11    07:58   Tom Roy                       Farmington       CT      39    M     
15      1:08:34    08:00   Bruce Bussiere                Canton           CT      57    M     
16      1:10:35    08:14   Mary-Liz Williams             West Hartford    CT      50    F     
17      1:11:46    08:23   Kelly Burns Gallagher         Plantsville      CT      31    F     
18      1:14:31    08:42   Alan McCall                   Manchester       CT      62    M     
19      1:15:22    08:48   Ken Owen                      West Granby      CT      59    M     
20      1:15:56    08:52   Alice Carrillo                Southington      CT      46    F     
21      1:19:40    09:18   Brent Stratton                Middletown       CT      55    M     
22      1:22:55    09:41   Danielle McGeary              New Britain      CT      26    F     
23      1:23:02    09:42   Cathy King                    Manchester       CT      52    F     
24      1:23:10    09:42   David Williams                West Hartford    CT      58    M     
25      1:23:19    09:44   Marty Kozlak                  Torrington       CT      43    M     
26      1:23:19    09:44   Tom Scoville                  Torrington       CT      50    M     
27      1:23:20    09:44   Jackie Scoville               Torrington       CT      50    F     
28      1:23:20    09:44   Stephanie Scoville            Torrington       CT      20    F     
29      1:23:42    09:46   Anna Willis                   Torrington       CT      52    F     
30      1:24:17    09:50   Kim Marchand                  Winsted          CT      47    M     
31      1:24:17    09:50   Janit Romayko                 East Hartford    CT      66    F     
32      1:26:24    10:05   Rose Famiglietti              Wethersfield     CT      63    F     
33      1:26:52    10:08   Wayne Soldan                  Winsted          CT      54    M     
34      1:29:11    10:25   Jerry Shimoda-Peterson        West Hartford    CT      79    M     
35      1:36:27    11:16   Norlean Michael Litwinka      Naugatuck        CT      40    F  

15 miles (GPS):
        Time               Name                          Town             State   Age   Sex   
        2:20:27    09:22   Allice Carrillo               Southington      CT      46    F     

Two-loop (17.13 miles) finishers:
Place   Time               Name                          Town             State   Age   Sex   
1       1:41:06    05:54   Marc Robaczynski              Canton           CT      37    M     
2       1:53:08    06:36   Brett Stoeffler               Tolland          CT      44    M     
3       1:54:37    06:41   Josh Adams                    New Hartford     CT      38    M     
4       1:55:58    06:46   Thomas Smith                  Wethersfield     CT      44    M     
5       1:59:28    06:58   Rick Konon                    Colchester       CT      55    M     
6       2:00:02    07:00   Scott Freeman                 Marlborough      CT      51    M     
7       2:01:51    07:07   Miro Baldyga                  Unionville       CT      53    M     
8       2:04:48    07:17   Amanda Hill                   Wethersfield     CT      40    F     
9       2:05:29    07:19   Paul Potamianos               Ellington        CT      48    M     
10      2:05:44    07:20   Gareth Bye                    West Hartford    CT      48    M     
11      2:06:19    07:22   John Paggioli                 Marlborough      CT      46    M     
12      2:06:30    07:23   Todd Brown                    Rocky Hill       CT      47    M     
13      2:11:08    07:39   John Mullaney                 Amston           CT      47    M     
14      2:28:20    08:39   Vin Darcy                     Avon             CT      53    M     
15      2:31:23    08:50   Lani Ralston                  Granby           CT      40    F     
16      2:37:53    09:13   Bekkie Wright                 East Hartford    CT      49    F     
17      2:37:53    09:13   Joseph Poliquin               East Hartford    CT      59    M     
18      2:43:12    09:32   Tracy Vroeginday              Plantsville      CT      39    F     
19      2:43:12    09:32   Lee Bradley                   Newington        CT      69    M     

HISTORY OF THE HARTFORD TRACK CLUB RIVERTON/PLEASANT VALLEY TWO-LOOP RUN

Men's record for two loops: John Vitale, 1979, 1:32:08, 5:23 pace.
Women's record for two loops: 1990, Mary-Lynn Pastizzo, 1:50:19, 6:26 pace.
(Mary-Lynn's last name in now Currier.)


The run uses a loop that goes up one side of the Farmington River to Riverton, and down the other to Pleasant Valley. The loop was measured by Bill Tribou on March 11, 1980, at least that's the date on his report. The then-new, HTC measuring wheel he used gave him a distance of 13,787 meters, so two loops would be 17.134 miles.

1972: Manfred Kandschur, 1:39:31 (no women).

1978: George Straznitskas, 1:34 (only finisher reported).

1979: John Vitale, 1:32:08 (That's 2:20:59 marathon pace; report said the time was a course record. George Straznitskas, 1:32:19, was second overall); Sally Sullivan, 1:59:46, 35th place.

1980: Ray Crothers, 1:40:44; Sally Sullivan, 1:58:49.

1981: Chris Doyle, 1:41:56; Jane Arnold, 2:05:15.

1982: George Kominos, 1:37:46; Jane Arnold, 1:58:17.

1983: George Kominos, Bob Enright (tie, no time); Sally Sliwkowski (no time).

1984: (no results)

1985: Joe Stanley, 1:39:28; Lyn Walker, 2:10:08.

1986: Bob Enright, David Reik (tie), 1:36:20; Carolyn Sunderman, 2:23:27.

1987: Al Zetterlund, 1:35:20; Jo Marchetti, 2:10:15.

1988: Peter Carnes, 1:39:06; Agnes Ruane, 1:55:21.

1989: Stephen Gates, 1:40:48; Renee Idone, 1:56:32.

1990: Al Zetterlund, 1:36:39; Mary-Lynn Pastizzo, 1:50:19. (Mary Lynn's last name is now "Currier.")

1991: Al Zetterlund, 1:38:37; Kathleen Airoldi, 2:08:53.

1992: Dan Feder, 1:45:58; Ed Sparskowski, 1:45:58 (tie?); Donna Smyers, 1:55:06.

1993: Tom Buckley, 1:46:29; Donna Smyers, 2:06:02.

1994: George Kominos, 1:46:09; Donna Smyers, 2:14:24.

1995: Dan Feder, 1:45:23; Donna Smyers, 2:01:41.

1996: Kevin Pigeon, 1:45:28; Leslie Brown, 2:12:20.

1997: Todd Brown, 1:48:19; Gail Case, 2:07:59.

1998: Tom Buckley, 1:52:51; Brigitte Boltz, 2:15:04.

1999: George Kominos, 1:43:41; Kate Petricone, 2:16:37.

2000: Mike Owens, 1:52:09; Megan Goldstein, 2:18:48.

2001: George Kominos, 1:53:32; (no women).

2002: Dan Feder, 1:46:56; Maria Huntsman, 2:48:42.

2003: Eric Blake, 1:42:58; Bekkie Wright, 2:17:19.

2004: Bill Bradshaw, 1:52:06; Karen Skwara, 2:21:30.

2005: Scott Freeman, 1:49:36; Debbie Settani, 2:08:04.

2006: No group run

2007: Mark Green, 1:49:03; Kathy Lundin, 2:20:45

2008: Chris Chisholm, Todd Brown (tie), 2:00:16; Marisa Mascolo, 2:33:34

2009: Dennis Marshall and Roy Krause (tie), 2:06:33; Kimberly McGrath and Tracy Dickey (tie) 2:28:04

2010: Marc Robaczynski, 1:42:56; Bekkie Wright, 2:31:07

2011: Marc Robaczynski, 1:42:00; Pam Morrow, 2:31:00

2012 Marc Robaczynski, 1:41:06, Amanda Hill, 2:04:48








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