Well, another Rocky’s 5k is in the books. Once again, we sold out and once again, the weather was perfect. This year it was a little warmer than in previous years but still cool enough for some super fast times. And, there wasn’t even a hint of snow like the crazy snowstorm of 2011!
Our overall winners this year were Nick Athanasidy of Cortland Manor with a time of 16:28, and Libby Lazare of nearby Pleasantville NY with a time of 18:30, which is a new Course Record! The previous female CR was 18:51, set by Kelly Thompson in 2010. Congratulations Libby! Nick, you were darn close–CR was set by John Byrne in 2009 with a time of 16:05. (Note from RD: However….the start and finish were in a different location in 2008 and 2009. They were moved to accommodate electronic timing mats and vans in 2010. While the course was measured, we all know those little differences in grade, footing, etc can add up to a big difference, so it was still a great job by Nick!). Nick and Libby won $75 gift certificates to Run on Hudson for their effort.
Some other highlights were a duel to the finish by Rivertown Runner Todd Ruppel, who is a great Friend of the Friends, and Dan Fanelli of Westchester Track Club. Rumour has it beers were wagered and on the line which encouraged some fast times by these two friendly rivals, with Dan edging Todd out in a time of 21:10 to Todd’s 21:17. Also, this year, thanks to Westchester Road Runner, we added a new category on race day, which is the first overall Male and Female Masters (40+). Luis Francisco, a regular at the Rocky’s Races, came in 2nd place overall and easily won the Men’s Master $50 gift certificate with a time of 16:51. Julie McElroy held off Charlotte Rizzo (both from Westchester Track Club) for the Masters female with a time of 20:12, with Charlotte nipping at her heels in 20:13.
Roman Cammarota was our male 15-Under finisher, age 13 with a time of 20 minutes flat, and Tess Pisanelli, 12 yrs old, once again claimed her AG win with a time of 22:59. No doubt we will be seeing lots of great times from these two in the future and are glad to have them training at the Rocky’s.
This year was a first! We had a Rockefeller Preserve worker running the race in the form of Jen Sylvestri. Jen not only was the person who blew the leaves off the course in the days preceding, she worked tirelessly that morning, setting the course officials out and helping with the heavy setup at Registration–and then Jen proceeded to win her AG with a fantastic time of 21:05!
Team competition seems to be growing; we only had 2 coed teams the first year and this year we had 15 coed teams! It’s fun to run with somebody.
On the post-race side, looks like Hubert’s Lemonade gained some new fans, we had plenty of samples to keep the men smelling nice
and I guess the cookies and munchies went over because there wasn’t any left! That’s a good thing.
Thank you to all the Preserve Staff and to all the volunteers for their hard work, and to all of you for supporting the race and our efforts at trail maintenance. Please consider becoming a Friend…we’ll have a new t-shirt in the next couple of months which I’m sure you will like! http://www.friendsrock.org
Have a great fall and happy and healthy running!
Vice-President, Friends of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Race Director, Rocky’s 5k
CONGRATULATIONS ALL 5K FINISHERS AND THANK YOU ALL VOLUNTEERS FOR A GREAT DAY AT ROCKY’S!
ANOTHER ROCKY’S 5K IN THE BOOKS!
Chronotrack Results (including synced finish video) are ready!
Results including teams
Event photos have been posted!
We have some video too.
Meet Jessica Miller, our Rockys Races friend who has donated one of her beautiful oil paintings for the Grand Prize on Oct 25th. Here she is with some of her work at the Green Growler. The beer was great and the art even better! We’ll tear off your bib # on race day for the pull–must be registered and present to win. Good Luck to all!
Registration is open for the Rocky’s 5k! http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=2128831
Welcome to Run on Hudson, who is donating gift certificates to the top male and female winners! They’ll be at the race to cheer everyone on. Check out their website: www.runonhudsonvalley.com
This beautiful oil painting, by local artist and competitive masters runner Jessica Miller, is our Grand Prize in our raffle this year. Jessica loves running at Rocky’s and painted this scene, titled “Summer at Rocky’s”, just for our race! All registered runners and walkers are automatically entered (must be present to win). Thank You Jessica for such a wonderful gift! (Also be sure to check out Jessica’s blog at http://jessicamillerpaintings.blogspot.com/
Hubert’s Lemonade is a proud supporter of the 2014 Rocky’s 5K! They will be there on race day providing samples of their delicious and healthy Lemonade. Who says Lemonade is just for the summer?! It’s for all year round!
TRAIL MAINTENANCE UPDATE
This year, with your help, the Friends has been able to repair portions of Pocantico River and Gorey Brook Trails. Along with repair of the wooden bridge at Witches Spring Trail, which had been heavily damaged by winter weather, this work was completed in June. Deer Run was then repaired in the summer. The combined cost was $56,100.
We’re now funding a new project on Buttermilk Hill. The work will consist of 3200 feet of reconstruction, including re-establishing a drainage swale on the catch basin side of the trail, raising overhead branches, raising and lowering the trailside as needed to establish proper runoff, amending the shoulders with soil and seed as needed, and raising the trail with trail material including top dressing the entire trail with 4′ of mix material. The estimated cost for this will be $38,641.
The total cost for all of these projects is approximately $95,000. Your donations, entry fees, and volunteer hours at our events are what have made this work possible. Thank You! We look forward to providing updates as work progresses and letting you know about new projects as they emerge. And we hope to see many of you at the Rocky’s 5k! Wishing you a healthy and wonderful autumn, Your Friends of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve.
2014: Many Thanks to our sponsors Phelps Memorial Hospital and Central Park Track Club!
And thanks to our partners and supporters:
2014: Thanks also to our Partners and Supporters: