Rosendale Runs celebrate another successful event
Nearly 200 runners enjoyed the fine fall foliage in the Rosendale area last weekend at the annual Rosendale Runs.
Organizers have proven they can provide a top-notch event that includes a half-marathon course featuring some spectacular Hudson Valley views, and the resurrected 4.4-mile Plains Run that is highlighted by a challenging route.
The half-marathon course travels over the old train trestle and takes runners through a candle-lit cave on the Williams Lake property.
There were 126 finishers this year in the half, with another 65 in the Plains Run.
Mike Koehler was fastest to the finish in the half marathon, racing to a winning time of one hour, 31 minutes and 24 seconds.
Bartek Sarodaj gave chase, but settled for second in 1:31:33.
Women’s champ Catherine Herne was third overall in 1:31:57, then it was Peter Vail in fourth at 1:32:29 and Simon Glenn-Gregg in fifth at 1:33:41.
Jeanne Halloran, runner-up for the ladies, was sixth in 1:33:46, with Donald Thurston in seventh at 1:34:02 and Joshua Finch in eighth at 1:34:21.
Erin Sprague (1:34:34) and Lucia Von Reusner (1:35:19) rounded out the top 10.
Other top local finishers included Ian Erne (1:40:49), Matthias Von Reusner (1:42:05), Jason Taylor (1:45:24), David Seche (1:46:32), Kellie Tyler (1:55:21), Andrew Binnie (1:55:25), Caroline Chant (1:58:23), Margaux Seche (1:58:40), Tim Gottstine (1:58:50), Bill Pape (2:00:42) and Rachel Schabot (2:02:08).
Joe Gentsch, meanwhile, was an easy winner in the Plains Run, clocking a time of 25:50.
Scott Costley took second in 30:45, with Thomas Berhman in third at 31:10.
Rosibel Landau was the women’s winner and fourth overall in 33:48, followed by Lica Maneri (34:44), Nick Mercurio (35:47), Karl Keiderling (37:16), Franklin Arnold (37:26), Angelo Hunter (37:53) and Olivia Serrano (38:37).
Ulster corps sponsors zombie escape 5K
Ulster Corps, which provides volunteers to agencies and organizations in Ulster County, is hosting the seventh annual Zombie Escape 5k at Williams Lake on Oct. 29.
The popular race, featuring zombies chasing runners on the course, starts at 11:30 a.m., and will also travel through the lighted cave on the property at Williams Lake.
Early entry fee (until Oct. 28) is $20 and increases to $25 on race day. Teams of three or more can pre-register at $15 apiece.
Race-day registration opens at 10 a.m.
The way it works is that all runners choosing to participate in the zombie escape part have a “health flag belt” with two flags on the belt.
If you can survive by finishing with at least one flag, you receive a survivor wristband.
Organizers urge runners to wear costumes, or to represent their favorite local agency or cause.
There will be special awards handed out for best individual and group costume, and a team spirit award.
Goodie bags and free refreshments, including hot cocoa and s’mores, are part of the festivities as well.
Before the 5k, at 11 a.m., is a free 1k kids run, and at 11:45 a.m., there is a 1k fitness walk.
Plenty more details can be found at ulstercorps.org.
Capen, Needham run strong New England marathons
The Runnin’ Reverend, John Capen, added two more marathons to his career total, taking part in the New Hampshire Marathon on Oct. 1 and the Hartford Marathon on Oct. 8.
Capen ran a time of 7:34:41 in the New Hampshire race, good enough for seventh place in the over 70 age division. He ran 7:41:24 one week later at Hartford, and has the Dover (Delaware) Marathon and New York City Marathon coming up.
Doug Needham also muscled his way through the Hartford Marathon, registering a time of 3:38, getting himself prepped for another big effort at the Philadelphia Marathon later this fall.
Please send all race results and information to 79 Hurley Ave., Kingston, N.Y., 12401; fax to (845) 331-3557; or email to runerichrun@ gmail.com. Follow Eric Houghtaling on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ runerichrun