On­te­ora Run­ners Club poised to host 8-mile Har­vest Run

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The Novem­ber run­ning sched­ule kicks off with a bang on the 5th as the On­te­ora Run­ners Club hosts its an­nual Har­vest Run.

The race, which was once a half-marathon, was shaved to an 8-mile dis­tance, but will still travel through the same res­i­den­tial neigh­bor­hood in Red Hook.

“While we were look­ing to do the race as a half-marathon, we found this time of year was pretty full (of them) al­ready,” said ORC pres­i­dent Deb Do­mack.

“To not com­pete with other races, we opted for a unique 8-mile course.”

Do­mack said the dis­tance also pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for 10k run­ners to stretch out their dis­tance a bit with­out hav­ing to cover the 13.1 miles of a half-marathon course.

The race starts promptly at 10 a.m. from the Red Hook Recre­ation Park with par­tic­i­pants asked to en­ter at the Fruit Bud Lane en­trance.

En­try fee is now $30 and race-day reg­is­tra­tion starts at 8:30 a.m.

“It’s one of three races that the club spon­sors and it’s also the ninth race in our Grand Prix Se­ries,” Do­mack added.

“All of the pro­ceeds go to the ORC Schol­ar­ship Fund and we award those schol­ar­ships to high school se­niors who are mem­bers of the club.”

This year’s en­tire race com­mit­tee is com­prised of mem­bers of the club’s Board of Di­rec­tors.

Do­mack said many busi­nesses and or­ga­ni­za­tions have stepped for­ward to help as race spon­sors. “The first 75 pre­reg­is­tered run­ners get a longsleeve t-shirt and we still need vol­un­teers to as­sist with traf­fic con­trol and wa­ter stops,” she said.

You can get more de­tails by con­tact­ing Do­mack at ORCpres@ gmail.com or you can down­load an ap­pli­ca­tion at www.on­te­o­rarun­ners.com.

Speak­ing of the club’s Grand Prix Se­ries, stand­ings through the first eight races were re­cently re­vealed with Ryan Kleitz (75 points) and Jacque Schif­fer (71 points) lead­ing the men’s and women’s over­all cat­e­gories, re­spec­tively.

Be­hind Kleitz is Ryan McCann (65), Jamie Re­ich­ler (37) and Lo­gan Linares (36), while Sh­eryl Wheeler (68) is sec­ond to Schif­fer, fol­lowed by Rachel Sch­abot (39) and Mar­gaux Seche (38).

Age-group lead­ers for the ladies in­clude Seche, Kate Roosa, Jes­sica Sun­shine Smith, Lisa Jerkowski, Wheeler, Karen Spinozzi and Kath­leen Balt­hazar.

Men’s age-group lead­ers are Gabriel Needham, Zury Oates, Max Gruner, McCann, Doug Needham, Steve Schal­lenkamp and Bob Rick­et­son.

SWEET, MEY­ERS GRAB FIRSTS AT CAHILL CLAS­SIC 5K

The an­nual Cahill Clas­sic 5k fea­tured a solid field this past Satur­day and it was Ben Sweet and Rachel Mey­ers who took over­all hon­ors.

Sweet swept to the top spot in a zippy time of 18:20, with Matthew Mor­gan tak­ing sec­ond in 18:40.

Dar­ren Baird fin­ished third in 18:41, and Ike Blough grabbed fourth in 18:44.

Kent Klein­sasser took fifth in 18:51, Justin MacDougall was sixth in 19:01, Art Driscolll placed sev­enth in 19:53 and Everett Weg­ner was eighth in 21:04.

Mey­ers was the lead­ing women’s fin­isher and was ninth over­all in 21:16, with Mitchell Hart in 10th at 21:28.

Mered­ith Mon­tano was sec­ond to Mey­ers and 12th over­all in 22:16, with Molly Daggett in third at 22:54.

Madge Mar­rico was close be­hind in 22:57, Teresa Gil­more was next in 23:21 and Han­nah Man­gione fol­lowed in 23:45.

Next up were Michelle Mey­ers (23:52), Jil­lian Mur­phy (24:36) and Tina Mon­tano (24:39).

Other no­table lo­cal fin­ish­ers were Matthew Mon­tano (24:20), James Hart (24:50), Vic­tor McGre­gor (24:51), Ci­cily Wil­son (30:22) and Diane O’Mal­ley (30:37).

Pro­ceeds from the race ben­e­fit the Cahill El­e­men­tary School.

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