Fair St. 5K one of Kingston’s finest

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - Eric Hough­tal­ing Run­ning

There are a lot of good road and trail races on the cal­en­dar every year, but in my hum­ble opin­ion, the Fair St. 5k in Kingston has to be con­sid­ered one of the best.

With the run­ning sea­son wind­ing down, the Fair St. 5k comes along at the perfect time, smack dab in the mid­dle of au­tumn and right be­fore the hol­i­days.

The course, which trav­els through the Stock­ade district of up­town Kingston, of­ten yields some very quick times with its flat and fast two-loop route.

There is some­thing re­ally ex­cit­ing, kind of like the neigh­bor­hood has be­come some kind of huge 1.5-mile track for the day.

Toss in a very mod­est en­try fee of $15 ($20 on race day) and a nice cozy spot to gather be­fore and af­ter the race in the base­ment of the Fair St. Re­formed Church and you got the recipe for suc­cess.

Re­sults are tab­u­lated ex­tremely quickly by race di­rec­tor Jack Zi­wich and his le­gion of vol­un­teers and re­wards are handed out to rau­cous ap­plause from the crowd.

The post-race re­fresh­ments, which in­clude some out of this world baked goods, hot soup, hot dogs and more just add to the am­biance of this race.

This year’s edi­tion, the 25th an­niver­sary, is sched­uled for Nov. 20 and starts at 1:30 p.m. just out in front of the church.

You can reg­is­ter on race day be­gin­ning at noon and when the fes­tiv­i­ties are over, you’ve still got time to en­joy the re­main­der of your Sun­day after­noon.

Ron­d­out rush set for Nov. 20

If you are look­ing for a more coun­try-like set­ting for a run on Nov. 20, head to Mar­ble­town Ele­men­tary School in Stone Ridge for the annual Ron­d­out Rush. This 2.2-mile race starts at 10 a.m. and is a point-to-point route be­gin­ning at Krip­ple­bush Fire­house and fin­ish­ing back at the school. You can en­ter the rest of this week for $20 ($10 for Ron­d­out Val­ley stu­dents) or pay $25 on race day.

Regis­tra­tion on race day be­gins at 8:30 a.m. and you have to make your way to the fire­house in time for the start.

All pro­ceeds from the race ben­e­fit the foot­ball pro­gram at Ron­d­out Val­ley High.

Beach, Oliv­era cap­ture di­vi­sions at Ul­ster­corps zom­bie es­cape

The Hal­loween hol­i­day was cel­e­brated in high style last Satur­day at the annual Ul­ster­Corps Zom­bie Es­cape 5k, held at Wil­liams Lake.

The race fea­tures a course filled with zom­bies try­ing to at­tack run­ners by pulling flags off of a belt, and also a can­dlelit jacko-lantern por­tion through the cave on the Wil­liams Lake prop­erty.

Pro­ceeds from the race help fund vol­un­teer pro­grams sup­ported by Ul­ster­Corps.

In the race, Adam Beach was the overall win­ner in 21:29, while Gabriela Oliv­era was the women’s champ and placed third overall in 23:45.

Hunter Hape­man was sec­ond overall in 23:42, Brian Mes­sen­ger was fourth in 24:19 and Trey Cimino was fifth in 24:54.

Car­los Perez got up for sixth in 25:02 and Wy­att Pi­leggi was sev­enth in 25:03.

Com­plet­ing the top 10 were Kevin Platz in 25:06, women’s run­ner-up Grace Beach in 25:33 and Michael Shrano in 25:42.

Danielle Mazzella was third for the ladies in 25:48, Ca­rina Ban­dle was fourth in 28:42 and Alana DePasquale was fifth in 28:53.

Other run­ning reg­u­lars near the top were David Seche (26:09), Bryan LaRoche (26:31), Kevin Cayea (27:33), Terry New­man (28:00), Bill Pape (29:45), Christo­pher Re­gan (30:39), Patty Lankhorst (30:50), and Jenny Car­pen­ter (32:30).

The race had a ro­bust field of 197 fin­ish­ers.

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

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