Hol­i­day runs con­tinue with Rein­deer Ram­ble

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

Now that Thanks­giv­ing is out of the way, the rush to­wards the Christ­mas sea­son is in full throt­tle and with that comes a va­ri­ety of hol­i­day-themed races.

Now that Thanks­giv­ing is out of the way, the rush to­wards the Christ­mas sea­son is in full throt­tle and with that comes a va­ri­ety of hol­i­day-themed races.

In this area, no hol­i­day race is more an­tic­i­pated yearly than the YMCA of Kingston and Ul­ster County Rein­deer Ram­ble 5k, sched­uled for next Sun­day.

The race fea­tures a very chal­leng­ing course, an op­por­tu­nity to dress in hol­i­day cos­tume, and all the fun and fri­vol­ity as­so­ci­ated with fam­i­ly­ori­ented event.

This is the 33rd year that the YMCA is of­fer­ing the race, one of its fundrais­ers for the Strong Kids Schol­ar­ship Fund that helps less for­tu­nate young­sters to at­tend camps and ac­tiv­i­ties at the agency.

The race starts promptly at 1 p.m., with the start and fin­ish right out­side the Y’s en­trance.

Race-day reg­is­tra­tion be­gins at 11:30 a.m. and en­try fees are a very mod­est $15 for adults and $10 for stu­dents.

If you are a mem­ber of the On­te­ora Run­ners Club, not only do you re­ceive a $1 ad­mis­sion dis­count, but the race is the fi­nale of the club’s Grand Prix Se­ries with points on the line for de­ter­min­ing over­all and age-group win­ners.

One of the rea­sons that run­ners of all ages and abil­i­ties stream to the race each year is to be part of a Santa-pede, a group of five to seven run­ners con­nected to­gether in com­pe­ti­tion by rope, gar­land, bungy or what­ever you choose to use to keep the group se­cured.

Santa-pedes never go slower than the fastest run­ner or faster than the slow­est run­ner in the group, mak­ing for an ex­cit­ing jaunt from start to fin­ish.

Those run­ners are ex­pected to don their hol­i­day ap­parel, with prizes not only for the fastest Santa-pede, but also for the best cos­tumed group.

If you need more in­for­ma­tion about the Ram­ble, con­tact Eleni De­dovich at the Y by call­ing (845) 338-3810, ex­ten­sion 107, or email­ing to her at ede­dovich@ym­caulster.org.

Adam Beach and Re­nee Darm­stadt were the men’s and women’s win­ners at last Sun­day’s an­nual Fair St. 5k.

The race, hosted by the Fair St. Re­formed Church, is a fast and flat route through up­town Kingston and age-group win­ners find them­selves with some de­lec­ta­ble baked goods as prizes.

Beach zipped to the fin­ish in 18:37, just ahead of run­ner-up Wil­liam Re­ich­man in 18:51.

Zury Oate got up for third in 19:32 and Chad Duffy was fourth in 19:37.

Darm­stadt, mean­while, placed fifth over­all in 21:12.

Sixth place went to Steve Schindler in 21:37, Chris Roser was sev­enth in 21:42 and women’s run­ner-up Ali Mitchell was eighth over­all in 21:52.

Jack Celuch ran 22:01 for ninth, and in 10th place, it was Robert Costa in 22:03.

Grace Beach placed third for the ladies in 22:42, Jacque Schif­fer was fourth in 22:59, fifth went to Sue Klein in 23:47 and in sixth, it was Carol De­war in 24:18.

Some of the other top fin­ish­ers in­cluded Terry New­man (22:48), Bryan LaRoche (22:52), Gary My­ers (23:13), Joe Ba­ganz (23:27), Steve Schal­lenkamp (23:32), Sarah Snider (24:33), Ni­cole Re­ber (24:56), Rich Van Kleeck (25:14), Bill Pape (25:33) and Michael LaRoche (26:16).

LO­CALS FARE WELL AT PHILLY MARATHON

A sig­nif­i­cant con­tin­gent of lo­cal run­ners headed to the City of Brotherly Love last Sun­day to par­take in the Philadel­phia Marathon.

Doug Need­ham and Rachel Meyer recorded the top fin­ishes of the group, Need­ham cov­er­ing the 26.2 miles in 3:26:27, while Meyer ran a time of 3:27:58.

David Roberts fin­ished in 3:36:15 and David She­p­ler was next at 3:39:00.

Sarah Hack was the last of the group to break four hours, fin­ish­ing in 3:55:01.

Jenn Gard­ner was next in 4:13:18, then it was Mary Roosa cross­ing the line 4:36:42 and Danielle Brown ran 4:42:38.

Jen­nifer Braun had a solid time of 4:46:09, Theresa Baker ran 4:52:40 and ORC pres Deb Do­mack was right there at 4:52:42.

Cyndy Borzu­ma­toCobb cracked the five­hour bar­rier in 4:57:23, as did De­nis McGee in 4:59:40.

Tim Her­ron com­pleted the lo­cal ef­fort, fin­ish­ing in 6:04:43.

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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