Sullivan County Democrat
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January 22, 2010 Issue
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Frank Rizzo | Democrat

RUNNERS STRUGGLE UP the incline on Mount Prosper Road outside Wurtsboro at last Saturday’s Wurtsboro Mountain 30K race. Jacque Schiffer of Olive Bridge (122) and David Novak of Lincoln Park (97) are about to make the turn onto Yankee Lake Road. They were two of the approximately 200 runners, many from outside the county, that took on the tough course.

Gorgeous – but brutal in Wurtsboro

By Frank Rizzo
WURTSBORO — The verdict on the Wurtsboro Mountain 30K run?
“It’s gorgeous, but brutal,” said Caroline Renkin, the top female finisher at last Saturday’s road race.
Renkin, 26, of Brooklyn, finished 33rd overall in the approximate 18.6-mile jaunt through the village and surrounding hills. It was her first time in Sullivan County.
The boroughs are mainly flat. For “hill training,” Renkin takes on the inclined walkway on the Queensborough Bridge.
A veteran of four marathons (including one NYC and two Boston), Renkin used the 30K in preparation for the San Diego “Rock ‘n’ Roll” Marathon on May 31.
Myriam Loor directed the event, and her races might become known for their culinary treats as well as the rigors of their hills.
At least that was the claim made to Loor by the overall winner, Joe Hayter of Schenectady.
“On the way down we were talking about the great post-race meal you put on last year,” Hayter told Loor, referencing his fellow “Albany Running Exchange” club members.
Hayter said the Wurtsboro 30K will give him a running template for the Boston Marathon slated for April 20.
“Boston is a downhill course, so [today] was perfect preparation,” said Hayter, whose winning time of 1:53:16 gave him a 6:05 pace.
The day was cool and sunny, unexcelled running weather, according to participants.
Results, with age in parenthesis and average pace per mile after time.
Top 10: 1. Joseph Hayter (28), Schenectady 1:53:16 (6:05); 2. Andrei Volik (35), Astoria 1:55:03 (6:10); Mark Seigers (26), Oneonta 1:55:50 (6:13); 4. Aaron Knobloch (32), Mechanicsville 2:00:03 (6:26); 5. John Hogan (43), Washington Township, NJ 2:00:24 (6:28); 6. Jim Phelan (45), Montgomery 2:01:07 (6:30); 7. Jason Kennedy (27), Honesdale, PA 2:02.40 (6:35); 8. Kevin Shelton-Smith (49), Bronx 2:04:42 (6:41); 9. Martin Seybold (44), Lake Ariel, PA 2:05:19 (6:43); 10. Remi Deschamps (44), NYC 2:08:04 (6:52).
Sullivan County finishers: 56. Paul Maopolski (37), Narrowsburg 2:32:16 (8:10); 91. George Ackermann (50), Kenoza Lake 2:47.07 (8:58); 116. John Ferrara (52), Barryville 2:58:34 (9:35); 120. Jim Porter (49), Neversink 2:59:37 (9:38); 142. Kim Klemen (44), Monticello 3:24:28 (10:58); 143. Nancy Figueroa (41), Grahamsville 3:24:29 (10:58); 150. Suzanne Meier (49), Bloomingburg 3:46:18 (12:08); 161. Nancy Warth (58), Wurtsboro 5:14:42 (16:53)..