XC Country Extreme Challenge Waiting for You

by Christine Bishop

On a beautiful summer night, unbelievably with not a raincloud in sight, the first in the HMRRC Tawasentha XC (5K) 2021 series took place under the guidance of John Kinnicut.  People talked in groups expectantly and greeted old friends they had not seen since the pandemic began.  Marey Bailey, a fixture at the registration desk, was there to make sure all went well. Things were back to normal, hallelujah.

Runners were pumped to begin this challenging race well aware of the obstacles it presents from steep hills, mud from the almost daily rainstorms, roots from trees, rocks, burrows from adorable little creatures that line the paths, to crossing a stream.  This obviously is a race for the bold.  No flat Macadam surfaces here.  The start demonstrates the no holds barred aspect of the race by starting with an ascent of a steep hill followed by crossing the same hill again.  After completing the double-hill-of-death defying segment, the group disappeared into the thick forest, not to be seen for at least twenty minutes.  It’s hard to top the drama of this start.

The race was full of challenges and ended on a high note. The first three winners were all males and then suddenly from the trees seeming like out of a fairy tale a group of three smiling, young people appeared not looking a mote tired and triumphantly crossing the finish line with two females coming in first and second.

The race series is free for HMRRC members as are runs in the coming Winter Series. (It’s hard to think of that now, but it will come.) During the pandemic many memberships have lapsed and it is now time to think of renewing them.  The HMRRC is a non-profit organization and due to its army of volunteers can plow its revenues into making running more accessible, better, and enjoyable in the Greater Albany Area.  If you go to our website and click on the Outreach folder, you will see the good things the organization does with your money for our running community.  The membership price is beyond reasonable: $12 for an individual; $15 for couples or families. Click here to renew or go to the “Members” tab and select “Record Maintenance.” You can also print a form from the site and send it with your check to HMRRC; PO Box 12304: Albany NY 12212.

Come join us on our other Tawasentha XC races in August and enjoy the beauty of the park.  The challenge is waiting, and the spirits of the woods welcome you.


RACE RESULTS

Place First Name              Last Name               sex age City                   Time     
 1    Brian                   Northan                 m   46  Guilderland           22:50  
 2    David                   List                    m   20  Pattersonville        23:05  
 3    Bob                     Irwin                   m   48  Guilderland           24:15  
 4    Steven                  Lindsey                 m   22  Schenectady           25:33  
 5    Madeleine               Hesler                  f   20  schenectady           26:10  
 6    Katie                   Hesler                  f   19  schenectady           26:10  
 7    Ryan                    Hesler                  m   16  schenectady           26:10  
 8    Jasper                  Travis                  m   14  East Greenbush        26:24  
 9    Rachael                 Shine                   f   25  Clifton Park          26:30  
10    Mark                    Wilson                  m   49  Clifton Park          26:40  
11    Bret                    Bryns                   m   15  Troy                  26:52  
12    David                   Travis                  m   49  East Greenbush        27:13  
13    Sydney                  Kimball                 f   15  Troy                  27:25  
14    Joshua                  Katzman                 m   45  Clifton Park          27:39  
15    Jessica                 Northan                 f   46  Guilderland           28:26  
16    Brennon                 Toohan                  m   17                        28:15  
17    Sophia                  Shatynski               f   15  Altamont              28:40  
18    Bill                    Bean                    m   61  Scotia                28:27  
19    Will                    Moiesky                 m   17  Albany                28:45  
20    Bill                    Grimaldi                m   56  Selkirk               29:19  
21    Estelle                 Burns                   f   46  Troy                  29:30  
22    Eva                     Shatynski               f   10  Altamont              29:35  
23    Todd                    Shatynski               m   45  Altamont              29:35  
24    Edward                  Hampston                m   53  Voorheesville         29:45  
25    Benjamin                Shatynski               m   12  Altamont              30:14  
26    William                 Petramale               m   16  Albany                30:28  
27    Edward                  Harahilli               m   15  Albany                30:42  
28    Coraline                Falco                   f   44  Albany                31:25  
29    Amber                   Travis                  f   11  Albany                31:34  
30    Lori                    Schmidt                 F   46  Loudonville           31:33  
31    Heidi                   Zahnleuter              f   20  Clifton Park          32:02  
32    Katie                   Hampston                f   18  Voorheesville         32:25  
33    Jim                     Tremper                 m   28  Altamont              32:40  
34    Bill                    Bartlett                m   50  Amsterdam             32:47  
35    Joanna                  Tremper                 f   51  East Chatham          33:44  
36    Seamus                  Hodgkinson              m   72  Delmar                33:55  
37    Kevin                   Montano                 m   27  Troy                  34:00  
38    Saleem                  Naina                   m   40  Slingerlands          34:02  
39    Karen                   Dott                    f   65  Colonie               35:01  
40    Rose                    Duhan                   f   53  Delmar                35:08  
41    Patrick                 Richtmeyer              m   44  Schenectady           35:18  
42    Mareia                  Whitney                 f   68  Saratoga Springs      35:36  
43    rick                    Zahnleuter              m   65  Clifton Park          35:44  
44    Richard                 Baluch                  m   75  Delanson              35:45  
45    Dave                    Wilber                  m   62  East Greenbush        36:58  
46    Jysan                   Addison                 f   17  Troy                  40:20  
47    Susan                   Wong                    f   73  Glenmont              40:23  
48    Kay                     Byrne                   f   56  Slingerlands          40:19  
49    Dave                    Walsh                   m   67  Delmar                40:45  
50    Patrick                 Graham                  m   16  Albany                43:20  
51    Michelle                Peltier                 f   49  Albany                43:30  
52    Valerie                 Burger                  f   25  Altamont              45:08  
53    Steven                  Obermayr                m   60  Burnt Hills           45:25  
54    mandy                   Kolinsky                f   39  Schenectady           45:28  
55    Elaine                  Morris                  f   68  East Greenbush        57:06  
56    Ed                      Williams                m   10  East Greenbush      1:05:02  
57    Melana                  Williams                f   47  East Greenbush      1:05:05  
58    Craig                   Williams                m   47  East Greenbush      1:05:07 

Photos also by Christine Bishop

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