Next Sunday, October 10, is our next race. It’s the Checkers team’s home meet, so it is close to Buffalo at Akron Falls State Park. Driving to this race is great excuse to stop at a winery on the way home - or to plan a weekend camping trip. Even so, FLRC tends to not send many runners, due to the distance. We may have several people who are on the fence about whether to go, so let’s talk about our plans and figure out how to best put the teams together.
Open (ages 20–39)
- Amalia Skilton
- Jenny Berkowitz ? (please let me know or update your row on the Google sheet roster )
- Kathleen Kannaley
- Louise Debefve
My current game plan is to “run down” all older runners onto the Open team to make a team—we must have at least 5 runners to make an Open team, and we may have up to 9. (Older runners can run down, but younger runners cannot run “up.”) If we did get one more 50+ woman, it’d be nice to have a vets team, since they’ve done so well this year so far; their overall standing in the series will suffer if they don’t place in this meet. Note that for individual prizes, you compete in your age group, regardless of which team you are on.
Masters (ages 40–49)
- Patty Larkin
Veterans (ages (50–59)
- Brenda Osovski
- Sandy Gregorich
WHEN & WHERE
Gun time is 11am, so I recommend arriving a little before 10am.
The 6K race is at Akron Falls State Park. As you drive into the park, look for small PGXC or GVH signs. There is no parking lot; park along the side of the park road. The course appears to be the same as in the past. Note that the bathrooms are a ways from the pavilion, so best to visit them during your warmup.
You should be able to borrow a jersey, but wear something you like to run in, just in case. Blue or black shorts.
BUYING YOUR OWN JERSEY
Soon, you’ll be able to order your own. You can get it with “Finger Lakes” on the back, or with your own name. Unfortunately, supply chain issues make it impossible to get these in time for any of our races this year, but we’ll have an online order form ready soon so you can order while you can remember your size. I’ll also order a few more general jerseys to use as loaners; it is interesting to see which sizes are most popular.
IF IT IS COLD
It is okay to race in gloves, arm warmers, hats, tights, etc. You can also wear your jersey over a shirt.
END OF SEASON PARTY!? Adam and I have been talking about this in light of COVID. We are going to circulate a survey soon to ask people what they would be comfortable with. If you have any ideas for an awesome indoor/outdoor venue, please let me know. Don’t let cost limit your brainstorming. We are looking at the weekend of November 13/14, which is one week after our last race.
See you on the run, Tonya