Good day, @Challengers!
Our first week of the FLRC Challenge is in the books, and it has been a fabulous start! We have 64 people signed up so far, and 23 people have completed at least one of the two open courses: the East Hill Rec Way downhill mile and the Pseudo Skunk Cabbage half marathon. And oh, the results on the FLRC Challenge leaderboard have been so much fun to watch!
Overall, Aaron King (@aaronking32) and Gabrielle Woo (@gplwoo) have cruised into the points lead with the fastest times on the Pseudo Skunk Cabbage course and the third-fastest times on the East Hill Rec Way. Pete Kresock (@Petorius) is atop the Most Miles standings thanks to running the Pseudo Skunk half marathon twice in the week, and following it up with an East Hill Rec Way mile.
We’re certain to see some fast times on the East Hill Rec Way downhill mile this year, and right now Bill Watson (@billwatson) and Jullien Flynn (@jullfly) hold the top spots with a 4:59 and 5:58, respectively. Adam Pacheck (@apacheck) has focused hard on that course, notching a whopping 10 efforts this week.
Team-wise, the lead keeps wiggling back and forth, but the @Terrific-20s-Teens have pulled ahead of the @Thundering-30s thanks to Gabrielle Woo’s Pseudo Skunk time. Meanwhile, anomalies related to having too few runners and too few courses are skewing the rest of the team results. Charlie Fay (@crf1) has single-handedly put the @Super-60s-70s in third place with his single 7:18 mile boosting the team’s average age-grading, with the @Fabulous-50s and @Fantastic-40s close behind.
In course news, I’ll be checking out the Waterfront Trail this weekend and will start the process of getting our sign posted if it has melted sufficiently, as I suspect it has. I am planning to reroute it slightly due to the old Haunt being torn down and thus there being a construction zone at the turnaround point. The Cornell Botanic Gardens course is not yet runnable—there are still two shady spots with dangerous ice covering the entire road—but with luck, it will melt in the next week or so too. After that, the question is when the South Hill Rec Way and Black Diamond Trail will be clear enough to run.
Until next week, keep challenging yourself!