We’re 10 weeks into the FLRC Challenge, and Adam Pacheck has set a standard that’s going to be hard to beat. The Cornell grad student threw down a 4:36 mile on the East Hill Rec Way today to take the top spot by 3 seconds. That gives him the lead in all seven courses he has run so far, leaving just Danby Down & Dirty, Thom B., and Forest Frolic. Could he sweep the Challenge? Or will we see more competition from track and cross-country stalwarts Sam Lagasse, Alex Drazic, Mik Kern, Adam Berkowitz, or Rich Heffron? Maybe there’s some other dark horse out there just waiting for summer weather?
Changing gears, Gabrielle Woo has made good on her dare to run all 10 courses in a single week. That may be easier than the FLRC 100K Ultra Challenge requirement of running them in one day, but it’s still a tremendous accomplishment—congrats, Gabby and Sam the Dog! Will anyone else attempt the insanity?
Speaking of the FLRC 100K Ultra Challenge, I haven’t had a chance to tune in yet, but our own Pete Kresock (still in the lead in the Most Miles competition) was a guest on the Running Inside Out podcast, where he talked about the Ultra Challenge, the Ithaca running scene, and more. Give it a listen!
Props to Karen Ingall and Liz Hartman for joining the club of those who have completed all 10 courses! And a big leaderboard welcome this week to Liz Kluz, who has already recorded four runs on three courses, and Steve Folsom, who has some catching up to do with his wife Holly Folsom, who has picked off five courses so far.
Particularly for those who haven’t yet run the Danby Down & Dirty course, don’t miss tomorrow’s group run, led by Mickie Sanders-Jauquet. It’s an awfully pretty 6-mile trail course with some good hills. Meet at 8:30 AM at the parking area on Michigan Hollow Road.
Finally, we’re almost 4 weeks into the FLRC Kids Challenge, and the Ithaca running youth have posted some impressive numbers. Collectively, they’ve run almost 300 miles, and kudos to Toby K. and Phoebe S., the first two kids to pass the 25-mile mark. We’re sending personalized virtual race bibs to each kid who hits 25 miles, and we expect a few more to do it this coming week.
Remember, it’s never too late to sign up for either the FLRC Challenge or the FLRC Kids Challenge, though catching Pete Kresock, Aaron King, Heather Cobb, and Gabrielle Woo in the Most Miles competition is going to get tough.
Until next week, keep challenging yourself, and do post some pictures!