Soundrunners have been back at it this week, hitting the trails, track and road in real races as well as virtual. Normally this weekend would be reserved for the Hartford Half Marathon races, which went virtual. Brendan O’Rourke claimed 15th in the 5k, almost breaking 20:00 after a long comeback from injury. Chris Vollaro ran a solid 1:23:34 Half to pick up 6th overall. Sara Bells clocked the full marathon in 3:28 for a top 20 overall finish.
In ‘Real’ racing news: The Mohawk Mountain race saw a handful of impressive performances. In the 5k, Ken Berardi claimed 1st place climbing 1,400 over 3.1 miles to finish in 32:22. For the 8 hour Mohawk Mountain 8 hour VERT Challenge, Will Sanders finished 1st overall, and while relay team duo of Sybil Sanders and Bruce Christensen also claimed the top spot, by scaling almost 20 miles during eight hours and nearly 10,000 ft elevation gain! Mr. John Minervino also posted 21 miles and 10,000+ elevation gain over 5 hours in the VERT Challenge. Ken also came back after winning the 5k to run the VERT Challenge and finished 6th overall, clocking another 25 miles and 12,000 feet! Insane job everyone!
Elsewhere in CT; Katie Esposito and Mike Waterbury had their go at the Woodbridge Fall XC race. Mike finished 4th overall in a speedy 16:14 and Katie 6th female in 19:08.
In the Virtual Trials of Miles Cross Country race – a four- week elimination style national race- after 3 rounds (5K; 8K & 6K) both Liz Campbell and Carolyn Nye are sailing through to Nationals, being 2 of only 5 women from New England to advance. Liz clocked a huge PR of 21:51 for 6k; Carolyn in 21:29. Both will run a 10k time trial at ‘Nationals’ which will be held next week.