Race Recap – Spring 2021

With races making a fast comeback to CT, lots of SoundRUNNERS have been out conquering the trails, track & roads. Recent race results include:

Miles on the Mohawk Marathon: Stephen Paddock – 1st Place 2:25:52!

Rocky Hill 5k: Nick Dalidowitz – 2nd 18:23; Bruce Christensen – 8th 20:43

CT Master’s Games: 1500- Anthony Gonsalves – 1st 4:44

Cayuga 50K: Megan Pagliuco  – 4th Female 5:56

Run Ragged Last Man Standing: Ken Berardi – 5th Place 24 hours/75 Miles 

Newport Rhode Races 5k: Cory Loftis – 1st Place 16:34 

Marlborough Race Around the Lake: 5k: John Minervino 3rd AG 

Victory 5000: Amanda Morgan – 18:49

Traprock 50k: Rachael Whitbeck – 1st Female, 5:35 (Course Record!); Megan Pagliuco  – 6th Female 6:45

Providence Half Marathon: Stephen Paddock  – 1:11 6th Overall 

Cinco K Mayo 5k – Enfield: William Sanders – 15:31 – 1st; Bruce Christensen – 20:28 – 12th; John Minervino – 21:12 – 14th  

Miles for Margaritas: Ken Berardi – 19:31 4th overall 

Next up for the SoundRUNNER team is the first USATF Grand Prix race of 2021 – Branford Road Race on June 20th.

Race Recap: Fischang-Cicchetti Memorial Road Race

Likely the last CT road race of the year, several Soundrunners took advantage of the opportunity and jumped in to participate in the Fischang-Cicchetti Memorial Road Race this past weekend.

Winning the Men’s race was Will Sanders, completing the 5-mile course in 24:54, claiming victory by 30 seconds. Michael Waterbury finished in 3rd place in 27:15. John Minervino grabbed 3rd in his age group in 33:15.

On the Women’s side, Sybil Sanders finished 1st (and 6th overall) in a speedy 28:56, covering 5 miles in well under 6:00 pace. Katie Esposito ran to a first place finished in the 18-29 category in 31:55; and Lori Marcantonio claimed her age group with a 32:07.

With road races temporarily on hold in CT; we’ll see what creative opportunities the team will come up with next!

Full Results Here

More Fall Racing & Pub Runs!

Despite the pandemic, it was another busy weekend for the Soundrunner racing team! In a Track 5k in New Canaan, Liz Campbell claimed victory in a speedy 18:09, along with fellow lady Soundrunners Sybil Sanders, Amanda Morgan and Mary Johnson!  

On Sunday, the Escape the Notch half Marathon and Marathon saw two outstanding performances by husband and wife team Will & Sybil Sanders. Will claimed the marathon victory in 2:39; while his speedy wife took home 5th in a competitive elite half marathon with a time of 1:23 (the day after racing a fast 5K!) John Minervino had a solid performance, clocking a 1:30 half, and Keith Coburn rocking a 1:53! Full Results Here

On Thursday this past week, other members indulged in a group pub run and team-sponsored dinner in Wallingford. Let’s see what holds next for Soundrunner Racing….  

Fall Racing!

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.   

A Return to Racing!

After months of quarantine and isolation, this weekend members of the Soundrunner racing team finally got to hit the (REAL) streets to race against (REAL) people. First up was the Arc run in Meriden on Sat. Sept. 26. Nicholas Migani placed 4th overall in the 5k with a solid time of 16:45, while Anthony Gonsalves finished 2nd overall in the 10k distance with a time of 36:52.

Full results can be found here: https://runsignup.com/Race/Results/63969#resultSetId-218783;perpage:100

Meanwhile in Hartford, HMF Events hosted the New England’s Finest Throwdown 5k including teams from New York and New England. Entry times were competitive and top athletes included former Olympians, All American’s, High School and College National Champions. Soundrunner fielded two individuals, Stephen Paddock, finishing 26th overall in 15:36 and Carolyn Nye in 20th in 17:54.

Full results here: https://www.athlinks.com/event/341416/results/Event/934929/Course/1911167/Results

Race Recap Video below:

The team is excited for more upcoming racing opportunities soon!