Western New York Ultra Series

2005 Ultra Series News | 2005 Race Calendar

NEWRebecca Harman – 2005 Ultra Runner of the Year
The five race directors of the Western New York Ultra Series have unanimously recognized Rebecca Harman as the 2005 Western New York Ultra Runner of the Year. More…

NEWAndy Rice, Lori Bauza and Tom Perry win Series’ Titles
“Eighty percent of success is showing up.” Woody Allen’s quote was never more true. Three pretty-good, scoring finishes were the key to winning the series points races in 2005. More…

NEWKoch and Harman set Records at November 5th Mendon Trail Run
Ranier Koch, a top German ultrarunner, lead from the start and took more than 6 minutes off Todd Baum’s 2004 record with a 4:13:12 finish. Ed Housel ran a fine 4:41 for 2nd overall, moving him to 4th place in the Series. Rebecca Harman ran a well paced race with a strong last lap (only Rainer Koch was faster on lap 5) to surge past former-winner Ted Thull at the finish to take 3rd overall by 5 seconds. Harman’s 4:42:30 finish was nine minutes faster than her break-through 2004 record. Peggy Hillery had a long tough day; holding on to finish gave her three scoring races and 2nd place in the Series. Robert Rusin ran even splits for 5th overall and a solid 2nd place finish in the Series. Charlie Leonard led all the Veteran men and moved to 2nd place in the Series with two race wins. Veteran Tom Perry ran conservatively and scored enough points to capture the Series win. Click here for photos of the race.

Dominie and Humphreys Win at October 8th Canandaigua Ultra
Dan Dominie inherited the lead when Joshua Quinn (back from a year in Iraq with North Carolina National Guard) dropped out with cramps after leading for 40 miles. The late-race charge of Ramiro Munoz came up 4 minutes short as he had to settle for 2nd. Andy Rice increased his lead in the Series Open Men Category with his strong 3rd place finish. Only Robert Rusin (6th place at Canandaigua) has a mathematical possibility of topping Andy’s series point total.
After 2003 winner Daniele Cherniak dropped out at 10 miles, Kim Humphreys (Amherst, NH) ran all day with the top men to finish 5th overall. With their points scoring finishes at Canandaigua, Lori Bauza leads the series with only Peggy Hillery still in contention for the Open Women Category.
Dan O’Flaherty (Maplewood, NJ) topped the Senior Men with Bill Fornoff (age 62, Jarrettsville, MD) breaking his own Veterans record to finish less than 7 minutes back. In the Series, Tom Perry can wrap up the Senior Men Category with a points-scoring finish at Mendon.
See the Series Standings for the point totals after 4 of 5 events. See Canandaigua Ultra Photos for lots of pictures from the race.

Leigh Schmitt Sets Record at July 2nd Finger Lakes Fifties
Relatively cool race day temperatures made it possible for Leigh Schmitt of Conway, MA to break Courtney Campbell’s long-standing 50-mile record. Schmitt also won at Bull Run Run in April. Andy Rice finished 2nd overall and now leads the Ultra Series with three scoring races. Nicole White finished 3rd overall and is now tied for 2nd in the Series with Rebecca Harman (who took advantage of the cool weather to take 17 minutes of her own 50K course record). John Delaney placed 4th overall and first Veteran Man (age 50+). Notably, two Veteran Women finished the 50 mile with Michigander Tamara Savage placing first in the category.
See the Finger Lakes Photos for pictures from the race.

Baum and Harman set Records at May 22nd Highland Forest 3
Todd Baum ran three strong laps, finishing in 4:21:48, 1st overall and a new Open Record. Todd now owns the course record at 3 of 5 events in the Ultra Series. Rebecca Harman was equally dominant with her fine 4:43:04 finish, good for 3rd overall, 1st Woman and a new Women’s Record. Dave Sek, age 62, prevailed among the Veteran Men with a 6:08:34, a slim 3 minute margin over Rick Cronise, 11 years his junior.
See the Highland Forest Photos for some pictures from the race.

April 17th BPAC Six-Hour Results Dominated by Canadians
Twenty seven runners out of 33 starters completed distances in excess of the marathon, and the top three finishers completed over 40 miles. Ryne Melcher of Waterloo, Ontario, took the lead and completed each of the first three 1.77 mile loops in 11 minutes. Ryne slowed a bit after hitting the marathon mark in 2:57 and finished with 46 miles. The women�s winner, Patricia Sommers, of Kitchener, Ontario, started strongly and quickly established a commanding lead, winning with a 4.5 mile lead over the second place woman, Lori Bauza, of Fredonia.

Scoring & Awards
Series scoring will again be based on your best three of five possible races. You will automatically be entered in the series with your entry in any of the series races� there�s no extra fee or form to fill out. The top 20% in each category will be mailed awards after the Mendon 50K in November.



2005 Race Calendar
April 17 Sun 8:00 am
25th Anniversary BPAC Six-Hour Distance Classic
Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY. Run & walk as far as you can; 1.77 mi. certified road loop in Delaware Park. $25 by 4/16, $30 race day.
Web: www.wny-ultra.org/bpac
Contact: Jason McGrath, E-mail: jason@myruncoach.com

May 22 Sun 8:30 am
7th Annual Highland Forest 1, 2, 3 (30 Miles)
Highland Forest Park near Fabius, NY. 30 miles (3 loops) on trails (10 & 20 mile non-ultra options). $10 ($15 after 5/14, $20 race day). Photos of the course.
Web: www.syracusechargers.org/highland123.
Contact: Mark Driscoll (315) 449-9615 after 7 pm; E-mail: mdriscol@mailbox.syr.edu
Driving Directions from Rochester & points West. See Useful Links page for more information.

July 2 Sat 6:30 am 17th Annual Finger Lakes Fifties (50 Miles)
Finger Lakes National Forest near Hector, NY. 50 miles (4 loops on forest trails, roads & pastures (25 & 50K options). $40 ($50 after 6/27). Photos of the course.
Web: www.fingerlakesrunners.org/races/forms/Fifties.html
Contact: Joe Reynolds (607) 564-1804; E-mail: flnf10155@yahoo.com
October 8 Sat 7:00 am 3rd Annual Canandaigua Ultra (50 Miles)
Canandaigua, NY. One big lap around the most beautiful Finger Lake. Scenic roads, including renowned Bopple Hill. $50 ($70 after 9/20). Photos of the course.
Web: www.canlake50.org
Contact: Tom Perry (585) 388-5270; E-mail: info@canlake50.org
November 5 Sat 8:00 am 11th Annual Mendon Trail Runs (50K)
Pittsford, NY.
Five loops on trails in Mendon Ponds Park (5K, 10K, 20K non-ultra options). 1100 feet of climb per 10K loop. $15 ($20 after 11/1). Photos of the loop. Register on ACTIVE.COM or Print Entry Form.
Web: roc.us.orienteering.org
Contact: Larry Zygo (585) 225-0733; E-mail: Lzygo@aol.com
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