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This page has links of interest to ultrarunners in Western New York.

Ultramarathon 101 - Basic Overview of the Sport
Notes from May 2008 Ultramarathon Workshop at Fleet Feet Sports Rochester.

Ultra Overviews:  Races of the Western New York Ultra Series
 

BPAC / Buffalo Information
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2009 Results - John Ehntholt (47.23 miles) / Tamara Loos (38.32 miles)
John Ehntholt (age 42) set new Open and Masters record for Amherst course.  Elizabeth Hurdman (age 52) set new Veterans record with 35.75 miles.

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2008 Results - Todd Baum (45.50 miles) / Barbara Gorka (35.75) miles)
Todd Baum (age 50) led four men past 40 miles in setting new Open record for the Amherst course.

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2007 Results - Brian Murray (45.18 miles) / Becky Harman & Katie Stettler (41.71 miles)
The weather was ideal.  Brian Murray set a new distance record for the Amherst course.  Becky Harman and Katie Stettler tied.

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2006 Results - Mark Seigers 43.65 miles and Laura Bleakley 43.40 miles inaugurate new course on Amherst bike trails.  The unseasonably warm weather limited performances.

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2005 Results - Canadians dominate the last race at Delaware Park:  Ryne Melcher 46.03 miles; Patricia Sommers 35.04 miles

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2004 Results - Todd Baum 41.19 miles; Nicole White 36.29 miles.  

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2003 Results - Brian Murray 42.49 miles; Jenn Dick 31.86 miles.  Results from 2002 and 2001 better reflect the expected participation and performances.

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Ultrarunning on the Niagara Frontier - Starting with the 1980 Nickel City 50 Mile in Delaware Park, covers the evolution of ultrarunning in the Buffalo region to the current BPAC 6 Hour on the Amherst bike path.

Highland Forest / Syracuse Information
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2007 Results - Brian Murray (4:31:46) & Nancy Kleinrock (4:57:20)  With the race back on the classic course, Brian Murray threatened the course record for two laps, finishing with one of the faster times in the history of the race.  Adam Chase (Boulder, CO) and Ed Housel had a close race, finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively.  Nancy Kleinrock had a fine run, finishing under 5 hours in 4th overall.

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2006 Results - The big story was the changed course and the challenging weather.  Attacks on hikers by a nesting pair of Goshawks meant the course had to be rerouted.  The new route bypassed a big descent and the biggest climb on the course and should have been significantly faster.  But, heavy rains before and during the race made for slippery climbs and cautious descents.  Todd Baum repeated his 2005 victory, leading four men under 5 hours.  Rebecca Harman repeated her 2005 win and Charles Leonard took the top spot in the 50+ age group.  Click for photos.

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2005 Results - Records are NOW 4:21:48 (Todd Baum, 47) and 4:43:04 (Rebecca Harman, 35).  Prior event records were 4:28:44 (Tom Temple, 19 - 2000) and 4:45:18 (Barbara Bellows, 44 - 1999). 

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2004 Results - Todd Baum won the 30 mile event in 4:44:12. 

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2003 Results - Jason Cavall won in 4:46:56 with Baum 2nd in 4:59:02.  Rebecca Harman ran an extremely competitive 5:05:33 for 3rd overall. 

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Highland Forest Park information and map.  Detailed trail information, photos, profile and more.

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Driving directions from Rochester and points West.  Need a hotel... there's a Best Western in Tully

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Syracuse Chargers Track Club - dedicated to the development of all aspects of track & field, long distance running, and race walking in Central New York.

Finger Lakes 50 / Watkins Glen & Ithaca Information
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2007 Results - 50 Miles:  Leigh Schmitt (6:38:46!) & Becky Harman (8:03:35!) 50K: Yassine Diboun (3:52:19!) & Nancy Kleinrock (4:52:38!)  A strong field set five new records in the 19th annual running of the event.  Yassine Diboun and Leigh Schmitt set new Open records in winning the 50K and 50 Mile respectively.  Becky Harman set a new 50 Mile Open record and Nancy Kleinrock set a new 50K Masters record with their winning efforts.  Jack Pilla also set a new Masters Men record (7:04:55) finishing 2nd overall in the 50 Mile.

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2006 Results - 50K - Virginian Sean Andrish didn't let the omnipresent mud deter him from another win in 4:32:57.  Ryan O'Dell (Rochester) was the top finishing Western New York male with a third place finish only 10 minutes off the winning pace.  Becky Harman (Willseyville) notched her second series win with a 6th overall finish in 4:53:41. 
50 Mile - Ryutaro Hirai of Rye, NY was the first to complete 50 hot and muddy miles in 9:16:26.  Ryan Hrebin of Binghamton and Todd Baum of Fayetteville were a close second and third at the end.  Katie Stettler (Ithaca) took the women's win in 9:58:06, good for 5th overall in her first 50 mile race.

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2005 Results - Courtney Campbell (4:13:17) led Sean Andish and Becky Harman (4:37:13) in the 50K.  Leigh Schmitt blitzed the 50 miles in a course record 7:02:03 with Nicole White 3rd overall in 9:36:43.

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2004 Results - Sean Andrish 7:05:21, an encounter with a skunk on the trail may have cost Sean the course record.  Diane Jozefski 12:23:37. 

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2003 Results - Sean Andrish 7:09:41, just six minutes off Courtney Campbell's course record. 

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Finger Lakes Runners Club - Trail-Running Stoneheads and Road-Running Pavement Pounders in the Finger Lakes Region, Upstate New York

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Watkins Glen attractions and hotels (about 6 miles away).  Ithaca attractions and hotels (about 15 miles away).

Green Lakes Endurance Runs & Syracuse Information
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2007 Results - Javier Martinez (4:16:01) & Katherine Stettler (4:34:00) Javier Martinez opened a gap on Ryan O'Dell during Lap 3 and held on to win by about five minutes.  Katherine Stettler ran negative splits to overtake Jill Perry on the last lap. 
100K:  Randy Miller (10:14:54).  Randy Miller ran a steady initial 50K and then held on to win by 36 minutes.

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2006 Results - 50K: Jim Sweeney and Bob Sweeney ran an outstanding 3:40:12 (7:05 pace) to tie for the overall win in the 50K. Steven Sweeney took the 50K Veteran title in 4:05:43 (7:55 pace). 
100K: Becky Harman ran 9:28:17 (9:09 pace) to take the overall 100K win. Pennsylvanian Euihwa Lee was the first place man in 9:39:18 (9:19 pace).  Nicole White was third overall in 10:31:30. Jim Newin came down from Quebec to be the first Veteran with his 11:17:38 finish. 

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Syracuse Track Club - The other track club in Syracuse.

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See race web site for park information, driving directions and accommodations. 

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Other accommodations and area attractions are listed at Visit Syracuse.

Can Lake 50 / Finger Lakes Information
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2007 Results - 50 Miles:  Andrew McDowell (7:00:47) & Lisa Schaffer (8:21:43)  Record fields took on near record heat (84 degrees) for October 6th.  McDowell and Josh Irvan ran second and fourth fastest times ever.  Schaffer ran fifth fastest women's time. 
50K:  Axel Reyes (4:46:37) & Katherine Stettler (5:16:35!)  Alex Reyes, up from Puerto Rico, lead the 50K start to finish.  Katherine Stettler set new women's record for the 32.6 mile course.

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2006 Results - 50 Mile:  Becky Harman won her second series race outright, running 7:15:40 for the hilly 50 miles around Canandaigua Lake.  Joe Jaffee also overtook early leaders Ryan O'Dell and Andy Rice to finish 2nd overall and first Open Man in 7:24:20.  Andrei Aroneanu won the Veteran Men category and was the seventh finisher under 8 hours.
50K: Andrew Wahila completed the "50K" (32.6 mi) 1st in 4:34:09.  Marc Vengrove was 2nd overall and first Veteran Man in 5:15:03.  Theresa Palmieri was first woman home in 5:22:50.

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2005 Results - Cold rain and headwinds made for a slow race.  Dan Dominie won in 7:22:13 with Kimberley Humpphreys first woman and 5th overall in 8:14:57.  Bill Fornoff, age 62, set Super-Veteran record in 8:42:26.

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2004 Results - Todd Baum took the course record under 7:00 hours with a fine 6:47:36.  Nicole White 8:38:48. 

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2003 Results - Daniele Cherniak, 9-time US 100K Team Member, set the course record (7:11:05) in the inaugural running of this race. 

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Canandaigua area attractions and accommodations - Come for the race. Bring your family and stay to visit some of the area attractions.

Mendon Ponds 50K / Rochester Information
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2007 Results - Alex Barth (Philadelphia) took an amazing 14 minutes off the course record with the first mark under 4 hours. Patrick Hamel ran the fastest ever second place time (4:13:32), only 20 seconds slower than Koch Ranier's 2005 record.  Ed Housel was first Master in a 4:29:32 personal best.  Lorrie Tilly was the first woman finisher with a well paced 5:36:13.  Jim Newin took his second series win in Veteran Men with his 5:21:07 finish.  Click here for really great photos and some more photos.

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2006 Results - Becky Harman did it again, after running in 4th place for the first three laps, she took the lead by the end of lap 4 and cruised to her third overall series win in 4:42:33, 3 seconds off her 2005 course record.  Ryan O'Dell recovered enough from a rolled ankle on lap 4 to take his first category win in the series in 4:53:15.  Richard Kruse, up from Newark, DE, took the Veteran Men category in 5:24:27.

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2005 Results - German Koch Ranier smashed the existing course record with a fine 4:13:12.  Becky Harman finished 3rd overall in a new course record, 4:42:30.

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2004 Results - Todd Baum lead five runners under the existing course record in 4:19:38.  Rebecca Harman became the first woman under 5 hours with a superb 4:51:52. 

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2003 Results - Michael Gardella prevailed through patches of fresh snow and thawing mud in 4:50:46, less than 10 minutes off Sven Buchmeister's 2001 course record. 

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Photo Gallery of the course.

Other Races and Runs
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Ontario Ultra Series - The Ontario Ultra Series is a demanding 13 race series involving a wide variety of running courses throughout Ontario. Each event has its own unique character with a full range of environments and distances from trails and roads, to certified running tracks.

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Todd Baum at 2006 Badwater 135 - Todd finishes this tough run from Death Valley to Mount Whitney.

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Erie to Hudson May 16-21, 2004 - Tom & Rick relayed from Lake Erie to the Hudson River. 

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Todd Baum at 2005 Mohican 100 - our 2004 Series winner runs the USATF 100 Mile Trail Championship in Ohio

Other Links of Interest to Ultrarunners
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Garmin Forerunner News - Test data on trail and road running with the Forerunner

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The Eclectic Runner - Tom Perry's column from the Greater Rochester Track Club Newsletter

Fleet Feet Sports Rochester - Presenting sponsor of the Runner of the Year award since 2006
 

Hammer Nutrition - Sponsor since 2004

 

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