Paul Allison, of Jericho, Vt., was the first to cross the finish line Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Race the Train event in North Creek with a time of 46:59.
In all, 349 runners turned out on Saturday, Aug. 4 Race the Train’s 10th year. Of those, 69 managed to best the train it its 8.4-mile ride from Riparius to North Creek.
Most of the racers and their families were at the North Creek train station by 8 am. Despite the early hour, the mass of people gathered outside the station was buzzing with life. Everyone started boarding either the train or buses around 8:15, for an 8:30 departure to Riparius. It was a bit of a late start, due to mechanical issues with the train, but once it got started everything ran smoothly for the duration of the event.
Participation this year was at an all-time high. Long-time Race the Train volunteer and former town Supervisor Bill Thomas was surprised by the turn out. He attributed it to Race the Train’s one year hiatus, saying it gave the event a “heightened sense of anticipation.” The race couldn’t happen last year due to complications with the new rail road. Johnsburg Dollars for Scholars treasurer Larry Blackhurst was also quite pleased with this year’s record numbers.
“It’s just a mass of people,” Blackhurst said. “It’s really cool.”
The race proper started at 9:15 am. The runners got little bit of a head start as spectators board the train for its return trip. The seats were filled with the racers’ families – parents, siblings, children, and friends all showed up to support their loved ones. The train stopped about 2/3 of the way through the course so spectators could cheer the racers on and then again a few minutes before arriving back in North Creek at 10:20 am.
The race staff weren’t the only people who were pleased with the event. All of the racers seemed to enjoy themselves as well. Many praised the uniqueness of racing against a train, loved the scenery, and thought the race itself was extremely well organized.
“It’s really well run,” said Dee Jacobs, who both beat the train and placed first in the 60+ age category. This was her first year participating. Jacobs enjoyed the fact that the race has a defined goal, and was pleased with the dirt track.
Racers were also surprised by the water stations set up along the course. This year’s race featured a competition for the best water station, so many of the volunteers running them decorated and dressed up in costume. Several racers commented on how inspiring the displays were.
There was only one criticism; the difficultly of the track. Many racers found the many hills along the way especially challenging.
“The hills didn’t end!” said first time racer Fiona Recchia. Recchia missed beating the train by mere seconds. Despite the hills, she says she’d definitely participate again. This seemed to be consensus among all the racers. The track may be difficult, but the experience as a whole was amazing.
Included are the top 10 overall finishers from the Aug. 4 Race the Train event, plus the racers from our region. In all, there were 321 racers listed in the results, including the train, which came in 70th. Results provided by Do Right Timing.
Place Name City Time
1 Paul Allison Jericho, Vt. 46:59
2 Gary Messina Queensbury 50:38
3 Volker Burkowski Gansevoort 51:19
4 Nolan Graham Troy 54:16
5 Anthony Anderson Whitefield, Me. 55:11
6 William Venner Granville 55:14
7 Jay Thorn Valatie 56:35
8 Carly Wynn Queensbury 56:45
9 Adam Bowman Castle Creek 57:06
10 Kyle Curry Blue Mt. Lake 57:46
22 Michael West Warrensburg 1:01:37
28 Eric Bott Warrensburg 1:02:01
40 Rob Demuro Elizabethtown 1:03:04
43 Austin Washburn North Creek 1:03:40
44 Christopher Kunkel Pottersville 1:03:42
53 Stephen Layden Lake George 1:05:20
61 Steven Benway Willsboro 1:06:39
63 Mark Sager Kaatskill Bay 1:06:59
65 Will McGivney Diamond Pt. 1:07:10
66 Moses Mulvey North Creek 1:07:22
70 The Train North Creek 1:07:43
73 Bart Hayes Elizabethtown 1:07:53
76 Eric Messer Pottersville 1:08:36
77 Patrick Riedinge Bakers Mills 1:08:42
82 Daniel Weber Elizabethtown 1:09:29
83 Mark Hummel Elizabethtown 1:09:30
85 Kevin Hoffman-SmithBolton 1:09:48
98 Amanda Millington Chestertown 1:11:02
100 Terry Allard North Creek 1:11:10
102 Nathan West Chestertown 1:11:25
106 Rob Hemsing Warrensburg 1:12:49
109 Casey Tomb North Creek 1:13:08
110 Sarah McCarty Plattsburgh 1:13:11
117 Jolene Hlavaty Newcomb 1:13:33
122 George Brown Ticonderoga 1:13:55
130 Robert Ferguson Thurman 1:15:04
132 Gary Wilson Riparius 1:15:08
143 Ray Deck III Pottersville 1:16:29
151 Seamus Tomb North Creek 1:17:10
152 Suzanne Tomb North Creek 1:17:10
158 Ron Brenner Lake Placid 1:18:03
159 Holley Bedell Chestertown 1:18:07
164 Billie Brown Minerva 1:18:31
170 Ashley Maresca Brant Lake 1:19:04
184 Eduardo Munoz Olmstedville 1:20:25
185 Rob Reidinger Bakers Mills 1:20:26
187 Colleen Brown Ticonderoga 1:20:34
188 Emily Burns North River 1:20:42
190 Emily Whitney Schroon Lake 1:20:55
192 Melanie Olson Chestertown 1:21:00
202 Jessie Benway Willsboro 1:22:25
214 Andy LeBlanc Indian Lake 1:23:29
215 Amanda West Chestertown 1:23:32
216 Jodi Thompson Paradox 1:23:34
231 Amy Taylor Lake Placid 1:25:29
239 Eric Johnson Plattsburgh 1:26:19
241 Linda Sherman Westport 1:26:28
243 Christiaan Van Nisp Chestertown 1:26:54
245 Lee Silvernail Schroon Lake 1:27:02
246 Kass McCarthy Newcomb 1:27:14
251 Michael Andrews Warrensburg 1:28:28
252 Kendyl Morse North Creek 1:28:45
253 Heather Siegel-SawmKaatskill Bay 1:28:49
254 Kathleen Wiley Keene Valley 1:28:54
256 Jill Pederson Lake George 1:29:04
289 Erin Hayes Brant Lake 1:38:55
292 Amy Secor Wevertown 1:39:34
293 Abbianne Huizing Pottersville 1:39:46
305 William Powers Diamond Point 1:46:08
313 Jim Elliot Indian Lake 1:54:05
314 Natalie Swinton Lake George 1:57:43