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October 6, 2009

 

Randall, Knapp carve out firsts

Running

Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Jack O’Donnell tags the finish line banner after the 2009 Pumpkin 5K Run on Court Street in Cortland Saturday.

Cortland’s Joey Randall and Ithaca’s Alexandra Knapp ran off with victories as the Pumpkin Run provided a tough 5K challenge for runners this past Saturday.
The Cortland County Family YMCA, The Cortland Regional Sports Council, Graph-Tex/Geared-2-Sports and Fidelis Care teamed up for the fifth race of the Fidelis 6-Pack series, as nearly 150 runners and walkers took part in the morning race that kicked off Cortland’s annual Pumpkin Festival.
The hills around the SUNY Cortland campus proved to be as tough as advertised, increasing times of most racers.
Despite the challenging course, Randall led all runners with a wining time of 17 minutes and 58 seconds. Knapp was the fastest female in 18:52, the fastest 5K clocking for the women in this year’s Fidelis 6-Pack series of events.
Both runners were first time winners of a Fidelis 6-Pack race.
The YMCA thanked Geared-2-Sports and Graph Tex, one of the Pumpkin Run’s originating sponsors, for supplying Pumpkin Run mugs for category winners in each age group. They awarded a new pair of athletic sneakers to Alexander and Randall for finishing with the fastest overall times and providing t-shirts for all early registrants.
Proceeds from the Pumpkin Run will benefit Loaves and Fishes of Cortland. Loaves and Fishes serves meals at Grace Episcopal Church noon on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays and 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. They also serve Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until noon, where bag lunches are provided. For more information on how to help your local Loaves and Fishes, call 756-6195.
Fidelis 6-Pack sponsors are Graph-Tex, Geared-2-Sports, Cortland Regional Sports Council, DLH Properties, Contento’s Demolition, Cortland Regional Medical Center, Borg Warner, Royal Motors, Plan First Technologies, Schwan’s, and Fleet Feet Sports.
The Fidelis 6-Pack is a series of 5K races around the Cortland area. The last remaining race this year is our annual Turkey Trot slated Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 26, at 9:00 a.m. in front of the YMCA on Tompkins Street. Last year’s Turkey Trot boasted 479 runners and this year’s field could surpass 500. Proceeds help benefit the Salvation Army.
For more information, please contact the Cortland County Family YMCA at 607-756-2893, or visit us online at www.cortlandymca.org. Awards will be given at the end of the year for top performers. Participants who register for all six races get extra points when final results are made.
Full Pumpkin Run results are posted online at www.cortlandymca.org.