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Sports Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, August 25, 2011

Lloyd leads the pack of 117 in V’ville 5K

By Melissa Hale-Spencer

VOORHEESVILLE — About 300 people turned out for the Pre-Fall Classic 5K race in Voorheesville Saturday.

“It was a beautiful sunny day,” said Co-Director Wendy Relyea. “Everything was perfect.”

“It was the best turnout in years,” said the other co-director, Phil Carducci.

Macky Lloyd, a Voorheesville champion now competing for The College of Saint Rose, led the field of 117 from the start. He ran shirtless and finished the race in 15:24, nearly a minute ahead of Kiernan O’Connor of New York. Last year’s winner, Ben Greenberg, of New Scotland, came in third at 17:34. Greenberg, at 42, is twice the age of the winner.

The first female to cross the line was Marin O’Connor, 21, of Scotia with a time of 20:09.

The youngest 5K finisher, besides the toddler that Jennifer Hebner of Delmar pushed in her stroller, was 7-year-old Ryan Guiry of Voorheesville who finished in 30:05. The oldest finisher was 81-year-old Kenneth Orner of Albany who finished in 38:50.

The 11th edition had a new course, which both started and ended at the high school, and it had a new time — August instead of October.

“In October, the kids are involved in school sports,” said Co-Director Wendy Relyea, explaining the reason for the switch. She sent letters to the high school coaches of all the varsity Voorheesville teams with the hopes of attracting them to the race.

“We got a handful of cross-country kids, which was fantastic,” she said, and the number of runners was up from 85 last year.

But next year, Relyea, whose husband, Steve, coaches cross-country for Voorheesville, would like to see teams of, say, football players racing against soccer players.

The race serves as a fund-raiser for the Voorheesville Community and School Foundation. Relyea wasn’t sure how much money was raised. “The main point,” she said, “is to pull the community together….It’s not so much about making money as getting the kids out.”

She went on, “The foundation does so much for us — even the finish-line clock was from the foundation.” The connection was personal for Relyea who is not a member. The foundation helped pay for the Voorheesville Middle School team, which included her daughter, Alex, to take part in the international Odyssey of the Mind competition; the Voorheesville team brought home a first-place trophy.

“It was my way of saying thanks,” Relyea reported.

Race day included 100-, 200-. And 400-meter dashes for elementary-school kids; each was given a T-shirt for running. And Radio Disney was on hand with a raffle that included iPods as prizes, said Relyea.

Ten people participated in a two-mile walk. There was also a new contest this year called “Who’s the Fastest in Voorheesville?” where plaques were awarded to the fastest Voorheesville School District resident in each age category.

“The point is to get the community together for some healthy exercise and fun,” said Relyea.


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