COMMUNITY HUMAN SERVICES
The 8th Annual Route 50 Mile – June 8, 2017
Pete Sheridan, Race Director
The 8th Annual Community Human Services Route 50 Mile established all-time highs for both registrants (192) and race-running participants (170). The weather was super, the course fast, and the enthusiasm level off the scale. For the ladies, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake HS star Eva Scott defended her title (5:10), becoming the first two-time winner of either gender. Shaun Donegan, a long-time participant in the event, emerged victorious on the men’s side at 4:26 after a hard-fought battle with Burnt Hills distance star Nick Hunziker. Young Mr. Hunziker also topped the age-graded males at 89.22. New R50M participant Margaret McDonald of Moreau was #1 on the women’s AG list with 84.50.
The honor roll of runners who have competed in all races remained steady at four with Carolyn Litynski, Grace Holzman, Jack Rightmyer, and Greg Stevens all returning for the 8th edition. Completing a “trifecta,” Nick Hunziker grabbed the Burnt Hills Runner award for the males, while women’s overall winner Eva Scott garnered the women’s trophy.
A race “first” was accomplished when Mark Mortensen of the running Mortensen clan pushed a running carriage containing two children, arriving in 47th place overall. Mom Meghan, always among the upper echelon of area women roadracers, ran a 5:35, good for 4th among the women, 23 overall and 2nd in the 30 – 39 women’s age group.
The R50M takes pride in the fact that it is an event that encompasses both elite and not-so-elite athletes of all ages. The event is rapidly becoming identified as the premier road mile event in the Capital District. Thanks to all who participated this year. Come and join us again in 2018!