COMMUNITY HUMAN SERVICES
The 7th Annual Route 50 Mile – June 9, 2016
Pete Sheridan, Race Director
The 7th Annual Community Human Services Route 50 Mile for all intents and purposes matched the standards set in ‘15 with over 160 runners registering and 154 toeing the line. For the ladies, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake HS star Eva Scott emerged victorious (5:09.2), while Matt Crawford of Glenmont, a former Bethlehem Central and Cornell University middle distance expert, captured the men’s side by over 3 seconds (4:22.8). Although they were not able to defend their titles, the R50M was thrilled that both 2015 winners, Jessy Montrose and Pete Rowell, returned. This is the first time that both defending champions were on hand.
One new age group record was established:
Women 30 – 39 Jennifer Bennice 5:17.7
The list of runners who have competed in all races further dwindled to four with Carolyn Litynski, Grace Holzman, Jack Rightmyer, and Greg Stevens the “last men and women standing,” having pounded the pavement all seven times. For the second consecutive year, Niles Bashant grabbed the Burnt Hills Runner award for the males, while women’s overall winner Eva Scott garnered the women’s trophy.
There was a competitive battle for the overall age-graded award. Derrick
Staley returned to the race and registered a victory in the 50-59 men’s age group, good for an AG percentile of 91.16%. Nancy Briskie was on hand to defend her 50-59 women’s title with a 5:59.3. She edged Derrick for the overall AG title, coming in with a 92.69%.
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 2017!