Maksimow and Kelly Heroux Overcome Cold
single digit temperatures had Forest Park locked in a deep freeze
today, not unusual for a January Snowstorm Classic.
But the runners did their best to heat things up once they
heard the sound of the Sacramento cowbell.
runners quickly separated from the pack led by Harriers Carlos
Rivera and Paul Fratini and CMSer Peter Maksimow, with GSHer Steve
Lombardo and Kevin Somers giving chase.
True to form Carlos soon forged ahead of the Central Mass
Strider, forcing the pace for two reasons: to win and to stay warm.
But for the third time this season Mr. Maksimow had the
better finish as he outran Carlos in the last kilometer 17:10 to
17:22 to notch his third Snowstorm Classic crown.
Paul sped home 3rd in 17:42 with Steve 4th
in 18:18 followed by Kevin in 18:45.
sweep the older age divisions with Noiel Fontaine placing 6th
to win the masters (over 40) race in 20:26, Seth Roberts crossing
next in 20:51 to win the senior (over 50) division and Art Roberts
taking the veterans (over 60) title again in 21:55.
First junior (under 20) was John Vaughn in 21:10.
Heroux won her 4th Snowstorm Classic this season in 21:23
to continue her rapid ascent in the Snowstorm Classic Hall of Fame.
The steadily improving Harrier began the year tied for 27th
with lots of others and is now in 14th place.
Elaine Skawski impressed the frozen spectators and officials
with an ice solid 22:51 2nd place while Mary Bazanchuk
was 3rd in 24:09 edging Elizabeth Cullinan (24:29) and
Lauren Stocker (24:30) for the junior girl title. GSHer
Ellen Bellicchi won both the master and senior divisions in
25:49 while Sugarloaf Mountainís super senior Sue Grant kept warm
with a 27:43 victory