Snowstorm Classic #9 - 10K
January 29, 2005

          Carlos Rivera and Kelly Heroux Win Again

        Venerable SMACer Bruce Kurtz Tallies 100

            Carlos Rivera and Kelly Heroux had little trouble repeating first place finishes on the 10K course.  The two speedy Harriers duplicated their winning ways of two weeks ago by wide margins as everyone struggled with frigid temperatures and slippery road conditions.             
           
Carlos soloed around the frozen Forest Park tundra in 39:38 to earn his third win of the season and 29th lifetime Snowstorm Classic victory.  The popular Springfield racer is rapidly closing in on the all time Hall of Fame leader, David Hanechak who has 31 ˝  victories (ties are awarded ˝ of a win).  The race for second was won by the multi-talented Steve Lombardo who cruised the roads bikeless in 41:02 to edge Chris Tierney’s 41:19 1st junior effort.  A parade of Harriers again swept the elder divisions with Doug Guertin 1st master in 43:52, Seth Roberts leading the seniors in 43:54 and the reliable Art Roberts 1st veteran in 45:26.
             Kelly raced around and through the Park in an impressive 44:10 placing 8th overall thereby earning her fifth win this season and seventh career title.  She has leapfrogged into a tie for 12h place in the Hall of Fame.  Teammate Mary Misiaszek eased around the course in 52:13 to edge long time nemesis Charlie Towse by a couple of seconds while fellow GSHer Kathy Lynch took 3rd and won the master’s title in 55:03.  SMAC mainstay Sue Grant repeated as the veteran winner with a 1:01:51 clocking. 
           
Roughly an hour and a half into the race a small but enthusiastic crowd began gathering at the finish line to witness a Snowstorm Classic milestone.  Eight years ago, on February 22, 1997, Bruce Kurtz finished the Snowstorm Classic 5K in 34:12 and just like Forest Gump he hasn’t stopped running since.  Today, when he crossed the finish line in 1:41:12 Bruce completed his 100th consecutive Snowstorm Classic, a record not likely to be challenged any time soon.
That’s 465 miles of Snowstorm Classics through all kinds of wintry weather, aches and pains. And so to Western Mass’s own beloved “Forest Gump”, from all your running friends in the Greater Springfield Harriers (as well as Sugarloaf Mountain and Empire One), Congratulations!!! You Earned It!!!   Including a great photo in Coolrunnning.com.
          

Results
 1	39:38	Carlos Rivera		30M	GSH			
 2	41:02	Steve Lombardo		36M	GSH			
 3	41:19	Chris Tierney		17M	GSH			
 4	41:50	John Paggioli		39M	SCS			
 5	43:52	Doug Guertin		41M	GSH			
 6	43:54	Seth Roberts		53M	GSH			
 7	43:55	Jim Sullivan		40M	GSH			
 8	44:10	Kelly Heroux		37F	GSH			
 9	44:47	George Maston		50M	---			
10	45:26	Art Roberts		60M	GSH			
11	45:29	Rick Cota		36M	---			
12	45:59	John Vaughan		17M	---
13	46:23	Bill Terry		41M	---
14	46:45	Tom DeLuca		49M	GSH
15	47:03	Bruce Leshine		44M	---
16	47:13	Brian Goddu		55M	GSH
17	47:40	Robert Albrecht		45M	---
18	47:57	Jim Snyder		52M	---
19	48:31	Mike Lynch		50M	---
20	48:37	Tim Londo		39M	GSH
21	49:25	Matt DuFresne		38M	GSH
22	49:42	Mark Chatel		35M	EORC
23	50:00	Pete Westover		60M	SMAC
24	50:11	Wayne Stocker		50M	GSH
25	51:07	David Livingstone	52M	GSH
26	51:31	Neal Lamberton		56M	GSH
27	51:32	Charlie Contant		51M	GSH
28	51:48	Mark Dean		52M	SMAC
29	51:51	Mike Murphy		48M	GSH
30	52:13	Mary Misiaszek		38F	GSH
31	52:15	Charlie Towse		67M	GSH
32	52:21	Mike Cullinan		37M	EORC
33	53:27	Gerry Kane		53M	---
34	53:40	Mike Butler		32M	---
35	53:46	Dave Mengel		41M	---
36	55:03	Kathy Lynch		42F	GSH
37	55:11	James Wolohan		30M	---
38	57:04	Don Grant		62M	SMAC
39	57:39	JT Remillard		34M	---
40	58:08	Mandy Partyka		25F	---
41	58:10	Rich Veres		32M	GSH
42	59:46	Lisa Lachapelle		38F	---
43	1:00:20	Patrick Kennedy		64M	GSH
44	1:00:40	Tony Lucia		67M	EORC
45	1:00:50	Kelly Sullivan		38F	GSH
46	1:01:36	Ray Wenninger		56M	EORC
47	1:01:51	Sue Grant		60F	SMAC
48	1:02:15	Joe Buckley		52M	---
49	1:02:25	Erv Landry		65M	GSH
50	1:08:24	Kris Valentini		34F	---
51	1:41:12	Bruce Kurtz		68M	SMAC