Rivera and Kelly Heroux Win Again
Venerable SMACer Bruce Kurtz Tallies 100
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.
soloed around the frozen Forest Park tundra in 39:38 to earn his third
win of the season and 29th lifetime Snowstorm Classic
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.
raced around and through the Park in an impressive 44:10 placing 8th
earning her fifth win this season and seventh career title.
She has leapfrogged into
tie for 12h place in the Hall of Fame.
Teammate Mary Misiaszek eased around the course in
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
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.
465 miles of Snowstorm Classics through all kinds of wintry weather,
aches and pains.
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!!!
Including a great photo in Coolrunnning.com.