Maksimow and Mary Ferraro Win Finale
2004-2005 Snowstorm Classic season concluded on the 10K course with a
pair of exciting races.
CMSer Peter Maksimow took on a contingent of Springfield
Colleges aces in the hopes of remaining undefeated this season while
the women’s race featured a return engagement between two of the
Harriers’ best, Kelly Heroux and Mary Ferraro.
26 year old Mr. Maksimow only had to outrun the college kids to earn
his fifth win of the season but that proved a more difficult task then
the race officials were predicting, thanks to Ian Stewart.
The 20 year old undergraduate challenged the older racer every
step of the way as the two gapped the rest of the field.
Under sunny skies and seasonal temperatures they raced stride
for stride around and through Forest Park.
Finally, with the finish line rapidly approaching, Peter put on
his familiar late race surge to claim a 35:19 victory.
Ian sped across the line five seconds later in 35:24 followed
soon thereafter by his Springfield College teammates. Scott Barton
claimed 3rd in 36:28, Chris Hamel was 4th in
37:32 and Patrick Byrne finished 5th in 37:43 to complete a
rare host club shutout of the top five.
Rucki added both the master and senior crown for CMS with a 41:13 6th
place finish while Harrier star Art Roberts concluded a stellar
Snowstorm Classic season with another
veteran title in 44:25.
race Kelly Heroux was seeking her seventh consecutive Snowstorm
Classic win while Mary Ferraro was looking for her first.
As expected Kelly blitzed the first half of the race with Mary
chasing her as the two Harriers distanced themselves from the rest of
But Mary turned the tables on her teammate with a late race
surge to claim a 41:43 victory, becoming the 79th woman to
join the Hall of Fame.
Kelly held 2nd in 42:37 and thus finished the season
in 12th place in the Hall of Fame with a total of ten
career victories, eight this season. Kathy
Lynch (54:02) won master honors and Ellen Bellicchi (55:36) won senior
honors for the host club.
venerable SMACer Bruce Kurtz continued his consecutive race streak
well beyond the #100 milestone which he reached on January 29th,
completing all 13 races this season to bring his total to 104.
It’s the eighth consecutive season Bruce has run all the
was joined this year by the one and only Tony Lucia, who, although
much younger then Bruce, deserves equal credit for braving the early
winter morning New England weather every Saturday these past three
Both earned the admiration of all, not to mention some Fast