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VIC trail series kicks off

July 10, 2012
By staff ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

PAUL SMITHS - The First Sunday Trail Race Series kicked off on July 1 with a 10-kilometer and a 5k race on the trails of the Paul Smith's VIC.

Matthew Harrison of Lake Placid won the 10k race with a time of 46 minutes, 13 seconds to beat out Chris Belair of Summerstown, Ontario, who finished in 46:41. It was the third VIC trail run win in a row for Harrison, who won the last year's season-ending half marathon as well as the Jenkins Mountain Scramble half marathon on May 26.

Jennifer Townsend of Canton was the top woman 10k runner, crossing the line in 57:25. She was the fourth overall finisher in the race.

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Matthew Harrison of Lake Placid closes in on another trail race victory at the Paul Smith’s VIC on Sunday, July 1.
(Photo — Joe VanPutten)

Ellen Campion of Saranac Lake wasn't far behind Townsend with a time of 58:19.

Royal McDonnell won the 5k race in 29:00. Patty Dowden (36:11) and Amanda Webster (37:27) were the only other 5k finishers.

There were 23 finishers in the 10k field. Harrison (20-29), Belair (30-39), Jerry Ross (60-69), Nathan Dowden (40-49) and Patrick Clarke (50-59) were age group winners on the men's side. Townsend (30-39), Campion (40-49), Amy Cole (20-29) and Marilyn Zygo (50-59) were winners on the women's side.

The First Sunday Trail Series is sponsored by Paul Smith's College, Lake Placid Pub & Brewery, High Peaks Cyclery and MAC's Canoe Livery. Runners earn points throughout the series for an overall prize at the end of the three-race series.

Next up in the series is a 15k and 5k on Aug. 5, followed by a marathon, half-marathon and 5k on Sept. 2. The VIC also offers monthly 5-kilometer fun runs on the third Wednesday of each summer month. For more information, call the VIC at 327-6241.


July 1 Results

At Paul Smith's VIC

10 kilometers

1. Matthew Harrison (Lake Placid)46:13
2. Chris Belair (Summerstown, Ontario)46:41
3. Jay Niederbuhl (Bloomingdale)47:02
4. Jennifer Townsend (Canton)57:25
5. Ellen Campion (Saranac Lake)58:19
6. Jerry Ross (Peru)58:20
7. Nathan Dowden (Winchester, Mass.)1:00:44
8. Amy Cole (Tuscon, Ariz.)1:01:38
9. Patrick Clarke (Cornwall, Ontario)1:01:46
10. Caroline Samson-Belair (Summerstown, Ont.)1:02:07
11. Hilary Ryan-Rusch (Watertown)1:03:04
12. Judy Rush (Saranac Lake)1:03:23
13. Jack Burke (Paul Smiths)1:05:03
14. Aaron Ziemann (Gabriels)1:07:08
15. Larry Zygo (Rochester)1:10:47
16. Chris Nobles (Saranac Lake)1:10:51
17. Marilyn Zygo (Lake Placid)1:13:22
18. Brian Delaney (Lake Placid)1:18:48
19. Peter Jones (Rainbow Lake)1:19:52
20. Diane Johnston (Chateaugay)1:22:20
21. George Oswald (Old Forge)1:26:05
22. Marion Oswald (Old Forge)1:42:51
23. Laurie George (Cambridge)1:44:22
Beth Donnelly (Saranac Lake)DNF
Mary Kopp-Adams (Albany)DNF
1. Royal McDonnell (Paul Smiths)29:00
2. Patty Dowden (Winchester, Mass.)36:11
3. Amanda Webster (Woodbury, Conn.)37:27



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