We got a great email from Rockland Road Runners about the race.:
Rockland hosted the Masters Challenge race for the first time and by all accounts the event left everyone favorably impressed. We were blessed with a sunny, non-humid day in the mid to upper 70s, a flat and scenic 5K on the paved loop around picturesque Rockland Lake, and a healthy turnout of 119 participants from the Rockland Road Runners, Westchester Track Club, Taconic Road Runners and North Jersey Masters.
Each of the clubs had their moment in the spotlight, as the results attest. In the men’s 40-49 division, Westchester claimed four of the top six places overall and won convincingly with 100 points (10-deep scoring), well ahead of runner-up RRR’s 227. WTC’s Patrick McCarthy captured his fourth consecutive Masters Challenge individual title, clocking 17:04 to win by almost 150 yards. Jamie Kempton of RRR finished second (17:31) and Greg Diamond of Taconic took third. Rockland secured the women’s 40-49 crown with 211 points (5 scorers), paced by individual champion Sheila Casey in 19:33. Westchester’s Charlotte Rizzo and Kate O’Hern Lyons finished second and third, respectively.
North Jersey Masters edged Taconic, 106-116, for the men’s 50-59 bragging rights, and the Garden Staters made it a clean sweep in that age bracket by salting away the women’s title as well, tallying 163 to runner-up Westchester’s 202. Rockland held sway in the 60+ division, shading North Jersey Masters in a very competitive men’s race, 182-189, and fielding the only scoring team (3 deep) in the women’s field.
The spirit of conviviality continued during the post-race celebration as participants enjoyed delicious hero sandwich wedges, homemade salads and beverages. A tip of the cap to RRR President Bernie Casserly for organizing the successful outing and also to the Rockland volunteers for helping coordinate a seamless event.
Congratulations and thanks to everyone who took part!
[Photos to follow when we receive them.]
Men’s 40-49 (10 scorers)
1. WTC 100
2. RRR 227
3. NJM 343
4. TRR 352
Women’s 40-49 (5 scorers)
1. RRR 211
2. NJM 362
3. TRR 377
Men’s 50-59 (5 scorers)
1. NJM 106
2. TRR 116
3. RRR 140
4. WTC 197
Women’s 50-59 (3 scorers)
1. NJM 163
Although we didn’t place as high in some of the categories as we would have liked, there is no question it was a great deal and we all turned in some great times. I think we can all be very proud. Look out, the 40s are coming!
Ernst and Ted send him some photos, if you’ve got more, send them in as well!