1st ANNUAL ULSTERCORPS SERVICE SPRINT A SPOOKY SUCCESS
Rosendale, NY â€“ October 30, 2010
Joe Terpening, won the UlsterCorps Service Sprint by besting the field of contenders in this first annual halloween themed â€œAlmost Five Mileâ€ run. The first female to cross the finish line was Beth McLendon.
The fifty + runner ran for their life through through the spooky woods, tunnels and caves of Williams Lake/ Hudson River Valley Resorts outrunning ghouls, bats and even a guerrilla. â€œI had to dodge gorillas, skeletons & zombies – the costumed volunteers were superb! The one thing I regret is not taking my camera with me on the run!â€ wrote Tanya Patrice on her blog, girlxoxo.com.
Top finishers in gender and age group categories were:
Spencer Schindler under 15 (1:09â€™08), Joe Terpening 15-19 (0:28â€™16), Matt Dunn 30-39 (0:33â€™58), Jaime Howard 40-49 (0:50â€™52), Steve Schallenkamp 50-59 (0:33â€™59)
And Paul Muessig 60-79 (0:35â€™25)
Awards were also given for best group costume to Team Super and the Wallkill Kitty Kats. The best costume award was give to Heidi Stettner who represented the SPCA.
Jim Kelly Smith, Director of the Kingston Summer Cross Country Series was the race director for the day and warned runners that the leaves made marking the trail a challenge. The fun begins with the kids one mile fun run and young runners Jarek Rall, Ashley Hillard, Emily Stettner, Maitreya Motel, Ben Gilman and Beckett Allred all made it across the finish line with smiles. After the timed race started a group went on a one mile fitness walk/ hike. DJ Jay entertained everyone by spinning spooky tunes.Event sponsors included: Spirit Halloween, Levon Helm Studio, Kingston Nissan, Madden’s Fine Wine and Spirits, Nutshell Realty and The High Falls CafÃ©. Delicious autumnal snacks were donated by Davenport Farm Stand, Deisings, Wightman’s Fruit Farms, Stone Ridge Orchard and Binnewater Ice.
Fresh cider was pressed at the event and all left over cider was being given to local shelters special thanks went out to Bridge Creek Catering, Julie Jakolat of Little Dog Orchard, Stiles Najac, The Cornell Cooperative Extension and SUNY New Paltz Student Gleaners who made this possible.
All proceeds from the run benefitted UlsterCorps who partners with schools, civic and religious organizations, other nonprofit agencies and business volunteer programs. They are dedicated to fostering a spirit of service in all age groups, with a deep commitment to engaging high school and college age students.