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Joshua Thomas
Ramble runners assemble in Haslett Park prior to Saturday's race.

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Race Director John Geesler explains the newly plotted route to Ramble participants.

Joshua Thomas
Race Director John Geesler explains the newly plotted route to Ramble participants.

Joshua Thomas
10K runners take off down Willett St. during Saturday's Ramble.


Ramble follows a different route

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - Updated: 8:01 AM


C-S-E Editor

FORT PLAIN -- The Central Mohawk Valley Lions Club's 19th Annual Ramble was held Saturday in Fort Plain, with 10K and 5K runs starting and ending in Haslett Park. Race Director John Geesler has been involved with the Ramble since it started 19 years ago when the race was a rotary-sponsored event.

The CMVLC took over the event a few years ago, utilizing the funds earned for a variety of local and state charitable projects, including the funding of local scholarships that are awarded annually in area school districts.

This year, the race's course was altered, as runners couldn't cross the washed out railroad bridge over the bike path. Instead of traveling east, runners went west, following the bike path in the opposite direction, underneath the NYS Thruway overpass and down Otsquago Club Road, back to the bike path and on toward St. Johnsville.

Not used to the change, most of the 5K runners returned early this year, after running only 1.29 of the two miles, as one of the first runners turned around at cones set out for cars and other runners followed suit.

"We ended up with a much shorter run than expected," said Geesler, noting that one person ran the full two mile course, as he'd walked it prior to the race in preparation. Geesler said that 5K run times were projected based on what time they returned.

Despite the mix-up, Geesler said that the path may remain the same next year. "Most of the people liked going in that direction," he commented.

Geesler also plans St. Johnsville Springfest's annual Towpath Run. He explained that he keeps the Ramble and Towpath Run on his mind all year, but starts heavy planning for each event in the winter.

This year's Ramble attendance was down slightly from previous years, with 60 runners setting off from the starting line in front of Stewart's Shops and crossing the finish line by the park's bandstand.

-- Top 10 5K runners:

Listed first is the time it took to run 1.29 miles, then the projected time for the full 2 mile run:

1. Emily Potter, 8.22, 12.57

2. Andrew Yacobucci, 8:28, 13:07

3. Amanda Rose, 9:19, 14:26

4. Hans Hudyncia, 9:21, 14:30

5. Caitylyn Porter, 9:45, 15:07

6: Lexi Veitch, 9:58, 15:27

7: Les Chase, 10:13, 15:50

8: Taya Yacobucci, 10:41, 16:34

9: Tom Pettit, 10:46, 16:41

10: Valerie Hoffman, 11:01, 17:05

-- Top 10 10K runners:

1. Ambrose Schaffer, 40:33

2: Dan Capron, 41:02

3: Jason King, 41:51

4: Marty Callahan, 42:04

5: Erik Koenitzer, 43:38

6: Mathew Heiser, 44:25

7: William Baynes, 44:25

8: Meagan Kane, 46:38

9: Paul Rogers, 48:09

10: Bruce Moody, 48:27

-- 10K Team:

Dan Capron, Marty Callahan and Jason Damin, 44:38

Joshua Thomas - 5K runners prepare to take off five minutes after the 10K runners departed.

Joshua Thomas - 5K runner Emily Potter crosses the finish line first in 8 minutes and 22 seconds.


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