4/29/2018 Loretta Harland and Mike Williams Hall Of Fame Marathon and Half Marathon Canton, OH


Hall Of Fame Marathon and Half Marathon

Canton, OH

Mike Williams

Full Marathon

Finish Time: 4:39:24

Overall Finish:  398 / 617

Male Finish Place:  294 / 400

Age Division:  44 / 62

Masters Division:  97 / 139

Loretta Harland

Half Marathon

Finish Time: 159:17

Overall Finish:  532 / 2205

Female Finish Place:  201 / 1297

Age Division:  11 / 111


4/28/2018 Scott Orlando Grand River Kayak Race Geneva, OH


Scott Orlando

Grand River Kayak Race

Geneva Ohio

Finish Time: 1:26;37

Age Division 2nd place

Overall Place 7th overall

Race Review By Scott Orlando

This year’s Grand River Canoe and Kayak Race was not for the faint of heart.  The air temperature was 38 degrees and the pouring rains and windy conditions made it feel more like 29 degrees.  The race was postponed a week due to unsafe river conditions from heavy rains the week before the original race date.  Water conditions for the race were better than in past years but still a little low with a depth of just over 2′ 6″ and a flow rate of 800-900 cubic feet per second.  Ideally a depth of 3 feet and a flow rate between 1000 -2000 cubic feet per second is more desirable.  The depth was a little low but not horrible if you stayed on your line.  There were two spots in the river on the 8.5 mile course that were very shallow and boats got hung up on the rocks.  I scraped over my share of rocks but managed to keep a clean line avoiding any major hang ups or eddies.  I had a horrifically slow start deciding to take the extra time to race with a spay skirt and thermal paddle gloves.  I lost valuable time trying to get the gloves off and then back on as my GPS failed to start.  Once I got moving I was able to catch and pass the other kayaks in my start heat.  I knew I would start slow but My plan was that by staying warm and dry I would be more efficient down the home stretch in the last few miles of the race.  The spray skirt along with some new Lava Flow paddle pants from Xterra Wetsuits and a new splash jacket I won at a race last year did a great job keeping me warm and comfortable in the cold conditions.  I ran a pretty clean race and was able to for the 4th year in a row place 2nd in my age division.  Last year I was 10th overall in small kayak class so I did improve on last year’s time and moved up 3 spots in the overall results so I am pleased with my performance.  Lake Metro Parks once again did a great job orchestrating a safe and excellent event.

4/22/2018 Matt Addessi Eastern Ohio Time Trials Bike Race Deerfield, OH

Matt Addessi


Eastern Ohio Time Trials Bike Race

Deerfield, OH

Finish Time:  29:32

Overall Finish:  5th place overall

Division Place:  1st place age division

Race Recap:

 It felt great to be out and get the adrenaline pumping in my first bike race of the year.  I was a little disappointed as I just couldn’t dig as deep as I wanted but still had a good result and an improvement over last year’s race in August.  It’s early in the season and some more outdoor rides will prove useful.
I placed 5th overall out of 55 riders and 1st in my age group with a time of 29:32.
I covered 12.8 miles with an average speed of 26.14 mph.

4/14/2018 Gretchen Snyder Black Squirrel 5K Kent, OH


Gretchen Snyder

Black Squirrel 5K

Kent, OH

Finish Time:  24:14

Age Division:  2nd place

Gender Division:  12th place

Overall Finish:  40/466

Race review by Gretchen Snyder.

The rain held out for my third black squirrel 5K race! 24:14 was a course record
for me.  There were a lot of hills and I definitely felt the burn!  The race was
well organized ,as always.  At packet pick up, runners were given a single tech T-shirt.
However, the breakfast buffet following the race made up the difference.  Food
provided included chili, juice, bananas, apples, oranges, yogurt and bagels.
Over 500 runners signed up and just under 500 actually ran.  I placed 12th in
overall females, 2nd in my age group, and 40th overall.  My GPS showed I
actually ran 3.2 miles.