12/31/2018 Great New Year’s Eve 5K Stow, Ohio


Great New Year’s Eve 5K

Stow, Ohio

Josh Ritchie

Finish Time:  19:59

Overall Place:  6/413

Division Place:  1/18

Roy Miller

Finish Time:  23:40

Overall Place:  45/413

Division Place:  5/18

Scott Orlando

Finish Time:  24:17

Overall Place:  55/413

Division Place:  5/20

Gretchen Snyder

Finish Time:  24:45

Overall Place:  61/413

Division Place:  3/24

Loretta Harland

Finish Time:  29:01

Overall Place:  168/413

Division Place:  5/16

Jerry Lynch

Finish Time:  30:16

Overall Place:  198/413

Division Place:  17/23

Race recap by Scott Orlando

The Great New Year’s Eve 5K has become an annual tradition for several Team ER members.  This year we saw the the largest turnout of team members at any single race of the season with 6 members competing and another team member helping to run the event.   Like most years the weather was the greatest challenge for runners.  Instead of the usual bone chilling temperatures and fierce wind chills, this year runners battled heavy rains and strong winds.  413 runners braved to tough conditions to compete.  Weather aside this 5K course is one of the most challenging that I face all year.  If you aren’t pushing hard up one of the many hills and inclined sections you are running straight into strong headwinds.  There is never a time that this courses doesn’t challenge you mentally and physically.  It was fantastic to see so many team members compete in this last race of the year.  Josh Ritchie had an outstanding run finishing 6th overall and winning his age division.  Gretchen Snyder also had an impressive run earning 3rd place in her division.  Summit Athletic Runners Club along with the help of Ritchie’s Sporting Goods and North Coast Multisports did an excellent job managing the race.