SCHENECTADY The remarkable Ed Whitlock, 79, of Milton, Ontario, won the Gazette Stockade-athon age/gender-graded championship for the sixth time in the last eight years by running a 1:06:46.
His time placed him 194th overall out of 1,387 finishers and was the equivalent of a 42:11, based on the age/gender-graded tables, and placed him in the 97.59 percentile for his age and gender.
Whitlock set a single-age world record in the half marathon this fall, and plans to run a marathon next year at the age of 80.
The rest of the age/gender-graded top five included 59-year-old Kathryn Martin of Northport (1:04:03); 62-year-old Gordon MacFarland of Arlington, Mass. (58:12); 70-year-old Bill Borla of Torrington, Conn.; and 40-year-old Mark Andrews of Rochester (49:09).
Not to be outdone in the Remarkable Department, Mark Mindel, 58, of Ballston Lake kept his streak alive as the only person to have finished all 35 Stockade-athons.
A former champion, Mindel, wearing bib No. 35, finished in 1:34:29.4.
He was escorted in by his son, Scott, who finished third and went back out onto the course to find his father.
“He wanted to run 1:45. So I was warming down and thought I’d do like two, three miles and go meet him around mile 8,” Scott Mindel said. “When I did the first loop, I saw him there, I was like, wow. He ran like 10 minutes faster.”
Paulo Vieira and Dan Kehoe each finished in 57:28 during a Stockade-athon race held at a sister site in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Friday.
In an effort organized by U.S. Air Force Capt. Cassie Ayott, a member of the Hudson Mohawk Road Runners Club, there were 46 finishers on the U.S. base in Kabul representing all four branches of the U.S. military, as well as international forces from Portugal, Italy, Jordan, Australia, Mongolia and Afghanistan.
Capt. Ayott ran a time of 1:19:25.
Of the 1,387 finishers, 747 were male and 640 female.
Besides New York, 13 other states were represented in the field, not counting Washington, D.C., and Ontario, Canada.
Runners from Massachusetts, Vermont, Utah, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, California, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Georgia, Rhode Island, North Carolina and Virginia made the trip.
It was the third year in a row that the race broke its record for the number of finishers.