John Aris calls Maegan Krifchin a diamond in the rough. The top American at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Kavarna, Bulgaria, last month, the 24-year-old Ithaca runner will be a heavy women’s favorite in the 37th annual Gazette Stockade-athon 15k on Sunday.
Stotan Racing of Syracuse is loading up on the men’s field for Sunday's Gazette Stockade-athon with four seeded runners, including 2006 champion Fred Joslyn, who competed in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston.
Over the course of 36 years, the Gazette Stockade-athon has been tweaked here and there in an attempt to make it a better racing experience for runners. Perhaps not inconsequentially, the 15k race smashed the record for participation by drawing 1,603 finishers last year.
Vince Juliano went running through Vale Park, when he noticed something unusual: the path was freshly paved. Eureka. The wheels started turning in his head, and the idea that formed was another significant change to the historic Gazette Stockade-athon race course.
As a music teacher, Jodie Robertson knows all about good timing. The 27-year-old Voorheesville resident picked the perfect time to make her move in the 36th annual Stockade-athon Sunday, edging past Albany’s Ashley Gorr at about the 10k mark and going on to capture her first women’s division crown by 16 seconds.
Kevin Collins calls himself a “serial racer” now. If his chronically ailing left Achille’s tendon allows him to get in a few good training weeks, he’ll call up a race director at the last minute and jump into the fray. That’s what he did this week for the Gazette Stockade-athon.
In anticipation of a significantly larger field of runners than ever before, Gazette Stockade-athon organizers, in conjunction with FleetFeet Sports Albany, have bolstered the post-race facilities and services.