by Christine Bishop
From the very beginning Ricardo Estremera, 31, and Matt Brooker, 27, dominated the race and were significantly in the lead. When one would surge, the other followed. Each 5K point was run faster than the one before it! It was not until the last mile that Ricardo Estremera charged ahead of Matt Brooker winning by 17 seconds. For the women, Mollie Turner, 37, bettered her 2016 third place performance by coming in first in 56:44 while Christie MacFarlane, 23, coming in second in 58:45.

Both the Daily Gazette and Times Union gave great coverage of the event. Clicking on the links in this article will take you to their excellent articles and numerous pictures. Soon our photo editor and chief photographer, Bill Meehan, will supplement them with hundreds of pictures taken by HMRRC club members from all over the course. Check back for updates!!
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by Christine Bishop
To poets, November is a dreary month full of gray days, but to runners it is a glorious month full of thrilling races with the Stockade-athon being preeminent. The Stockade-athon is one of the oldest 15K races in America, having started in 1976 with 80 runners! It is the last major distance race of the season and serious runners love it even though the 9.3-mile course can be brutal. This year’s race is highly anticipated because of a father-son dynamic, top-class entrants, and changes to the race itself. The 42nd MVP Health Care Stockade-athon organized by the Hudson Mohawk Road Runners Club (HMRRC) will be one for the books.
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by Tom O'Grady
The Stockade-athon is a premier race in the Greater Capital Region. For any distance runner living in the area it is certainly a race that is on ones radar. I first heard about the race from Colonie High School coaches, Tom Greene and Frank Myers, who participated in the race in 2004. Consequently, I ran the Stockade-athon that year while a sophomore at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) rather than the cross country regionals, which fell on the same weekend. For full article, click here

by Randy Goldberg
The Turkey Raffle one-hour run is on Sunday, November 19th at 10 a.m. in Guilderland’s Tawasentha Park off Route 146. Each 1-mile loop completed receives a raffle ticket. At the end of the race, runners put their name on their tickets, and drop them in the raffle basket, and hope to hear their name called.
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HMRRC member Ken Skinner was honored by Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan at the Albany Fund for Education’s 20th annual gala on October 24. Ken was recognized for over 15 years of volunteer service in the Albany City School District, where he enhances the lives of countless students through sports, dance and by direct support in the classroom. Ken continues his commitment to local children as administrator of HMRRC’s JUST RUN youth running program, where he has worked single-handedly to get the program up and running in elementary and middle schools throughout Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady and Saratoga Counties. Nine Albany City schools alone will participate in this academic year’s JUST RUN program, joining well over 20 other schools throughout our region who will benefit from the national-acclaimed youth running and positive-lifestyle educational program. The Albany Fund for Education recognizes individuals who make a difference in the lives of Albany City students by offering them opportunities to learn, grow and succeed and by strengthening the educational infrastructure of the Albany Public Schools. Ken is one of those outstanding individuals. Congratulations Ken!

Every year before Thanksgiving, Fleet Feet has a 24-hour fun contest to collect money for the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY. In the past, volunteers manned treadmills for 24-hours, but that has been replaced by 1-mile laps around Fleet Feet for 24-hours if possible. The event begins at 3 p.m. on Friday, November 17 and runs [pun intended] until 3 p.m. Saturday, November 18. For full article, click here

compiled by Christine Bishop
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by Nancy Clark MS RD CSSD
Like it or not, every one of us is getting older, day by day. As a runner, you might wonder how aging impacts performance—and what you can do to retain youthful fitness. The following information is gathered from a workshop presented by Dr. William Evans, an exercise physiologist and expert on aging, muscles, and protein. The following information can help you chart a healthy course into your future. For full article, click here

by Phil Knight
“The best book I read last year. Phil is . . . a gifted storyteller.”--Warren Buffett
“A refreshingly honest reminder of what the path to business success really looks like. It’s a messy, perilous, and chaotic journey riddled with mistakes, endless struggles, and sacrifice. Here Knight opens up in a way few CEOs are willing to do. I don’t think Knight sets out to teach the reader anything. Instead, he accomplishes something better. He tells his story as honestly as he can. It’s an amazing tale.”—Bill Gates, one of his favorite books of 2016
"I’ve known Phil Knight since I was a kid, but I didn’t really know him until I opened this beautiful, startling, intimate book. And the same goes for Nike. I’ve worn the gear, with pride, but I didn’t realize the remarkable saga of innovation and survival and triumph that stood behind every swoosh. Candid, funny, suspenseful, literary—this is a memoir for people who love sport, but above all it’s a memoir for people who love memoirs."—Andre Agassi, New York Times bestselling author of Open.
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by Kathleen Goldberg
Each month this column will feature a healthful recipe supplied by an HMRRC member. To kick off the column, Kathleen Goldberg has graciously agreed to share her delicious recipe with us for Vegetarian Chili
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