CDPHP WTC 2021: Hot Event in Altamont

by Christine Bishop

On sundrenched Altamont Fairgrounds, competitors from 116 corporate teams in the Greater Albany area battled for dominance in the 41st CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge on August 26, seemingly unphased by high temperatures and equally high humidity.  The runners celebrated being able to run this event again after having to wait almost two years due to the pandemic.  To be more inclusive, the race was also held virtually.

The race on the field was incredible. It felt like being an extra in the film, “Lawrence of Arabia,” but astonishingly the top winners for the males and females finished the 3.5 miles in amazing times. Charles Ragone, 23, from Regeneron, came in 1st-17:51; followed by Ryan Udvadia, 25 (who came in first in 2019), Latham Pools-18:05; and John Capobianco, 23, CDM Smith-18:26. For the females: Catherine Meyer, 30, Albany Medical Center, 21:45; Kristie Pageau, 31 Regeneron-22:14; Michelle Merlis, 32, NY Independent System Operator-22:43. Great. Job!

The race faced many obstacles. The May date for 2021 was ruled out because of Covid prevalence and the venue had to be changed from downtown Albany to a less populated area.  The race formats had to be altered. All groups were set out in waves starting with elite males. Waterstops were pandemic style with water refill areas for personal water bottles and cups instead of tables lined with cups of water. Bottled water was given at the end. Refreshments were limited and runners were urged to leave as soon as they were refreshed. But these changes did not dampen the attitude as runners were thrilled to once again be able to compete with their corporate colleagues.

For the 12th year, CDPHP was the major sponsor of the CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge. Premium corporate sponsors this year were the Albany Medical Center, Hannaford, Regeneron, and Trustco Bank. For the 6th year in a row, B95.5 was the media sponsor! All-U once again did great work on the race and volunteer T-shirts. A special shoutout goes to Albany Medical College for operating the medical tent and to the Guilderland EMS for providing emergency services. Lastly, we thank the Towns of Altamont and Guilderland, and the Altamont Fairgrounds for supporting the event.

Since its inception, the HMRRC has been proud to oversee the event. The proceeds help to underwrite many of HMRRC’s activities and offerings, including college scholarships, grants, free races for members, and the Just Run® Program, which encourages grade school children to run for exercise and fun. In addition, the event has been turned into a major fundraiser for worthy charities in our area. This year the charities of choice were IPH, The RED Bookshelf, and the Ronald McDonald House. The HMRRC along with corporations and individuals have contributed to these worthy endeavors and over the years hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised specifically by this event.

                                                               Albany Medical College Team Members

Winners of the Largest Participation Awards

Education
Siena College – 31
SUNY System Administration – 28

Government
Taxation & Finance – 54
Health Department – 54

Not-for-Profit
Albany Medical Center – 135
CDPHP – 128

Private Corporation
Community Care Physicians PC – 40
Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte – 27

Public Corporation
Regeneron – 131
Trustco Bank – 75

Top Team Results

Male                                          Female                                   Coed
1. Regeneron M-A.                 Regeneron F-A                      General Electric- C-A
2. Naval Nuclear Lab M-A.    Columbia PTF-A                    Albany Medical Center-C-A

Click here for complete results

T-SHIRT CONTEST WINNERS

Each year, the T-shirt contest is always very popular.
The top 2 winners in each category are…

Best All Around:
First Place: Hyman Hayes Associates
Second Place: Superior Controls

Most Corporate:
First Place: New York Independent Systems Operator
Second Place: NYS ITS

Most Humorous:
First Place: New York State Dental Association
Second Place: CHA Consulting, Inc.

Most Motivational:
First Place: Community Care Physicians
Second Place: Regeneron


Top 25:

PLACE

BIB

NAME

AGE

SEX

CITY

STATE

SEX PLACE

NET TIME

NET PACE

TEAM

1

1021

Charles Ragone

23

M

Albany

NY

1

17:51

5:06

Regeneron

2

646

Ryan Udvadia

25

M

Ballston Spa

NY

2

18:05

5:10

Latham, The Pool Company

3

306

John Capobianco

23

M

Troy

NY

3

18:26

5:16

CDM Smith

4

1089

Keith Machabee

24

M

Delmar

NY

4

18:42

5:21

Schoharie Central School

5

879

Jonathan Lindenauer

33

M

Ballston Lake

NY

5

18:50

5:23

PERMA

6

1058

Austin Turner

24

M

Troy

NY

6

19:37

5:37

SABIC

7

611

Jake Stookey

45

M

Clifton Park

NY

7

19:51

5:41

Kitware

8

496

Aaron Knobloch

45

M

Schenectady

NY

8

20:12

5:47

General Electric

9

159

Jacob Kobrin

25

M

Albany

NY

9

20:16

5:48

Albany Medical Center

10

730

Scott Roman

29

M

Pittsburgh

PA

10

20:36

5:53

Naval Nuclear Laboratory

11

497

Jonathan Louden

37

M

Clifton Park

NY

11

20:40

5:55

General Electric

12

1059

Matt Becker

36

M

South Glens Falls

NY

12

20:48

5:57

Saratoga National Bank

13

968

Alex Gilgore

28

M

Scotia

NY

13

20:51

5:58

Regeneron

14

974

David Harwood

35

M

Colonie

NY

14

21:07

6:02

Regeneron

15

336

Daniel Napora

23

M

Albany

NY

15

21:11

6:04

CHA Consulting, Inc.

16

988

Jon Krell

30

M

Castleton

NY

16

21:12

6:04

Regeneron

17

504

Oswaldo Rodriguez

43

M

Saratoga Springs

NY

17

21:18

6:06

General Electric

18

719

Andrew Berger

24

M

Troy

NY

18

21:32

6:09

Naval Nuclear Laboratory

19

1413

Catherine Meyer

30

F

Albany

NY

1

21:45

6:13

Albany Medical Center

20

579

Cie-Nichola Watson

28

M

Albany

NY

19

21:52

6:15

Indigent Legal Services (ILS)

21

902

Stephan Moessner

32

M

Niskayuna

NY

20

21:55

6:16

Plug Power Inc.

22

1043

Devon Sedgwick

30

M

Latham

NY

21

22:00

6:17

Rehabilitation Support Services Inc.

23

1042

Matt Crave

44

M

Schenectady

NY

22

22:01

6:18

Rehabilitation Support Services Inc.

24

1183

Jack Lyons

27

M

Latham

NY

23

22:07

6:20

SUNY System Administration

25

1227

Ben Heller

32

M

Troy

NY

24

22:11

6:21

Taxation & Finance

For total results, click here!

Virtual Top Three Overall

Virtual OVERALL MALE.           

1

21:51

Sean Madden

47 

2

21:56

Paul Joyce

26

3

22:54

Lucas Popolizio

30

Virtual OVERALL FEMALE

1

24:04

Monique Pizzo

31

2

25:42

Ashton Swift

31

3

27:18

Erin Rightmyer

37

   

For total Virtual Results, click here!

CEO Results- Click Here


Click here for Photos from the 2021 CDPHP WTC taken by Chris Bishop and Ray Lee compiled by Bill Meehan.

Tom Bulger signining copies of book he wrote given as prizes and sold
                                                         
at the event.

Team Pictures

                                         ARE - Timing/Results and Event Service Group

Volunteers

Next year, 2022, will be the 42nd running of the CDPHP WTC. Join a corporate team or come to view the event, and give to the Charities of Choice.

Happy Running!!


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