I Run For... Marathon, Half Marathon, & 5k - 2018 Results & Photos
Maine Memorial Elementary, Maine NY
September 10th, 2018 - (MAINE, NY) – Runners and walkers participated in the I Run For… Half Marathon this past weekend located at Maine Memorial Elementary in Maine, New York. The I Run For… includes a Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5k. Marathon participants started at 7am, Half Marathoners at 8am, and 5kers at 8:10am. The running race festival included about 300 runners between all the races.
Jarrett Newby at Mile 2 of the 5k #FEARLESS
The race had a spectacular weather turnout. It was 48 degrees at the start, overcast, and 54 by 2pm. Beautiful weather for road racing though was a dramatic change from last week’s 87 degrees, with blazing beach sun. No doubt runners would have to be careful with their nutrition plans as runners get a false sense of hydration security in cooler weather. When you’re out running on the road, you can’t forget to hydrate even though your body temperature is cooler. The I Run For… Half Marathon (and Marathon) course had several water stations that runners hit multiple times. Not only were runners greeted with water and Powerade, but were also greeted with immense cheers, and cowbells.
I Run For Runner staying strong for Breast Cancer Research
The I Run For… Half Marathon has been going on for many years. “5 years Running Strong” said co-race director Steve Seepersaud. “This was started after my sister-in law was diagnosed and treated with breast cancer… Successfully and she was here today and was volunteering.”
Runners during the I Run For... Half Marathon
Many different types runners were out racing today. The I Run For had participants from fitness backgrounds, running backgrounds, obstacle course racing backgrounds, as well as runners who participate in only this race every year to support cancer research. There is something for everyone between the 5k, half-marathon, full-marathon and volunteer positions. Save the date for the 2019, I Run For… Half Marathon in Mid-September.
Top prizes were given to 1st place participants in each age group and overall champions from each race. There was obstacle course expert Jarrett Newby of Newbsanity who won the 5k. The top female runner in the I Run For… 5k was Brittany Spritzer. The male and female champions for the I Run For… Half Marathon were Paul Shaffer and Samantha Snead. The top male and female runners for the I Run For… Marathon were Ilya Tereshkevich and Kelley Purcell-Teeter. Gazelle Timing, headquartered at the Vestal Coal House in Vestal New York, provided the timing services for I Run For. Brian Cupp and Andy Mushalla provided a wonderful experience and even included a station for runners to print out their finishing times.
Rachel Johnson, director of the Halloween 13k, volunteering during the I Run For... Half Marathon
“[The I Run For… Half Marathon] is very thankful to be able to offer this event to the Town of Maine. I think it’s something that brings a lot of pride to the town.” Steve Seepersaud, Co-Race Director, I Run For… Half Marathon.
This year, the I Run For… Half Marathon had a team spirit challenge to register and show their pride as a group. “Team Newbsanity really answered the call,” said Seepersaud. The I Run For is going to donate a portion of the proceeds to the charity of Newbsanity’s choice. This year Newbsanity has chosen the National Brain Cancer Society which, Seepersaud says, “is very meaningful to them.” Other proceeds are going to the American Red Cross Southern Tier Chapter, and the James Cancer Center of Ohio State University.
The Newbsanity team lost a dear friend close to them earlier this year to brain cancer. Various members of the 38 member team participating in the I Run For today had “Strong like Wendy” pinned to the back of their jerseys. Jarrett Newby of Newbsanity stated, “I wanted to make sure that we were raising money for Brain Cancer research.”
Newbsanity wasn’t the only team coming out today. Runners from the Triple Cities Runners clubwere seen racing in all three events. There were also volunteers who came out from the Binghamton Area Trail Runners. Runners came from all over. There was even a few people who come out for the race from Maryland. This is their mother’s hometown so they come visit every year.
The I Run For... Half Marathon is the 7th race in the Empire Race Road Series. The next race is the Halloween 13k on October 27th for Team HopeFull to fight Preder-Willi Syndrome.
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Matthew Francis Gawors is a lifelong endurance athlete. He specialized in the 800m in High School and switched to marathons in college. In 2009, he switched over to competing primarily in Triathlons. His passion and goal is to support the Binghamton community by improving their physical, emotional, and financial health through physical fitness events and tourism. He owns the running special store, Confluence Running, has worked as the Director of Parks, Recreation, and Youth Services for Broome County, and currently is employed by Binghamton University as the Aquatics Director for Health and Wellness Studies.