Kim Mills, a frequent winner of local 5Ks in recent years, once again had the best women's time in the GLOW Corporate cup, crossing the finish line at 19:31.
Perry MacKinnon, an intern with Farm Credit East, and from Canada, bested the men's field by two minutes with a time of 15:23. Zakariah Jantzi, Bontrager Real Estate & Auction, came in second at 17:24.
Bontrager won the team competition with Zakariah, John Bruggman (17:41 and third overall), and Abby Jantz (19:56, second among women).
In the 50-59 age group, Brian Fraser, 52, came in first at 18:50, and Nathan Balduf, 52, second at 22:14.
For full race results, click here.
UPDATE 5:45 p.m.: Coordinator Steve Tufts reports that there were 760 registered participants and 599 completed the 5K race.
"Yellowjacket Racing – our race management company – tell me that they’ve been seeing 20-25% no-shows since the pandemic," Tufts said. "They added that our 6% increase over last year was good because most races in the northeast this year are down from last year."
There were 50 teams. There was no cost to have a team but each registration was $25. Some employers covered all or some of this expense for their team.
The winner of the team T-shirt contest was U.S. Gypsum Co. They actually repeated from last year. The Merrill Lynch office will donate $500 to their charity of choice in the near future.
There were 8 Gold sponsors at $1,000, 13 Silver sponsors at $500, and 10 Bronze sponsors at $250.
There were 38 corporate tents of various sizes mapped around a stage and numerous more 10x10s were thrown up on the perimeter.
There was a first-time winner this year of the GLOW Corporate Cup: Bontrager Real Estate & Auction. This team competition combines the fastest 3 local employee times of a team and compares that to other teams. The perennial favorite team from Batavia City Schools was second and Intergrow Greenhouse was third.
Early estimates on the net money raised for the GLOW YMCA is around $25,000, Tufts said.
"There was a route change this year in case Richmond Avenue was impassible due to road construction," Tufts said. "We probably could have run the original course, but a lot of work went into designing a different way to safely get runners and walkers around this city at the tail end of rush hour on a hot August night. Starting at the south side of Centennial Park allowed us to close off traffic to the section of Park Avenue nearest State Street. It was fun running down State, turning left onto Washington Avenue, and left again onto Bank Street. Two huge water stations were necessary this year along with a misting tent at the finish line."
We will update this post with more information from the organizers when it is available.
Grillin' in the Upstate Toyota tent.
Liberty Pumps tent.
The Blueways Band provided the soundtrack for the race afterparty.
Here are a couple of additional shots of one of the water stations by Jim Burns.