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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Great Race XXXIII

The Citizen. Auburn, New York

Attention: All persons entering the island via both bridges and via the water will be required to show ID. If they wish to consume alcohol, NO ID - NO ALCOHOL.

General information The Great Race - behind the scenes
go to the registration tent. 2. First Aid. TLC Ambulance will be stationed at the changeover zones for both long and short courses. Please help with our clean up efforts by using the available trash cans. People are posted at all turns and major intersections on the run and cycle routes. 3. This is a potentially dangerous run because of the heat. See the article in this program. 4. Please check your packet for information inserts. These will contain the latest information with regard to routes and regulations.
Ever wonder how The Great Race happens, how it comes together? It is due to the dedication of the Great Race committee; a hard working group of people whose goal is to make the Great Race the best community event it can be. Preparation for each Great Race starts the week after the conclusion of the previous Great Race where critique is given, and things are put in motion for the following year. Sponsors need to be contacted early to make budget decisions. Artists need to be contacted for ideas for awards and equipment needs to be inventoried to be sure all is in order for the coming year. This committee is a working committee; which means that each person on the committee has several functions to perform and the success of each Great Race depends on these people and their contributions. Rob Schemerhorn is treasurer and helps oversee long and short running courses. He also assists in the changeover zone on race day. Bob Blair is recording secretary. Don DelloStritto is in charge of the changeover zone and the finish lines; a time consuming job to make sure the change overs are done safely and that finishing times are done correctly. Brad Davidson is in charge of the long bike course, maintenance and marking, and heads up the volunteer committee. Marty Keough serves on the safety committee, organizes the food and beverage preparation and distribution for races and volunteers. He also secures the use of the park facility and the show mobile. Marty served for many years as out race director stepping down at the end of last year’s race. Jim Hanley is in charge of the canoe course - both on land and water. He works with The Citizen on the Great Race insert, as well as with Time Warner Cable on race promotion, and provides race day transportation (golf carts) and communication. Lee Michaels is in charge of the Awards presentation and is our web assistant. (Keough, Hanley, Wilson and Michaels are the only remaining originating members of the Great Race). Tom Falsey is set up and tear down of change over zone, and set up of canoe area on race day. Geri Read is office manager and savior. Geri is in charge of registration and last minute changes. She is a very important person on race day. Amy Fuller is in charge of short course volunteers and water stops and works on the awards committee. Amy works on the t-shirt selection process. John Lawler is the man in charge of long run course volunteers and the scholarship committee. Bill Brown is now our race director and is also in charge of the Memorial Awards. He also works the changeover zone on race day. Tim Walczyk is in charge of the short course for the bike and he also works in the changeover zone. Kevin Kelly is our resident computer wizard. He is responsible for the results and the splits that you see and that you are most interested in comparing yourself to other racers. He also serves on the awards selection committee and is our webmaster. Matt Starr is our newest committee member, and will assist Kevin Kelly in the computer area. Steve Komanecky is the YMCA liaison and has the all important job of transporting and helping to distribute the awards on race day. Dave Schardt helps oversee the run/bike finish line and the changeover zone. John Daiziel is the race day announcer/ changeover zone. Greg Stowell helps Don DelloStritto with the finish line. And Eddie De La Cruz is assistant to Marty Keogh and Bill Brown. Eddie helps with whatever needs to be done on race day. The Arthritis Foundation’s representative on our committee helps us get media exposure via their contacts in the radio and television area. It is the contribution of each and everyone of these committee members that makes the Great Race the success it is. Each member devotes countless hours to making sure that the Great Race is fun, efficient, safe and a good experience for all; they deserve your appreciation for a job well done. Tony and Kristen Dipronio work on keeping the existing sponsors and obtaining new ones. They also have various duties on race day. We welcome back to the committee Paul Ringwood, who steps back into his role as head of the sponsor acquisition committee.

1. The opening ceremony and general instructions will be held at 9:20 AM on Owasco Road near the Changeover Zone. Your team numbers must be visible throughout the race or: Your can’t get your splits. Disqualification may result if our checkpoints can’t pick up your number. If you have questions direct them to people in committee shirts or

New this year, a new timing ship by Chronotrack Systems will be worn on the wristband and transfer from runner to biker to canoeist. This year it is extremely important for each leg of the race to record accurate splits. And it is also important that the wristband and chip be turned into the collection tent with your pull tab and finish card.
BIKERS BE AWARE: 10MPH in the Exchange Zone. Penalties of added time or a DQ may be reassessed. No reckless riding will be tolerated.

Because of the number of awards that are handed out, the Great Race Committee has found it necessary to establish the following policy: 1) Short Course awards will be given out to the top 5 teams at the main stage as soon as possible after the race ends (approximately 12:15). Category winners will be announced from the stage at this time. ALL short course category awards will be given out at the main information tent. Please select one team member to pick up the awards. The team member must show the team number and sign for the awards. 2) Awards for the top 10, 4 person teams in the traditional course will be given out at the main stage as soon as possible. The George Michaels awards also will be given out at this time. The 11th-20th awards will be recognized at this stage but you will pick up your award at the main information tent. 3) Traditional Course age group, tandem and kayak division category WINNERS will be announced from the main stage after the first band break (approximately 1:30). Memorial awards will be given out at this time. 4) ALL traditional course and tandem category awards will be given out at the main information tent. Please select one team member to pick up the awards. The team member must show the team number and sign for the awards. 5) Separate open awards will be given in the tandem and kayak races in the traditional course and the kayak race in the short course. The first two tandem and the first two kayak teams in the traditional course, and the first kayak team in the short course will receive open awards. They will be recognized from the stage at the same time as the open winners.


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Heat stroke and exhaustion
Know the Facts About Heat Hyperthermia (heat stroke, heat exhaustion, muscle cramps) can be deadly. It doesn’t take long for a person to die, and a runner can collapse in less than five minutes after the onset of symptoms.
A. Dizziness B. Dry skin - no sweating C. Redness D. Nausea or cramps E. Goose bumps on chest and arms F. Incoherent speech and thoughts When any of these symptoms occur, do the smart thing, save your race for a cooler day. Hyperthermia can effect any runner, in any kind of shape, during a race or hard workout. It’s not only the unacclimated runner that will suffer. Hyperthermia can occur on days when you might not expect it. The rapid rise in body temperature occurs when the body’s natural cooling mechanism, evaporation, stops because the body has lost too much of its fluids through sweating. Research has shown that the rate of loss of body fluids is not substantially changed from temperatures of 70 degrees up. A temperature of 60 and high relative humidity can be just as dangerous as 90 degrees and low humidity. What can be done to minimize the effects of heat on a runner? 1. During the hot weather season, keep body contents of magnesium and potassium high. These minerals occur naturally in foods such as mushmelon, watermelon, tomatoes, carrots and cucumbers. 2. Wear cool clothes. Loose fitting cotton, tank top t-shirts with large breathing holes are best. Avoid nylon shirts, they retain heat. 3. Cool off before the race. You might as well start with a slightly depressed temperature. 4. Before the race drink plenty of fluids. The American College of Sports Medicine suggests 13-17 fluid ounces 10 to 15 minutes before competition. 5. Drink plenty of fluids during the race and afterwards. Drink frequently during the race.

7:00–9:00 7:00–9:30 9:15 9:20 9:30 9:40 9:45–10:00 10:00–11:00 10:15–10:45 10:45–11:30 10:45–11:30 12:00–2:30 12:00–12:30 1:00–4:30 Registration (closes at 9:00) Packet pickups First call for Instructions Race instructions - Long & Short Courses Start of Race (Both Long & Short Courses) 1 Mile Fun Run Starts Short Course Runners In & Cyclists Leaving Long Course Runners In & Cyclists Leaving Short Course Cyclists In - Canoeists Taking Off Long Course Cyclists In - Canoeists Taking Off Short Course Finishing Long Course Canoe Finishing (Time Approximate) Top 20 Awards* Music by Brass Incorporated

BIKERS BE AWARE: 10MPH in the Exchange Zone. Penalties of added time or a DQ may be reassessed. No reckless riding will be tolerated.

Race Course Routes for Run and Bike
LONG BIKE ROUTE: Route 38A, take a right on Valentine Road, and a left on Harter Road, a left on Twelve Corners Road, riding across 38A Twelve Corners Road turns into North Road. Take a left on Swartout Road, and a right on 38A and back to the Exchange Zone. SHORT BIKE ROUTE: Route 38A, left onto Martin Road with a left on Swartout Road, and a right on 38A and back to the Exchange Zone. SHORT RUN ROUTE: Short Course will down Owasco Road and take a right on French Avenue, a left on Letchworth, and a left down First Avenue, and back to Owasco Road and returning back to the Start/Finish line. LONG RUN ROUTE: Owasco Road to French Avenue, a left on Letchworth, a right on First Avenue, a left on Archie Street, a left on Havens Avenue, a right on Seward Avenue, a right on Walnut Street, a left on South Herman Avenue, and a right on Genesee Street. Continue up Genesee Street with a right on Wegman Street, a right on Highland Avenue, a left on South Marvine Avenue, a right on Walnut Street, and a left on Seward Avenue. The run will then take a right hand turn on Havens Avenue back down to Owasco Road and take a left and return to the Start/Finish line on Owasco Road. CANOE COURSE REMINDERS: Both the long and the short course races are run simultaneously. Please note: this year there will be a single line of buoys out to each turnaround and back. Please remember to keep the buoys on your right. Half way down the course is the short course turnaround which is a trampoline. You go around this marker and return to the finish line again with the buoys on your right. There will be a safety boat nearby that will verify your team numbers. If they call out for your team number, please answer them. This could effect your racing times or even in some cases an award if you are not recorded as going around the turn around point. Long course competitors continue on to the long course turnaround again keeping the buoys on your right. You must go around the pontoon boat which the turnaround. If necessary, be prepared to call your team numbers so that there is a record of you reaching the turnaround should there be any discrepancies at the finish line. After you cross the finish line, you will be given a card with your place finish number on it. Return this card, tear off tag from your race number (only one canoeist has this tag on the bottom of your race number), and your micro chip to the collection point on shore. If you fail to do this you will not be recorded as finishing the race. As quickly as possible, please carry your canoe up off the beach and far inland so that we do not have a traffic tie-up of canoes at the finish line. PLease be considerate of you fellow competitors. Have a safe race!!

There will be several stops along both run courses and water will be available at the end of the changeover zone and in the median on the way down to the canoe area.



Thursday, August 5, 2010

Great Race XXXIII

The Citizen. Auburn, New York

The Great Race celebrating 33 years of fun!
(Al Hastings served as Chairman for 20 races and only resigned when an outof-town job pressures required it. Don is an “Emeritus” member of the committee. Jim, Marty and Lee are still active members). Within the first five years, Dick Balian, Frank Ruggiero, Brad Davidson, and Don DelloStritto had joined the committee. In the early meetings of the eightmember race committee, their ideas began to flow and they knew that the race had to occur near Owasco Lake. Thus, arrangements were made to use Emerson Park and Deauville Island as a staging and central area. The first race, in August of 1978 began not with a 10K run for which the race has become known for, but with a five mile run which began on Lake Avenue in front of Auburn High School. The second year, the race started directly in front of Green Shutters Restaurant and immediately headed west on White Bridge Road. For the first few years the exchange zone from runner to biker and biker to canoer was in front on the boat launch area or directly on White Bridge Road. For several years, bikers were not required to wear protective bicycling helmets. When headgear was first required, some participants were quite creative, wearing construction hard hats and baseball batting helmets with straps attached and also vigorously insisting they were “legal”. You’ll find vintage pictures on our website at www.great-race.com including the start at Green Shutters, some chaotic exchange areas, and some pretty crude canoe finish line set ups. Where The Name Came From: The committee also had to choose a name for the race and they thought that the Josh Billings name used in Massachusetts was a nice touch. We set out to find a local figure to name our race after and discovered that Captain Miles Keogh was buried in Fort Hill cemetery in Auburn. Captain Keogh was an Irish mercenary whose ties to Auburn were through his lady friend, who was the daughter of Governor Enos Throop. Captain Keogh fought and died at Custer’s “Last Stand”. Keogh’s claim to fame is that his horse was the lone survivor at the battle of Little Bighorn. It was his lady friend that had his body exhumed from the battlefield and brought to Auburn to be buried at Fort Hill Cemetery. So we had a formal name for our race. The Captain Miles Keogh Paddle Wheel and Run. However, we needed a clever catchy name that would remain in people’s memories. “The Great Race” was actually a popular movie at the time starring Tony Curtis. Not only has the name held on over three decades, but the race has become a high point of summer, for area residents and participants from all over the United States as well. How It Caught On: In July 1978 there was great concern whether the race would catch on and that enough teams would participate to make it successful. About a week before the Race, one member recalls fondly that we had only 40 entries, but by race day 110 teams had entered. We were excited! In its early years, coming during the peak of the running craze in particular, participation grew by leaps and bounds. The original goal of the Great Race, still true after over 3 decades, was to have fun while promoting physical fitness. The committee has sought to attract both the elite athletes and the average joe. The committee has felt that, if they could get the average person to begin exercising for this race, it might become part of their life and add to their overall well being. In order to attract people, numerous open and age group categories have been established and regularly supplemented as the need develops. We recognize that there will always be athletes possessing different skills, discipline and speed, but there will always be people who want to compete but might not feel they could measure up to the talented elite athletes. The race committee has always wanted people to feel that the race was indeed every person’s race, and that there can be many contests within a large contest; between friends, acquaintances, and relatives. Some people want to only finish, others want to beat their previous PR, and still others want to beat their neighbor. The success of the Great Race has to do with the committee. “We don't always agree, but we get the job done”, Jim Hanley said, an original member who is still in charge of the canoe part of the race. “We learn something new each year to make it better. All the people working together - that’s the key”. Depending on your outlook, the Great Race has become more or less complicated over the years. The first year we had 125 teams, relying on stop watches and the naked eye, tape recorders and adhesive stickers for recording times not to mention the committee member who needed to get from the central tent on Deauville Island to the starting line had their own race to run. Times they are a changing! Over the years, the committee, some still original members, have developed a need for golf carts to transport them quickly from one point to another, two-way radios so that the committee can keep in contact with one another over the whole race venue, multiple timing machines, computers, and PA system to communicate with the public that encompasses all of Deauville Island and including the park area near the Agricultural museum. While some things have to change, the most important thing remains - good clean fun. Spectators are a very big part of this race. For that moment, when contestants of all skill and speed levels cross their individual finish lines, they can feel like Frank Shorter or Lance Armstrong. There is no feeling like hearing the crowd cheering for you at the end of your race. This has become a family event - the kids fun run, approximately one mile will begin shortly after the traditional race starts. All children who would like to participate in this fun run should meet shortly before 9:30 A.M. near the start/finish line. Children will not need a race number and the race is free to all that participate. Parents may run along with their young children to join in the fun. Everyone who crosses the finish line will receive a participant ribbon. The Great Race reached a

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History: In 1977, Don Westee, Marty Keough, John Sabotka, and Steve Schwartz competed in the Josh Billings run-a-ground in western Massachusetts. Soon after returning to the Auburn area, the group was discussing the race and the fun that they had. Al Hastings, an athletic director

at the Auburn YMCA WEIU and Jim Hanley were listening. Everyone agreed that this type of event might be fun and successful in Auburn. A committee was put together with Al Hastings as the Chair, the other members of the committee were Marty Keough, Don Westee, Jim Hanley, Al Wilson, Terry Matro, Lee Michaels, and Mike Bintz

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high point of participation levels in 1986 with 680 entering. The number of team entries has leveled off averaging 400-500 teams each year. Knowing how the general everyday folks are procrastinators, the committee received late entries right up to 9:00 A.M. on the day of the race. Safety: Safety has always been a concern for the Great Race committee. We know that sooner or later there will be a bike accident, or someone may suffer the effects of heat stroke. To prepare for this, we have a staff of doctors and nurses performing first aid and triage injured and ailing participants. Private ambulance services and volunteers services stand by. Also we work in conjunction with all law enforcement agencies, New York State Troopers, Cayuga County Sheriff, and Auburn Police and Fire Departments as well as the volunteer Fire Departments of the surrounding area. It has always been our goal to prepare for any contingency with regard to the Great Race. Throughout the years, the Great Race has come to rely on its sponsors and volunteers to keep the race going. The committee would like to thank all the volunteers and this years sponsors for all their contributions. Thank you to Mack Studios, Bo-Mer Plastics, TLC Ambulance Service, All Storage, First Niagara Bank, NYSCOPBA, Time Warner, Hammond and Irving, Inc., Excellus Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Nucor, The Citizen, AngelFlight NE, Rural Metro, Auburn Party Rental, Talic Kayak Storage, Orthodontic Group of the Finger Lakes, The Wall, Intense Milk, Michelob Ultra and the Arthritis Foundation. Rarely are there any funds left over, but if there should be the committee has donated additional proceeds to the Arthritis Foundation, according to Hanley. One of the anticipations of the race has become the t-shirts that are designed each year and the awards, which are created by artists in honor of this annual event. Framed artwork has become the traditional award for the winners announced each year. 32 years ago the original committee made these awards themselves. Now artists are commissioned to create these wonderful awards. The Great Race gives awards in over 60 team categories and Memorial awards. This is due to the fact that the committee wanted to give the average person more of an opportunity to win an award. “There is more fun among competitors who have side bets going between themselves other than the top 20 teams,” Hanley said. “The great celebration after the race keeps the fun going.” The Great Race has become more than just a race. Both school and family reunions are planned around race day. It’s an opportunity for young people going away to college to see their friends one last time and for people visiting from afar to connect with local friends. On a good summer day, in the heat of August, participants, spectators and people who want a good

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Wednesday, August 4th 7:00pm
Volunteers meeting at YMCA

Friday, August 6th 6:30pm
Packet stuffing YMCA

Saturday, August 7th 9:00am-1:00pm
Packet pick-up /Late registration

time, join the festivities after the race with submarine sandwiches, fruit, beer and soda, not to mention live music. The evening before the race, it has become a tradition to have a sub sandwich making party, usually held at the Hiberians on VanAnden Street. The entertainment has transformed from a jug band at the original Great Race to featuring Brass Incorporated at this years’ race. The race doesn’t end at the finish line, but continues into a celebration for the entire community. To register for the Great Race, visit our website at www.great-race.com or stop at the Great Race office at the YMCA on Williams Street in Auburn. The cost of registration for the team fee is $100. For teams with all members under age 18, the cost is $48. Kayak teams are $95. Tandem teams are $85. Late fees are incurred as of August 1st.

Traditional Sub Making Party Ancient Order of Hibernians on Van Anden Street

Sunday, August 8th Until 9:00am
Late registration, changes, and packet pick-up at the Central Tent.

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Great Race XXXIII

The Citizen. Auburn, New York


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And now a word from our sponsors Canoe/Finish New
Our sponsors are a very important part of The Great Race. Without their financial support it would not be the well run, quality event that the community is used to seeing. Entry fees alone are not sufficient to pay the many expenses associated with the race. SOOOOO… enter the sponsors. When asked why their company sponsors The Great Race replies were: Nucor Steel: “Nucor Steel is known in the Auburn community as a company that is actively involved in community events, as are all Nucor divisions. We find that the goals of The Great Race, health & fitness as well as the feeling of healthy competitions, is an excellent fit with our philosophy.” Mack Studios: “The Great Race is a major athletic and social event in the Auburn community, and we are pleased and proud to be a part of it.” The Citizen: “We sponsor the Great Race because we think it’s a great community event that’s open to everyone and represents a broad section of our readers past and present, people who have moved away and come home and we want to show them that the hometown newspaper still supports community events. We think it’s a great way to showcase the beauty of the area that we cover in our readership, through the park, and through all the areas that you run, bike, and canoe through. So again we like to support community events that are open to all.” Allstorage: “We enjoy being associated with a quality event such as The Great Race and at the same time assist with community development.” Hammond & Irving: “We feel that local events are an important part of the community. We take pride in helping to promote health and fitness such as The Great Race strives to do.” Tom Herbert of Bo-Mer: “It’s a great community. team and family event. It is well run and organized. It is a class event, and we are proud to be a part of it. Linda Henry of Time Warner states that: “The Race has such a far reaching effect in the area. It is an event that is engaged by all ages in the community and it’s family oriented. It is something that Time Warner wants to be a part of.” Leva Doyle of Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield encourages healthy living and healthy lifestyles. Our company feels that these values coincide with and support the goals of the Great Race. It is our pleasure to be part of this fine community event.” The common thread that runs through these comments is one of community, support and pride. None of these sponsors derive monetary gain from sponsoring The Great Race. No one sells any more steel, does any more x-rays or opens new savings accounts. However, they each receive an immense amount of pride and satisfaction knowing their contribution helps promotes a race that does so much good for so many people. The Great Race Committee thanks you, and the captain salutes you!

Line Procedures

Exchange Zone Controlled Chaos
The Exchange Zone explained in its simplest form goes through two distinct phases. The runner to biker exchange, and the biker to canoe runner exchange. Before the first competitor even enters the exchange zone, the running portion of the Great Race begins as a mass start, at the head of the Emerson Park entrance. The race start plans the runners heading North on 38A. Exchange zone is set up immediately after the last runner has left the area. The zones head entrance is at the Emerson Park entrance while the back entrance is some 300 yards down the road towards the lake. The back entrance to the zone is used for the bikers exiting and returning from completing their leg of the race. The entire exchange zone stretched along 38A and is surrounded by a park fence on both sides of the road. Looking south from the head of the exchange zone to the left, white road marking lines, and the short course bikers are lined up along this line facing the road. All the bikers are organized by numerical race number. To the right side of the road, the traditional course bikers line up on the opposite white line by race number. When the runners return to the exchange zone, they will be directed toward either the short race sign, or the traditional race side of the zone. Runners will run behind the bikers between the fence and the bikers until they reach their teammate, and once there exchange the race wrist band. The bikers then exit the exchange zone heading south toward the lake. Upon return the biker gives the wristband to the canoe runner, who continues through the exchange zone and turns left at the park entrance and runs to Deauville Island where he launches the canoe with his partner. In the Great Race committee’s continued efforts to improve the race, we have added cone funnels at the back entrance of the exchange zone, for the biking portion of the race. The funneling down of bikers into the cone funnels hopefully will discourage excessive speed, which sometimes has occurred in the exchange zone. This change will create a safer environment for all competitors within the exchange zone. The cone funnels will also help delineate he starting and ending point of the racing portions for the bikers. THERE WILL BE PENALTIES ASSESSED FOR EXCESSIVE SPEED OR BLATANT UNSAFE BEHAVIOR IN THE EXCHANGE ZONE.

There are some slight changes in the canoe/finish line this year. 1. Once you pass through the finish line, a volunteer will hand you a card with your place of finish and take the tear off at the bottom of your number. You will then turn them in along with the wristband to the collection tent in the center of the island. This is a small tent and will be very well marked.

2. When you reach the beach with your canoe, please pick it up and take it as far from the beach as possible so that other finishers can continue to move through the finish line area. This prevents a bottleneck which slows down the whole process. 3. There will be volunteers available to help move the canoes should you have difficulty.

Exchange Zone Rules
1. Only runners and short course bikers may enter the Exchange Zone from the PARK ENTRANCE, of the Exchange Zone. 2. The Park Entrance end of the Exchange Zone will be closed after the short course bikers have been called to line up. 3. A Staging Area will be used for the short course canoeist. 4. When the short course canoeist are called for, they must report immediately to the staging area to be organized numerically and to receive final race instructions. Short course canoeist will be marched into the Exchange Zone, after they have been organized and given race instructions. 5. Long course bikers and long course canoeist may

Hospice of the Finger Lakes
Hospice of the Finger Lakes Information Tent has been located on Deauville Island each year since 1997 in special memorial of Joe Keough. After his death in 1997, his son Marty wanted to remember Joe’s many efforts in helping the Great Race over the years right from the first race in 1978 and Hospice who took such good care of him in last days. The tent is there to provide information on Hospice and also remember others who have passed on who were such a big part of the Great Race over the years. Also remembered are Brian Hanley, Don Smith, Paul Quinn, Phil Patterson, Big John Connors, Bill Michaels, George Michaels, Jack Dalziel, John Sarnicola, Frank Ruggerio, Paul and Curley DelloStritto.

Great Race special awards
The Jules Verdi Award is presented to the first place team overall in the traditional race. This award is a large silver bowl, engraved each year with the winner’s names. The Brian Hanley Award will be given to the first all female 4 person team in the traditional course, and the Harriet Tubman Award will be given to the first all female team in the short course. Brian Hanley, the son of Jim and Fran Hanley (Jim is one of 3 remaining founding member of the Great Race) died of a brain tumor August 2, 1999, Brian participated in the Great Race in the running, biking and canoe portions over the years. He is remembered for his courage perseverance, and ready smile. Harriet Tubman, was of course, a leader of the Underground Railroad that brought hundreds of slaves to freedom. She too, exemplifies the courage and perseverance of the Great Race Competitors. This award is presented to the first all-female team to finish the short canoe race. The Bonnie Foster DelloStritto Award given in memory of the deceased first wife of one of our long time committee members, Don DelloStritto, is given annually to the youngest team to finish the traditional course. The Big John Connors Award is in memory of a man who tirelessly volunteered at many races prior to his untimely death nearly 16 years ago. It is given to one or more volunteers who are recognized for their continued service. The George Michaels Award, in honor of the father of Lee Michaels, has been presented since 1993 to the first male and first female finisher in the 10K run. The Paul Ringwood Senior Memorial Award is presented to the first place team in the Family category in the Short race. The Newman Award is presented to the oldest four person team to finish either the traditional or short course. The Bill Michael’s Award, in honor of Bill Michaels, brother of Lee Michaels, who passed away two years ago after a long battle with cancer. Bill was a great supported of the Great Race for many, many years and competed several years while battling this terrible disease. This award is given to the first male and female runner to finish the 10K run. The Frank Ruggiero Scholarship is presented to a Great Race athlete or volunteer who will attend college in the fall of 2010.

only enter the Exchange Zone from the LAKE END of the Exchange Zone, after they have been called. 6. There is to be absolutely NO RACING in the Exchange Zone. Racing starts upon exiting the Exchange Zone. All bike racing stops upon re-entering the Exchange Zone, at the lake end of the course. 7. There is absolutely NO SPEEDING in the Exchange Zone. Speeders will be immediately disqualified. 8. Obey the race officials.

The Great Race alcohol policy
In the past 4 years, to insure a safe, fun, family oriented event, The Great Race instituted a new and more aggressive policy with regard to the consumption of alcohol. Again, there will be zero tolerance of under age drinking. Proper ID of all persons entering the island and consuming alcohol will be required. If you are consuming alcohol on the island, you must wear a wrist band. We urge you to cooperate with the volunteers at the check points at the entrances to the island. In addition to the usual patrols by the Cayuga County Sheriff, New York State Troopers, and Emerson Park security, we are increasing the number of NYSCOPBA volunteers this year to increase the ability to monitor adherence to this policy. Anyone under age seen consuming alcohol will be dealt with accordingly. For those people of age, one 6 pack (no glass containers please) per person is allowed to be brought onto the island. Beer or alcohol products will be available for purchase on the island from The Great Race vendor. Again, The Great Race wants to emphasize the wholesome family atmosphere and encourage individuals to enjoy responsibly while helping us to preserve the integrity of this fine community event.


Thursday, August 5, 2010

Great Race XXXIII

The Citizen. Auburn, New York

Volunteers… the necessity of life
While the Great Race Committee is responsible for the design and details of the Great Race, the ultimate success of the event depends on the hundreds of volunteers that give of their time to make the race a success. Volunteers help to stuff the race packets with shirts, numbers and tickets on the Thursday before race day. Other volunteers hand out the packets to the correct teams and still others verify that team names match the categories on the tote board on Great Race day. Volunteers are seen all around the run course controlling traffic for the safety of the racers and the same with the bike course. This also includes volunteer ambulance crews from the various fire departments. In the changeover zone, the most important responsibility is to keep spectators out of harms way as well as direct race traffic so there are no collisions between biker and runner. In the medical tent there are many nurses, physicians assistants and physicians available to treat everything from heat stroke to cuts and bruises. Those with more serious injuries are sent to Auburn Memorial Hospital. Thanks go to Dr. Jim Dolan and Dr. Rick Nangle, as well as the many Nurses and Physicians Assistants that help make this a safe race. Also many thanks to Mark Ambrose who coordinates activity between our first aid tent and the hospital. Thanks to Barb Perkins our Head Nurse in the triage tent. Along the running course there are volunteers who man water stops to help prevent heat stroke from exhaustion. Still other volunteers show up at 4 o’clock on Saturday afternoon at the Hibernians to make over three thousand sub-marine sandwiches. For the sixth year in a row, we have had RSVP help us fold thousands of shirts - these ladies have spent countless hours folding shirts to make it easier for us when it comes time to put the packets together. Thank you ladies… Thanks also go to Auburn Cement Products for providing anchors for the buoys, City of Auburn for providing lime and markers for the canoe area. Also Cranebrook Tree Service for their help. We thank Finger Lakes Communications for supplying two-way radios to the Great Race. For years, they have lent these radios to us, and this year they have donated them for our continued future use. Also many thanks to the City of Auburn for use of their electric cars. Thanks also go to OPE for the use of their all terrain vehicle. Thanks goes to the Amateur Radio Emergency Service lead by Jack Smith for their years of service. Other volunteers spend 3 or 4 hours on the lake patrolling for overturned canoes. There are still others that give of their time to dispense food and drink in the food tent to competitors. There is even a group of volunteers that police the island for garbage and debris at the end of the Great Race so that by 8 o’clock at night the island looks like no one had been there. A big thank you to Cayuga County Highway Department and George Wethey for their outstanding help in the exchange area a both bike courses. Thanks also go to Bob Welch and the AOH Bike Safety crew. Without volunteers the Great Race would not be possible and it is because they give generously of their time, that the Great Race is the success that it has been in the past and will continue to be in the future. In this, our 33rd year, we salute all our volunteers and give thanks for a job well done! Visit the Great Race Website for information on this years race, previous race results and general information… www.great-race.com. Please note: you can register via the internet, instruction are on our website. If you would like to volunteer, contact The Great Race office at 315-252-7139.

The Great Race Committee
Bottom Left/Right: Geri Read, John Dalziel, Amy Fuller, Lee Michaels, Rob Schemerhorn Second Row: Bob Blair, Tony Dipronio, Kristin Dipronio, Jim Hanley, Marty Keough, John Lawler Third Row: Don Dellostritto, Greg Stowell, Tom Falsey, Bill Brown, Brad Davidson, Tim Walczyk Not Shown: Steve Komanecky, Eddie Delacruz, Rick Falsey, Kevin Kelly, Paul Ringwood, Dave Shardt & Matt Starr

Ruggiero Scholarship winner announced
The Ruggiero Scholarship committee had many outstanding entries. This year, Marissa Rescott has emerged as the winner of the 2010 Scholarship. Frank Ruggiero was one of our earliest committee Marissa members who Rescott passed away in May of 1999. This award is open to any participant of the Great Race who has completed high school and will enroll or resume his or her studies at any college in the semester immediately following this year’s race. Frank believed in a compassioned commitment to teamwork and community service and held an unwavering belief in what we give to the world is more important than what we get from it. The winner of this award is a person that demonstrates to us that he or she best exemplifies this way of living and thinking. Marissa will be attending St. Lawrence University in the fall where she will study Neuroscience and French. She then hopes to enroll in medical school and eventually travel to other countries to help those less fortunate. She also plans on running track while at St. Lawrence. From an early age, Marissa was taught that teamwork is the most important factor in accomplishing a goal. In middle school she played team sports such as soccer, basketball, and lacrosse and in high school continued varsity soccer and track. These sports demanded the cooperation of each team member so that they could be coordinated on the field, etc. On each of the teams she has played for, no one person would lead the team to victory; rather, each player’s contribution added to the game. Marissa feels that participating in sports also carries over into life lessons, and that the desire to make life easier and more rewarding to others is the basis for performing community service. It is important to give back to the community that at one time gave to you or will give to you. Marissa has been a member of the Sacred Heart/St. Mary’s/St. Ann’s Church group for over four years and has partaken in various community service projects such as the Christmas elf, Salvation Army Soup Kitchen, “Souper” Bowl for Caring, and the CROP Walk. She is also an active member of the National Honor Society where she participates in more service projects. These activities have all made an impact in global scale, not only by participating in various walks, but also by going on three mission trips to the Dominican Republic with her church. At the moment she is currently preparing to go again this July where they have expanded the elementary school so that a new grade level can be added each year. Staying with host families that had no running water and little electricity made the experience worthwhile. Her views of poverty and pride were overturned within the first night as the Dominican people were so appreciative of what they had rather than worried about what they didn’t have. While in the Dominican Republic they have painted housing establishments, churches, and the interior of the school for the community, and they have also made monetary gifts to the surrounding villages. The group performed many community services for the children of the community and did Christian craft projects, played games including baseball and soccer. It is a truly a gratifying feeling to see the Dominican children’s eyes light up when they are offered something as simple as a tootsie roll or a tiny matchbox car and to see how a small mission group can bring joy and smiles to communities that do not have access to the luxuries of America. Marissa Rescott exemplifies the type of individual that is deserving of this scholarship with her teamwork, community service, and leadership skills. The following quote from Marissa’s application illustrates her commitment to community service. “Whether it’s helping out our teammates through communication and encouragement, helping out the local community through service, or assisting on a global scale, every bit of service is always appreciated by someone. Selflessly giving to others who are not as privileged as we are can truly make a difference. Someday I may need help from someone and I feel exponentially better knowing that I have done my part to make people’s lives better.”

Great Race announces 2010 Volunteer of the Year, Larry Pritchard
The Big John Connors Award, better known as the Volunteer of the Year Award, is being given to Larry Pritchard for his long-time involvement and service to the Great Race. Larry competed in the Great Race from 1979-1984 on a team consisting of Dr. Matthews as a runner, Dr. Kaiser as a biker, and Dr. Mike Tamul and Larry were the canoeists. After the team disbanded, Larry volunteered various duties to the Great Race for a couple of years and then took a brief hiatus. When he returned to the Great Race as a volunteer, he shows up at 6AM on race day to help set up of the start/finish line and changeover zone. Then at the end of the race 5-6pm he would help tear down and load the trucks. About five years ago, when the person who announced the canoes stepped down, Larry took over those duties as well. His would be the voice you hear saying “Team #10, Team #250” as the canoe runner crosses the bridge and heads towards the canoes to meet up with their partner and launch their boat. Larry has given tirelessly of himself, to the Great Race to help make it a fun, safe and efficient event. We are proud and happy to announce him as our 2010 designee.

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