Autumn is for Firsts

Fall 2017 Update

This fall racing season, the Wild Rovers were all about accomplishing “firsts.” Jonathan Catlett was the first to throw down a major performance on September 10 in the Bucks County/Chasing the Unicorn Marathon in PA, where he finished 10th overall and 2nd in his age group, in a respectable 3:13.12. On that same day, triathlete Mike Cooley was in Lake Placid for the Half-Ironman, his first attempt at the grueling 70.3 mile distance. Cooley (pictured above) would rather not remember his finish, but we know we are very proud he placed 40th overall out of 2,062 finishers in 5:08:13.

Albany’s Mohawk-Hudson River Marathon on Columbus Day weekend is perennially listed as an ideal Boston qualifier. That was good enough for three Rovers to register including Peter Koch, Tim Pendergast, and Andrew Rickert, who would be making his first attempt at the distance. Not only did Rickert finish, he lead the group by placing 38th overall in 3:10:50, which could be good enough for a BQ in the spring of 2019. Koch was hot on his heels in 43rd (3:11:38), despite being hampered by injury during the most crucial weeks of his training cycle. Pendergast struggled through painful blisters late in the race, and finished an impressive 84th, despite running the last few miles barefoot.

November is when many distance runners hope to reach their peak. It was then that a strong contingent of Rovers descended on Minnewaska State Park near New Paltz for the “After the Leaves Have Fallen” Trail Half-Marathon. “Mountain-Goat” Chris Chromczak went for the win, but fell just short of his goal by placing 2nd overall. Chris McCloskey was next for the Rovers in an impressive 4th place. Andrew Rickert was 7th overall, and David Newman placed 24th to round out the crew. Finally, several Rovers took to Turkey Trots to finish off the fall season. Chris Chromczak once again placed 2nd overall (19:16), this time in the Cohoes Turkey Trot 3.5 miler. Andrew Rickert was 17th in the same event. Mike Cooley capped his fall season with a respectable 11th place finish at the Cardiac Classic 5k in Schenectady (17:30). The Rovers will now turn their focus to goal-setting for the 2018 season. Thanks for all your support this year.

Summer 2017 – Amazing Feats of Endurance 

This summer was full of amazing individual accomplishments. Not only did two Rovers welcome newborn children into their families (Catlett & McCloskey), but several among them achieved milestone racing achievements. Chris McCloskey completed yet another Lake Placid Ironman in late July (10:05:18). He finished 54th overall and 9th in his division. Although it wasn’t his best performance, it did come just two weeks after welcoming his second son into the world. Also in July, Chris Chromczak completed his 15th consecutive Escarpment Trail 30k and although he wasn’t necessarily shooting for a fast time, it’s certainly a testament to his fortitude and dedication to the trails. Most recently new member, Tim Pendergast, completed his first 100 miler at the Beast of Burden Ultra in Lockport, NY. Pendergast ran an impressive sub 20 hour performance. Meanwhile, several other Rovers have been accumulating mileage for fall marathon attempts.

Spring 2017 – Cooley & McCloskey Win Triathlons

Two Wild Rovers made headlines this spring on the triathlon circuit. Mike Cooley won the Delmar Dualathon on April 30th thanks in large part to his dominating performances on both two mile run legs. More recently, Chris McCloskey won the Harryman “Half” Iron-Triathlon on May 20th. McCloskey had a tight race until the final leg when a half-marathon leg of 1:25:43 helped him pull away from his nearest competitor. Congrats, boys! They have their eyes set on the Lake Placid Ironman in July.