Runners of the Year announced at banquet

The Chautauqua Striders Athletic Club recently held its 2014 Awards Banquet at the Lakewood Rod & Gun, where approximately 150 awards were presented to local runners.

Adam Rowe and Judy Porpiglia were recognized as the overall winners of the 2013 Chautauqua Striders Runner of the Year Series, sponsored by the WCA Center for Orthopedics, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation. Robert “Doc” Rappole was recognized as the overall winner of the 2014 Chautauqua Striders Winter 5K Series and Ryan Walker was recognized the Most Improved Runner.

The keynote speaker was Patrick Krott, who is a member of the Chautauqua Striders Athletic Club and has competed in several running races of distances well beyond a marathon. Recently, he participated in the prestigious Western States 100 and earned a bronze belt buckle for finishing the course in under 30 hours.

More information about the Chautauqua Striders Athletic Club, including a club membership application, can be found at www.chautauqua-striders.org

The Chautauqua Striders 2014 Runner of the Year Series kicks off Saturday, March 15 with the St. Patrick’s Dash in Jamestown. Registration information for the Dash can be found at www.chautauqua-striders.org.

The series is a year-long running competition to determine the top area distance runners. During the year, runners accumulate points in selected area races. In 2014, the selected races are as follows:

St. Patrick’s Dash, three miles, March 15; Salvation Army Anew Run, 5k, April 26; Wooden Shoe 5k, May 17; Ripley’s Race to Wellness, 5k, June 14; Bemus Point 10k, June 29; Laurel Run, 8k, July 19; Dunkirk Lakefront 5k, Aug. 9; Dan Feather Memorial 5k, Aug. 31; Bemus Point 15k, Sept. 28; Lucy Town Half Marathon, 13.1 miles, Oct. 12; Heritage Trick & Trot, 5k, Oct. 25; Amy’s Run, 5k, Nov. 29.

There are separate divisions for males and females who compete for overall and age-group titles. No special action needs to be taken to enter. A runner is automatically entered simply by running in the selected races.

For the overall competition, runners placing in the top 10 of any of the selected races will be awarded points as follows: 10 points for first place, nine for second, eight for third, seven for fourth, sixth for fifth, five for sixth, four for seventh, three for eighth, two for ninth and one for 10th.

For the age-group competition, points will be awarded as follows: three points for a first-place finish in the age-group, two for second and one for third. Age groups are as follows: 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74 and 75 and Over. Runners will be placed in age-group categories based upon their age as of Dec. 31, 2014.

In each category, the runner with the most points at the end of the year will be crowned “Runner of the Year.” The Runner of the Year awards will be distributed at the Chautauqua Striders Awards Banquet in February or March 2015. Awards will be given to the overall male runner of the year, the overall female runner of the year, and runners placing in the top three of their age-group category. No runner will be eligible for an age-group award unless he or she received an age-group point in at least two Runner of the Year Series races. There will be no duplication of awards.