Stockade-athon Turns 40!
inaugural Stockade-athon road race was held in 1976, to celebrate the
bicentennial of the USA, as a modest field of 80 runners participated in
this municipal parks event.
same year, Frank Shorter was competing at the pinnacle of our sport,
winning the silver medal in the Olympic Marathon, to add to his Gold
Medal in the same event 4 years prior in 1972.
Stockade-athon road race , now organized by the Hudson Mohawk Road
Runners Club has had a remarkable 4 decade run, and is now considered
the Oldest Major 15K Road Race in the USA, while ranking in the Top 10
among all USA 15K road races with over 1600 finishers in each of the
past 4 years.
Stockade-athon consistently ranks in the top 5 Nationally in 15K
competitive strength, and last year’s men’s open field where 16 American
runners ran sub 50 minutes, ranked second in the nation to only the
Gate River Run, which hosts the USA 15K National Championships in
last year, a new women’s open record was set 51:09 on this challenging
loop course that highlights Schenectady’s historic neighborhoods and
14 and under can also register for the new 1 mile kids run that will
follow the 15K championship race starting at City Hall at 11AM, on
Sunday November 8th.
can pick up their packets early at Fleet Feet Sports Albany on Saturday
November 7th from 9:30am to 4pm, where runners can meet 2 time Olympian
Sunday is highlighted by another stellar competitive field of Elite
athletes, despite some attrition due to the Olympic Marathon qualifier
races held in Pennsylvania.
men’s field consists of USATF Niagara 10K Champion Tisia Kiplangat who
won the Rochester Lilac Festival race in 29:57. He followed that
impressive effort by winning the Buffalo Marathon in 2:15:59.
NY Runner of the Year Sam Morse, who finished a close second at last
years Stockade-athon 46:42, and won the New Bedford Half Marathon this
spring by over a minute, appears to be Kiplangat’s main challenger.
Brooker and Connor Cashin, two up and comers with impressive 5K
resume’s will make their Stockade-athon and 15K debuts, to add to what
is expected to be a fast paced race.
men’s elite field also includes Scott Mindel, the son of Mark Mindel
who won the inaugural Stockade-athon road race in 1976, while serving as
the first race director.
ran a personal best 33:06 at the Tufts 10K to place 7th in the USA
Women’s National Championship. Robertson ran a 1:13:38 at the USA
National Half Marathon Championships earlier this year.
5 returning athletes are Katie O’Regan (4th) and Sara Dunham (5th).
They will be joined by one of upstate New York’s top distance runner
Karen Bertasso who won the 18:12 Half Marathon in Watertown earlier this
summer in 77:45.
a complete list of Elite Open, Master and Age-graded National Class
competitors and their recent performances, see the Elite Field HERE.