50 Runners Mark 20th Of Route 20 Challenge

50 Runners Mark 20th

Of Route 20 Challenge

Lafayette-To-Duanesburg Relay Unites

Participants In Smaller Runs On Stretch

Participants line up at Clancy’s Banquet Hall in West Winfield Saturday morning for the the Route 20 Road Challenge 20th anniversary run, a relay from Lafayette to the west and Duanesburg from the east.
“The Rockin’ Chicks,” who ran 20 relay laps, are cheered on reaching their destination.

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – The Route 20 Road Challenge marked its 20th anniversary Saturday, and 50 runners in small communities along the route took part in a relay covering the entire distance of the Route 20 Scenic Byway between Duanesburg to Lafayette..

“We first heard of this at a planning meeting for the (Road Challenge) banquet, said Kevin Hoehn from Rome, the Road Challenge’s unofficial ambassador.  Bill Kosina of Richfield Springs, co-chairman, “comes up with some great ideas and really carries them through. It’s amazing.”

The series ties together small community runs all along the Route 20 Scenic Byway corridor. Running a certain number of them earns participants great incentives ranging from gift cards to running gear. Stewart’s Shop’s is a major sponsor.

The running series began in 1999, shortly after the formation of the Route 20 Association of New York State. The running series created by then-Association President Bill Kwasniewski and co-Chairmen Craig North and Kosina. This year’s Road Challenge includes 24 running events.

On Saturday, the Byway was split up into some 35 legs, most covering distances of three to four miles, though one group calling itself “The Rockin’ Chicks”, in training for a marathon, ran 20 miles. Several of the 50-some runners ran more than one leg.

Runners began around dawn from each end of the Byway and met at West Winfield with North and Kosina running the final leg to Cleaver’s  Banquet Hall where a reception capped off Saturday’s event.    Even the traffic in Bouckville this past weekend didn’t slow down the runners who finished well under the event’s allotted time in around 10 hours.

“It’s a good road to run on,” said North. “It has a nice wide shoulder.”

“It was fun,” said Hunter Ough, who at 10 years of age was Saturday’s youngest participant. She ran with brother Rocco, 14, and their dad, Richard Ough.  “It was fun. You see all these people at the races. Today we got to talk to so many of them,” Richard added.

It’s like we’re a big family,” added Hoehn. “ A lot of us have become friends on Facebook. A Route 20 family.”

As for Saturday’s event, Jennifer Caloia of Morrisville said “It was exciting to work up to it. Bill and Craig did a great job.”

Participants in the relay included (west side from LaFayette): Legs 1-3 – Craig North, Amy Marcowicz, Courtney Spatto, Jennifer Tehan; Leg 4 –  Kevin Hoehn; Leg 5 – Alex Gifford; Leg 6 – Courtney Spatto, Amy Marcowicz; Leg 7 – Jennifer Caloia; Leg 8 – Terri Woodford; Leg 9 – Alex Gifford; Leg 10 –  Joy Gifford; Legs 9.5- Finish – Dorothy Massinger, Julie Buehner, Lisa Walchusky, Beth Pedulla, and Karen Piccola, Grace Saxe; Leg 16—Craig North; (East Side from Duanesburg): Legs 1- 7 –  Joe Davis, Jim Davis, Melanie Kovach Crisino, Jessica VanValkenburg, Bill Kosina; Leg 8 – Courtney Llewellyn; Leg 9 – Maureen Blanchard, Mechia Murphy; Leg 10 – Jim Hill; Leg 11 – Gordon Clarkson; Leg 12 – Nancy Potter; Leg 13 – Jim Hill; Leg 14 – John Sovocool, Dan Sullivan; Leg 15 – Richard Ough, Rocco Ough, and Hunter Ough; Leg 16 – Mike Green, Nick Dipasqua, Genie Dipasqua; Leg 17 – Diane Hausserman, Sue Will; Leg 18 – Mary Pustay, Jess Powers, Jean Kosina, Deb Virkler,, Ralph Rathbun, Patti King; Leg 19 – Bill Kosina’

“Everybody seemed to have a good time,” said Kosina as the event wrapped up. “We were ready for just about anything. Thank goodness it went as smooth as you could ask. We saw a lot of enthusiasm. We saw a lot of smiles.”


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