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Cooperstown junior reaches goal of marathon finish before 16th birthday

Cooperstown junior Fred Hodgson runs in the Syracuse Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 17. (contributed)

Cooperstown junior
reaches goal of
marathon finish
before 16th birthday

By GREG KLEIN  • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

A Cooperstown Central School junior achieved his goal of running a marathon before his 16th birthday.

Fred Hodgson, who turns 16 Friday, Oct. 22, finished the Syracuse Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 17, in 3 hours, 55 minutes and 13 seconds. His time placed Hodgson 58th out of 178 runners. He placed first in his age bracket, but that was expected, he said.

I was the youngest person in the race by about four years,” he said Monday.

Pit Run draws thousands of spectators, runners
Runners begin the Pit Run at Main Street and Neahwa Place on Sunday, Oct. 3. (Kevin Limiti/AllOtsego.com).

Pit Run draws
thousands of spectators, runners

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA — Rain had just started to drizzle in Neahwa Park, Sunday, Oct. 3, as the start of the annual Pit Run was set to begin.

But some of the runners said they were thankful for the rain as it cooled things down, making it easier for them.

There was a diverse group of runners who came from seven states other than New York, including California, Maine, New Hampshire and Virginia.

Brian Reis, 32, a Cooperstown native*, came in first place for the men’s 10K and called it a “dress rehearsal” for the Boston marathon, which he is set to run Monday, Oct. 11.

In Tribute: Sovocool’s spirit shined on the roads of life

In Tribute

Sovocool’s spirit shined on the roads of life

Editor’s Note: In honor of Richfield Springs marathoner John Sovocool, who died Thursday, May 20, some of his friends collected their thoughts.

Among his accomplishments, John Sovocool ran marathons in all 50 United States, finishing his journey in 2015 in Idaho.

This is not John Sovocool’s obituary. And while it will chronicle some of this Renaissance Man’s myriad accomplishments along the journey from his boyhood farm in Leroy to Cornell University, followed by 15 years in the U.S. Air Force, and, after a stint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, finally purchasing Fieldstone Farm Resort (FFR) in Richfield Springs, which he lovingly managed and enhanced until 2020, when his illness forced him and his dear wife, Jeanie, to sell, this will not be a list.

It is, rather, a narrative painting, a collage of the memories and feelings that he has left his close friends. It is our tribute to a friend who touched us.

John was many men, but most of us met him through his passion for long-distance running. Whether out for a casual run with friends or completing marathons in all 50 states, twice finishing five races in five states in five days, John was in heaven when he was on the roads and trails.

John R. Sovocool, 65 Marathoned in all 50 states

IN MEMORIAM

John R. Sovocool, 65
Marathoned in all 50 states

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – John R. Sovocool, 65, was born January 25, 1956 in St. Johns, Newfoundland in Canada to Wilbur Sovocool and MaryAnne Cranston Sovocool and passed away May 20, 2021 in Batavia, NY.

John graduated from LeRoy High School, Cornell University, Golden State University and served in the US Air Force. For the last 20 years he owned and operated the Fieldstone Farm Resort. In his off time, he was an avid runner who had completed at least 1 marathon in all 50 states. He ran a 100-mile marathon in Vermont which he finished in 22 hours and 11 minutes.

John is survived by his wife, Jeanie, five children, and two grandchildren: John E. Sovocool and his son, Chayden. Adam Sovocool and his son, Samuel. Kristin Sovocool and her husband, Ben Cook. Nicholas Sovocool.

Alexander Sovocool, and also his six remaining siblings.

He was predeceased by both his parents, his sister Patty and his brother Kenny.

Arrangements are entrusted to Falcone Funeral Home, LeRoy, NY.

Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to plant a tree in his honor.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JUNE 9
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JUNE 9

Otsego Lake Marathon

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RACE THE LAKE – 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Race around the lake includes classes for 26.2 mile, 13.1 mile, 5K races. All races end together at Glimmerglass State Park, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-2800 or visit www.clarksportscenter.com/events/2018-race-the-lake-marathon-half-marathon/

KNIT DAY – 1:30 – 3 p.m. Celebrate World Wide Knit in Public Day with the HML Yarn Club. Knitters, Crocheters of all skill levels welcome. Huntington Park, Oneonta. Call 607-432-1980 or visit hmloneonta.org/adult-programs/

PENNSYLVANIA RUNNER WINS LAKE MARATHON

PENNSYLVANIA RUNNER

WINS LAKE MARATHON

Greg Mandak of Camp Hill, Pa., wins the Race the Lake Marathon a few minutes ago, breaking the ribbon at the Clark Sports.  The half-marathon winner was Justin Spring of New York City, who is attending Bassett's medical school locally.   A total of 336 runner circulated Otsego Lake this morning, up from 148 in 2014, the first year.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Greg Mandak of Camp Hill, Pa., wins the Race the Lake Marathon a few minutes ago, breaking the ribbon at the Clark Sports Center. The half-marathon winner was Justin Spring of New York City, who is attending Bassett’s medical school locally. A total of 336 runner circulated Otsego Lake this morning, up from 148 in 2014, the first year. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Massachusetts Accountant Wins Cooperstown’s First Marathon

Massachusetts Accountant Wins

‘Race Lake’, A Cooperstown First

The Sullivan family was all smiles after dad Jim won "Race the Lake," Cooperstown's first marathon, at 10:51 today.  With him are wife Colleen and baby Cailin.  (JIm Kevlin/allotsego.com)
The Sullivan family was all smiles after dad Jim won “Race the Lake,” Cooperstown’s first marathon, at 10:51 today. With him are wife Colleen and baby Cailin. (JIm Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Dierdre Dwyer of Poughkeepsie and Cooperstown breaks the tape, the winner of today's half-marathon.
Dierdre Dwyer of Poughkeepsie and Cooperstown breaks the tape, the winner of today’s half-marathon.

COOPERSTOWN – James Sullivan, an accountant from Chelmsford, Mass., who has run six marathons – including Boston’s – in the past eight weeks, crossed the finish line at 10.53.07 p.m. today, winning the first-ever Cooperstown marathon, “Race The Lake.”

His time was 2:54:34, and he finished a good mile ahead of the second finisher, Dierdre Dwyer, of Poughkeepsie (the family has a weekend home locally), who won the half-marathon in 1:29:44.

PHOTO GALLERY OF TODAY’S RACE

‘Race Around The Lake’ Underway, 1st Cooperstown Race USTF Qualifier

 ‘Race The Lake’ Marathon Underway,

1st Cooperstown Event USTF Qualifier

...and they're off!  Cooperstown's first marathon, the "Race Around The Lake," begins at 8 a.m. on Susquehanna Avenue.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
…and they’re off! Cooperstown’s first marathon, “Race The Lake,” begins at 8 a.m. on Susquehanna Avenue. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Runner Nancy Potter of Cooperstown takes a cup of water at the first refreshment station from Meg Kiernan, who was manning a table by Leatherstocking Golf Course, courtesy of The Otesaga.
Runner Nancy Potter of Cooperstown takes a cup of water at the first refreshment station from Meg Kiernan, who was manning a table by Leatherstocking Golf Course, courtesy of The Otesaga.
Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz directs Main Street traffic as runner exit Cooper Park.
Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz directs Main Street traffic as runner exit Cooper Park.

COOPERSTOWN –  “Race The Lake,” Cooperstown’s first marathon, is underway.  Beginning at 8 on Susquehanna Avenue north of the Clark Sports Center, the leading running are expected to arrive at the finish line there at about 11.

The race is U.S. Track & Field certified, meaning that running who complete the loop under three hours qualify for next spring’s Boston Marathon, which Sport Center Director Val Paige said elevated interest in the race, bringing contestants from as far away at Boulder, Colo.

The runners are going up West Lake Road, and back on East Lake Road.  Paige said the route included a few passes back and forth in the village to reach the required 26.2-mile distance.

A group of half-marathoners will be dropped off at the Springfield Community Center, where their race begins at 9:30 a.m.

The event coincides with the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s 75th anniversary celebration, which included commemorations Thursday and Friday’s opening of  “Babe Ruth: His Life and Legend.”

1st Cooperstown Marathon To Extend 75th Festivities

1st Cooperstown Marathon To Extend 75th Festivities

COOPERSTOWN – The first 26.2-mile “Race The Lake” marathon begins at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Clark Sports Center.   At 8:30, contestants in the 13.1-mile half-marathon will be bused from the Clark to the Springfield Community Center, where that race will begin at 9:30.

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