Gore hosts annual Leaf Cruncher race

NORTH CREEK - The base of Gore Mountain was host to the annual Leaf Cruncher 5k Race last weekend. The chilly race was run in conjunction with the Harvest Festival of North Creek village and Gore Mountain.

The challenging cross-country course drew 52 runners from all over the northeast as well as the country.

"This was one of the toughest 5k races than I have ever run," said female winner Tracy Delanney of Lake Luzerne, NY.

Delanney finished the race in 30.09, while overall winner Peter Wilke, a 15-year-old from Pittsfield, MA. led the field and finished with an overall time of 26.52.

With the sound of a shotgun, the runners charged from the third tower of the triple chair at Gore and wove in and out of wooded Adirondack terrain.

A complete list of finishers in the men's divisions is as follows:

John Kennedy from Newburgh, NY 33.43; Tanner Flint from Corinth, NY 35.09; Mickey Knight from Vorrheesville, NY 37.44; and Blake Piper from Minerva, NY 43.59 in the 15 and under age division.

Mike Schaefer from Niskayuna, NY 34.09 in the 20-29 age division.

Chris Harbison from Guilderland, NY 28.14; Chris Murphy from NY 30.44; Ron Young from Guilderland, NY 45.52; and Matt Walsh from Summit, NJ 48.59 in the 30-39 age division.

Curtis Gray 27.41; Tim Bardin from Queensbury, NY 27.43; Daniel Bernstein from Brant Lake, NY 28.32; John Ingalls from Clinton, NY 28.44; Eric Frost from Beacon, NY 29.32; David E. Guay from Queensbury, NY 30.03; Will McGiurey from Diamond Point, NY 30.24; Christopher Stroud from Cliton Park, NY 36.01 and Jeff LaPell from Queensbury, NY 36.06 in the 40-49 age division.

Peter Carpenter from Queensbury, NY 30.52; Jeffrey Lutzker from Saratoga Springs, NY 33.56; Bill Quinlisk from Syracuse, NY 35.10; Steve Tetens from Saratoga Springs, NY 37.48 and John Mulcahy from Long Lake, NY 39.50 in the 50-59 age division. Jeffrey Allen from Saratoga Springs, NY 40.19 in the 60 and over age division.

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