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New record set at Race the Train event in North Creek

Runners take off from the Riparius Bridge at the start of the Race the Train event Aug. 3.

Runners take off from the Riparius Bridge at the start of the Race the Train event Aug. 3. Photo by Phillip Sherotov.

— “I know they put on a great race and it’s a lot of fun, with great scenery,” Benway said.

Paul Allison has participated in Race the Train every year it’s been held, and apart from his overall win last year he has won the fastest local finish each year except for 2007. A graduate of Johnsburg Central School, he said he is always happy to help raise money for graduating seniors through the Johnsburg Dollars for Scholars Fund, which receives all the proceeds from the Race the Train event.

“I’ll be back next year,” Allison said.

Devin Cornwall, the previous course record holder had won the race both times he competed in 2007 and 2008. Having just returned to North Creek after completing two years in AmeriCorps, he hadn’t trained and was initially unsure if he would run.

“I didn’t even register until yesterday. My friends and family really wanted me to compete. This is more of a celebration for me, a homecoming,” Cornwall said. He plans to race again next year.

Larry Blackhurst, the treasurer for Johnsburg Dollars for Scholars also serves as the announcer during the race and works with sponsors. He explained that there are two groups of sponsors, those that donate money and those that donate services and items for raffles. He said both types of sponsorship play an important role in making the event a success.

“Of course part of the unique appeal of this race is that runners get to race a train, which is not something they get to do every day, and those that actually beat the train have achieved something really rare, something they can be proud of,” Blackhurst said.

Race Results

Included below are the overall top 10 finishers, the overall male and female top finishers, the first place 60-64 male and female top finishers, the first place 65-plus and 70-plus finishers, and the train.

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