suns along the Mohawk

Stockade-athon 2017 (s)warms the Stockade

What a beautiful day for a road race. Especially here along the Mohawk River, in the Schenectady Stockade, the namesake of the Stockade-athon 15k Road Race. Below, you will find more than 150 photos taken in the Stockade as the road race sped by — in about a dozen minutes.

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(9:30 A.M.) By late afternoon, there will be over a hundred photos in this posting, showing Stockade-athon runners coming through the Stockade and its lovely Riverside Park. As a teaser, here are a handful, showing the leaders on Washington Avenue, my first glimpse of women runners, and the end of the cohort passing the park esplanade.

. . (above): Julius Mbugna (BIB 975, finished 6th); Scott Mindel (BIB 5, finished 4th); Jacob Andrews (BIB 2, finished 5th); Kent Lemme (BIB 7, finished 11th); Matt Brooker (BIB 3, finished 2nd)

. . (above): the race winner, U. Albany coach Ricardo Estremera, is seen directly behind Julius Mbugna (BIB 975).

  . .  . . [L] Mollie Turner (in Black) was the first woman into Riverside Park and finished first . .  Sadly, I did not turn back around soon enough to catch the leading women coming into the Park, and had to settle for capturing them after they passed me.



. . plus, Stockade resident Dale Miller (in red shirt), waves to the photographer:

2 P.M. – SLIDESHOW 1 – 

This slideshow has four dozen photos in the order they were taken this morning. I’ve included as many as possible and hope runners (or their friends and families) will enjoy finding and seeing themselves.



This second batch has two slideshows, with 95 photos in total, taken as the runners entered and traversed Riverside Park. As with the earlier slideshow, I have included as many of the “usable” images as I could, to commemorate the runners of all levels of skill and stamina.

. .  . . Mile 1 Marker at Riverside Park Playlot . .




 .. Special Hat Tip to Ed Salvo . . In 2013, we pointed out that Ed, after missing a year due to heart surgery, ran his 34th Stockade-athon. He keeps on ticking. 

Thanks for helping me celebrate Stockade-athon 2017. Posted with gratitude to the runners, volunteers, race organizers and sponsors, and all the kith, kin and fans.

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. . above: Eiko Bogue, at 80, finished 2nd in her age group.

Yesterday’s Preview is immediately below.

Click for links to our prior Stockade-athon-in-the-Stockade postings.

PREVIEW (Saturday, November 11, 2017).

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. . above: leaders along Washington Avenue’s “Campbell Row” in 2015 [L] and 2016 [R] .. 

 Thursday morning, I snapped a few photos on Washington Avenue, where the 2017 Stockade-athon 15k Road Race field will en masse enter the Stockade Historic District from State Street, about 5 minutes after the start of the race. Although it may not be quite as sunny at race-time, and the temperature will probably be under 30º, the following Slideshow is what competitors and spectators will see before Stockade-athon 2017 heads into Riverside Park, along the Mohawk River, and then departs the Stockade using Ingersoll Avenue and turning eastward up Front Street.

 view south from Front St. . .   



 . . Start time is 8:30 AM from Proctors, with Stockade entry about 5 minutes later.  See the Gazette article “Stockade-athon field wide open: With defending champions not scheduled to run, no clear-cut favorite for men’s and women’s races” (by Mike MacAdam, Nov. 11, 2017), for information about the race, including new rules about who can win prize money (resulting in a lesser incentive for runners from outside the Greater Capital Region to participate), and possible winners in this year’s race. MacAdams mentions last year’s second-place women’s runner-up, Brittany Winslow (image at left, entering Riverside Park), and last year’s third-place male, Julius Mbugua, as well as former Schenendehowa star Mark Mindel, as potential leaders. See also, “Stockade-athon keeps money local” (Nov. 8, 2017):

For the first time, the prize money will be limited to residents of Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Fulton, Greene, Columbia, Schoharie, Montgomery, Saratoga, Warren or Washington counties in New York, or Bennington County in Vermont and Berkshire County in Massachusetts. Runners who have been members of the Hudson Mohawk Road Runners Club since before June 1 are also eligible regardless of residency.

Neiles, who is a co-race director with Brian and Jessica Northan, Ray Newkirk and Jon Rocco, said organizers have met with some backlash over the prize money change.

“It is causing a real ruckus among a lot of people, but that’s the decision they made,” he said. “They’re just trying something different. There are a lot of local people and area runners who would like to take home $600. You won’t see a lot of the hotshots of the past.

“There’s two schools of thought on this.” . .

Although there are several top-quality runners committed to the Stockade-athon, the lack of prize eligibility likely will discourage elite out-of-towners from running. For instance, the 2016 men’s champion, former Niskayuna High star Lou Serafini, would not be in line for prize money, since he lives in Brighton, Mass.

The race has added a few other new features and tweaks. Three-person teams can sign up for a relay in which each runs a 5k leg while competing for the Stockade-athon Cup. Neiles said they only have seven teams signed up so far.

 BTW: I am still nostalgic for the old race route, which had the runners arriving at Lawrence the Indian at the half-way point, allowing spectators here to properly cheer for racers of all talent and speed levels over 30 to 40 minutes; the current route means the entire field runs by in perhaps 12 minutes, and gets to enjoy much less of the Stockade and its hospitality.