Which metro has fastest runners? Rochester or Buffalo?

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 August 2017 at 9:04 pm

Third annual race starts 8 a.m. Saturday in Albion

The winning metro, either Rochester or Buffalo, gets bragging rights for the Metro 10 trophy. The trophy was created by welder and metal artist Matt Kistner of Albion. He made a cup that includes famous buildings in the skyline from each city.

ALBION – The running communities in Rochester and Buffalo will each be represented in Albion on Saturday morning during the third annual Metro 10 race.

The start time has been moved up to 8 a.m. and the course covers 5 and 10 miles. Visit metro10race.com/the-course/ to see a map of the course. (The 5-mile race starts at 8:19 a.m.)

Race organizer Thom Jennings urges the community to be out on the course cheering on the runners, including setting up sprinklers near the road, displaying lawn decorations, and giving hearty encouragement.

There will be about 400 runners in the race, with Buffalo and Rochester each having about 200. Rochester has claimed the Metro 10 cup the first two years.

The race committee has simplified the scoring system for determining the fastest metro.

There are 10 possible points with the categories as follows:

• 10 Mile Male Winner

• 10 Mile Female Winner

• 5 Mile Male Winner

• 5 Mile Female Winner

• 10 Mile Male Average

• 10 Mile Female Average

• 5 Mile Male Average

• 5 Mile Female Average

• 5 Mile Walk Winner (Not Gender Specific)*

• 5 Mile Walk Average*

The tiebreakers are as follows:

  1. Most course records broken
  2. Total average of each team

The metro that wins 6 or more categories takes the overall title. Every runner and walker’s time counts towards determining the winner.

Jared Ziegler, Ron Ziegler and Ed Martin.

Rochester has claimed the Metro 10 Cup in 2015 and 2016. Many of the runners pose for photos with the trophy afterwards, including this group from Rochester in 2015, from left: Jared Ziegler, Ron Ziegler and Ed Martin.

The race concludes at Bullard Park. There will be a viewing standing at the finish for the public.

A post-race party also starts at 9 a.m. with music by Preach Freedom and Connect. The general public is welcome to come to the post-race party to listen to the band. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be for sale for the general public.

Course records:

Male 10 mile: Kenny Goodfellow, 56:44 (2016)

Male 5 mile: Kevin Laley, 39:29 (2016)

Female 10 mile: Amy Konopka, 1:10:38 (2016

Female 5 mile: Sherry Czechowski, 39:39 (2016)

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