West of Gardner, MA – There may not have been Blue skies in Western Massachusetts this Sunday, but there most certainly were Blue podiums. The Wolfpack split up this weekend for a tactical hunt of several Western Mass road races.
In the birthplace of Volleyball, Holyoke, MA, at the HCC Cougar Crawl, Abby Woods Mahoney and Laura Hutchinson were able to easily serve up a 1-2 sweep. Mahoney displayed pure dominance with a 17:54, good for first, followed shortly by fellow Wolf Hutchinson who cruised into 2nd place with an 18:23.
Meanwhile, over in the wholesome town of Longmeadow, MA, Kim Budri was a lone Wolf, able to secure a 2nd place finish in 20:14 at the 20th Annual Tim Paige 5k.
While her teammates were hunting down fast times on the asphalt, Kelsey Battige took to the trails for the Soapstone 24k. Battige covered the grueling 15 mile trail in 2:41:39.
Out in the far West, where exact records of the state line between New York and Massachusetts have been lost in time, Ivan Omar Cordero was on the hunt for Dead Presidents at the Inaugural Steel Rail Half-Marathon. Sporting a perfectly trimmed beard Cordero cruised to a 2nd place overall finish in a PR of 1:15:56, good for 3 Benjamins. It was reported shortly after the race that Cordero called his employer and submitted his resignation on the grounds that he was “making close to $240 per hour and you guys are no longer worth my time”. The Wolfpack fully supports his position.
Finally, the Wolfpack contracted out one Wolf to a group of runners who borrowed him “for purposes of reaching a beach” as was outlined in the contract. John Messer anchored team “Winner-Winner Chicken Dinner” to a 1st place division and 6th place overall finish at the Reach the Beach Relay.
“I thought I was literally going to the beach with some friends, I had no idea I had to run there”, said Messer of his experience.
But at the end of the weekend, all was well. The Lady Wolves made an assault on the 5k road racing scene in Western Mass, Cordero took home some cash monies for Wing Night at the Whip City Brewery, and the Wolves celebrated their first birthday as a pack.
Total Miles Raced in Blue: 60.08
Total Dollars Earned in Blue: $300.00
Total Podium Positions in Blue: 5
Total Beaches Reached in Blue: 1