Thomas Proctor Leads Locals at Hamilton's Around The Bay 30K
Three Local Men Crack The 2-Hour "Barrier"
HAMILTON, Ontario Canada (March 24, 2002) - The 108th Annual Around The Bay 30K road race drew nearly 3,000 runners. Among the finishers were 100 runners from the Buffalo area. 30 kilometers is about 18.6 miles. Niagara Fall's Thomas Proctor ran superbly over the lengthy course and claimed 6th place overall to emerge as the top local finisher in this year's event. Tom's time was an outstanding 1:42:27 - a 5:29 pace for 18 consecutive miles.
Also breaking two hours in the race were local runners Barry Dunstan and and Jason McGrath. Dunstan was 31st overall in 1:54:04 and McGrath was 57th in 1:59:03. Jason McGrath's performance was quite remarkable in that on March 3rd he clocked 1:27 in a tune-up run at the Grimsby Half Marathon while today in Hamilton over a much further distance he ran almost 20 seconds per mile faster to join the elite sub 2-hour 30K finishers. Congratulations is extended to these outstanding local runners!
The top local women 30K finishers were Cathy Levine, 29th in 2:14:26; Amy Fakterowitz, 83rd in 2:25:35; and Pamela London, 133rd in 2:30:07.
Also distinguishing themselves by placing well in their respective age-groups were local runners: Richard Sullivan, 1st place in the mens 70-74 group in 3:20:13; Carl Pegels, 2nd in the mens 65-69 age group with his 2:30:21 clocking; and Sandi Ludwa who claimed 3rd place in the womens 55-59 age-group with a time of 2:33:55.
The Around The Bay 30K race is a long time favorite among local distance runners. The race event is unique in that it is one of the very few events in the world that have been held continuously every year for over 100 years. Local runners use it as a tune up for the Buffalo Marathon which will bel held on Sunday May 26, 2002.
Congratulations to all Buffalo area runners who successfully completed this challenging long distance event!
Buffalo Area Runner Results