Jack O'Lantern 5K

Niagara Falls,  NY
October 27,  2001

Race results available - Click Here

Photos by Jeff John

Mens Overall Winner

Womens Overall Winner

The American Falls
serves as a backdrop to the start/finish of the 2001 Jack O'Lantern Fall Classic 5k in Niagara Falls. The USATF certified race course included a loop around Goat Island.

A Race Within The Race
Larry Krajewski leads a determined pack of runners over the pedestrian bridge to Goat Island. Larry is in a desperate battle with fellow 45-49 age group rival Mike Rogers for the 'News Runner of the Year crown. But what is this? Is that Mike Rogers enjoying the scenery - staring off into the rapids? Yes it is. Larry is all business and his concentration paid off as he managed to finish 1st in the age group to stretch his point lead to 2 going into the final event of the series. Also seen wisely drafting off Larry are top area runners Bill Maloney and Sean McDonnell.

Another Great Age-Group Race
That's top 50-54 age-group competitor David Peterson leading this group. Right behind David is New York City's Nick Caswell. Caswell, also in the 50-54 age-group managed to pull ahead and post the age group win. David was a very close 2nd. Also seen are Dave Krueger (in red) and Jason Sciandra.

2nd and 3rd Place Women Work Together
Joanne McKinley-Molodynia wisely paces off the shoulder of the womens overall 'News Runner of the Year series leader Judy Arlington. Judy and Joanne went on to win the 1st place awards in their respective age-groups and finish 2-3 overall among women competitors behind winner Susan Munson. Judy clocked 19:13 while Joanne recorded an excellent 19:25. That's Peter Forrestel on the left. He took 3rd in his 45-49 age group in 19:11.

4th and 5th Place Overall
among the women was earned by Debra Morris-Allen and Amy Fakterowitz. Debra clocked an excellent 19:49 to take 2nd in her age-group while Amy won her age-group with a 20:15 clocking.

Jeanne Chiarmonte
6th place women overall in 21:09

Carolyn Corgel
Carol Gellman

Corgel (right) finished 7th overall among the women in 22:03 followed by Carol Gellman of New York City who clocked 22:04
Judy Allyn
Nicole Ludwa

finished 9th and 10th overall among the women in 22:15 and 22:16 respectively.

Mike Heitzenrater
Matt Glynn

1st and 2nd place overall in 16:01 and 16:08
Thomas Proctor
3rd place overall in 16:27

John McMahon
4th place overall in 17:11

Sean McDonnell
Bill Maloney

The fast finishing McDonnell (right) pulls away from Bill Maloney as the men place 5th and 6th overall. McDonnell's time is 17:11, Maloney clocked 17:37.
Larry Krajewski
Larry's 3rd mile surge catches Mike Rogers snoozing and he hangs on to take 7th place overall in 17:42.

Mike Rogers
Mike pulled ahead of Larry Krajewski during the 2nd mile but winds up following Larry into the finishing chute, 8th place overall, in 17:47.

Nick Caswell
The New York City resident takes 10th place overall and 9th among men in 18:25. The effort was also good for 1st in the mens 50-54 age-group.
David Peterson
Dave Krueger

Peterson claims 10th place among the men in 18:37 while Dave Krueger follows in 18:44.
Sam Adams
Winning his 55-59 age-group is Sam Adams. Sam clocked an outstanding 19:42 and placed 17th overall.

Don't Call Me Lassie!
Mary Oyler completes the 5K with her 4-legged companion as race finish line announcer John Beishline looks on. Mary's time was 32:01, good for 144th place overall, 38th among the women, and 7th in her age-group.

This happy couple, Matthew and Mary Weber, prove they can stay together for the long run. Finishing arm in arm, the pair successfully completed the 5k run in 37:37.

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