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Albany Valley 5K Challenge Set for Saturday


The Albany Valley Challenge 5K run and walk will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24, starting at 11 a.m.

According to race director Ron Robinson, the course, which has always received high marks from competitors, has been slightly altered this year with a quarter mile of trail added.

“The course is almost equally divided in three sections of paved road, scenic trail and unpaved road,” Robinson said.

He noted that the course is challenging because the first half of the race is uphill, while 90 percent of the second half of the course is downhill.

“The trail portion is well marked and presently in good condition,” Robinson said, noting there may be two wet areas to cross.

Race-day registration begins at 9:30 a.m. in the town park and continues to 10:50. The pre-registration fee is $12 and $15 on race day. The first 30 applicants will receive caps. Proceeds benefit the New Albany Volunteer Fire Department.

A trophy will be given to the overall male and female finishers. Prizes will also go the top two male and female finishers in the following age-groups: 11-under, 12-14, 15-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60-up. For more information, call Robinson at (570) 363-2841.


Cait’s Quest

At Dallas, on Sept. 18, Rob Moulton won the Cait’s Quest-Stop the Violence 5K in 16:34. Josh Kaschenbach was second in 23:53, followed by Dave Schultz in 23:56.

Molly Rupert paced the women in 24:28, followed by Amanda Tomascik in 25:28 and Erin McBride in 26:24.


District A 5K

At Wilkes-Barre, on Sept. 17, Tony Korch was the overall winner in 18:32, followed by Bob Yanick in 19:18 and Greg Bassham in 19:36.

Jen Stec-Gagliardi was the top female in 21:15, followed by Julie Platt in 21:47 and Florence Kwok in 23:50.



Upcoming Races

Sept. 24: Albany Valley 5K Challenge, New Albany, 11 a.m.

Sept. 24: Scranton Police 5K for K-9’s, Scranton, 10 a.m.

Sept. 25: Snow Fever 5K/Bell of Hope, Binghamton, 10 a.m.

Sept. 25: Ronald McDonald House Race, Scranton, 10:30 a.m.

Sept. 25: Lupus Loop 5K, Wilkes-Barre, 11 a.m.

Sept. 25: Kristen Faust Inspirational 5K, Binghamton, 11 a.m.

Sept. 25: 5K Harvest Run, Owego, 2 p.m.

Oct. 1: BAHA Run, Berwick, 10 a.m.

Oct. 2: Wineglass Marathon, Bath, NY, 8 a.m.

Oct. 2: Lupus Loop 5K, Scranton, 11 a.m.

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