Cold, Wind, Snow Greet Winter's
BY TOM WALSKI
LEHMAN, PA--By the end of the first quarter mile of the 38th Annual Winter's End 4.5 Run held March 18, Chris Wadas and Trever Reed had separated themselves from the pack and staged a two-man battle for the win, with Wadas eventually pulling away from his younger rival for a 16-second victory in 23:56. Womens winner, Kelley Ciravalo, had an easier time in her race as she had over a minute margin over Eryn Milius. Ciravalo finished in 28:37.
Both Wadas and Chiravalo are in their late 30s and are not showing signs of slowing down. Ciravalo had won this race on three earlier occasions, while Wadas only won it once, far back in 2007. Last years runner-up, Mickey Moorhead, had to settle for third place a minute and a half behind Reed.
The best age-group performance was turned in by 55-year-old Paul Leonard who took fourth place overall with 27:44.
Blue skies greeted the runners but a cold wind and piles of snow along the road reminded the runners that while winter was ending, it wasnt over yet.
In the senior battle of the sexes among the older runners, 62-year-old Joyce Foster edged by 66-year-old Rick Hueholt for a three second win.
This race was the first race in the history of the Wyoming Valley Striders in which Vince Wojnar was not involved. The clubs founding board member passed away in January. A moment of silence was held at the start to commemorate Wojnar.