On April 13th RRR headed north to compete in the annual Inter-Club Challenge at Thomas Bull Memorial Park in Montgomery, Orange County. The meet pits RRR versus the Orange Runners Club and Sullivan Striders for a friendly competition and bragging rights for Lower Hudson Valley running clubs west of the Hudson River.

RRR showed up in full force with just under 30 runners leading the way. Points are awarded for overall winners, age group winners, and participation as follows:

Age/Catagory Points 1st-2nd-3rd…
Overall 25-20-15
Under 10 8-5-3
10-14 8-5-3
15-19 8-5-3
20-29 group 10-8-5
30-39 10-8-5-3
40-49 12-10-8-5-3
50-59 12-10-8-5-3
60-69 12-10-5-3
70+ 8-5-3
All others… 2 points

Rockland swept the men’s and women’s individual titles as Luke Gavigan covered the 5K course in 17:44 and Caitrin Demchko reigned as women’s champion in 18:55. We placed well among all age groups: 15-19(1,2), 20-29 (1,2), 30-39 (2), 40-49 (1,2), 50-59 (1,5), 60-69 (1), 70+ (1)

We came, we saw, we conquered! Rockland stole the show and won the trophy back from Orange Runners Club! This was the first Rockland victory since 2009.

Final Scores:

  1. Rockland Road Runners: 209
  2. Orange Runners Club: 183
  3. Sullivan Striders: 135

Join us at our May General Meeting as Orange Runners Club President, Ed O’Connell, officially presents Rockland Road Runners with the Inter-Club Challenge Trophy!

Members of the respective clubs are always encouraged to bring food and drink for the post-race party and RRR obliged with wraps, potato and macaroni salad. Thanks to Rich for coordinating! Also thank you to Orange Runners Club for organizing another great event, Sullivan Striders for coming out, and everyone for showing some great competition!

Congratulations to all of our club members for coming out, we brought the trophy home!

RRR Top Males

Luke Gavigan – 17:44 (overall winner)
James Meyers – 18:12
Matt McKenna – 19:06

RRR Top Females

Caitrin Demchko – 18:55 (overall winner)
Ayako Yamazaki – 21:49
Laura DiMarino – 23:13

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