Chris Mrozowski, 51, of North East, crosses the line carrying an American flag at the Biggest Loser Run/Walk 1/2 marathon at Presque Isle State Park on Aug 17. Mrozowski carried the flag the whole race in memory of the Boston Marathon. JARID A. BARRINGER/ERIE TIMES-NEWS
It was a BIG racing weekend with two big events — The Biggest Loser 1/2 Marathon & 5K on Saturday & the Hamot 10K &5K on Sunday.
The Biggest Loser race
More than 2,000 participated in the two The Biggest Loser events with (I’m guessing here) probably 70% of those folks coming from out of town, which is just what the Erie Sports Commission had hoped would happen.
For those of you confused about the role of the Erie Sports Commission in Erie, let me clear it up a bit. They are a division of VisitErie (Erie Visitor’s Bureau), it is their job to bring major sporting events to town that will bring tourists. Hence, The Biggest Loser race series. Of course, the Erie Sports Commission doesn’t have the expertise or staff to put on a major race, so they partnered with the Erie Runners Club, which, of course, knows all about putting on big races and has volunteer power (thank you volunteers!) and equipment to make it happen.
So, what does all this mean to Erie runners? Well….since this race appears to have went well, it’s likely it will be back next year AND, it’s likely Erie may see more “big” races coming our way, too — perhaps a Color Run or something similar. That’s good for Erie and for Erie runners.
Top three in the 1/2 marathon:
1.) Jason Sciandra, Cape Coral, Fla., 1:18:36;
2.) Adam Rowe, Ripley, N.Y., 1:21:04;
3.) Justin Piazza, Philadelphia, Pa., 1:24:39
1.) Katie Klapthor, Cambridge Springs, Pa., 1:36:34;
2.) Shannon Morton, Erie, Pa., 1:37:56;
3.) Kelly Yanosick, Bethel Park, Pa., 1:39:48
Top Three in the 5K
1.) Brandon Snyder, Erie, 21:11;
2.) Noah Carpenter, Lake City, 21:13;
3.) Albert Cheung, Farmington Hill, Mich., 21:29
1.) Robin Affinati, West Monroe, N.Y., 22:53;
2.) Stacy Gerg, Erie, 23:44;
3.) Erin Schaaf, Erie, 24:32.
* Complete results from The Biggest Loser races can be found here.
* The Biggest Loser race photos
From GoErie’s Street View crew — 258 photos of the 5K here
From race organizers, when available, 1/2 marathon photos will be here.
UPMC Hamot Races
The Biggest Loser race may have taken a bite out of the UPMC Hamot 10K/5K race, which was once one of the ERC’s largest events, but…nearly 500 (combined) participated in the UPMC Hamot event. That’s much better than I’d have expected, so kudos to all the locals who came out to support the race.
Top Three in the 10K
1.) Leif Schmidt, Waterford, 33:57;
2.) Andrew Holland, Erie, 34:34;
3.) Dino Montagna, Manassas, Va., 34:45
1.) Katie Kuttenkuler, Erie, 42:08;
2.) Pam Wassell, Erie, 44:47;
3.) Aimee Deyoung, Saegertown, 44:48
Top Three in the 5K
1.) Michael Flanagan, Landenberg, Pa., 18:09;
2.) Philip Ruolo, Stow, Oh, 18:16;
3.) Harry Balwick Jr, Erie, 18:55
1.) Sarah Holland, Erie, 20:54;
2.) Jill Brugger, Erie, 21:12;
3.) Brie Sutherland, Corry, 21:41
* Complete UPMC Hamot 10K/5K results can be found here.
Biggest Loser Finish-Line Proposal
Just after Jenny Turak and Joe Hunt of Erie crossed the finish line of The Biggest Loser half, Joe dropped to one knee and proposed to Jenny who said “yes.” Erie Times-News photographer, Jarid Barringer caught the sweet finish-line moment:
By the way, both Jenny and Joe set P.R.s at The Biggest Loser 1/2 marathon and they took first place in their age groups! Talk about a stellar day. Congrats to the newly engaged couple!
Here are a few more photos I took at The Biggest Loser race: