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Over Hill & Dale back to old form

August 1, 2018
By staff , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - The Over Hill & Dale multi-sport race made a resurgence Saturday after close to a 20-year hiatus.

In its heyday from 1979 to 1999, the Over Hill & Dale was notorious for its varied terrain and surface, and this year's race lived up to that reputation. In addition to the course's short and steep climbs, occasionally broken pavement, rolling hills, woods and fields, some competitors found themselves running extra due to the confusion caused by the premature pickup of course markers on the return loop.

Sean Davis, of Lake Placid, was the top finisher in the run-swim race, completing the 5-kilometer run in 19 minutes, 18 seconds and the 400-meter swim in 3:10. He was followed by Jay Niederbuhl, of Saranac Lake, who finished in 19:05 and Curtis Howard, of Lake Placid, in 19:22.

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Racers take off at the start of Saturday’s Over Hill & Dale event on the shore of Mirror Lake in Lake Placid.
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Stephanie Pianka, of Lake Placid, won the women's run-swim race in 30:05, followed by Maria Curry (30:38) and Jody Borzilleri (32:44).

Lake Placid High School graduate Karl Schulz was the top finisher in the men's open 5k run with a time of 16:53, with former teammates Henry McGrew (17:00) and Forest Ledger (20:35) in second and third. Teegan Wardlaw won the women's open 5k, followed by Hadley Driscoll and Chelse Vorphal, who tied for second with a time of 39:05.

Chris Farmer took the top spot in the men's master's 5k with a time of 29:09, followed by Kevin Brady (29:26) and Jon Fremante (30:20) in the division. Andrea Trail was the first women's master's 5k finisher in 31:50, followed by Carrie Wardlaw (33:15) and Nancie Battaglia (34:37).

Battaglia was the only runner who also competed in the first Over Hill & Dale race in 1979.

The event drew 32 entrants and raised more than $700 for the Lake Placid High School cross-country team.



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