The 1st annual Run it to the Summit is taking place Sunday, August 1st at Song Mountain Resort. The two LIVE race options are available - Single Summit boasting 594 feet of elevation gain in no less than a half mile AND the Double Summit boasting 1,188 feet of elevation gain.
This year's first Double Summit event has some great competition in both the female and male categories.
Double Summit Contenders:
Laura Kline: Laura's resume is substantial to say the least. A break down of Laura's accomplishments: Triathlons: 2013 Ironman All World Athlete in the 35-39 Age Group, All-American Triathlete in 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2013, and Represented Team USA in 2008. Duathlons: 1st in the 35-39 Age Group at the 2015 ITU Long Course Duathlon, World Championship (8th Overall Female), 2014 Long Course Duathlon National Champion, and 2012 Short Course Duathlon World Champion. Ultra Running: 2nd Place – 2018 USATF 50k road National Championship, 2nd Place – 2016 USATF 50k road National Championship, and so many more.
Erika Zazzara: When it comes to discipline, Erika's name always comes to mind. Erika has a long history of cycling prior to her entry into the Ultra Running scene. Erika's running break down: 2019 Morgan Hill Meat Grinder Marathon/2020 Morgan Hill Meat Grinder Half Marathon - 2nd place female/1st place female; 2019 Frosty Fat Sass 6 hour - 1st Place female; 2020 Table Rock Challenge - Last One Standing - 2nd place female, and English's Ridge Rumble 2018 10 miler and 2020 20 miler - 1st place female.
Lee Berube: Lee is the favorite male contender coming into this race. Lee holds multiple FKTs in the ADK mountains, 2017/2018 Whiteface Sky VK - 1st, 2021 Mount Washington Road Race - 3rd place. His uphill abilities seem to be strengthening with each race he does.
C Fred Josyln: C Fred has been a well known marathoner in the Syracuse area before moving to Pennsylvania to continue on the C Fred racing tradition of powerful, strong, running. Fred's PR in the marathon 2:18 at the Rock & Roll Marathon in New Orleans. The 2016 Camusett 50k - 2nd place earning him a spot on the USA Road 50K Championship Team. Send 'em Fred.
Jason Mintz: With a tally of 22 Top 3 placements out of his recorded 34 Ultrasignup races, it is safe say Jason is a strong contender. He has always had a way of just jumping into a race at any point of his training and throwing down miles and pace with surprising ease. Jason has run five 100 milers (including Western States 100), 2020 Cactus Crusher 20 miler - 1st place, and 2020 Morgan Hill Meat Grinder Marathon - 4th place.
Eric Boyce: Eric is a strong uphill and mountain runner from Central New York. He is a huge advocate for growing the running community in all forms from track to road to trail and mountain. He just recently finished 16th (5th Master) at Mount Washington Road Race. He is also putting on his own mountain race...Swain Mountain which is 6 days after Run it to the Summit!
AJ Beers: AJ is one of the dark horses for taking the win. He just recently broke 16min for the 5K and is very good at climbing and mountain running. We are very happy to have him participate in this event.
WAY TO GO WOMEN!!!! 59% of Run it to the Summit participants are women!!! Women are up to the challenge and ready to run!
According to Livestrong.com in 2019, "About 77% of trail runners are men and 23% are women. The percent of women trail runners has increased from 18% in 2013 to 26% in 2019." Our stats are proving the growth of participation amongst women in the running scene and we could not be happier!
RUNNER SPOTLIGHT! Elene Numerget
If you have met Elene or chatted with her through the OneNY Facebook group, you will know about her journey into running. Elene is venturing into the unknown by signing up for Run it to the Summit, having only done a few trail races.
In 2014, Elene was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes - at the weight of 300 lbs and causing harm to her health. It was then that Elene changed everything realizing she had her daughter needed to live for. Elene was on the right path and lost a bunch of weight and even began running a little.
Then in February 2015, Elene's younger sister, Diana, was diagnosed with a stage 4 glioblastoma. One of the worst brain cancers imaginable. It came as a shock since her sister was the healthiest of the 3 siblings (a huge runner who had done multiple marathons including Boston in 2004). This news shook Elene's world. Elene kept moving even through the difficulty. Diana kept fighting and running while having experimental treatment at Duke (she was a professor there), but passed away on New Year’s Eve. Elene began to struggle with depression and her weight inched up; however, this did not stop her from continuing to control her diabetes through diet, medication, and exercise.
In 2016, Elene made a vow to complete 43 races in Diana’s memory…42 for her age and 1 more for Elene. Elene accomplished her first 5k in 57 minutes and her latest 5k she accomplished in 38 minutes!! In 2017, Elene needed to do something about her health and started the process to get bariatric surgery. That finally happened on 12/4/2018 and since then, she has gotten down 85 lbs. Elene has so far completed more than 60 races in Diana’s memory! Elene says that Run it to the Summit is looking to be the toughest event to date; but, she is more than up for the challenge! We know she will do great!