It’s that time of year again, summer is coming to an end , back to school is around the corner, and one of the areas fastest 5km events is this weekend.
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On Saturday August 10, in Bergen, NY, the annual Jenny Kuzma Memorial Bergen Road Race 5km will be held. The Bergen Road Race is a memorial 5km race for a young Byron-Bergen student, who passed away from leukemia in 1990 that brings out runners, joggers, and walkers from all ages and levels, including some of the fastest runners in New York.
This year the favorite to be in contention to win the men’s title is Mike Fout, a resent graduate from Florida State University, where he was An All-American runner who finished 4th in the DI NCAA National Championships in the 10,000 meters during track this past June. Fout, who just move to the Syracuse area to join the elite running club, Stotan Racing, also won the historical High School Footlocker Cross Country National Championships in 2007.
Joining Fout in the field will be 2013 Flower City Half Marathon competitors Kip Tisia, William Way of Ithaca, NY, who finished 3rd at the Lilac 10km and many more.
Defending champion Collin Leak is also entered in the race, but do to a resent injury will not be contending for the over title on Saturday. Leak will be running on Saturday, but will be running more as a workout to help pace some other runners that are striving towards breaking the 16-minute barrier for 5km, which is 5 minutes and 8 seconds per mile.
In the women’s field Maegan Krifchin of Syracuse, NY, the defending champion will be looking to three-peat with a win on Saturday. Krifchin, who holds the Bergen 5km course record with a time of 16:29, finished 3rd at the USA 10km Championship on July 4th.
Other women joining her in the field are Laurel Leone-Burdick of Syracuse, Dana Buchanan of Rochester, NY, and Sarah Loerch of Rochester, NY. All of the entries of who is running the race can be found at www.bergen5k.com/entries. Last year the top 50 runners ran 16:42 or faster and the race is on pace to match that mark again.