All-female Rochester team wins Seneca7

It was a beautiful day for a run around the entire circumference of Seneca Lake on Sunday and a team of seven women made it around in just under eight-and-a-half hours to top the best male finishers by 27 minutes.The Seneca7 is a 77.7-mile relay race consisting of more than 200 seven-member teams running the distance surrounding Seneca Lake. The race began in Geneva at 7 am on Sunday morning and wound through Ontario, Yates, Schuyler, and Seneca Counties, including a jaunt through the village of Watkins Glen, before finishing in Geneva with a celebratory bonfire and official awards ceremony.In the video below, the 2015 race champions, GVA Fuster Clucks our of Rochester, great the runner of the race’s final leg and finish the last quarter-mile as a full team of seven…Awards were three-deep in categories for all male, mixed, and all-female.In the male category, first place went to Liar Liar, Feet on Fire! out of Endwell, NY with a time of 8:47:14. Second place was Oregon East, from Hughesville, PA, coming in at 9:37:44. Total Cluster, of Washington, DC rounded out the category, finishing in 9:46:07.In the female category, Rochester’s GVH Fuster Clucks took first with a time of 8:20:10. The same team had taken first place in 2014, and second place in 2013. Second place went to the Klondike Catchers, from Corning, NY, who finished in 8:37:58. And third place was awarded to #RunLikeAGirl, also from Rochester, who completed the course in 9:22:16.In the mixed (male/female) category, Jerry and the Atrics, from Williamsville, NY, took first, finishing with a time of 8:54:40. Trivault, of Grand Island, NY, was second, completing the race in 8:58:52. And third place was won by hometown team The Semi-Dry Runners, who finished in 9:19:54.The bike category was comprised of teams who, instead of being supported by an official race vehicle (van or bus), were 100% self-supported – each team member rode a bicycle for the duration of the race. Bike teams have their own special category for awards, and this year first place in this category went to the Bark Eater Brewery Boys, from Lowville, NY, who finished with a time of 8:59:24.– Get the full race results here (.pdf)

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The 2015 race filled to capacity in about an hour this year, setting a new record for the event. Demand for a Seneca7 entry has dramatically increased from year to year – it had filled to capacity by December 31 in 2013, and took just five days in 2014. The race was featured in a Runner’s World magazine spotlight in April 2012 that included photos of the event, boosting recognition nationally after a successful inaugural year. This year’s race drew entries from seven states, from Indiana to North Carolina, as well as the District of Columbia.“This race was started out of a love for running and a love for the Finger Lakes region,” says Seneca7 co-director Jackie Augustine. “The fact that more than 200 teams signed up for this, our fifth edition of the race, in just over an hour shows us that so many people love both of those things just as much as we do.”“We strove to create a unique event, and I think we succeeded,” says race co-director Jeff Henderson. “That uniqueness has been embraced by our athletes, by our volunteers, and by an entire community – several communities around the lake, really – who support this race from start to finish. It wouldn’t be possible without the support of the community.”

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