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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Saturday...errr...Sunday in the Park was a Classic

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Saturday...errr...Sunday in the Park was a Classic

Stealing a line from the band Chicago, Sunday in the Park almost felt like the Fourth of July.

It was bright, warm and a great day for the 10th annual Saratoga National Bank Cross Country Classic, a 5K run on the state championship course at Saratoga State Park.

Albany High and University at Miami graduate Alex Paley got a helping hand on the course when he went astray and still managed to win the men's overall in almost record time. Clifton Park's Michelle Binsfeld won the women's title.

I'm working on a feature about two of the more notorious, notable runners in high school coaches, Chip Button and Rob Cloutier. Button ran the course a few years ago and Cloutier won the event in 2008, now at the helm of the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake program (Button) and Shenendehowa (Cloutier) I talked to them both about their fleet feet being on the cross country trails again. They were both gracious enough to enjoy the theme of "Run as I say, Not as I do."

Here's the link from the Cross Country Classic with a video and full results from the event.

The Classic is a great race sponsored by Saratoga National Bank to benefit the Saratoga Center for the Family, nice to see a notable local business reach out to help a program that helps so many.

Next up for most is the Great Pumpkin Challenge, also at Saratoga State Park, but a road race to benefit Rebuilding Saratoga. I'll see you there next week too.

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