The Men’s 8k went off this morning but not without a few hitches. The race was originally scheduled for yesterday morning, but the snow caused the race to be delayed for a day. The course was also changed to use the 1.7 mile lower loop, which was cleared of snow and left the road with fine footing.
Anthony Famiglietti won the race in 22:34 after making a move around mile 3. He was 30 seconds off of Alberto Salazar‘s 8k record of 22:04 in 1981, but Famiglietti wanted to win and did not try for the record due to the weather. Abdi Abdirahman was six seconds behind him in 22:40.
Two of my former teammates from RIT were running for the Genesee Valley Harriers, and they ran very respectable times and placed 2nd and 3rd for their team. Hopefully I will get to race them some time this year in my Dirigo uniform, although I have a feeling that either one could probably smoke me at most distances under 20 miles.