SUN MAY 21, 2023  -  WYOMING  -  ~ 5.3 Miles, Age Graded Trail Race
31st Annual
Spring Age-Group Graded 5.3 Mile Trail Run/
9th Annual Jen Stec Memorial

    Submitted by: WV Striders
Location: Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road Wyoming, PA 18644
Hosted by: The Wyoming Valley Striders
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2022 Results: LAST YEAR
2023 Results: PDF

    Aaron Stredny
Laura Rekkerth    

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Wyoming - The Wyoming Valley Striders held their 31st Annual Spring Trail 5.3 Mile Run/9th Annual Jen Stec Memorial Sunday at Frances Slocum State Park in Wyoming. This beautiful state park consists of 1,035 acres in northeastern Pennsylvania's Luzerne County. The horseshoe shaped, 165-acre lake is known for its boating and fishing, but the park also hosts some amazing and challenging trails for runners. The weather was sunny and 64 degrees at the start. Forty four runners stepped up to toe the line at the annual race.

Aaron Stredny, 42, from Shavertown was a first-time winner of the race and finished in 54:55. For Stredny, who trains on the trails of Frances Slocum often, this was a lot like winning his hometown race. Top female and 5th place overall was Laura Rekkerth, 36 from Pocono Lake with a time of 60:18. Since this is an age-group graded race with a staggered start, Stredny and Rekkerth started in the back of the pack after most runners were already on the course. Aaron's handicap was 18:20 and Laura's 16:19.

"Amazing! It's been a long time chasing everyone. I've always looked up to Tony (Korch) and I'm just super happy. This is one of my favorite races." Stredny said of his win. Korch, 63, finished fourth and his spring trail run credits include five wins and two top male finishes.

The first 15 finishers received medals with the gold and silver belonging to Jen Stec. Jen was a friend to all runners and passed away in 2013. She was the first female to finish in this race six times.

Sunday's race had 55 entries and 42 finishers.

The Striders' next event is their 49th Annual Cliff Robbins Sr. Memorial High School Cross Country Races at Letterkenny Fields in Dallas on September 2. Their final races of the year are their Fall Trail 5.5 Mile Run at Frances Slocum State Park on October 29 followed by their 20K Run (final leg of the Vince Wojnar Triple Crown) on November 12 at Susquehanna Warrior Trail in Shickshinny.

Age group awards below results