Wyoming Valley Striders
10th Annual 20K Run
Submitted by: Linda Wojnar-Krasnavage|
Location: Susquehanna Warrior Trail, Pavilion
located at Oak & North Canal St. Shickshinny, PA
2022 Results: LAST YEAR
2023 Results: RunSignUp
20K Run |
Photo from the Wyoming Valley Striders, more photos can been viewed at Photo Album
Repeat Winners at Wyoming Valley Striders 20K Run|
by Linda Wojnar-Krasnavage, WV Striders
As the first runners arrived in Shickshinny at the Susquehanna Warrior Trail, the thermometer read 28°. These weren't the ideal conditions for a 20K run, but being the final race of the Striders 4th Annual Vince Wojnar Triple Crown series, almost every registered athlete showed up ready to run.
Sunday marked the 10th Annual event now run at the Susquehanna Warrior Trail in Shickshinny.
Sunday's race had 171 entrants and 140 finishers. This was an increase over the 140 registered entrants and 108 finishers from last year.
Robert Moulton, of Edwardsville took top honors finishing the race in 1:14:20. Moulton won this event in 2019, when it was last held on the D&L Trail at the Lehigh Gorge State Park in White Haven. "I'm happy about the win, but it was tough. I'm used to shorter runs. But the nature on the trail was beautiful." Moulton said after his win. Robert is the head cross country and track coach at Crestwood. As coach to Nathan Higgins, Moulton was super proud of his runner who finished second, roughly 2.5 minutes behind him. Moulton's post-race write up on Strava even gave a public shoutout to Higgins.
Top female, and 8th place overall finisher, was Samantha Snead, of Blakely. Snead was also top female in 2021. Kristen Lombardo of Pittston was the second female to cross the line and 9th overall.
Runners were encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to support the Shickshinny Food Pantry and several boxes were filled with the contributions from runners and volunteers.
The Wyoming Valley Striders 20K Classic held in Wilkes-Barre was considered the area's premier long distance road race for nearly twenty years. But in 1993, the Striders board was forced to cancel the race due to traffic control issues. On September 13, 2014, the Striders resurrected this historic race on the D&L Trail. For the past three years, the race has been held at the Susquehanna Warrior Trail.
The 20K was the final leg of the Striders 4th Annual Vince Wojnar Triple Crown. The first leg of the Triple Crown was their Winter's End 4.5 Mile Run in March. The second leg was their Cherry Blossom 5-Mile Run in May. Once the results have been tallied, all of the winners will be made available online. Division winners will be recognized at the Striders 7th Annual End of Year Social at Rodano's in Wilkes-Barre on Saturday, December 9 from 7pm-10pm. Those who want to attend need to sign up at runsignup.com/wvs-social by Monday, December 4 at noon.
Photos: Winner, Top Female, Group