SCTR Race Team 

 

Welcome to the Salt City Trail Running's race team page! 

Part of the reason for SCTR being started was for a love of trail running and the need to share that with others. While sharing that love we have created an environment based right here in Syracuse, NY that has a strong bond. Our races offer you the "family" feel that you get at most trail races. Part of our success has been the support from that family and we are happy to say that we have now added a competitive side to this family. 

Please read about our athletes below as you might learn some things about trail running/racing from them. 

Check out the Race Team Video HERE!!!

         Men:  Fred    Abe    Trae                          Women: Tess    Erika     Michele

 

Fred Harle

A little about you:

I grew up in San Mateo, CA and graduated from Syracuse with BFA in sculpture. I'm a father to two wonderful teenage daughters, and husband to Amy, my loving companion and partner for 21 years. I own a small custom cabinet shop, The Joinery, located in New Woodstock, a short mile from the North Country Trail south of Cazenovia. I'm a big fan of God and Jesus; the Divine's sense of humor, grace, forgiveness, and patience have proven faithful and steady in joyful and challenging times.

When did you start running?

In elementary school I REALLY loved all forms of tag! Freeze tag, tunnel tag, and regular tag - I loved to run! During the summers, my parents would pack up the family for extended camping trips. After long days filled with fishing, rafting or swimming, I often would run the campground loops to explore and keep out of trouble!

What draws you into running?

It's intimately spiritual and physical. It often empties and clears the mind. The repetitive nature of the foot-strike and rhythmic breathing are calming and empowering; each stride can reveal strength, weakness, resolve or dispair. Running in the woods is a constant reminder of God's wonderful and amazing creation. Simultaneously, I'm intersted in getting "faster". Early season slow runs become easier, legs become looser, breathing less labored... The whole cyclical process of pushing the mind and body through perceived limitations and improving fitness week upon week, month upon month. There are genetic limits to what can be done, but Greg Lemond once said, "it doesn't get easier, you just get faster". Pain is OK.

What is your favorite race? 

Wakely Dam Ultra. It's a self supported 55k along the Northville Placid Trail. One summer several years ago, I was in Long Lake and saw a trail sign showing it was about a marathon's distance ro Lake Placid along the NPT. Later that week, I did some searching and found the Wakley trail race which became my first race longer than 16 miles.

Favorite food to eat at a race or training?

Vitargo. It's a sugar-free, high-molecular weight starch that's mixed with water. You can mix it to varying concentrations. I often add sodium and potassium.

Favorite Shoe? 

HOKA ONE ONE Challenger ATR.

Any tips for beginners?

Run walk intervals! It greatly reduces injury risk and your body and mind will tell you when you're ready to drop the walking. Most of all, be patient and run without earbuds!

 

Tess Clark

A little about you:

 I am a CNY transplant from the Philadelphia area. I grew up watching the Philly Fanatic and eating delicious but forbidden tastykakes. I came to Syracuse to get a Masters Degree at SUNY-ESF, and I've never looked back! I am so glad to have found an awesome community of trail runners in Syracuse to share beers and hobbies with.

When did you start running?

I started out as the slowest runner on my high school cross country team. I had a lot of room to improve! I never stopped running after that, but it wasn't until I was much older that I took the plunge into long distance running.

What draws you into running?

Running helps me shed a lot stress and worry, and leaves me feeling lighter and more ready to tackle other things in life. Also: I love carbs.

What is your favorite race? 

I will hype the Table Rock Challenge till the cows come home. It's unlike any other race I've done

Favorite food to eat at a race or training?

All of it. Pickles are surprisingly refreshing after many miles of running

Favorite Shoe? 

Still searching...

Any tips for beginners?

We want you here! Join us. It can be intimidating to show up at a race or a group run, but it's worth it.

Abe Gnann

 

A little about you:

     I was born in 1982 and grew up in a small Adirondack town. I went to college for engineering and have worked in that field for the last 15 years. I currently live in Syracuse with Sara, my wife of 10 years, and our Dachshund Betty. I discovered my love of endurance trail running only recently, running my very first Ultra at the inaugural English's Ridge Rumble 50k in April 2018. I was hooked and have run various distance trail Ultras since then, up to completing my first 100 mile mountain race in September 2019.

When did you start running?

I was a late bloomer not running regularly until I was about 30.

What draws you into running?

I enjoy the outdoors, the solidarity of being out on the trails and how running helps balance the stresses of everyday life.

ur favorite race? 

IMTUF 100 (The scenery just can't be beat!)

Favorite food to eat at a race or training?

Salt Potatoes

Favorite Shoe? 

Altra Lone Peak

Any tips for beginners?

Sign up for a race that scares you a bit or is a little further than you think you can go...you will surprise yourself.

 

Erika Zazarra

A little about you:

     I have worked for the Syracuse City School District for 19 years. As a Special Education Teacher. I love the mountains. I love taking pictures and creating memories. If you ask me what I’m doing on the weekends? Well, I’m running every weekend

When did you start running?

I ran competitively for Fayetteville-Manlius High School. I ran cross country indoor&outdoor track . 

What draws you into running?

The friendships I make. Running makes me feel alive and free. Like I can do anything.

What is your favorite race? 

Well, SCTR Morgan Hill Meat Grinder. It’s so close to home

Favorite food to eat at a race or training?

Salt & Vinegar Chips - PBJ

Favorite Shoe? 

Topo Ultraventure

Any tips for beginners?

Just believe you can , and you will !!!!!!

Trae Farrington

 

A little about you:

 I am a Fleet Feet coach having coached NoBo, Distance Program, and coached/organized the Fleet Feet Trail Program with the help of Michael Jordon and Scott English. I mainly specialize in shorter distance races. I am a part time outfitter at Fleet Feet Syracuse and spend my days working as a pipefitter/welder

When did you start running?

2015

What draws you into running?

The ability to explore, get lost, think, and become the stronger version of myself

What is your favorite race? 

Boilermaker (sorry Scott, I like to run fast sometimes!)

Favorite food to eat at a race or training?

Pop tarts and Mountain Dew!

Favorite Shoe? 

On Cloudventure

Any tips for beginners?

Don’t be afraid of trails. Don’t be afraid of getting lost or falling. It’s all apart of what keeps trail running interesting!

 

Michele Maciejewski

A little about you:

 I am a recreational distance running coach and an XC & Track & Field Coach at Jamesville-Dewitt. I also have a daughter named Alice who's nearly 6 years old and loves to hike in the Adirondacks. We cook a lot and love to read!

When did you start running?

I "did track" in high school, mainly as a race walker, but I didn't seriously start to run until college when I took up racing local 5k/10ks.

What draws you into running?

I love the freedom and simplicity of running. It doesn't take much equipment and for most people all you need to do is leave your front door. I've seen many beautiful places, both manmade and natural, that I wouldn't have seen if it weren't for the sport. And honestly, running makes you feel good, is full of cool people and is just really, really fun.

What is your favorite race? 

MY FAVORITE RACE is the Boston Marathon but I also love Sehgahunda Trail Marathon and Table Rock.

Favorite food to eat at a race or training?

Definitely orange slices

Favorite Shoe? 

Nike Terra Kiger or Brooks Cascadia

Any tips for beginners?

Start slow. Like run/walk the first few weeks or months. Don't go too far too soon, even if you feel like the shorter stuff is too easy. I promise patience in building speed and distance in the beginning will pay off big time in preventing injury and readying your body for bigger efforts down the road (errrr trail).

I am a local trail runner who has absolutely fallen in love with ultra running. I began my quest for ultra distance on the trails right here in our backyard. After going from a non-runner to an ultra runner I wanted to share my love and passion with  other runners. No better way to do that than through providing YOU the chance to run locally.

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