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Friends & Family Mile 1 mile
5K 3.1 miles
10K 6.2 miles
Half Marathon 13.1 miles
Marathon 26.2 miles
 
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2014 Kiwanis Kingston Classic, presented by HITS Endurance attracts over 1,200 runners from Ulster County and beyond

Kingston, NY (April 30, 2014) - After partnering with the Kiwanis Kingston Classic earlier this year to include four additional race distances to the namesake 10K, HITS Endurance brought their national race series home this weekend and saw many out-of-towners stack the leaderboard. Marathon winner Richard Messineo, 25, of Nassau, New York cruised to victory in 2:51:34, and was greeted at the finish line by 2014 Boston Marathon Champion and Race Ambassador Meb Keflezighi.


“There were a ton of spectators out on the course, supportive the whole way, even in spots I wouldn’t have expected to see people,” Messineo said.  “It was pretty cool to know that Meb was at the finish line waiting for me.”


“You couldn’t have asked for a better day. It was perfect,” added Half Marathon winner Evan Cooper, 24, of Brooklyn, New York.


Known locally as the Hudson Valley’s must-do road race, the 32nd annual Kiwanis Kingston Classic expanded this year, with the assistance of HITS Endurance, to attract national attention and increase participation from outside the region. Drawing over 1,200 participants from 19 states to New York’s first capital, HITS Race Director Mark H. Wilson dubbed the event a success and is already looking ahead to the future.


"The increased participation numbers is evidence that the regional race community supports the HITS mantra of “a distance for everyone!™," said Wilson. The Half and Full Marathon courses on the Wallkill, Marbletown and Hurley Rail Trails were very well received so, I'd expect 2,500 runners for 2015."

A pillar of the community, the Kingston Kiwanis is an organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time and similar to years past, a portion of the profits raised from this year’s race will continue to influence local youth programs.


"Having a full marathon run for the first time through Kingston and the surrounding areas, along with the addition of the Half Marathon, 5K and 1 mile fun run was exhilarating,” said Kingston Kiwanis President Greg Reilly. “We are looking forward to the continued success of the event and want to thank HITS Endurance for a great partnership and the vision of HITS President and CEO Tom Struzzieri for enhancing the exposure of Kingston and Ulster County.”  


In addition to giving participants exclusive access to elite runner Meb Keflezighi for training tips and race advice, HITS Endurance also upgraded race weekend with a number of participant perks including a complimentary Pasta Party, live athlete tracking, top-notch finishers medals and t-shirts, in addition to a free training clinics leading up to the race.


Results are as follows:

Male Results

Marathon – Richard Messineo (Nassau, NY), 2:51:34

Half Marathon – Evan Cooper (Brooklyn, NY), 1:20:56

10K – Ryan Allison (Voorheesville, NY), 35:30

5K – James Blough (Rifton, NY), 17:14

Friends & Family Mile – Michael Esposito (Hurley, NY), 6:43


Female Results

Marathon – Farrier Golgoski (Kingston, NY), 3:30:41

Half Marathon – Katie Rossettini (Slingerlands, NY), 1:31:52

10K – Terri Bell (Accord, NY), 43:39

5K – Brooke Wright (Greenwich, NY), 20:17

Friends & Family Mile – Morgan Juric (Stone Ridge, NY), 07:23


Click here
to view complete results from the 2014 Kiwanis Kingston Classic.


HITS Endurance added the 32-year-old race to its Running Festivals schedule earlier this year and added a Friends & Family Mile, 5K, Half Marathon and Marathon, to the already popular 10K, offering “a distance for everyone!”™. The Half Marathon and Marathon courses at the 2014 Kiwanis Kingston Classic were certified by USATF, and the Marathon was an official 2015 Boston Marathon Qualifier.


The 2014 event was made possible by countless volunteers, as well as emergency and law enforcement support, including: The City of Kingston Police Department, The City of Kingston Fire Department, Ulster County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, Ulster County and City of Kingston Departments of Public Works,  HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, Mobile Life Support Services, Inc., RACES Emergency Communications, Bloomington Fire Department, Hurley Fire Department, Marbletown FAS, and New Paltz Fire Department.


The 2014 HITS Running Festival schedule continues September 21, 2014 with a Midwest race in Omaha, Nebraska. The complete 2014 race schedules are finalized and registration for all HITS events is available at HitsEndurance.com.