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Canines recover To conquer Winterfest 10-Miler


COLTON - Though completing the Colton Winterfest road race in zero-degree weather is quite a feat for any human, it was a pair of canine competitors who stood out in the crowd which traversed the 10-mile course on Saturday.

Sophie, an 8-year-old a beagle/pit bull mix escorted by owner Shondel Boyden, and Tori, a two-year-old pit bull accompanied by her owner, Shannon Kenny, had come a long way even before Saturday’s race.

Tori was rescued last year after surviving a horrible ordeal.

“Tori was left outside for a week on a chain after being attacked by something. They brought her to the vet who said she had a broken neck,” said Boyden. “The vet didn’t think she would live or if she did, she may not be able to walk again. But she just ran 10 miles today.”

After the incident, Tori’s owner was forced to surrender Tori who was later adopted by a friend of Kenny’s who later gave Tori to Kenny.

Kenny and Tori completed Saturday’s 10-miler as did Boyden and Sophie who was also rescued, eight years ago.

“Sophie was left at the Potsdam Humane Society in a cardboard box when she was a puppy and it was 26 degrees below zero. She was almost dead,” said Boyden. “Now she runs this race with me every year. They’ve both come a long way.”

Boyden and Kenny are twin sisters and regulars at the Colton Winterfest 10-miler which drew 61 competitors overall on Saturday in its 12th year of operation under Race Directors Dan and Renee Dominie.

The overall race winner was Jacob Erdman of Gouverneur who becomes the youngest winner in race history at age 16 with a time of 1:02:19. This time qualifies as the second fastest for the age group Mens 19-and-under behind that of Jon French, also of Gouverneur, a mark set in 2002.

The overall female race winner was Suna Stone-McMasters of Canton who ran the second fastest time ever for the age group Female 40-to-49.

Lyn Short of Canton turned in the second fastest time for the age group Female 60-to 69 while Doug Hazelden of Bloomingdale and Paul Pierce of Ogdensburg ran the second and third fastest times for the age group Men’s 50-to-59.

The youngest finisher was Skylar Fetter, age 13, from Norwood with a finish time of 1:36:12 while the oldest finisher was Jean Bernaquez of Montreal, age 80, with a time of 1:43:36. Bernaquez becomes the first octogenarian to complete the race.

12th Colton Winterfest 10 Mile Road Race

Order of Finish: 1. Jacob Erdman M19 & under 1:02:19; 2. Doug Hazelden M50-59 1:08:50; 3. Paul Pierce M50-59 1:08:55; 4. Shawn Spriggs M30-39 1:10:02; 5. Chad Colbert M30-39 1:12:32; 6. Jim Pelton M30-39 1:13:24; 7. Tom Van de Water M50-59 1:14:19; 8. Daniel Dominie M40-49 1:14:20; 9. Suna Stone-McMasters F40-49 1:15:18; 10. Milton Richards M40-49 1:16:00; 11. Shondel Boyden (with Sophie) F40-49 1:17:02; 12. Kent Fetter M50-59 1:18:08; 13. Bill Amberman M60-69 1:19:37; 14. Dave Morton M50-59 1:20:54; 15. Kaycie Saucier F19 & under 1:21:50; 16. Shawn Scott M50-59 1:24:14; 17. Chris Fuller M40-49 1:25:55; 18. Lyn Short F60-69 1:26:15; 19. Jacqueline Danis F30-39 1:26:1; 20 Katie Kennedy F30-39 1:26:19; 21. Zach Benson M30-39 1:26:21; 22. David Wurzburg M30-39 1:26:46; 23. Leslie Whitton F20-29 1:26:47; 24. Carol Grant F40-49 1:26:48; 25. Leigh Erath F30-39 1:27:03; 26. Shannon Kenny F40-49 1:27:29; 27. Peter Feickert M60-69 1:27:36; 28. Wendy Rostek F40-49 1:28:22; 29. Amy Hollister F30-39 1:28:36; 30. Jeff Maynes M20-29 1:29:49; 31. Scott Palm M40-49 1:31:32; 32. Teresa Stone F40-49 1:33:52; 33. Tara Freeman F30-39 1:34:11; 34. Rebecca Weld F30-39 1:35:19; 35. Ellen Miller F19 & under 1:35:50; 36. Wendell LaFave M60-69 1:35:58; 37. Jessica Fulk F19 & under 1:36:02; 38. Skylar Fetter F19 & under 1:36:12; 39. Diane Covell F50-59 1:36:36; 40. Alena Bicknell F40-49 1:37:54; 41. Betsy Kepes F50-59 1:38:04; 42. Pam Rowe F50-59 1:39:32; 43. John Stack M40-49 1:39:35; 44. Hugh Wilson M70-79 1:41:50; 45. Jean Bernaquez M80-89 1:43:36; 46. Shelbie Pelton F30-39 1:43:53; 47. Beth Donnelly F30-39 1:49:59; 48. Phillip Gallo M60-69 1:50:44; 49. Sue Duval F50-59 1:54:32; 50. Dawn Kiddel F50-59 1:54:33; 51. Greg Kimmet M50-59 1:57:00; 52. Millie Hepburn F50-59 1:57:01; 53. Terry Farrell M50-59 2:00:22; 54. Erica Preston F20-29 2:02:28; 55. Ian Sim M70-79 2:07:02; 56. Shiela LaFave F60-69 2:07:03; 57. Amber LaFountain F30-39 2:17:52; 58. Whitney Sharlow F20-29 2:17:55; 59. Kathleen Hay F50-59 2:24:05; 60. Alicia Mere F30-39 3:05:42; 61. Pendra King F40-49 3:05:42.

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