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Dash is top dog in Carnival Fun Run

February 4, 2013
By LOU REUTER - Senior Sports Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

SARANAC LAKE - Kyle Dash is a Paul Smith's College All-American cross country runner and skier who loves taking his dog on jaunts through the woods near his home in McColloms.

On Saturday Dash competed in the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Ice Palace Fun Run, and with his 10-month-old husky McKinley running alongside him on a leash, Dash topped the field as the race's overall winner.

Dash completed the 3.58-mile run in 23 minutes to finish ahead of the rest of the pack, which included a record number of 48 entries. A week ago, the endurance athlete for the Bobcats also won his age group in the 25-kilometer classic part of the Lake Placid Loppet cross-country ski race.

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Overall winner Kyle Dash and his dog McKinley lead the pack of 48 runners at the start of Saturday’s Winter Carnival Fun Run in front of the Ice Palace in Saranac Lake.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Dash said he was a little unsure of how McKinley would handle a road course, but as it turned out, the pair did just fine.

"Usually, we do trail running together, but this was a road race," Dash said. "McKinley was all full of energy early on, but I was kind of pulling him more toward the end."

The nippy weather, made a little colder by occasional wind gusts that kicked up blowing snow, seemed to provide perfect conditions for a Winter Carnival event.

Saranac Lake's D.J. Racette, who is the son of the Carnival Queen Cherie, finished runner-up, 45 seconds behind Dash's winning pace.

"It was an ideal day for a run," Racette said later Saturday while he watched the fireworks and lighting of the Ice Palace. "It was a little windy where it was open, but on the back part of course when we were running in the pines, it was perfect."

Dash said he briefly got lost on the course and had to slow down for the second-place runner for guidance. But once Dash got back on track, he was able to put more distance between himself and the rest of the field.

Bloomingdale's Doug Hazelden finished third in 24:26. Alexei Tumanova placed fourth, and Markus Mohrs was fifth to round out the top five.

Winter Carnival Princess Anastasia Hull, also a distance athlete at Paul Smith's College, was the top female finisher. Her time of 30:04 was also good enough for 13th place overall. She ran the race in her royal robe.

Runners were greeted at the finish with hot chocolate provided by Lake View Deli. Each finisher was draped with medals, which were actually colorful decorated paper fish made by Maria DeAngelo's students at Petrova School.


Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Fun Run

Saturday's Results

1Kyle DashM2123:00
2DJ RacetteM2423:45
3Doug HazeldenM5324:26
4Alexel TumanovaM4025:25
5Markus MohrsM4626:30
6Joe BurpoeM2327:00
7Peter JonesM5727:10
8Rubert DurfeeM4927:45
9Pat GriffinM4829:30
10James McSwithM2929:35
11George BarenauskasM5930:00
12Morgan RyanM3730:03
13Anastasia HullF1930:04
14Mike TuthillM1830:05
15Krista TuthillF2430:15
16Jack BurkeM6330:25
17Ander P. PedersenM4931:03
18Gary FerrorM2831:36
19Haakan PedersenM1732:00
20Katjo MohrsF4632:34
21Scott StevensM5532:42
22Richard DupreeM3733:00
23Christian WisslerM3533:55
24John StackM4534:25
25Andrew FeldmanM4234:45
26James SmigelskiM6434:50
27Rich KicinskiM5135:15
28David PloofM6135:16
29Carolyn MandevilleF2935:39
30Mindy FinkF5236:05
31Chris CrawfordM37:17
32Sara GriffinF38:25
33Caitlin AheaneF37:28
34Beth DonnellyF37:30
35Bobbi ReevesF6537:36
36Joseph BulokM37:40
37Tom DudonesM38:03
38Dorothy YanchitisF38:27
39Bob SeidensteinM
40Misty SinclairF
41John McCulloughM
42Pat DupreeF
43Tammy PelletieriF
44Becky SutterF
45Linda SheffelF
46Phillis GalloF
47Rachel KuberF
48Jen JohnsF



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