Rosemary Harnly. Rosemary Harnly was an occasional columnist during the early days of the ITC newsletter but an avid reader of anything written by Al Denio. She calls her early days of running (80s and 90s) just putting in the base work. In 1989, she received the “Most Races” plaque for a total of 31 races.
In 2009, she completed 51 races---her average each year since 2005. Her 2009 races include two 1 milers, eighteen 5K’s, four 4 milers, ten 8K’s/5 milers, four 10K’s, one 7 miler, one Frigid 8, four 10 Milers, one 20K, three half-marathons, and one 502 step stair-climb in 4:48.
In her 60-64 age group, she added ten top 10 times across 13 distances: the 1mile, 8K, 10K, 10 mile, 20K, and half marathon categories. Her 7:25 Grandma’s Mile is an age 63 state record for certified 1 mile courses.
She volunteers at the Rochester Marathon each May and the Rochester Section 1A Cross Country meet in October.
Al Denio. Al Denio wrote under the nom de plume of the Alchemist for the ITC newsletter for many, many years and recounts those years for us here with his usual wit and grace.
"I left my job as Research Chemist at duPont in Wilmington, Delaware in 1964 and joined the CHEM faculty at UWEC. The job was fun but demanding. Val and I had two kids and in 1968 #3 arrived. Trying to be a good Prof and family man was quite a challenge. I was really stressed. Luckily my colleague Bob St. Louis came to my rescue and got me into running and the ITC.
Running was a great stress buster. Soon I was running (and losing) races. Then I ran the City of Lakes Marathon in 1979, followed by two dozen more. My PR was 3:18 so I lost them all. I met some of the world’s best people in the ITC (plus a few nut cases). To name them all would fill this site but they know who I mean.
Winter running was a special challenge. Returning home with icicles attached to my clothing used to bother Val. I was called crazy by neighbors and had some painful falls. My first Gore-Tex suit made life bearable.
I retired in 1996 and we moved to Delaware two years later in search of milder winters. My running continued here but without the great friends of the ITC. My speed decreased and I gave up the 26.2 mile sprint, but I continued to enjoy long runs. It was just assumed that I’d run until my funeral.
Then came a bone spur on my C-6 vertebrae which caused great pain during and after runs. A local neurosurgeon proposed going in through the front of my throat to remove the spur. The second option was oxycontin by the pound. I chose option #3, the swimming pool – nice exercise but boring as hell. Yes, I’ll always miss the ITC races, especially the Beer and M&M’s!"