Two for the Record Books
Pat Zemianek, who ran in the 2016 Komen Vermont Race for the Cure on July 23, caught the eye of Ken Young, who records national road race statistics. Pat is 75, and ranks 70 on the world all-time list for 5K road races for females in the 75 to 79 age group. Her reaction on being told was, “No! Really? All I wanted was to get to the sprinkler at the finish!” Zemianek has run the Komen Vermont 5K many years. “The Komen Race for the Cure is a fundraiser for a vital and worthy cause,” she says. “When I ran this race I wasn’t thinking about my pace. It was a hot, humid morning and my goal was to finish. When I’m a race participant I like to chat with fellow racers … and enjoy the scenery. I can be competitive, but at no time thought about setting any records.”
And then there’s Ray Smith of Manchester, who is 90 years old, and a 5K Walker. His time is apparently 11th fastest on the world list for Men’s 5K, age 90 to 94. Ray has captained a Race for the Cure team called Ray’s Girls the past few summers. This summer with his 90th birthday, he set a goal of having 90 team members – and ended up with 122, raising more than $11,000 for Komen Vermont. This is what Ray was really pleased about; “But this is very nice too,” he said. “I never imagined I would hold a world ranking for walking a 5K. I was never for sports oriented.”
For more information on the race and on Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s national research program, visit the website at komenvtnh.org.