Terry heads top-notch field for MHR Marathon

Chuck Terry, 29, of Albany will be among the top contenders in the 29th annual Mohawk Hudson River M

Chuck Terry, 29, of Albany will be among the top contenders in the 29th annual Mohawk Hudson River Marathon from Schenectady to Albany on Sunday.

His marathon personal record is 2:28:50, at the 2007 Vermont City Marathon, and he won the 2008 Hudson Mohawk Winter Marathon in 2:30:41.

This spring, he won the CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge for the fourth time in the last five years.

Terry, who ran for Christian Brothers Academy and Cortland State, was second in the Mohawk Hudson River Half Marathon in 2008 with a time of 1:10:26.

Among those he’ll face are Zachary Kudlak, 28, of Newburgh; Sergey Kolesnikov, 39, of Russia; and Justin Bishop, 30, of Colonie.

Kudlak won the Hudson Mohawk Winter Marathon this year in 2:41:33.

Kolesnikov is a top masters runner who posted a 2:17:05 in Moscow in 1997 and ran a 1:19:48 half marathon this year in Knoxville, Tenn.

Bishop ran a 2:49:36 in the 2007 Mohawk Hudson River Marathon.

He was second to Andy Allstadt in the 2009 MHR Half Marathon, in 1:12:28, and won the 2010 Hall of Fame Half Marathon in Utica in 1:15:52.

The women’s field is led by Kristina Gracey, 28, of Albany, and 2009 MHR Marathon winner Tina Dowling, 45, from Bolton, Mass.

Gracey ran a 2:56:45 in the 2010 New York City Marathon and has victories this year in the Silks & Satins 5k in Saratoga (17:34) and the Bridge of Flowers 10k in Shelburne Falls, Mass. (38:17).

Dowling ran 2:56:33 when she won the MHR Marathon two years ago.

The field also includes Abbey Kaknes, a former University of Vermont hockey player who ran a 2:57:02 at the Vermont City Marathon in May, and 35-year-old Sara Facteau, a two-time New York state cross country champion. After 16 years away from running, she came back and ran a 2:56:22 at the Vermont City.

“We expect a very fast and competitive race,” co-race director Rob Sliwinski said. “With this year’s large number of entrants, we could have some surprises.”

The MHR Marathon starts in Central Park and finishes in the Corning Preserve.

The Half Marathon starts in Colonie Town Park.

Recent flooding left several inches of mud on the bike path portion of the course at miles 21.5 to 25 in Watervliet and Albany, but Albany Department of Public Works has removed most of it.

Race organizers are warning runners that there could still be poor footing in some spots in the last five miles.

Hazardous spots will be marked with orange cones.

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