Former University at Albany star Andy Allstadt will be one of the top contenders for the 35th annual Gazette Stockade-athon on Sunday.
Allstadt, who won the 2007 Stockade-athon in 46:36, is having another terrific fall season, having won the Flower City Half Marathon in Rochester, the Utica Falling Leaves 14k and the Mohawk Hudson River Half Marathon.
He is expected to be challenged by Mark Andrews of Rochester, who ran a 47:44 in the Buffalo Fleet Feet 15k; former Guilderland High School runner Seth Dubois, who posted a 47:53 at the 2009 Boilermaker; and former Shenendehowa star Scott Mindel, who was sixth in the Stockade-athon last year and last week won the Cincinnati Half Marathon in 1:08:43.
The women’s field is also expected to be very competitive, led by two-time Stockade-athon champion Emily Bryans of Schenectady, Lori Kingsley of Wysox, Pa., and 25-year-old Emily LaSala of Jamestown.
Bryans won the Stockade-athon in 1998 and 2001.
This fall, she won the USA Track & Field 5k masters national championship at the Syracuse Festival of Races, and the Mohawk Hudson River Marathon in a personal-record 2:50:32.
Kingsley won the USATF 15k masters national championship for the second year in a row, at Buffalo Fleet Feet and was the top U.S. masters finisher at the Boston Marathon, with a time of 2:46:45.
She ran a 55:35 at Buffalo Fleet Feet.
LaSala, who was fourth at the 2009 Stockade-athon, won the Mountain Goat 10-mile and the Syracuse Festival of Races.
She ran a 15k PR in July at the Utica Boilermaker with a time of 54:33.
Ed Whitlock of Canada, who has become a fixture at the Stockade-athon after the race started giving age-graded awards, is expected to be back, after breaking another single-age world record at the Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon with a 7:12 mile pace at the age of 79.
Another top athlete in the age-graded competition will be Kathryn Martin of Northport, who won the age-graded championship at Buffalo Fleet Feet with a time of 61:02.
Whitlock and Martin both fell in the 95th percentile for their efforts.
Age-graded tables are based on world-record age-specific performances, and enable runners of all ages and genders to compete head-to-head. Performances scoring 90 percent or above are considered world class.
The Stockade-athon will start at 9 a.m.
There is no day-of-race registration, and the last chance to enter will be at the Healthy Living Expo at Proctors Theater from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday.