BASE Race a Hit

Almost 300 runners come to Cooperstown for inaugural road races to support Museum’s new healthy lifestyle initiative

August 11, 2012
Winner of the inaugural BASE Race 10K, Robert Fritz, poses for a picture with his first place prize. (Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF Library)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – It was a chance to enjoy a summer morning with friends on the streets of Cooperstown, so it was easy to see why the inaugural BASE Race was an instant hit. 

But it was also a chance to support the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s new BASE initiative – and the runners came out on Saturday to back the program’s message of healthy lifestyle choices and how to Be A Superior Example. 

 “I wanted to be here to support the entire program and the educational component,” said Museum member Russ Daniels, who as a pharmacist has a keen appreciation for the BASE program’s message of living life free of performance-enhancing substances. “To be able to volunteer to help something like the BASE program is important. A race like this reflects the spirit of the whole program.” 

Under partly cloudy skies that provided some much-needed relief from the summer sun, 271 runners – nearly evenly divided between the 5K and 10K events – kicked off the inaugural BASE Race from Cooperstown’s Clark Sports Center. Jim Allott of Potsdam, N.Y. was the first to cross the finish line, winning the 5K with a time of 19:43. 

Allott, wearing bib No. 2, brought his entire family to Cooperstown for BASE Weekend. 

“My wife (Kathy) is a huge Yankees fan, so she was a little jealous that I got Derek Jeter’s number on my bib,” Allott said. “I think I’ll give her the bib for a Christmas present. 

“It was a great course… more hilly that I expected, which made it interesting. It took you down through the village and by (Otesgo Lake), so you got to see a lot of the surrounding area.” 

Robert Fritz from Brooklyn was the 10K winner in 38:17 and echoed Allott’s sentiments about the course. 

“The first three kilometers on the 10K were flat, but then you got the hills, which keeps you honest,” said Fritz, whose family lives in the Cooperstown area. “I was very impressed with everything for a race that was in its first year.” 

Amanda LoPiccolo of Oneonta, N.Y., won the women’s 10K, and has raced in Cooperstown-area events before. But LoPiccolo and her husband Matt wanted to run the BASE Race to help support the healthy lifestyle message that BASE promotes. 

“I’m a chiropractor, and Matt is the track and cross country coach at Oneonta State,” Amanda LoPiccolo said. “We believe in healthy lifestyle choices and exercise, so we felt good about coming up for this race. It’s something we both believe in.” 

BASE Weekend featured the BASE Race as well as the launch of several initiatives in the Museum’s new program designed to promote the message of healthy living. BASE is built upon four foundations for individuals of all ages to follow in pursuit of being a superior example: fitness, nutrition, character and fair play. 

The Museum’s BASE exhibit, featuring the four foundations of BASE, debuted Saturday to rave reviews from visitors. The interactive exhibit features two video education programs, developed by K12 Inc, featuring several Hall of Fame members sharing their insight on the right way to live and play the game. Lynch Exhibits provided support for the exhibit.

A national BASE registry will launch in October, as the Hall of Fame encourages everyone to pledge to “Be A Superior Example.” The registry will follow the online K12 Inc-developed programs, and will live in Cooperstown, allowing registrants the opportunity to see their name and pledge alongside the game’s greatest players ever in the Hall of Fame. 

In addition to the online registry and education lessons from Cooperstown, the BASE program will provide for national exposure opportunities to raise the public awareness on the prevalence of PES use in today’s society. More than 350 individuals, corporations, and major league teams, including a significant gift from Major League Baseball, have contributed nearly $600,000 to date to the BASE program. 

As part of the BASE program outreach, the Hall of Fame announced Friday that it will collaborate with the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society and the Taylor Hooton Foundation to commission a national survey, to commence this fall, which will measure public understanding on the use of appearance and performance-enhancing substances, including anabolic steroids, among young people. 

The groundbreaking survey, to be designed and managed by the University of Massachusetts-Boston, with assistance from the Gallup organization, is the first initiative of a new association among the Hall of Fame, PBATS and THF that will provide educational programs to inform young athletes, parents and coaches of the dangers of performance-enhancing substances through events around the country. 

The survey will measure responses to specific questions related to beliefs about performance-enhancing substance use in America. The random sample survey is designed to gather a snapshot of the American people in general, as opposed to one specific group. Within survey data, it is expected that certain subsets will be extracted, including by region, as well as those ages 18 to 25. Survey results are expected to be announced in early 2013.  

Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum


5K Overall Results
10K Overall Results 

Age Group Results

Male 6-7 years old in division 5K        
Place Bib # Name Time Age Gender City
1 8 Garrett Bobowski        0:31:19 7 M Johnstown NY
2 155 Kaelan Avery            0:48:05 6 M Cooperstown NY    
             
Male 8-9 years old in division 5K        
Place Bib # Name Time Age Gender City
1 66 Xander Olsen            0:35:40 9 M Sharon Springs NY                 
2 55 Nikolai Matusof         0:35:44 6 M Newark CA                            
3 99 Henry Van Duren         0:35:45 8 M San Diego CA                         
             
Male 10-13 years old in division 5K        
Place Bib # Name Time Age Gender City
1 50 Ryan Lansing            0:23:26 11 M Cooperstown NY
2 56 Anton Matusof           0:25:33 13 M Newark CA                            
3 154 Ted Mebust              0:26:25 12 M Cooperstown NY
4 47 Tom Knight              0:27:39 12 M Cooperstown NY
             
Male 14-19 years old in division 5K        
Place Bib # Name Time Age Gender City
1 122 Matthew Burdorf         0:24:02 15 M Cedar Knolls NJ                      
2 157 Edmund Donnelly         0:24:49 19 M Cooperstown NY
3 152 Erik Mebust             0:26:23 16 M Cooperstown NY
4 142 Henry Stewart           0:49:51 16 M Cooperstown NY
             
Male 20-29 years old in division 5K        
Place Bib # Name Time Age Gender City
1 143 Alan Finder             0:20:25 24 M Albany NY                            
2 120 Scott Barton            0:20:38 28 M Cooperstown NY
3 123 Jake Chase              0:23:39 20 M Cooperstown NY
4 34 Chase Hathaway          0:26:32 22 M Stillwater NY                        
             
Male 30-39 years old in division 5K        
Place Bib # Name Time Age Gender City
1 49 Christopher Koeppe      0:21:40 36 M Bridgeport NY                        
2 26 David Gogola            0:24:49 31 M Clinton NY                           
3 138 James Steinman          0:25:05 32 M Cooperstown NY
4 14 Bryan Callahan          0:27:21 33 M Woburn MA                            
             
Male 40-49 years old in division 5K        
Place Bib # Name Time Age Gender City
1 151 Kai Mebust              0:24:42 44 M Cooperstown NY
2 36 Rich Hathaway           0:27:31 48 M Stillwater NY                        
3 130 David Peck              0:29:13 42 M Dryden NY                            
4 20 Marc Casale             0:34:11 43 M West Henrietta NY        
             
Male 50-59 years old in division 5K        
Place Bib # Name Time Age Gender City
1 2 Jim Allott              0:19:43 53 M Potsdam NY                           
2 40 Steve Hornung           0:22:35 57 M Bainbridge NY                        
3 72 Steve Palmer            0:22:50 56 M Bainbridge NY                        
4 57 Ron Matusof             0:25:42 51 M Newark CA                            
             
Male 60-65 years old in division 5K        
Place Bib # Name Time Age Gender City
1 146 Brig Seaver 0:27:20 60 M Cooperstown NY                       
2 17 Joseph Carr             0:30:02 62 M North Wildwood                       
3 29 John Greenthal          0:33:15 65 M Schenectady NY                       
4 147 Joe Homburger           0:48:05 64 M Cooperstown NY                       
             
Male 66+ in division 5K        
Place Bib # Name Time Age Gender City
1 27 Charles Goldman         0:34:41 69 M Silver Spring MD
2 134 Earle Reed 0:35:49 72 M Utica NY                             


Female 6-7 years old in division 5K        
Place Bib # Name Time Age Gender City
1 88 Grace Shipman           0:39:40 7 F Cooperstown NY                       
2 91 Emily Spiak             0:51:04 7 F Whitesboro NY                        
             
Female 8-9 years old in division 5K        
Place Bib # Name Time Age Gender City
1 131 Erin Peck               0:43:48 8 F Dryden NY                            
2 81 Meagan Schuermann       0:46:18 8 F Cooperstown NY                       
3 12 Emily Brown             0:46:40 8 F Oneonta NY                           
4 46 Veronica Kidwell        0:49:02 8 F Tryon NC                             
             
Female 10-13 years old in division 5K        
Place Bib # Name Time Age Gender City
1 68 Savannah Olsen          0:30:42 13 F Sharon Springs NY                    
2 77 Julie Ratliff           0:34:48 11 F Cooperstown NY                       
3 1 Caitlin Adasek          0:35:24 13 F Whitesboro NY                        
4 67 Emma Olsen              0:39:53 12 F Sharon Springs NY                    
             
Female 14-19 years old in division 5K        
Place Bib # Name Time Age Gender City
1 126 Emily DeCaro            0:22:46 19 F Cedar Knolls NJ                      
2 139 Bailey O'Donnell        0:27:20 17 F Roxbury NY                           
3 18 Kat Casale              0:32:00 16 F West Henrietta NY
4 128 Emily Murphy            0:39:53 14 F Cooperstown NY                       
             
Female 20-29 years old in division 5K        
Place Bib # Name Time Age Gender City
1 73 Courtney Peplinski      0:34:14 23 F Richfield Springs NY                            
2 93 Catharine Street        0:42:33 28 F Fallston MD                          
3 124 Ashley B Crisman        0:49:05 29 F Cooperstown NY
4 5 Trisha Beamish          0:57:20 27 F Delmar NY                            
             
Female 30-39 years old in division 5K        
Place Bib # Name Time Age Gender City
1 117 Jill Liberatore         0:24:22 31 F Cambridge MA                         
2 346 Dan Massey              0:28:14 38 F Cooperstown NY                       
3 97 Allie Terry-Fritsch     0:28:34 38 F Toledo OH                            
4 9 Trisha Bobowski         0:31:19 33 F Johnstown NY                         
             
Female 40-49 years old in division 5K        
Place Bib # Name Time Age Gender City
1 28 Diane Greenblatt        0:31:25 48 F Cooperstown NY
2 35 Laurie Hathaway         0:33:01 45 F Stillwater NY                        
3 19 Barbara Casale          0:35:10 41 F West Henrietta NY                            
4 90 Kathleen Spatuzzi       0:36:50 41 F Whitesboro NY
             
Female 50-59 years old in division 5K        
Place Bib # Name Time Age Gender City
1 78 Janet Ratliff           0:25:59 51 F Cooperstown NY
2 156 Cheryl Rock             0:35:04 50 F Cooperstown NY
3 86 Claudette Scrafford     0:39:20 50 F Cooperstown NY
4 58 Robin Matusof           0:43:47 54 F Newark CA                            
             
Female 60-65 years old in division 5K        
Place Bib # Name Time Age Gender City
1 53 Sophie Liberatore       0:30:09 62 F Norwich NY
2 6 Katie Boardman          0:36:34 60 F Cooperstown NY
3 61 Maureen Miller          0:49:02 62 F Tryon NC
4 148 Jane Homburger          0:50:55 64 F Cooperstown NY                       
             
Female 66+ in division 5K        
Place Bib # Name Time Age Gender City
1 95 Diane Street            1:14:53 66 F Fallston MD                          
2 96 Diane Terry             1:22:09 70 F Toledo OH                            


Male 10-13 years old in division 10K        
Place Bib # Name Time Age Gender City
1 269 Alex Davis              1:12:03 11 M Madison NY                           
             
Male 14-19 years old in division 10K        
Place Bib # Name Time Age Gender City
1 340 Codi Wood               0:42:37 18 M  
2 310 Baeli Polanco           1:04:27 15 M  
             
Male 20-29 years old in division 10K        
Place Bib # Name Time Age Gender City
1 4 Matthew Dunn            0:44:21 29 M Delmar NY
2 257 Michael Bersani         0:44:48 24 M Cortland NY
3 356 Michael Frederick       0:46:35 24 M Winnetka IL
4 258 Dillon Bosma            0:48:43 23 M Cooperstown NY
             
Male 30-39 years old in division 10K        
Place Bib # Name Time Age Gender City
1 353 Robert Fritz            0:38:27 30 M Cooperstown NY
2 363 Matt LoPiccolo          0:43:17 36 M Oneonta NY
3 251 Wayne Allen             0:43:36 38 M Bainbridge NY
4 279 Matthew Fryer           0:48:17 32 M Clifton Park NY
             
Male 40-49 years old in division 10K        
Place Bib # Name Time Age Gender City
1 367 Andrew Rock             0:46:14 44 M Cooperstown NY
2 330 William Van Duren       0:49:57 40 M San Diego CA
3 319 Daniel Sambuchi         0:53:20 45 M Northborough MA
4 275 David Feibusch          0:58:02 46 M White Plains NY
             
Male 50-59 years old in division 10K        
Place Bib # Name Time Age Gender City
1 323 John Sovocool           0:46:30 57 M Richfield Springs NY
2 307 Wayne Moore 0:51:40 58 M Cortland NY
3 259 Peter Brouwer           1:00:05 55 M Potsdam NY 
4 281 Robert Giblin           1:02:51 59 M Piermont NY
             
Male 60-65 years old in division 10K        
Place Bib # Name Time Age Gender City
1 273 David Dietrich          0:53:55 61 M Greenville NY
2 254 Michael Andersen        0:57:38 64 M Truxton NY
3 264 Tony Ciccone            0:59:00 63 M Locke NY 
4 358 Nathan Batalion         1:04:01 62 M Oneonta NY
             
Male 66+ in division 10K        
Place Bib # Name Time Age Gender City
1 298 Dillon Miller 1:12:55 77 M Oneonta NY


Female 14-19 years old in division 10K        
Place Bib # Name Time Age Gender City
1 284 Victoria Hathaway       0:48:05 17 F Stillwater NY
             
Female 20-29 years old in division 10K        
Place Bib # Name Time Age Gender City
1 364 Amanda LoPiccolo        0:43:17 29 F Oneonta NY
2 266 Dana Clowes             0:58:58 22 F Kingston PA
3 274 Cristie Durand          1:01:39 23 F Cooperstown NY
4 341 Sandra Zamora           1:02:04 27 F Norfolk VA
             
Female 30-39 years old in division 10K        
Place Bib # Name Time Age Gender City
1 255 Nicole Beckwith         0:51:14 34 F Sidney NY
2 306 Ardath Mockovciak       0:54:37 31 F Edmeston NY
3 280 Pam Gasbarro            0:58:18 33 F Woburn MA 
4 261 Betsy Byma 0:59:09 35 F Sidney NY
             
Female 40-49 years old in division 10K        
Place Bib # Name Time Age Gender City
1 362 Christy O'Donnell       0:58:04 41 F Roxbury NY
2 312 Nicole Poole            0:59:07 41 F Middletown DE
3 366 Sheila Homburger        1:00:06 41 F Cooperstown NY
4 342 Susie Knight            1:03:07 44 F Cooperstown NY
             
Female 50-59 years old in division 10K        
Place Bib # Name Time Age Gender City
1 303 Elizabeth Miller        0:54:15 53 F Utica NY
2 345 Paula Huntsman          0:54:52 51 F Cooperstown NY
3 252 Katherine Allott        1:02:41 58 F Potsdam NY
4 357 Bernadette Ryan         1:07:19 59 F Fly Creek NY
             
Female 60-65 years old in division 10K        
Place Bib # Name Time Age Gender City
1 291 Kathleen Koss           1:04:13 60 F Syracuse NY