The Night of Miles was held on July 12 at Brent T. Steuerwald Stadium on the campus of Shenendehowa High School. A total of 111 athletes competed in races for youth, elite, and masters aged participants.
A total of $1000 in prize money was awarded in the elite and masters divisions. The top three finishers in the elite races earned $250 (1st), $150 (2nd), and $100 (3rd) and the top three masters men's and women's (age graded) performances earned the same prize money.
The highlights of the night included competitive elite races and a (pending) world masters record by Marisa Sutera Strange.
Winning the elite men's and women's races were Ben Fazio of Troy, N.Y. and Karen Bertasso of Albany, N.Y.
Fazio, 24, ran 4:23.32 to outrun Matthew Lange, 23, of Arlington, VA and Shaun Donegan, 33, of Malta, N.Y. Lange's time was 4:32.38 while Donegan stopped the clock at 4:34.18.
Bertasso, 35, ran 5:19.00 to outrun Nicole Moslander, 32, of Albany and Sara Buckley, 25, of Slingerlands, N.Y.; as the duo were just .19 seconds apart in 5:26.77 and 5:26.96, respectively.
Finishing fourth in the elite race was 56-year-old Marisa Sutera Strange of Pleasant Valley, N.Y. Sutera Strange stopped the clock at 5:27.09 to break the existing women's 55-59 American outdoor record of 5:30.32 held by Doreen McCoubrie in 2018. Her performance scored 97.60 on the age grading tables. Age grading scoring provides a way to rank the top performances, relative to age, across all masters age divisions, on a score from 0 to 100; 90 and above is considered ‘world class" and 80-89 is considered "national class". Margaret McKeown (61, 7:04.27) turned in the second best women's masters age graded score of 80.73 with Emily Bryans (51, 6:11.86) just behind with a 80.39.
In the men's age grading masters competition the top three men were all within 1 point of each other. Jeff Conston (51, 5:04.38) of Hopewell Junction, N.Y. edged out Bob Giambalvo (70, 6:04.24) of Delhi, N.Y. and Ben Greenberg (50, 5:07.63) of Slingerlands. The three scored 83.61, 83.50, and 82.73 respectively.