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Runner Spotlight: Mike Cassata

January 28, 2011

HARRC 2010 Robert Mahady Dedicated Male Runner of the Year

The Harrisburg Area Road Runners 2010 Dedicated Male Runner of the Year is Mike Cassata. Mike is originally from Johnstown, that in itself should be enough to win him this award, but there is much more. Mike is a quiet, unassuming, and very steady runner who is very comfortable in races anywhere from the mile to the half marathon. He has been running for a number of years, starting in his twenties with a few years off here and there while being distracted by that nasty four letter word, “work’, like a lot of older runners didn’t get real serious about road racing until later in life. In 2010 he ran the infamous Chambersburg Half Marathon, anybody who has run this race knows the level of difficulty is off the charts, especially when Mother Nature has a hand in it. Mike did the 2010 wet, hilly and very windy race in 2:07:52, 172nd overall and 7th in his age group. He showed his favoritism for this distance by running the Harrisburg Half in September in a time of 2:03:43, 10th in his age group, and the hilly Minich Half in October in a time of 2:07:00, 3rd in his age group. Mike also showed his diversity by running the Summberfair 10K in Carlisle in a time of 55:11, 7th in his age group and the Harrisburg Mile in a time of 7:36, also 7th in his age group.

Mike, a very friendly and social guy, attended many club functions in 2010 which include 24 Sunday club runs and numerous Saturday training runs. Some of his top runs for the Sunday club runs are: 5 miles – 43:59: 4 miles – 34:28; 5K – 25:38; 10K – 56:10.

Mike also enjoys a seasonal event, where he is an avid supporter and participant in the area’s amateur ice hockey events.

Congratulations to Mike Cassata for being HARRC’s 2010 Dedicated Male Runner of the Year!