|The USA Oldest Record holder and USATF Niagara masters Legend, Henry Sypniewski, 93 of Cheektowage, NY died at his home on April 1. According to family and friends, the cause of death was stomach cancer. Born on July 7, 1918, Henry was a veteran of World War II, in which he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Following a career as a machinist, Henry took up running at age 70 and seemed to excel more in each five year age group he reached. Following his 90th birthday in 2008, Henry set US records in the 90-94 age group in the 5km (33:46), the 15km (2:01:39), and the half marathon (3:03:56). In 2009 he also set the 10km record with a time of 1:13:40. Despite being hampered by a variety of injuries in the past two years. Henry managed to set US single age records for the 5km in each of the past three years: 38:53 at age 91, 41:00 at age 92, and a pending mark of 45:47 in his final race at age 93. Henry's performance, almost exclusively on the roads, earned his USATF Masters Age Division Runner of the Year honors in various years and three different age groups: M80-84 in 1998 and 1999; M85-89 in 2003; 2004 and 205; and M90-94 in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Accomplished Masters Runner, Niagara, and Genesee Valley Harrier Member, Brian Dodge of Fulton, NY, passed away suddenly on Saturday, January 28, 2012. Brian was a retired Health Education teacher. During College he was a four time All-American Cross Country and Track Star while attending Alleghany Community College and Plattsburg State. Recently Brian was on many successful Genesee Valley Harrier Masters team including the 2011 USATF National Grand Prix Masters 50+ Champions. Read More Click Here brian_dodge_1953-2012.