Two Win Rockaway Races
By Joe Featherston
Catherine Tubridy was the first overall finisher in the annual Labor Day Weekend 5k. The race celebrates the long, social traditions of the Bronx Gliders and the Rockaway Gliders. Friends from both clubs and also from the bungalows of Beaches 108 and 109 streets gathered for a series of races and for post race celebrations. Catherine was followed by Russell Hauk and Danny Kenny from Dartmouth University. Other finishers included Tricia, Tommy, Jennie, and Jessie Tubridy, Kevin Griffith, Mary Beth Goldberg, Moira Tolan, Gail Gallagher, Mary Morgan, and Terry Crozier.
Big Joe Spillane speed walked to a personal best as he broke the 45 minute mark in 44:30, and he beat his son-in-law, Dennis O’Hanlon, by a mini-second. In his defense, Dennis might have been overwhelmed by the new news that he is soon to be grandfather. In the accompanying one mile run, Francis Tolan, John Barry, Shawn Tolan and Tom Ray were the top finishers. Lots of thanks go to Millie Scanlon and MaryTurner for the nicely designed Glider shirts and hats, to Colleen and Brian Horton for the hot dogs, and Billy Turner for the libations.
Jack Porzio returned from a three month leg injury to win the Smith-Caffrey-Conroy-Fahy 5k in Breezy Point. The race is an annual tribute for these four families and is always well attended by the Breezy community. Harry Rohl, Tom Shayer, and Jim McKeon rounded out the top finishers. Other notable runners included: Anne and Joe Keenan, Cristen, Noreen and Frank, Mullen, Kiera, Mary Grace and Pat Savage, Katherine, Maureen, and Danny Edwards, John Edwards, Helen Kilgallen, Buddy Woods, Paul Richter, Steve Werner, Alice McElroy, Juan Peralta, Courtney and Danny Donohue, Crissy Suslak, Tom Touhey, Rose Gurry, Trish, Bridgett and Sara Killian, Jimmy Hayden, Megan and Kevin Dolan, Maria Hines, Sally Quinn, and Pat, Tom, and T.J. McVeigh.
Rob Cole ran a 17:29 in the Eamon Coughlin 5k and John Edwards, Kevin Kearney, Juan Peralta, Paul Richter, and Lillian Moley ran the Marathon 30k Tune Up in Central Park. Tom Touhey is attempting to run 10 marathons in 1999. Jose Rodriguez is again training hard on the boards. Jim McVeigh is leisurely enjoying his long runs in Fort Tilden. Kara Tubridy is looking for a training partner for long runs for the marathon. Rockaway Gliders hat orders are being taken.
The St. Francis de Sales CYO Track Team practices every Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Beach Channel High School’s track field and is open to all boys and girls ages seven to 15. Please save all your old racing pins for the Family Run, and all your old running magazines for Joe’s high school team.