2004-08-06 / Community

Second Annual Graybeards Family Run Results

The 2nd Annual Graybeards Family Run took place on Friday July 30, and despite afternoon showers, was a great success once again with almost 300 runners of all ages participating, and many others joining in the festivities at St. Camillus. The evening began with the children’s races to the delight of all. The One Mile Race followed. Matt Cusmiani was the Male 1st Place while Lauren Spadaro took the honors on the Female side. The Special Olympians, under the direction of Joe Featherston, were next up, and once again demonstrated the pure joy and true spirit of athletics.

The 5K main event kicked off at 7:20 and for a while it looked like we would have a close race but then James Hayden showed why he is the most promising young runner in Rockaway. Hayden turned on the jets and blazed to victory in 18:03. Jim McVeigh was a valiant 2nd and Robert Cole took 3rd. Carol Farrell showed her race experience with a strong sprint down the stretch to overtake Siobhan Keenan for the Female championship in 23:38. Sarah Donohue was an impressive 3rd. 111 runners completed the 5K.

Male age group winners included:

12&U    Stephen Pulkoski

13-15    Kevin Eberhardt

16-19    James Hayden

20-29    Teo Parejo

30-39    Robert Cole

40-49    Jim McVeigh

50-59    Danny McCarthy


12&U    Sarah Donohue

16-19    Eileen Gilroy

20-29    Sarah Killian

30-39    Siobhan Keenan

40-49    Carol Farrell

50-59    Patricia Hopkins

60-69    Rosemary Gurry

70+      Jean Cademartori

Festivities at St. Camillus afterwards included music by Walter Ensor and guests, raffle prizes, and more food and refreshments than could be consumed. All had a great evening. I would like to thank our sponsors, volunteers, fellow Graybeards, race director Joe Featherston, P.O. Ken Beecher and staff, Walter Ensor, and Father Dunne and our St. Camillus hosts, and most of all, our runners. The 3rd Annual Graybeards Family Run is scheduled for Friday July 29, 2005 at St. Francis. Mark your calendars now and see you next year!

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