2007-08-17 / Sports

Boardwalk Run Brings Race Revelers To The Beach

By Keith 'Bugsy' Goldberg

The threat of thunderstorms never materialized and it was once again a beautiful Friday night on July 27 for the 5th Annual Graybeards Family Run, presented by Arverne By The Sea.

Over 500 runners took part in the various races, and hundreds more lined Rockaway Beach Boulevard and the boardwalk to cheer them on, before adjourning to the St. Francis schoolyard for the post-race festivities.

The event began with the children's races, which provided the biggest cheers of the night as they sped down the street. Rockaway's Special Olympians once again followed, with an inspirational sprint along Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

The Mile Race was next up and the new champions are Kevin Leonard and Casey Collins. The showcase 5K Run completed the competition. James McKeon arrived from Marine camp, where he is preparing for deployment in Afghanistan, to recapture the title he won in 2005. McKeon clocked 18:19 to take the silver championship plate. Peter Hayden took second overall, with Rob Cole coming in at third.

Alyson Lee became our newest champion with a time of 20:56 to hoist the Female Champion's plate, Mary Gallagher was second and Siobhan Fitzgerald placed third. The future looks strong, as five of the top ten finishers were under 14 with 13 in that group breaking 24:00.

The evening's festivities included plenty of hot dogs, hamburgers, and beverages, fifty-fifty raffle prizes were donated by FootLocker and our local merchants. Music was provided by the Gray Riders. The Graybeards Family Run wants to thank Brian McCabe, Joe Roberts, and the NYPD, Jill Weber and LeRoy Temple of NYC Parks, our hosts St. Francis, our sponsors and donors, fellow Graybeards and all our other volunteers, race director Joe Featherston and our Graybeards do-it-all secretary, Mary Ellen Olsen. Thanks especially go to all our runners and supporters. The sixth annual Graybeards Family Run will be on Friday, July 25, 2008. Mark your calendars now and remember to register early. See you next year! Graybeard 5K Run Results

First Place, Second Place and Third Place Finishers

Male 12&U- Ryan Kilgallen, Ryan McDade, Patrick Goldberg. 13-15- Conor Gallagher, Stephen Pulkoski and Patrick Kilgallen. 16-19- Johnny Cosgrove and Kevin Conroy. 20-29- James McKeon, Peter Hayden and Nicholas Conroy. 30-39- Frank Pizzo, Fred Cornish and Patrick Judge. 40-49- Rob Cole, Mark Aiken and Steve Gifford. 50-59- James McFarlane, Dan McCarthy and Joe Keenan. 60-69- Glenn Heiberg and Jose Rodriguez. 70+ Bert Robbins, Joseph Miller and Henry Theobald.Female 5K Results 12&UMary EllenWoods, R Casey McDade. 13-15-Taylor Stathis, Moira Tolan and Jenna Quenneville. 16-19- Alyson Lee, Mary Gallagher and Norah Marley. 20-29- Jennifer Tubridy, Kerrie Harnischer and Shannon Fitzpatrick. 30-39- Siobhan Fitzgerald, Judy Aiken and Margaret Kohler. 40-49- Helen Kilgallen, Kathy Sosnowski and Madeline Conway. 50- 59- Anne Keenan, Nancy Ebert and Jackie McGinty. 60-69-Olga Rapalo and Gail Allen. 70+- Rosemary Gurry.

1 Mile-Male- Kevin Leonard, James Mercer, James McCool, Rob Tyne and Tommy Mercer. 1 Mile-Female- Casey Collins, Kathleen Woods, Deirdre Ray, Paige Whelan and Sarah Delfino.

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