2009-07-31 / Sports

Nellie Duncan 5K Run Concludes Rockapulco Series Run

Runners prepare for the race. Runners prepare for the race. As William Shakespeare so eloquently wrote, "Summer's lease hath all too short a date," and so it goes with the Rockapulco Summer Run Series. It seems like only yesterday that the athletes were digging their running shoes out of the back of the closet (well at least some of them were; others never put them away).

The Rockapulco Nellie Duncan 5K on Friday, August 24 was a bittersweet race; the grand finale of the Rockapulco Summer Series. There was a strong turnout for the season's final run.

One hundred and five runners crossed the finish line for the 5K, plus 15 runners in the one-mile run, 17 young runners in the ¼-mile. In addition to the runners, there were others who volunteered (registration, finish line, water at the finish), and a horde of friends and family who cheered them on.

Let's not forget to thank photographer Joe "Ansel Adams" Kearns, who took great photographs once he learned the intricacies of a digital camera.

The top three overall males in the 5K were Dan Edwards, 17:23; Mike Shields, 17:49; and Conor Gallagher, 18:34. The top three overall women were Kerri Gallagher, 19:49; Mary Edwards, 19:59; and Sarah Donahue, 20:31.

The Bay Ridge Shore Road Striders Running Club was out in force. The Bay Ridge Shore Road Striders Running Club was out in force. In the one-mile race, the top three finishers were Trevor Murray, 6:18; Trevor Murray Sr., 6:28; and Michael Mark, 7:05. In the ¼-mile the top three male finishers were Kyle Cornhill, Joseph Featherston and Danny Cornhill. The top three female finishers were Chiday Dawson, Caroline Gifford and Mairead Buckley.

For a complete list of the race results please visit the Rockapulco website at www.rockapulcorun.com. The website had a little trouble deciphering the names, so they apologize profusely for the ones that were butchered. They just had to go with their best guess. Please send an email to rockawaves @yahoo.com and they will correct any spelling errors on the website.

The post-race party was held at the Bungalow Bar and it was a perfect night to dine on the deck.

The food was excellent; cheeseburgers, hot dogs, eggplant hero, potato salad, macaroni salad, and for dessert, John Edwards brought boxes of the famous Meghan's Home-style Chocolate Chip Cookies.

John Edwards (left) joined by his assistants, daughters Meghan and Mary, his wife Kathy, and nephew Dan. At right, You're never too young to start. John Edwards (left) joined by his assistants, daughters Meghan and Mary, his wife Kathy, and nephew Dan. At right, You're never too young to start. The DJ played for the listening and dancing pleasure the guests. The bartender won the 50/50 and generously donated the money back.

The mastermind behind the Rockapulco Summer Run Series is John Edwards, who shows up Thursday nights with a race clock and a trunk full of cheese cakes, blackout cakes, apple crumb cakes, cupcakes and Meghan's Home-style Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Cheese cakes are awarded to the first place winners, male and female; to the last place runner; and cookies for everyone in between. The races are held rain or shine. There are runners of all abilities; it's a very friendly group. For the young runners it's a ¼- mile, although quite a few are now up to the one-mile run and also the 5K run.

Don't put your running shoes away just yet! There's a lot of great running ahead starting tonight with the Graybeards Family Fun Run at St. Francis de Sales. The Kids Run starts at 6:30 p.m., One-Mile Run is at 7 p.m., and the 5K Run at 7:15 p.m. Then on September 20, the Police Officer Chris Hoban 5-Mile Run will take place at Xaverian High School in Bay Ridge Brooklyn. Please visit their website, www.hobanrun.com, for an application and more information.

Mark your calendars for June 3, 2010 as the first race of the Rockapulco Summer Run Series 2010 will take place. Please add comments to their blog, view race photos and the race results on their website www.rockapulcorun. com. They would like to thank The Wave for printing their weekly race synopsis and St. Rose of Lima, St. Camillus, St. Francis de- Sales and Blessed Trinity for listing the races in their weekly bulletin. The great turnout was due in no short measure to their support.

Thank you also goes to John Edwards for organizing another great Rockapulco Summer Run Series.

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