2009-08-07 / Sports

Skies Clear To Kick Off Seventh Annual Graybeards Run

Late afternoon showers put a damper on the turnout, but it was all systems go for the 7th Annual Graybeards Family Run presented by Arverne By The Sea, on Friday, July 31.

Nearly 300 runners waited out the storm and braved the elements as a window opened up to conduct the various races. Once again, the children's races drew the loudest applause. Rockaway's Special Olympians showed their true sporting spirit and turned out for an exciting and inspirational run.

The Mile Race followed with Patrick Goldberg breaking the finish line tape in 6:34, while Casey Collins was the first female in 6:52. The 5K run then saw two champions hoist the plate. James Mercer took overall honors with a time of 19:57. Jimmy Wolfer was a close second in 20:01, with Sean McVeigh right behind him in 20:02.

Megan Edwards showed her father, Rockapulco Race Director John Edwards, that she still has it, to take the female top prize in 21:23. Carol Farrell saved face for the veteran runners by placing second once again in 22:21. Mary Ellen Woods was third in 22:59.

The weather moved the party into the St. Francis gym and small hall. In addition to the abundance of hot dogs, hamburgers, and drinks served up by the Graybeards, children's rides and activities were a hit for the younger set. The Gray Riders once again provided the soundtrack for the evening. Check them out at upcoming appearances at The Wharf, Bungalow Bar, Jameson's and RAA Moonstage.

Raffle prizes were donated by Jeanne Lavin Zocks of Footlocker and our local merchants. The Graybeards Family Run wants to thank Brian McCabe, Joe Roberts, and the NYPD, Jill Weber, LeRoy Temple and Gerda of NYC Parks, Msgr. Brown and St. Francis de Sales, their sponsors and donors, fellow Graybeards and all the other volunteers, race director Joe Featherston, and the Graybeards staff - Linda Marten, Mary Ellen Olsen and Melissa Flaherty.

The Graybeards especially thank all their runners and supporters. The 8th Annual Graybeards Family Run will be on Friday, July 30, 2010. Mark your calendars now and remember to register early.

Five-K Age Group Results: Male 12 and under - Chris Ray, Alex Goldberg, Peter Tuffey; 13-15 - Ryan McDade, Tommy Mercer, James Goldberg; 16-19 - James McCool, Joseph Keenan; 30-39 - John Laide, Jay Butler, Sean Fitzgerald; 40-49 - Rob Cole, Pete Tuffey, Tom Ray; 50-59 — Joe Keenan, Russell Hauk, Jimmy Cashin; 70+ — Bert Robbins

Female Age Group Results: 12 and under - Caroline Gifford, Marina Cregan, Deirdre McCool; 13-15 - Moira Tolan, Casey Collins, Deirdre Munday; 30-39 - Siobhan Fitzgerald; 40- 49 - Darlene Galli, Liz Cunningham, Ellen Ayrovainen; 50-59 - Donna Ward, Pat McVeigh; 60-69 - Jackie McGinty; 70+ — Rosemary Gurry

Male One Mile Results: Patrick Goldberg, Conor Hughes, Charlie Marquardt, Robert Henschel, Matt McDade

Female One Mile Results: Casey Collins, Kailin Twomey, Deirdre Munday, Helen Tolan, Maddie McDade.

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