Nice Weather Sparks 8th Annual Graybeard Family Run
After last year’s rain, beautiful weather returned to Belle Harbor last Friday night for the 8th Annual Graybeards Family Run, and so did the throngs of runners. It was a great evening as over 400 runners participated in the various races. The children started the action and packed Rockaway Beach Boulevard as they sprinted, accompanied by Sponge Bob, Elmo, and other characters, to the cheers of their parents, grandparents and friends.
The Special Olympians once again inspired with their high spirited dash along the boulevard. The 1- Mile Race followed and the runners were excited by the crowds at Family Fun Night and the music of Solshyne as they made their turn at Beach 121 and the boardwalk.
Helen Tolan, with a time of 5:50, came in just ahead of Matt McDade (5:52) to take the trophy. The 5K followed and in addition to the energy lift provided at Beach 121 Street, the runners were spurred on by a lonely bagpiper at Beach 108 Street as the race reminded many of the NYC Marathon (just shorter!). Phillip O’Connell broke the tape in 17:59 with Rockaway running legend Jim McVeigh placing second, and Patrick Goldberg was third. Krystal Cosenza won the Female division followed by Judy Aiken and Bridget Hillier.
Everyone returned to the St. Francis schoolyard where hamburgers, hot dogs, and drinks were plenty, rides and games entertained the young ones, and the Gray Riders blew away the yard with a two-hour set featuring the Downtown Horns. The Awards Ceremony and the always popular raffles concluded the night.
Full results will be in The Wave next week but here are the category results in order of finish: One Mile Male: Matt McDade (5:52); Patrick Mohan; Sean Mohan; Terence Moriarty; Joseph Featherston.
One Mile Female: Helen Tolan (5:50); Rian Courtney; Moira Tolan; Bridget Harrington; Lauren Marten.
5K Male: Phillip O’Connell (17:59); Jim McVeigh (18:52); and Patrick Goldberg (19:56). 5K Female: Krystal Cosenza (22:54); Judy Aiken (23:13); and Bridget Hillier (23:28).
Male 12 and Under: Stephen O’Connell; Alex Goldberg; Connor Buckley. Female 12 and Under: Maddie McDade; Katie Marquardt; Isabella Neibel.
Male 13-15: Patrick Goldberg; Jimmy Wolfer; Tommy Mercer. Female 13-15: Krystal Cosenza; Mary Ellen Woods; Brigid Campbell.
Male 16-20: Phillip O’Connell; John Cosgrove; Sean McVeigh. Female 16-20: Casey Collins; Devin Nuszer; Theresa Tolan.
Male 21-29: Ronald Joseph; Charlie Heym; Eric Heym. Female 21-29: Carolyn Morabit; Kerri Harnisher; Allison Bagley.
Male 30-39: Justin Flanagan; Sean Parchment; Brian Fitzpatrick. Female 30-39: Judy Aiken; Bridget Hillier; Kathy Ann Murray.
Male 40-49: Pete Tuffey; James Buckley; Donald O’Connell. Female 40-49: Lorraine Fallon; Denise Lo- Presti; Diane Tuffey.
Male 50-59: Jim McVeigh; Tom Ray; Robert Dineen. Female 50-59: Nancy Hanson; Madeline Conway; Donna Ward.
Male 60-69: Russell Hauk; Tommy Hart; Jose Rodriguez. Female 60-69: Jackie McGinity; Merle Robinson. Male 70+: Bert Robbins. Female 70+: Rosemary Gurry; Peggy Moerler.
Race Directors Keith Goldberg and Joe Featheston would like to thank all the runners and spectators, Msgr. Brown and the St. Francis de Sales staff, Jill Weber and NYC Parks, Capt. Barrett, P.O. McCabe and the 100 Precinct, sponsors, our fellow Graybeards and Graybeards staff Linda Marten and Kate, and all our other volunteers, especially Billy Egan, Donna Ward, John Edwards, Felix Gilroy, Kim Mullen, Allison Bagley and Brian Bagley.
If you did not receive your award, you may pick it up at the Summer Classic this week. Mark your calendar now for the 9th Annual Graybeards Family Run on Friday, July 29, 2011.