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The Rockaway Times
14th Fam Fun Run A Blast
The 14th edition of the Gray-
beards Family Run once again
defied dire early weather pre-
dictions producing a fabulous
night that saw a new high for
registered runners with 500+
participating in at least one
race. Spectators more than
cheering the runners of all
ages from 1-86, and then con-
vening in the Fr. Grogan Me-
morial Schoolyard at St. Fran-
cis de Sales, to celebrate with
food and beverages, music
from Gearth, Wind & Firemen,
games and children’s rides,
raffles and awards.
The children’s races kicked
things off at 6:30 with waves of
runners pouring down Rock-
away Beach Blvd to receive
their ribbons after completing
their trek. Rockaway’s Special
Athletes followed, drawing a
tremendous response from the
crowd. The 1 Mile set off at 7:00
and Kyle Cornish took the tro-
phy in a blistering 5:19. Sean
Mulvihill, Terence Marten, Ian
Byrne, and Joseph Butler com-
pleted the top 5. Annie Mc-
Manus was female champion
in 6:20 followed by Chloe Mur-
phy, Kathleen Walker, Kelly Er-
hard, and Kaitlin Potter.
With the boardwalk once
again open for the first time
since Sandy, the main event
returned to a 5K distance. Alex
Goldberg led a coterie of Arch-
bishop Molloy veterans to take
the 5k championship in 17:41,
wresting the title from his
brother Patrick, who finished
3rd. Fred Murgida was 2nd,
Kieran Rock 4th, and Ronald
Joseph 5th. Jackie Thompson
of Notre Dame Academy won
the female plate in 21:57. Car-
oline Gifford was 2nd, Olivia
Murray 3rd, Brigit Butler 4th
and Siobhan Fitzgerald 5th.
Tom Patchett finished 6th, and
posted the best combined time
in the Family Run, the Kevin
Kearney Rockapulco Run, and
the BCAC Shamrock Shuffle/
Dawn’s Fun Run, to capture
the Rockaway Triple Crown.
Caroline Gifford retained the
crown on the female side. In
addition to their crown, each
received a $500 prize courtesy
of Assemblyman Phil Goldfed-
er and Councilman Eric Ul-
rich. Goldfeder was in conten-
tion for the crown but Patchett
was too strong. To retain her
amateur status, Gifford donat-
ed her prize.
Age Group winners were as
12 and under- Male-Joseph
Butler, Female-Brigit Butler
13-15-Male- Michael Tuffey,
Female-Megan Murray
16-20-Male-Kieran Rock, Fe-
male-Carolyn Crocker
21-29-Male-Eugene Shvarts-
30-39-Male-Ronald Joseph,
Female-Mannon Gilroy
40-49-Male-Paul Monahan,
Female-Siobhan Fitzgerald
Female-Diane Tuffey
60-69-Male-Danny McCar-
thy, Female-Jackie McGinty
70-79-Male-Octavio Lopez
80+ Male-Bert Robbins
Many thanks for this great
evening are due to our spon-
sors, Graybeards Administra-
tive wonder woman Jean Con-
don; all my fellow Graybeards
who turned out to volunteer in
droves, and all the runners and
their families. Special thanks
for all those who bought raffle
tickets to support a local fam-
ily in need. Mark your calen-
dar for the 15th annual Gray-
beards Family Run on Friday
July 28, 2017.