Fun Times at the Graybeards Family Fun Run


The 15th edition of the Graybeards Family Fun Run once again defied dire early weather predictions, producing a fabulous night with 500 runners participating in at least one race. Spectators more than doubled race attendance, cheering the runners of all ages from one to 86, and then convening in the Fr. Grogan Memorial Schoolyard at St. Francis de Sales (SFDS), to celebrate with food and beverages, music from Gearth, Wind & Fireman, games and children’s rides, raffles and awards.

This year’s race was very special, honoring the memory of SFDS parishioner Eileen M. Lavin, and everyone was true to the theme to Always Run with your Heart. The children’s races kicked things off at 6:30 p.m. with waves of kids pouring down Rockaway 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 p.m. and Sean Mulvihill took the trophy in 5:15. Anthony Markle, Joseph Alessandro, Kiernan Smith, and Christopher Reilly completed the top five. Hanna Mills was female champion followed by Corinne Connelly, Emily Thompson, Noelle Polanco, and Nancy McDade. This year’s 5k raced once again featured segments along the Boardwalk, Rockaway Beach Boulevard, and Neponsit Avenue. Patrick Goldberg reclaimed his title in 18:45 trailed by Fred Murgida, Tom Patchett, Alex Goldberg, and John Conroy. Caroline Gifford won the female plate in 24:17. Meghan Murphy came in 2nd, Kerry Brady 3rd, Siobhan Fitzgerald 4th and Kiera Price 5th. Tom Patchett 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. Special thanks to Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato and Councilman Eric Ulrich for their support of the Triple Crown series. 

Age Group winners were as follows:

12 and under-Male- Matt Marten, Female-Brigit Butler

13-15-Male- Thomas Anich, Female-Kiera Price

16-20-Male-Alex Goldberg, Female-Margaret Tolan

21-29-Male-James Mercer

30-39-Male-Dan Drew, Female-Joan Williams

40-49-Male-Jason Blank, Female-Siobhan Fitzgerald

50-59-Male-Diego Ferreyra, Female-Kim Green

60-69-Male-Danny McCarthy, Kathy Kirk

70-79-Male-John Cassidy, Female-Gail Allen

80+ Male-Bert Robbins, Female-Rosemary Gurry and Peggy Moerler

Many thanks for this great evening are due to our sponsors- Footlocker (Jeanne Lavin Zocks), The Wave, Jameson’s; NYPD and 100 Pct CAO’s Smyth and Moore; NYC Parks; DSNY (Kevin Bagley and JoJo O’Grady); Fr. Bill, Fr. Jim, Fr. Patrick and the SFDS rectory staff; Race Director Joe Featherston; John Edwards, Ralph Yozzo, Tommy Murphy and Felix Gilroy of Boardwalk Timing; Richie Singh of Plymouth Burgers, Billy Egan, Allison Bagley, Graybeards' administrative wonder woman Jean Condon; all the 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 family in need. Mark your calendar for the 16th annual Graybeards Family Fun Run on Friday July 20, 2018. Please note next year’s race is one week earlier than usual.

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