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Secret's out: Fairfield place for grand half-marathon experience

Published 4:27 pm, Thursday, June 26, 2014
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A local road race with a huge field of runners is a benefit to a community in many ways. It brings postitive attention to a town and helps the local economy with thousands entrenched in the town for many hours surrounding the race or for days for competitors from out of the area who seek nearby lodging.

The Stratton Faxon Road Race weekend on June 21-22 was such an event. More than 6,500 entrants, an excess of 5,000 for last Sunday's half-marathon, continue to entrench it as notable regionally and nationally. Even coordinator John Bysiewicz pointed out that the weekend attracted runners from six countries and 33 states as well as Washington, D.C. The half marathon has won national recognition and awards, and its reputation has been cemented since the first race around Jennings Beach 34 years ago.

If there were almost 6,500 runners, there were approximately 6,500 different story lines. Families, from Fairfiefld and elsewhere, ran together. Friends entered together, too, running alongside for as much as possible. And there was team competition in both races. Fairfield is a running destination in the early summer.

Reasons to come here

Mary-Lynn Currier, of Burlington, was the last American to win the women's overall competition back in 2000. She comes back each year -- this was her 25th running -- because race organizers want her back. This year, at age 50, she was 53rd overall and the sixth woman to finish, running in 1:26:08. During the awards ceremony, several men who were near her at some point along he 13.1-mile course came up to congratulate her.

Currier won the 50-54-year-old age group and was the first woman older than 40 to cross the finish line. She is an avid runner of road races.

Currier said she likes the beach atmosphere and that the race is staged in state. Burlington borders Farmington.

One man who sought her out afterwards was Wilton's Greg Pelican (1:26:45), who wound up 65th, and noted when she passed him. For Pelican, living two towns away from Fairfield, this was a great training opportunity. In September, in Sweden, he will compete in the World Championships for the duathlon, which is a run (10K), followed by an 80-mile bicycling led, then another run (30K).

"I heard good things about this race and wanted to check it out," Pelican said. This was his first Stratton Faxon race and second half marathon that he's run.

Mark Davison, 45, of Cheshire, was third in the men's 40-45 division in 1:25:22. His reason for running here for the fourth time was the team competition for his group from the State Police, which won on June 22. "It's a good course, it's usually a nice day. It's a lot of fun," he said.

Age-group winners 5K

The top three finishers in each age-group division of the 5K road race (complete results on race website: www.fairfieldhalf.org).

Female 13-and-younger: 1. Madi McCreesh, Southport, 21:46 (67th overall); 2. Abigail Baisley, Fairfield, 21:53 (73); 3. Peggy Hutchinson, Fairfield, 21:53 (74). Female 14-19: 1. Kelly Walsh, Fairfield, 21:30 (59); 2. Gabby Galletta, Fairfield, 22:12 (92); 3. Caroline Pangallo, Fairfield, 22:31 (105). Female 20-29: 1. Amanda Tripodi, Darien, 21:45 (66); 2. Briana Curran, Fairfield, 22:10 (90); Annika Heumann, Southport, 23:11 (124). Female 30-39: 1. Kara Glad, Fairfield, 23:00 (117); 2. Elzbieta Bevan, Ridgefield, 23:28 (136); 3. Jennifer Scioscia, Oxford, 23:38 (143). Female 40-44: Monika Donlon, Oxford, 24:26 (178); 2. Catherine Cunningham, Fairfield, 24:21 (192); 3. Susannah Emra, Fairfield, 24:50 (199). Female 45-49: 1. Lisa Romanchik, Trumbull, 21:38 (62); 2. MC Thibault, Stamford, 24:25 (177); 3. Jana Ireijo, Westport, 24:42 (194). Female 50-54: 1. Kimberly Driscoll, Fairfield, 20:59 (45); 2. Martha Terry, Southport, 21:57 (80); 3. Katharine Radziewicz, Fairfield, 24:54 (204). Female 55-59: 1. Maria Rockoff, Easton, 24:56 (206); 2. Allison Hirst, Fairfield, 25:35 (249); 3. Cindy Lyons, Wilton, 25:59 (280). Female 60-64: 1. Linda Goldstein, Fairfield, 27:13 (386); 2. Susan Lohnas, Niskayuna, N.Y., 29:20 (565); 3. Jean Lynch, West Haven, 31:30 (737). Female 65-69: 1. Barbara Segaloff, New Haven, 26:36 (327); 2. Mary Ellen Luby, Fairfield, 40:15 (1,097). Female 70-74: 1. Ilse Martin, Fairfield, 36:19 (994); 2. Betsy Gardner, Fairfield, 40:27 (1,101). Female 75-79: 1. Monica Roche, Fairfield, 31:53 (758); 2. J. Ann Lee, Stamford, 48:49 (1,226). Male 13-and-younger: 1. Luke Laferriere, Southport, 21:29 (54); 2. Peter G. Harding, Fairfield, 21:58 (82); 3. Griffin Boyle, Fairfield, 23:16 (127). Male 14-19: 1. Chris Faber, Oxford, 17:11 (4); 2. David Bates, Southport, 17:41 (8); 3. Ben Ruffing, Redding, 17:51 (10). Male 20-29: 1. Nicholas Aeppel, Southport, 17:28 (5); 2. Christopher Barrett, Fairfield, 17:33 (6); 3. Christopher Albanese, Fairfield, 19:47 (23). Male 30-39: 1. Jeffrey Zawadzki, Fairfield, 17:37 (7); 2. Nick Fraticelli, Danbury, 17:49 (9); 3. James McCaffrey, Trumbull, 18:12 (11). Male 40-44: 1. Michael Prinzivalli, Hamden, 20:19 (32); 2. Rick Hutchison, Fairfield, 21:26 (56); 3. Abelardo Moriera, Danbury, 21:51 (72). Male 45-49: 1. Wesley Oliveira, Bridgeport, 18:56 (14); 2. Michael Racanello, Cortlandt Manor, N.Y., 19:23 (19); 3. Peter Katis, Bridgeport, 19:59 (26). Male 50-54: 1. Matthew Cross, Stamford, 19:00 (15); 2. Jack Hoey, Watertown, 20:05 (28); 3. Mark Thompson, Mamaroneck, N.Y., 20:19 (31). Male 55-59: 1. Manoel Leal, Danbury, 19:36 (21); 2. Derek McGlynn, Branford, 20:49 (37); 3. Ron Sieracki, Woodbury, 21:12 (51). Male 60-64: 1. Stephen Gardner, New York, N.Y., 23:29 (137); 2. Michael Chait, Greenwich, 23:34 (140); 3. Vincent Hoey, Naugatuck, 25:11 (225). Male 65-69: 1. Skip Hayden, Fairfield, 29:04 (545); 2. Anthony Anastasio, Fairfield, 31:48 (752); 3. Samuel Bliman, New York, N.Y., 35:08 (937). Male 70-74: 1. John Samsel, New York, N.Y., 22:18 (98); 2. Jerry Brown, East Lyme, 25:51 (271); 3. Robert Edwards, Eastleigh, Ind., 26:50 (346). Male 75-79: 1. Michael Goldman, Scarsdale, N.Y., 28:51 (519); 2. David Adams, New Haven, 30:17 (645); 3. Thomas McIntosh Jr., Coventry, 33:13 (841). Male 80-99: 1. Tony Medeiros, Westerly, R.I., 39:32 (1,085); 2. Jim Stevens, Trumbull, 39:42 (1,087); 3. Herman Bershtein, Hamden, 45:32 (1,190).

Age-group winners

half marathon

Female 14-19: 1. Alayna Bigalbal, Leesburg, Va., 1:31:38 (113th overall); 2. Molly Robb, Fairfield, 1:32:00 (120); 3. Katie Metayer, Wilbraham, Mass., 1:39:10 (275). Female 20-29: 1. Kara Lightowler, Orange, 1:27:42 (71); 2. Amanda Gosselin, Norwalk, 1:29:09 (85); 3. Christine Shaw, Manchester, N.H., 1:29:21 (88). Female 30-39: 1. Jackie Baumgartner, North Branford, 1:26:22 (57); 2. Sara Belles, Brookfield, 1:29:07 (84); 3. Lauren Cullen, Ossining, N.Y., 1:31:27 (112). Female 40-44: 1. Anne Campbell, Niantic, 1:36:12 (188); 2. Shawna Kohl, West Hartford, 1:39:32 (284); 3. Debbie Ragals, Bedford, N.Y., 1:39:51 (297). Female 45-49: 1. Liz Herbert, Darien, 1:31:41 (114); 2. Nancy Labiner, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1:33:22 (135); 3. Mary-Frances Horan, Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y., 1:38:58 (269). Female 50-54: 1. Mary-Lynn Currier, Burlington, 1:26:08 (53); 2. Tracey Lane, Hamden, 1:40:52 (324); 3. Claudia Kefor, Glastonbury, 1:42:15 (382). Female 55-59: 1. Cynthia McHugh, Fairfield, 1:41:58 (375); 2. Cory Benson, Newtown, 1:42:25 (387); 3. Catherine Lyons, Bloomfield, 1:43:28 (430). Female 60-64: 1. Cynthia Gardner, Pittsford, Mass., 1:40:54 (325); 2. Dorit Heimer, New York, N.Y., 1:45:04 (508); 3. Sharon Mendes, North Windham, 1:49:33 (779). Female 65-69: 1. Janet Voelpert, Shelton, 1:55:03 (1,163); 2. Joanne Lynn, Cheshire, 2:22:11 (2,891); 3. Mindi Adler, Pelham, N.Y., 2:33:20 (3,270). Female 70-74: 1. Judy Savitt, Bridgeport, 3:03:47 (3,653); 2. Kathleen Scotti, West Hartford, 3:39:22 (3,696). Female 75-79: 1. Gene Van Camp, Lisle, Ill., 3:19:04 (3,682). Male 14-19: 1. Calvin Park, Trumbull, 1:20:53 (27); 2. Anthony Erno, Glenville, N.Y., 1:23:31 (38); 3. Matthew Scholl, Fairfield, 1:25:42 (48). Male 20-29: 1. Mike Popejoy, Somerville, Mass., 1:06:37 (6); 2. Abu Kebede, Ethiopia, 1:07:01 (7); 3. Birhanu Kamai, Ethiopia, 1:07:52 (8). Male 30-39: 1. Tim Kuklis, Mount Kisco, N.Y., 1:16:56 (18); 2. Timothy Moylan, Stamford, 1:21:10 (31); 3. Taichi Sakai, Rego Park, N.Y., 1:25:33 (47). Male 40-44: 1. Alejandro Pasten, Stamford, 1:20:59 (28); 2. Cary Segall, New York, N.Y., 1:21:21 (32); 3. Michael Fraysse, Derry, N.H., 1:24:21 (40). Male 45-49: 1. Wantuil Souza, Bridgeport, 1:22:52 (35); 2. Tom Harding, Westport, 1:24:59 (44); 3. Mark Davison, Cheshire, 1:25:22 (45). Male 50-54: 1. Ralf Hennig, Bedford, N.Y., 1:26:21 (56); 2. John Minervino, Higganum, 1:27:09 (68); 3. David Pantin, Hamden, 1:30:01 (93). Male 55-59: 1. Greg Pelican, Wilton, 1:26:45 (65); 2. James Mas, Shelton, 1:28:06 (75); 3. Nelson Azevedo, Southbury, 1:33:12 (133). Male 60-64: 1. John Krasniewicz, Old Greenwich, 1:39:00 (270); 2. George Nelson, Cos Cob, 1:39:02 (271); 3. Jack Sirotnik, Milford, 1:41:52 (370). Male 65-69: 1. Inkul Yoo, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1:46:55 (592); 2. Robert Burlinson, Bridgeport, 1:56:55 (1,272); 3. Patrick Gormally, Litchfield, 1:58:38 (1,405). Male 70-74: 1. Benny Kim, Norwood, N.J., 1:58:00 (1,348); 2. Peter Yu, Brooklyn, N.Y., 2:03:28 (1,751); 3. Craig Morrison, Bethel, 2:04:34 (1,830). Male 75-79: 1. Kenneth Brookler, Norwalk, 2:28:33 (3,125).

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