Rivera and Kelly Heroux Win On Hawaiian Shirt Day
Carlos Rivera and Kelly Heroux took advantage of dry roads and sunny
skies to post easy victories as a large crowd turned out to enjoy
the 10K tour of Forest Park. Carlos gained his 29th career
Snowstorm Classic title moving him to within three races of
surpassing list leader Dave Hanechak. Kelly earned her third
victory this season and fifth career title.
Carlos took the lead at the sound of the Sacramento cowbell and
opened a large gap on the field by racing up the opening hill,
essentially ending the race then. However he continued to push
the pace as he soloed around the course, concluding his wire to wire
efforts in a fast 35:47.
The race for second was more dramatic as GSH teammates Mike Gauvin,
Steve Lombardo and Brian Walsh hooked up in a real foot race.
None gave an inch as the lead changed hands several
times before Brian Walsh utilized his secret half miler speed to
pull away in 38:19. Steve took 3rd in 38:31 closely followed
by Mike in 38:37.
Doug Guertin captured master (over 40) honors with a solid 40:32
clocking while Frank Rucki was the first senior (over 50) in
40:50. Art Roberts surprised no one by winning his sixth
consecutive veterans (over 60) title in 44:06 while the youngsters
were well represented by Joe
Crooks who took junior (under 20) honors in 40:02.
Kelly duplicated Carlos' strategy as the smooth striding East
Brookfield resident took the lead early and steadily increased her
advantage kilometer by kilometer to cross the line in 41:58.
Colleen Cummings outran the rest of the women's field in 48:04 while
EORC's Kim Buescher
took 3rd in 48:32. Elizabeth Cullinan was the first junior in
49:26, while Sue Grant made the Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club
proud by winning three divisions (master, senior and veterans)
Noiel Fontaine (43:28) and Kelly Sullivan (55:37) were the first
Hawaiian shirt finishers
thereby earning a traditional Hawaiian lei courtesy of race
volunteer Debbie Askwith who enlivened the mid-way point of the
Snowstorm Classic season by providing a variety of Hawaiian
foods, decorations and music.