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Friday, July 3, 2009


Sun shines on Carlisle’s Old Home Day

Third largest field runs Carlisle Road Races

Two hundred runners assembled for the 34th Annual Carlisle Road Races, with 140 finishing the one-mile race (67 female, 78 in the 11 and under age group), and 58 in the five-mile race (17 female, with five in the 11 and under age group). The weather conditions were similar to last year, humid and mid-60s.

Four-year-old Ruby Smith, the youngest runner in the one-mile race, crosses the finish line. (Photo by Dave Ives)

Kevin Clarke, 16, wins the one-mile race in 4:59. (Photo by Dave Ives)

In the five-mile race, Adam Fitzgerald’s time of 26:25 was just 27 seconds slower than nine-time winner Tim Harte’s course record of 25:58, set in 1991. Adam, who was also last year’s winner, took a commanding lead, which he never relinquished from the start, as he attempted to break Tim’s 18-year-old record. Philip Lavely, duplicated his 2007 second-place finish, following in 29:33, his best time in this race and 54-year-old Michael Lohrer was 40 seconds back, taking third place in a time of 31:13.

In the women’s division, Kim Ratcliffe, course record-holder, joining Tim Harte as a nine-time winner, crossed the line in 36:49. Gillian Lucks Kaeyer was second in a time of 37:41. Nineteen seconds back was third-place finisher Patricia Russo, posting a 38:01.

In the one-mile race, Kevin Clarke outkicked Philip Lavely, breaking the 5:00 barrier. His 4:59 gave him a five-second edge over Philip, a top finisher in recent years, who crossed the line in 5:04, his best time in this race. Christopher Bojanic, took third place in 5:49.

In the women’s division Kelsey Erickson won in the time of 6:24, improving her previous time by 49 seconds. Lucy Hill, 13th overall, was the 2nd place finisher in 6:30, followed by Katherine Sorrows, who ran 6:41.

The youngest finishers were Lilly Jimenez (11) in the five-mile race and Ruby Smith (4) in the one-mile. The oldest finishers were Murray Edelberg (69) in the five-mile and Ronald Kmiec (66) in the one-mile. Family participation was again quite significant in both races. There were 24 families with at least three members running this year, accounting for 82 of the total 198 (41%). If anyone is due a medal or ribbon or was not at the awards ceremony to accept it, please call Leslie or Ronald Kmiec at 369-6130, or email

The Jimenez family sits down to a pancake breakfast at the Congregational Church. From left to right are Annie, Rosie, Lori, Lucy, Lilly and Ray Jimenez. Dee Daly (right) serves up the coffee. (Photo by Ellen Huber)
Among the many puppets created for the Carlisle Kids’ House float was a high-flying mosquito. The float won first place. (Photo by Dave Ives)
Taking second place for best float in the parade was the Harring family with The Kitchen Sink, complete with balloon bubbles. (Photo by Dave Ives)
Making a great showing in the Three-legged Race are Evey Hamor (left) and Gabriella Walsh. (Photo by Katie Hart)
Hawk Hamor and his talented frog pose after winning first place in the Frog Jumping Contest. (Photo by Katie Hart)
Winning third place for speed in the Soapbox Derby is Connor Lofdahl. (Photo by Mike Quayle)

The complete list of results and many photos can be viewed by going to the Old Home Day site

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