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Friday, July 2, 2010


Record field runs Carlisle Five and Fun One races

ON YOUR MARK... Runners wait for the starting signal in the one-mile race.
(Photo by Beth Clarke)

Cassi Knight set a new course record in the women’s fi ve-mile race.
(Photo by Beth Clarke)

Several records were broken at the 35th Annual Carlisle Road Races on June 26. A record 213 runners reached the finish line of the combined races: a record 150 finished the one-mile race (62 female, 79 in the 19 & under age groups), and 63 in the five-mile race (20 female, with nine in the 19 & under age groups).

In the women’s division of the five-mile race, Cassi Knight (21), 2007 winner, became the new course record-holder, her 30:58 time besting the former record of 31:51 held for 14 years by Kim Ratcliffe. She also accomplished another first in becoming the only woman to ever finish in the top three overall finishers. Blair Robinson (18) took second in a time of 34:32, followed by third place finisher Patricia Russo (47) in 36:50.

For the third straight year, Adam Fitzgerald (28) won the five-mile race in a time of 26:44, taking the lead from the start and commanding the race to the end. Nursing an ankle injury from a soccer accident a few days prior, Tim Harte (42), nine-time winner and course record-holder (25:58, held for 20 years now) managed a 30:32 for second place. Lee Storrs (51) finished in third in 31:43.

Repeating as the winner of the one-mile race was Kevin Clarke (17). He held a comfortable lead to finish in 5:20. Brendan Nunan (16) was 25 seconds back in second place with a time of 5:45, outlasting Ben Schofield’s (14) 5:46 effort.

In the women’s division of the one-mile race, nine-time winner of the five-mile race, Kim Ratcliffe (49), won in the time of 6:53.65. Victoria Abel (18) was three seconds back in 6:57, followed by Elisabeth Sorrows (15), who ran 7:07. Rennie Munson’s 1981 record of 5:51 remained intact for the 30th year!

The youngest finishers were Ben Richardson (10) in the five-mile race and Mike Fink (2) in the one mile. The oldest finishers were Murray Edelberg (70), also winning the 1st place medal in the 70+ division in the five mile, and Ronald Kmiec (67) in the one mile.

Significant family participation has been a hallmark of the one-mile race. There were 27 families with at least three members running this year, accounting for 105 of the total 213 finishers (49%). The Mariano family had seven; Jimenez had six; Fink, Forelli, Hammond/Wu, Kolstad, Smith, Stevenson had five; Ahn/Joseph, Heen/Richardson, Perkins, Quayle, Ratcliffe, had four; Bishop, Brown (Davis Road), Brown (Russell Street), Clark, Farrow, Hatch, Ih, Kalkstein, Kirlin, Kissinger, Meyer/Engdahl, Sagalyn, Shimmel and Storrs had three.

A heartfelt thanks to Ferns Country Store, which was responsible for the T-shirt design and drinks for all the runners, plus the helpers to distribute them.

Special thanks also to Chief Sullivan and Lt. Crowe, the traffic control overseer, and all the Carlisle Police officers assisting for their as always superb job, making both races safe for the runners.

Utmost appreciation to the following individuals, many of whom have volunteered their time and expertise year after year: Andrew and Sarah Bunce, Joshua and Newell Cantrill, Phil Conti, Kay Edelberg, race line co-coordinator Anne Halvorsen, Ken and Marilyn Harte, Amanda Hickman, Julia Lavely, Lynn and Stan Lucks, Sabrina Perry, Amanda Siedlar, Martha Svatek and Melissa Weiksnar. Carl Popolo, ably assisted by Mike Travisano, again improved the computer database and sorting capabilities, which enabled the handling of the significant amounts of data that are necessary for runner registration and race results.

If anyone is due a T-shirt or medal/ribbon and was not at the awards ceremony to accept it, please call Leslie or Ronald Kmiec at 1-978-369-6130, or e-mail

The complete list of results and many photos can be the Old Home Day site, ∆

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