44th annual St. Patrick’s Road Race kicks off festive weekend

  • Runners line up for the start of the 44th annual Holyoke St. Patrick’s Road Race, Saturday. Among the runners was the man of steel himself, Superman, lower right. STAFF PHOTO/MIKE MORAN

Staff Writer
Published: 3/17/2019 7:46:52 PM

HOLYOKE — The air was crisp, the streets were lined with spectators offering music, water, beer and jello shots, and there was a party at the finish.

It all added up to the 44th annual St. Patrick’s Road Race.

Saturday’s 10-kilometer race kicked off the festive weekend that ended with Sunday’s parade.

The road race had a different meaning for everyone involved. It could be the first race of the season. It could be a jog between father and son or mother and daughter. It could be just a party in the streets — on scene were Superman, the Flash, a sumo wrestler and Irish Elvis.

Louis Serafini, 27, of Somerville, torched the field of 5,039 and finished the 6.2-mile race in 29 minutes, 37 seconds.

John Busque, 27, of Manchester, Connecticut, was second in 30:53.

Connecticut residents William Sanders (31:11) and Everett Hackett (31:35) were third and fourth. Nicholas Lemon, of Brighton, was fifth in 31:51.

Daniel Crowley, formerly of Ludlow and Amherst College, was seventh in 32:58. Greenfield’s Mark Rabasco was ninth in 33:40.

Donal O’Sullivan, 45, of Leeds, was the top finisher from Hampshire County. O’Sullivan was 16th overall in 34:29. He was first in the 40-49 age division.

Ivan Cordero, 32, who runs for the Western Mass. Distance Project, was 24th. The Easthampton resident finished in 35:31.

Hampshire Regional junior Chris Vayda, 17, was 26th in 35:35. The Southampton resident won the Western Massachusetts Division 2 cross country championship in the fall. He spent the winter in the pool for the Easthampton swim team. Saturday’s race was his first competitive run since the state cross country championship.

“It was pretty fun to get back into running,” Vayda said. “It’s been a little bit since I last raced. I liked it.”

Vayda ran two or three times a week during the winter. It was his third time running St. Patrick’s.

“It brings me into track season,” he said.

Vayda is expected to be one of the top distance runners this spring. He is the defending District F&G 2-mile champion.

Ryan Davis, 27, of South Hadley almost matched his age with his 28th-place showing. Davis crossed in 35:42.

Danielle Winslow, 25, also of South Hadley, was right behind Davis in 35:43.

Winslow was the top overall female finisher. Jenna Gigliotti, 25, of Amherst, was the third female in 36:30.

Sarah Kelly, 40, of Ludlow, won the female 40-49 division in 40:23. Abby Mahoney, 40, of Holyoke, was second in 41:20, while Elizabeth Mueller, 44, of Greenfield, was third in 42:17. South Hadley’s Devon Smith, 43, was fifth in 43:59.

Walpole’s Mimi Fallon, 53, was first in the 50-59 division in 40:27. Martha Grinnell, 52, of Williamsburg, was third in 43:41.

Florence resident Sidney Letendre, 64, finished in 48:35 to win the 60-69 division. Deborah Gebo, 64, of Southampton, was third in 51:45.

Keene, New Hampshire, resident Geraldine Liebert, 71, won the 70-79 division in 1:07:42. Carol Ball, 70, of Greenfield, was fourth in 1:23:50.

Gareth Buckley, 42, of South Hadley, was second behind O’Sullivan in the 40-49 division, finishing in 37:56. Tim Cote, 43, also of South Hadley, was third in 37:58.

Southampton’s Anthony Park, 53, won the 50-59 age group in 39:53.

Leverett resident Edward Appel, 61, crossed in 43:42 to win the 60-69 age division. Pelham’s Jim Duda, 64, was fourth in 46:52.

Hampshire County took three out of the top five in the male 70-79 age division.

Northampton’s Jim Reis, 74, was first in 47:18. David Martula, 74, of Hadley, was third in 56:57, and Walter Mullin, 70, of Amherst, was fifth in 57:45.

South Hadley High graduate Melissa Hine was pleased to just run the race this season.

The 29-year-old strained an abductor muscle and skipped the race last year.

“It happened right around this time so I’m just thankful to be out here,” Hine said.

Hine lives on the course in Holyoke and trained on the hills. Healthy again, she finished 86th overall and was the 12th female in 39:30.

She not only set a course personal record, but she set a new 10K mark as well.

“I totally didn’t think PR today,” she said.

When Hine last ran the race two years ago, she traveled across the state and ran in the New Bedford Half Marathon the next day.

That was not in the plans this time around.

“I am not doing that,” she said with a laugh. “I’ve smartened up. No way.”

Mike Moran can be reached at mmoran@gazettenet.com. Follow on Twitter @mikemoranDHG.

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