By Beth David, Editor
A small field of 82 finished the 17th annual Fort Phoenix 5K Road Race on a bright and sunny Sunday, 9/10, in Fairhaven. The family friendly race includes a simultanious, non-competitive walk, with nine walkers participating this year.
Race organizer Kathy Lopes said there were no issues, it “went off like clockwork again,” and thanked the Fairhaven Police Department and the Fire Department, which provided an on-site ambulance…just in case.
Overall winner was Michael Vaz of Dartmouth in 16:31; next over the line was Cody Gibney of New Bedford in 16:42; then Heather Cappello of Brookline in 17:37. which broke the course record for women.
Third male over the line, for a cash prize, was Angel Rosado of Fall River in 18:13. Second female over the line was Lauren Fereshetian of Marion in 20:01, followed by Ann Preisig of Falmouth in 20:08.
Youngest runners were 11-year-old twins Hannah and Calder Eaton in 30:36 and 32:02 respectively.
The oldest over the line was Fairhaven’s own Barbara Belanger, 80, who won the 70+ age group with a time of 34:36.
Cash awards are given to the top three male and femail finishers. Medals were awarded to the top three males and females in eight age categories. Each division winner also won a chocolate running shoe by Dorothy Cox Chocolates. Pre-registered runners all got t-shirts.
Net proceeds of the race go to local nonprofit organizations that support sports, community, history, and education, such as the Curtis L. Lopes II Scholarship Fund, part of the Fairhaven Dollars for Scholars.
For complete race results, visit http://www.JBRace.com.
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