Over 230 athletes lined up under sunny skies on Water Street South in St. Marys last Sunday for the 2016 River Road Run.
There were 124 people ranging in age from 1 to 67 finishing the 3 km run either on foot or in a stroller. Eleven-year-old Kelly Mantel of Princeton placed first with a speedy time of 12:25. Rounding out the top 5 were Lydia Taylor of St. Marys, with a time of 13:01, Nate Schiedel of St. Marys, with a time of 13:06, Lakeside’s Owen Littlejohn who had a time of 13:14 and Kelli Schiedel of St. Marys who ran in 13:14.
67 athletes completed the 5 km race, ranging in age from 7 to 70. Albano Castanha of London came in first place with a time of 18:29. Thirteen-year-old Ethan Aarts of Lakeside placed second with a time of 18:41, followed by Ben Douglas of St. Marys who ran in 19:11. Deanna Kerekes of St. Marys was fourth with a time of 19:13, and Jack Fairfield of St. Thomas rounded out the top five with a time of 20:56.
An even 40 racers finished the 10 km race, ranging in age from 16 to 68. St. Marys DCVI’s own Marcel Scheele, 16, ran to a first place finish in 34:17. He also placed first in the 5 km event last year. Next was Adam Cornwall of St. Marys with a time of 34:33. Coming in third was London’s Greg Graham at 38:10, followed by Michael Boyle of Exeter at 40:26. Rounding out the top five was Chad McCallum of Brussels at 40:56.
Another notable athlete competing in the 5 km run for us here at the Independent was publisher Stewart Grant, who came in a respectable 13th place in the 5 km run with a time of 22:47. His wife Laurie and children Sydney and Jake all ran in the 3 km race, placing 61st, 40th and 10th, respectively.