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DeGannes, David Repeat in STAR’s 34th Annual Founders’ Run

Under the cloudy skies that runners find comfortable, 25 of them contested the Annual Founders’ Run on Sunday, Oct. 9. This was the 34th anniversary of a friendly run in 1982 organized and attended by persons who would later establish the St. Thomas Association of Roadrunners (STAR) and offer schedules of running and walking events that continue to today.
As they had several times before, Shane DeGannes and Ruth Ann David outpaced their pursuers over the 3.1-mile course, with DeGannes finishing as first male in 17:41 and David as winning female in 20:39. Both had won previously in somewhat faster times, and the standing course records of 16:08:55 and 19:06, respectively, remained unthreatened.
In the Men’s Open division, Connor Mackelvey was second in 19:06 followed by last year’s winner Brad Kappel (22:35). Women’s Open runners-up were Lisa Parfitt (22:56) and Keara Joseph (24:31).
Youth (under 18) provided excellent performances as well. Karan Gaikwad (20:56) and Silas Wisehart (21:27) finished among the top five males; Shaia David (23:59) and Kaia Anspacher (24:39) finished among the top five females.
First place finishers, female and male, in three age groups received subscriptions to running magazines as did two other participants chosen by random draw.
For more information, contact Roy Watlington at 777-8183 or rawatlington@earthlink.net. STAR will continue to assist the Interscholastic Cross-Country series, which meets on Tuesday afternoons, Oct. 11, 18 and 25, starting at 3:45 p.m. STAR’s next race is the 18th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness 2-mile Walk/Run. This benefit race will start at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 at the West Indian Company.
Contact Therese Hodge at 775-6373 for more information about these events.

Order of Finish in STAR’s 34th Annual Founders’ Run
1. Shane DeGannes 17:41
2. Connor McKelvey 19:06
3. Ruth Ann David 20:39
4. Karan Gaitwad 20:56
5. Silas Wisehart 21:27
6. Brad Kappel 22:35
7. Mark Pippen 22:51
8. Lisa Parfitt 22:56
9. Shaiah David 23:59
10. Keara Joseph 24:31
11. Kaia Anspacher 24:39
12. Jason Budsan 26:34
13. Simone Francis 30:02
14. Candace Grant 30:38
15. Diane Stolmar 32:19
16. Marilyn Brandt 32:22
17. Mida Gaikwad 33:36
18. Tasya King 33:59
19. Ben Uecker 34:18
20. Tyler Smith 35:11
21. Sandra Romano 36:17
22. Chin Uecker 36:54
23. Vincent Fuller 40:09
24. Roi Simmonds 42:51
25. Shermel Osborne 44:44
Place in Age Group/ WOMEN/ Time
Women’s Open 
1 Ruth Ann David 20:39
2 Lisa Parfitt 22:56
3 Keara Joseph 24:31 3 Brad Kappel 22:35
Women 17 and Under
1 Shaiah David 23:59 1 Karan Gaikwad 20:56
2 Kaia Anspacher 24:31 2 Silas Wisehart 21:27
3 Tasya King 33:59
Women 50 and Over
1 Candace Grant 30:38
2 Diane Stolmar 32:19
3 Mida Gaikwad 33:36
Place in Age Group/ MEN/ Time
Men’s Open
1 Shane De Gammes 17:04
2 Connor MacKelvey 19:06
3 Brad Kappel 22:35
Men 17 and Under
1 Kanran Gaikwad 20:56
2 Silas Wisehart 21:27
Men 50 and Over
1 Vincent Fuller 40:09
2 Roi Simmonds 42:51


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