24th annual Lancaster Street Fair race a huge success




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Leah Dutkewych was the first place female at the Lancaster Street Fair road race on July 25. Jody Whiting - Courtesy Photo. (click for larger version)
July 27, 2015
LANCASTER — The 24th annual Lancaster Street fair road race drew roughly 200 hundred runners from all over New England as well as a few runners from Florida and South Carolina. With the new addition of chip timing this year, the race has modernized itself.

The race is held on the same day as the Lancaster Street Fair, which offers a small, hometown, "Pleasantville" feel to the race. Most of the runners know each other, which leads to friendly bets and light-hearted competitive banter.

Any spectator or race participant couldn't miss the two men wearing pink tights and purple tutus. Dave Fuller and Doug Richardson, both of Lancaster, made a friendly bet over who could lose the most weight by race day. Fuller came out the victor, which meant that Richardson would have to run the race dressed as a ballerina. Although Fuller won the bet, he joined Richardson in solidarity, also sporting the pink and purple get up.

Runners arrived in town hoping the cool cloudy skies would stick around until after the race, however the clouds broke and the sunshine came blistering down just as the race was about to start.

Besides a fun community feel, the race also drew in competitive runners. The first place male was 21-year-old Ben Bunnell of St. Johnsbury, Vt. Bunnell finished the race in 15:49, a 5:05 per/mile pace. The first female was 14-year-old Leah Dutkewych, who won the race for the first time in a time of 21:18. This was an especially great win for the WMRHS freshman, as it was also her birthday.

Second place male was 30-year-old Carl Hartford of Wilmington, Mass., who finished in 16:21. The second place female was 37-year-old Bridget Freudenberger of Colebrook, who finished in 22:16. Third place honors went to 50-year-old David Herr of Canaan, Vt., who finished in 17:03.

Next year will be the 25th anniversary of the street fair race.

Age group results

Female 14 and under

1. Elizabeth Vandemoere 13, 23:44

2. Aviara Challinor 13, 28:05

3. Taima Ronish 12, 28:40

Male 14 and under

1. Sam Call 14, 18:59

2. Kevin Schanlaber 13, 23:19

3. Taylor Galbher 13, 27:40

Female 15-19

1. Payton Giles 15, 23:08

2. Samantha Labens 19, 24:53

3. Abigail Call 18, 26:37

Male 15-19

1. Corey Pemperton 19, 21:00

2. Mitchell Stiles 17, 26:37

3. Pat Murray 19, 34:19

Female 20-29

1. Kit Quay 26, 26:28

2. Page Mackillop 24, 26:58

3. Lauren Ripa 28, 27:00

Male 20-29

1. Ben Broadbent 24, 21:21

2. Neil St. Cyr 25, 26:03

Female 30-39

1. Tara Giles 39, 23:22

2. Tamsen Boyko 34, 23:44

3. Mandi Avery 34, 25:58

Male 30-39

1. Wesley Woodworth 37, 22:57

2. Douglas Richardson 39, 24:02

3. Stephen St. Cyr 25:17

Female 40-49

1. Wendy Walsh 48, 24:33

2. Darcie Call 45, 25:41

3. Jackie Schanlaber 48, 26:34

Male 40-49

1. Rob Rojek, 41, 19:27

2. Robert Anair 45, 19:52

3. Rob Hamel 47, 20:45

Female 50-59

1. Susie Riley 55, 25:18

2. Lise Rivard 53, 29:36

3. Susan Oleson 53, 30:30

Male 50-59

1. Kemp Schanlaber 50, 18:09

2. Dennis Casey 57, 22:13

3. Charlie Cotton 59, 26:50

Female 60-69

1. Carol Viens 61, 32:37

2. Deborah Madigan 65, 41:15

3. Diana Centorino 63, 43:18

Male 60-69

1. Arthur Viens 61, 21:42

2. Richard Wright 68, 22:12

3. Angelo Vozzella 66 24:11

Male 70-79

1. Bob Ward 70, 42:28

2. Ed Pitts 83, 43:01

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