Lancaster Street Fair draws a big crowd



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Photo by Edith Tucker Four of the top 10 finishers in the Rascalís 5K road race emerged from the Israelís River Covered Bridge on Saturday in Lancaster as a front-running foursome: Jonathan Dupuis, #870, left, was in 4th position but finished 8th; Hayden Bunnell, #132, was 2nd and stayed there to finish 3 seconds after the winner; Kevin Hilton, #145, then in 3rd place moved up to win the race in 16:18; and Jeff Brooks, #826, who led at this early stage, finished 3rd. (click for larger version)
August 03, 2011
LANCASTER — Locals, summer people, and tourists flocked to Main Street (Routes 2 & 3) on Saturday to enjoy the overcast skies and temperatures that hovered in the low 80s.

Vendors, crafters, and area nonprofit organizations had a variety of offerings while the Lions Club had a popcorn machine working and sold hot dogs, hamburgers, and soft drinks. St. Paul's Episcopal Church sold lunch baskets with lemonade that could be enjoyed in the shade.

The Rascals Running Club organized its 20th Street Fair 5K road race, starting below the iconic covered bridge over the Israel's River, traversing a 3.1-mile course and finishing adjacent to the 1997 CoŲs County Courthouse. The annual flat-course race drew 201 runners, 50 more than the usual number, said prime organizer Dr. Hal Goolman of Lancaster. The Club also sponsored a short "Kids Run for Fun" sprint in front of the courthouse, in which all youngsters wore a #1 bib and had a golden medal on a tricolor ribbon draped around their necks at the finish line.

The Club's effort only takes place because of the large number of volunteer staff and sponsors who step up to the plate with time and money, Goolman pointed out.

Kevin Hilton of North Conway was the first to finish the Rascal's 5K race in 16 minutes, 18 seconds. Hayden Bunnell came in three seconds later with a time of 16:21 to take the second spot. The next eight finishers were: Jeff Brooks, 17:13; Carl Hartford, 17:33; Abi Medina, 18:16; Andrew Tobin, 18:32; Ethan Call, 19:13; Jonathan Dupuis, 19:15; Jacob Hallgren, 19:15, and Patrick Church, 19:39.

Heather Gracie of Peapack, N. J., a part-time Groveton resident, was the first woman to finish with a time of 19 minutes, 53 seconds. The next nine female runners were: Colleen Ahern, 21:17; Cathleen Livingston, 21:52; Shannon O'Neil, 22:08; Jessica Schanlaber, 22:46; Kate Richardson, 22:55; Ashley-Reardon Packard, 23:01; Kelsie Schanlaber, 23:43; Sabrina Donnelly, 24:04; and Francine Bigney, 24:05.

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