GHS track fundraiser draws more than 60 runners, walkers

GRAFTON— Filling categories from 18 and under to 60 plus, the Annual Grafton Five Mile fundraising event boasted 62 runners, taking to the streets of Grafton in support of the Grafton High School Track teams. 

Despite a mid-week change in the weather, that pushed some showers into the area, the community came out in full support of their local athletes, while vying for a top finish. 

Runners took their marks and were sent off on the five-mile course at 2:00 p.m., on Sunday. 

27-year-old Grafton resident P.J. Louzy was first to cross the finish line, earning first place in the overall five mile, as well as first place in his age division, with a time of 26:28. 

Brian Reider followed Louzy in second with a time of 28:31. Reider also took first in the Men’s 30-39 age category. 

Third place finisher Heather Cleary came in with a solid time of 28:56 and was the top finisher in the Women’s 30-39 race. 

Rounding out the overall top five finishes were Keefe Kiser in fourth with a time of 31:22 and Richard Everley Jr. in fifth at a time of 31:30. 

Taking the tops spot in their respect races were, Kaitlin Pappas, 18 and under women’s; Jaclyn Stamile, 19-29 women’s race; Lori Bailey, 40-49 Women’s; Blanca Skaggs, 50-59 women’s, Jacob Fishel, 40-49 men’s and Duane Keener, 60 plus men’s. 

And even though running isn’t for everyone, the event also hosted a two-mile walk, offering as competitive stroll for those wishing to partake in a little less strenuous manner. 

Nine walkers laced up their sneakers and hit the pavement, with Dave Wellman being first to finish in a time of 25:58.

Richard Zukowski in second, Britney Sheme in third, Amanda Mills in fourth and James Riggs in fifth rounded out the top finishes for the walking portion of the event.  

Event organizers and GHS track coaches would like to extend their gratitude to all the runners, walkers and community members that supported the cause. 


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