Runners compete in the Marion Village 5K
MARION — Roughly 170 runners of all ages competed in the Marion Village 5K road race on Saturday, June 22.
Runners left the starting line on Front Street near Baxter House around 9 a.m. They then proceeded past Tabor Academy, looped around Ryder Lane to Spring, Pleasant, Holmes and Water Street to return to Front Street and cross the finish line near the Tabor Academy Sailing Center. The flat paved course and sunny weather with a cool breeze allowed for relatively quick times for many of the runners.
Dan McSolla of Jamaica Plain was first to cross the finish line with a time of 15:52.7, followed closely by his teammate, Marion native Tim Bolick, at 15:54.7. The two experienced runners had recently finished their outdoor track season with post-collegiate racing team, “Battle Road.” Although they normally specialize in mid-distance races like the mile, and 800 meter events, they chose to compete in the 5K race to keep in shape during their off-season. The duo said that they typically run 50 to 55 miles per week.
Aidan Jackivicz, 16 of Mattapoisett was the first woman to cross the finish line with a time 20:41. Kathleen Blotner, 13 of Carver won the female 14 and under division with a time of 25:21.7, and Will Vratos, 14 of Marion won the male 14 and under division with a time of 20:09.5. Penny Catalano, 71 of Warren, Rhode Island won the female 70 and over division at 27:47.6, and Bill Harrison, 74 of New Bedford won the male 70 and over division at 23:51.9.
Harrison has worked as a timer for the Marion Village 5K since it started 23 years ago, but this was the first year he competed in the event. He said he started running competitively when he was 38 years-old. He started with 5K and 10K races, and eventually worked his way up to marathons. He finished this year’s Boston Marathon with a time of 4 hours and 18 minutes. Harrison has competed in 31 total marathons, and trains three to four days each week.
Runner Monique Cote was accompanied by her companion, Roodog, throughout the race. The 7-year-old beagle, toy fox terrier mix has three American obedience titles and is now training for an international companion dog title. This is Roodog’s third year running in the Marion Village 5K. Cote said she ran with other dogs in the past, but Roodog is a good partner for her because they run at about the same pace.The team finished with a time of 34:32.9.
Keith Lovett pushed a stroller with 3-year-old Dylan, and 2-year-old Austen for the entirety of the race. “The hills kill you, you can’t move your arms, but it’s fun to be here with family,” he said of the added difficulty of running with the stroller. The trio rolled (and ran) past the finish line at 28:52.8.
The top three finishers in each division were awarded trophies and their choice of a gift card or merchandise prize. Options included $200 in running gear from Marathon Sports, a Martha’s Vineyard Ferry pass for two, and a one year subscription to New England Runner. Remaining prizes were given away in a raffle for competing runners.
After the race, event organizers provided runners with water, fresh fruit, pizzas from Minerva’s, and bagels from the Marion General Store. The Brew Fish restaurant held a post race party with food and drinks for runners after the award ceremony.