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DAVE WELSH SMILES and stops his watch to record his winning time as he crosses the finish line at Saturday’s Wurtsboro Mountain 30K Race.

Runners Beat

By Rob Potter
WURTSBORO — April 1, 2003 – Nearly 100 runners attacked the mountain in Saturday’s Wurtsboro Mountain 30K Race.
Amid cool, foggy, rainy conditions, 96 runners finished the second annual event.
The race up, around and down Wurtsboro Mountain was sponsored by the Sullivan Striders running club.
Dave Welsh of Salt Point won the race, completing the course in a time of 1:52:33.
“The first 10K [segment] I ran easy, the second 10K I pushed as hard as I could and the third 10K I went easy,” Welsh said. “This is part of my training for the Grandma Marathon in Minnesota in June.”
Welsh, who is the president of the Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club, missed last year’s inaugural event because he was running in another race.
“I really like this course,” he said.
Martha DeGrazia was the first woman to cross the finish line. Her time of 2:27:28 placed her 24th overall.
“I love the race,” DeGrazia said. “I’ll definitely be back next year.”
Race ogranizer Brian Cavanagh was pleased with how well the event went.
“It was helpful that the temperatures were just about perfect,” Cavanagh said. “Temperatures between 10 and 15 degrees celcius, which is between 50 and 60 degrees fahrenheit, is perfect because there is little danger of hypothermia or hyperthermia.”
Cavanagh praised the efforts of finish line manager Steve Holmbraker and the 25 volunteers who helped the race run smoothly. A number of those volunteers were from Nana’s House Child Care Center in Rock Hill.
“Everything went OK,” Cavanagh said. “We had amazing help from all of our volunteers.”
He noted that the race raised between $1,300 and $1,800 for the Sullivan Striders.
Following are the top 30 finishers as well as the Sullivan County runners who completed the race. The name, time, sex and age group and hometown of each competitor is listed. (Complete race results can be found at
1. Dave Welsh, 1:52:33, M 18-29, Salt Point.
2. Wayne Beam, 2:04:51, M 40-44, Middletown.
3. George Shurter, 2:05:39, M 45-49, Middletown.
4. Jim Clancy, 2:07:48, M 45-49, Walden.
5. Gerard Mulder, 2:09:16, M 45-49, Park Ridge, NJ.
6. Marco Pabon, 2:13:14, M 40-44, Middletown.
7. Daniel Desjardins, 2:13:32, M 35-39, LaGrangeville.
8. Rich Edwards, 2:14:02, M 55-59, Saugerties.
9. John Hooper, 2:14:15, M 45-49, Mt. Holly, NJ.
10. Ken Klemp, 2:15:48, M 45-49, Rensselaer.
11. Dave Getz, 2:16:23, M 45-49, Warwick.
12. Paul Wiley, 2:17:31, M 35-39, Westtown.
13. Steven Cangemi, 2:17:46, M 40-44, Red Hook.
14. Fred Miller, 2:18:14, M 50-54, Liverpool.
15. Douglas Carter, 2:18:40, M 45-49, Chester.
16. Jeffrey Mangieri, 2:19:17, M 30-34, Middletown.
17. Raul Riveros, 2:20:28, M 40-44, Bardonia.
18. Andrew McKean, 2:20:48, M 30-34, Jeffersonville.
19. Edward Dillon, 2:23:58, M 55-59, Lake Carmel.
20. David Novak, 2:24:34, M 45-49, Lincoln Park, NJ.
21. Scott Coddington, 2:24:59, M 40-44, Wurtsboro.
22. Ed Homenick, 2:26:50, M 40-44, Wurtsboro.
23. Theodore Bertot, 2:27:13, M 30-34, Auburn.
24. Martha DeGrazia, 2:27:28, F 50-54, Slingerlands.
25. Kyle Sundberg, 2:28:25, M 30-34, Pine Plains.
26. Richard Mattson, 2:28:40, M 35-39, Wappingers Falls.
27. Alicia Gette, 2:29:17, F 35-39, Clinton.
28. Richard Homenick Jr., 2:29:24, M 35-39, Schenectady.
29. Firdaus Dotiwala, 2:29:33, M 30-34, Bronx.
30. Peggy McKeown, 2:29:52, F 45-49, Ballston Spa.
41. Ron Lindholm, 2:39:49, M 35-39, Rock Hill.
58. Mary Harjes, 2:54:35, F 40-44, Bloomingburg.
72. Thomas Traphagen, 3:12:13, M 18-29, Monticello.
77. Suzanne Meier, 3:25:29, F 40-44, Bloomingburg.
93. Kitty Riegler, 4:02:08, F 45-49, Liberty.

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