By Rob Potter
CALLICOON Almost 200 runners and walkers made their way to the Delaware River hamlet of Callicoon on Sunday morning to compete in the 13th annual Delaware Youth Center 5K River Race.
Men, women and children of all ages took part in the race, which began near the Callicoon Post Office. The competitors went down River Road to a turnaround spot and then made their way back to the finish line.
As in years past, many local businesses and individuals sponsored the race. This year, however, the start and finish had specific sponsors. Matthew’s On Main was the official sponsor of the start and SUNY Sullivan was the official sponsor of the finish.
Ray Revell of Wurtsboro won the race in a time of 17 minutes, 10.4 seconds. He was followed by Jason Kennedy of Honesdale, Pa., who recorded a time of 17:15.2.
Martin Morales of Fleischmanns placed third in 17:53.2.
The first woman to corss the finish line was Katy Schlichtman of Wurtsboro. She ran the course in 19:10.4.
Sisters Camryn Johnson and Sydney Johnson of Rock Hill placed second and third with respective times of 20:34.8 and 21:32.6.
“It is a nice course,” said Schlichtman, who was competing in the race for the first time. “It’s a beautiful run all along the river. It’s really scenic.”
Schlichtman said she may compete in the race again next year, if she is not too busy studying for the bar exam. She said that she has one more year at Touro Law School on Long Island. This summer, she is back home in Sullivan County and really enjoys working for Sullivan County District Attorney James Farrell.
At the post race awards ceremony, Delaware Youth Center Director Tess McBeath thanked all of the runners, walkers and volunteers for making the race so successful.
“We had 191 runners and walkers today,” she said. “This is our biggest race ever. This is our 13th annual Delaware Youth Center 5K. At the first event, we had 34 people competing.
“All of the proceeds from today’s race will be used for our summer program at the youth center,” McBeath added. “We serve 75 to 100 kids per day in that program.”
“Over 25 volunteers worked tirelessly to make the race a success,” Race Director Ann Santoro said. “A big, big thank you goes out to all our volunteers. This is really a group effort and wouldn’t be possible without a lot of hard work from a lot of dedicated individuals.”
Santoro noted that as in previous years, the official race T-shirts were designed by Mike Ranze of Ranze Design. The front of the shirt was a view of the Delaware River from the Pennsylvania side with an eagle soaring above. McBeath believes some of the racers come back every year just for the T-shirt.
“We also want to thank our sponsors whose generosity contribute to the success of this race,” Santoro said. “We are pleased to see many of our sponsors from years past in addition to welcoming several new sponsors into our race family.”
Those sponsors include: SUNY Sullivan, Matthew’s On Main, Monahan Graphic Design, DJS Plumbing & Heating, Café Devine, Creekside Computer Service, Paul D. Salzberg, MD, Mike Preis Insurance, Family Business LLC, Skip and Noreen Mudge, Dr. Maureen Whipple, Schmidt’s Wholesale, Matthew J. Freda Real Estate, R & H Gorr, Inc., The Dime Bank, Jeff Bank, Sage Investments, Lee H. Mall Plumbing & Heating, Inc., Family Footcare Group LLP, Roche’s Garage, Inc., Buddenhagen’s Ford, Inc., Body, Mind, & Spirit Wellness Center, Delaware Valley Farm & Garden, Catskill Hudson Bank, Callicoon Co-operative Insurance Co., Callicoon Counseling Center, Liberty Trading Post, Cochecton Mills, Inc., Kenneth C. Klein, Esq., Cohen’s Bakery, Just-In-Time Contracting, Inc., Thomas Electric, John H. Eschenberg, Inc., Rosehaven Alpacas, Wire Pro Electric, Steve’s Music Center, The Club at the Villa Roma and Kristt Company.
Santoro noted that due to state and county budget constraints, the grant for the youth center’s summer program has been eliminated for 2012.
“The proceeds from this race should exceed $2,500, so this will help to bridge the gap,” she said.
Santoro also praised all of the runners for their participation.
“There are whole families racing, parents with children, siblings and grandparents, etc.,” she commented. “It’s a great event for the families to get involved in.”
The top three finishers in each of the age group categories were as follows:
1. Raymond Revell, Wurtsboro, 17:10.4; 2. Jason Kennedy, Honesdale, Pa., 17:15.2; 3. Martin Morales, Fleischmanns, 17:53.2
1. Katy Schlichtman, Wurtsboro, 19:10.4; 2. Camryn Johnson, Rock Hill, 20:34.8; 3. Sydney Johnson, Rock Hill, 21:32.6
5k Walk Female
1. Teresa Sumfleth, Callicoon, 43:23.1; 2. Sarah Pilipski, 43:30.8; 3. Marge Zanger, Roscoe, 44:13.3
5K Walk Male
1. Orshii Boldiis, Hankins, 39:58.3; 2. Keith Robisch, Cochecton, 45:25.6; 3. Barry Robisch, Lake Huntington, 45:28.3
Female 1 to 12
1. Marisa Stefano, Patterson, 29:32.7; 2. Emma Hess, Callicoon, 29:58.8; 3. Jillian McEneaney, Monticello, 29:59.4
Male 1 to 12
1. Jackson Haberli, Hankins, 26:26.1;
2. Roland Zanger, Forestburgh, 30:26.9; 3. Nicholas Genco, Scott Township, Pa., 31:51.9
Female 13 to 15
1. Ashley McEneaney, Monticello, 24:38.8; 2. Angis Folk, Lake Ariel, Pa., 26:24.5; 3. Maggie O’Day, Honesdale, Pa., 28:11.8
Male 13 to 15
1. Michael C. Henry, Lake Ariel, Pa., 18:44.9; 2. Hans Zanger, Forestburgh, 18:57.0; 3. Hauk Boyes, Parksville, 19:52.1
Female 16 to 19
1. Caroline Bertholf, Loch Sheldrake, 22:06.9; 2. Olivia Rehm, Grahamsville, 23:04.0; 3. Morgan Dallas Hawkins, Hankins, 23:41.3
Male 16 to 19
1. James Bernstein, Grahamsville, 18:35.7; 2. Abraham Morales, Fleischmanns, 19:02.1; 3. Nickolas Boroda, Massapequa, 19:09.7
Female 20 to 29
1. Elizabeth Shelly, New York, NY, 24:40.4; 2. Kristie Scalia, Callicoon, 28:37.3; 3. Ciara Orcutt, Jeffersonville, 28:59.9
Male 20 to 29
1. Tyler Eckhoff, Woodbourne, 18:53.9; 2. Douglas Kennedy, Honesdale, Pa., 19:17.1; 3. Justin Bloyce, Brooklyn, 27:56.1
Female 30 to 39
1. Kim Weyant, Highland Lake, 23:38.6; 2. Keely Ehrhardt, Lake Ariel, Pa., 23:51.9; 3. Nicole Jones, White Lake, 25:28.6
Male 30 to 39
1. Erik Collier, Bloomingburg, 21:23.3; 2. Juan Davila, Felton, Del., 24:08.5; 3. Kyle Lewis, Monroe, 25:10.4
Female 40 to 49
1. Karin Gorr, Hortonville, 24:24.6; 2. Sharon Phillips, Middletown, 28:00.3; 3. Jenny O’Day, Honesdale, Pa., 28:44.8
Male 40 to 49
1. Martin Seybold, Honesdale, Pa., 18:40.3; 2. Erik Sellstrom, Liberty, 19:09.9; 3. Alex Martin, Souderton, Pa., 21:59.4
Female 50 to 59
1. Anastasia Stekas, New York, NY, 23:44.5; 2. Hilary Colenso, New York, NY, 24:44.8; 3. Elsa Grosser, Cochecton, 28:26.2
Male 50 to 59
1. Michael Donnelly, Campbell Hall, 19:03.0; 2. Tom Manza, Monticello, 19:24.5; 3. Steve Holmbraker, Goshen, 21:14.4
Female 60 to 69
1. Eileen Carlson, Youngsville, 32:45.3; 2. Beverley Garzone, Parksville, 34:54.3; 3. Cathy Pellicci, Napanoch, 35:17.8
Male 60 to 69
1. Michael Francaviglia, Damascus, 23:33.0; 2. John Monchak, Tafton, Pa., 24:12.2; 3. Jerry Murphy, Damascus, Pa., 27:17.2
Female 70 and over
1. Danielle Hilson, Callicoon Center, 34:37.1; 2. Victoria Greffrath, Damascus, Pa., 37:19.5; 3. Mary Heinle, White Sulphur Springs, 41:41.6
Male 70 and over
1. Phil Brennan, Milford, Pa., 29:46.0;
2. George Realmuto, Middletown, 31:02.1.