HEATHER GARDINER, 10K WOMEN’S
CHAMP IN 37:48.
JOHN RUSHMAN PHOTO

Runners Gather for the Giralda
Farms Run on a Perfect Sunday

BY DICK HELMER

MADISON, NJ--The twenty-first annual Giralda Farms Run was held November 13. For the first time the 10K race in and around the Giralda Farms corporate park was the official USATF New Jersey 10K Championship Race for men and women over forty years of age. USATF is the official track-and-field body for running sports in the U.S. As a result it drew more individual runners and teams of NJ runners than usual from outside the local area.

To reduce crowding among the approximately 800 runners at the starting line at the top of Dodge Drive, the 5K and 10K runners were given staggered starting positions on different lines. The race went off without a problem at noon and 780 completed either the 10K or 5K race. Earlier in the day a fun run for approximately fifty younger runners took place over a ¾-mile course. Some parents who ran in the later races accompanied the younger children in the fun run as a warm-up.

This year in particular Giralda Farms looked perfect in bright sunshine and with its trees still in full color. After the race the USATF NJ committee met and chose the race to be the 2006 10K championships for Masters men and women.

The overall 10K winner was Carlos Martins, 36, of Kearny in a time of 32:08. The overall female 10K winner was Heather Gardiner, 27, of Ramsey in 34:16. Rodger Price, 56, of Piscataway was the age-graded winner in the over-40 category in 37:12 as was Anne Thornhill, 65, of New York for the over-40 women in 48:10. The complete results for individuals and teams can be viewed online at www.compuscore.com. The site offers a link that explains age-grading of results.

The organizers of the race, the Madison-based Rose City Runners Club, will meet in January to distribute surplus race funds. In the past, contributions have been made to small scholarships for two Madison High School seniors and to the Madison Community Center.

 

GENE GUGLIOTTA RUNS THE 10K
BAREFOOT (41:03).
JOHN RUSHMAN PHOTO
MALE

5K

1. Joe Jacobs 16:55
2. Pat Jacobs 17:27
3. Mike Perry 17:35
4. Thomas Metz 17:43
5. Eric Prol 18:19
6. Elie Farah 18:19
7. Sean Pohorence 18:23
8. Michael Barone 18:41
9. William Piwtorarsky 18:46
10. Sergio P. Cano 18:48

10K

1. Carlos Martins 32:08
2. Rob DeFilippis 32:20
3. Jesus Resendiz 32:25
4. Drew Davis 33:55
5. Ken Rolek 34:08
6. Ben Reynolds 34:11
7. Michael Mykytok 34:16
8. Billy Bludgus 34:17
9. Rich Burke 35:02
10. Jose Guzman 35:12

 

JOE JACOBS, 5K CHAMP IN 16:55.
JOHN RUSHMAN PHOTO
FEMALE

5K

1. Kathleen Castles 17:47
2. Katie Desiderio 19:48
3. Sarah Lane 19:50
4. Amanda Mamary 20:07
5. Nicola Hallenborg 20:11
6. Jane Albright 21:01
7. Grace Kaler 21:13
8. Melissa Iskandar 22:21
9. Suzanne Dischinger 22:30
10. Christine Troianello 22:58

10K

1. Heather Gardiner 37:48
2. Christine Glockenmei 38:00
3. Julie Corbin 39:49
4. Susan Bessin 40:36
5. Karyn Layton 41:22
6. Audra Kammerer 41:51
7. Chris Ryan 42:07
8. Maria Bruno 42:29
9. Stephanie Dixon 42:56
10. Jane Parks 43:32