Runners from All Over NJ Gather
BY DICK HELMER
MADISON, NJ--The twenty-second annual Giralda Farms Run was held November 12 under a threat of heavy rain that never developed. Despite the forecast the race went off without a problem at noon and 717 completed either the 10K or 5K race. Earlier in the day a fun run for approximately twenty 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. Over 100 dedicated staffers showed up including volunteers from the Madison-based Rose City Runners Club, the Madison H.S. Cross-Country team, and the Madison Police auxiliaries.
The 10K race in and around the Giralda Farms corporate park was the official 2006 USATF New Jersey 10K Championship Race for men and women over forty years of age. USATF is the National governing body for running sports in the U.S. As a result it drew many individual runners and teams of NJ runners from outside the local area.
The overall and over-40 10K male winner was Ben Reynolds, 42, of Chatham in a time of 33:04. The overall female winner was Victoria Ganushina, 26, of Brooklyn, NY in 37:26. Beth Moras, 47, of Ridgewood was the first finisher in the over-40 female category in 37:26. Anne Thornhill, 66, of New York in 47:49 was the age-graded over-40 winner.
The 5K winners were Kenneth Ellis of Hoboken in 17:28 and Kathleen Castle of New Providence in 17:57.