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HOT TIMES AT THE 2018 “BRENDAN’S HOME RUN”™

Held Sunday, 17 June 2018 in Belmont, MA2018 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/Walk
(Story by Casey Grant, Belmont MA; Photos by Fred Field, Cumberland, ME)

2018 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/Walk"Brendan's Home Run™” 5K Road Race/Walk once again hosted some of New England's fastest runners for this annual Father’s Day event. Hot weather and plenty of sunshine provided the backdrop for the solid crowd enjoying this year’s annual Father's Day community venue, all in support of the worthy charities of The Brendan Grant Foundation™.

Brendan's Home Run continues to attract excellent 5K runners from the local area. As part of the continuing legacy, awards were presented to the fastest runners in each of the 12 age and gender categories, and spirits were high among the crowd of hundreds of runners. Many more participated in the non-competitive walk, as well as the 400m youth races on the track for children ages 6-12. Every child wears #1 (Brendan's baseball uniform number while at BHS) and received a ribbon for participating.

In the feature 5K race, David Melly of Brighton MA was the overall winner and fastest male with a time of 15:29. He was followed by 2nd place Chris Stadler of Belmont MA at 15:43 and 3rd place Kevin Connors of Brighton MA at 2018 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/Walk15:56. This year’s top female runner was Ravenna Neville of Boston MA with a time of 18:41. The 2nd place female was Flora Berklein of Belmont MA at 19:55 and 3rd place went to Isabel Burger of Belmont MA at 21:49.

The course record remained intact, which were set in 2016 by Boston’s Louis Serafini at 14:32 for men and in 2017 by Rosa Moriello of Boston at 16:32 for women. 2018 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/WalkWe’re proud to have some of the top runners in New England competing in Brendan’s Home Run.

The times for all the 5K runners are available from www.CoolRunning.com. This year, the top three male and female winners are grouped into the DerKazarian Circle of Champions, in honor of the late Alan DerKazarian whose idea it was to provide prizes for these top athletes, and who family continues to be a Presenting Sponsor. Overall, the fastest finishers in the 2018 5K race in the male and female categories were:

1. David Melly, Brighton MA, 15:29
2. Chris Stadler, Belmont MA, 15:43
3. Kevin Connors, Brighton MA, 15:56
4. James Stadler, Belmont MA, 16:03
5. Russell Lenio, Belmont MA, 16:14
6. Jesse Fajnzylber, Brighton MA, 16:55

2018 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/Walk1. Ravenna Neville, Boston MA, 18:41
2. Flora Berklein, Belmont MA, 19:55
3. Burger, Isabel Belmont MA, 21:49
4. Erica Carere, Belmont MA, 22:08
5. Shelley Langan, Newton MA, 22:10
6. Francesca Kitch, Belmont MA, 22:18
2018 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/Walk
In another great Home Run tradition, fastest parent/child tandem 5K times were clocked. Enhancing youth development and fostering positive parent-child relationships is a guiding principle of The Brendan Grant Foundation. On this basis, Brendan's Home Run always acknowledges the fastest parent-child tandems for the day. For some Father’s, there is no better way to spend Father’s Day. Awards are provided in this category, and the top finishers for the parent-child teams with combined times were:

1. Ching-Hua & Zack Tseng of Belmont MA with a combined time of 37:15
2. Guillermo & Christian Restrepo of Revere MA with a combined time of 37:52
3. Liam & Ralph Skinner of Lowell MA with a combined time of 37:54
2018 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/Walk
While these top-notch runners were busy burning up the 3.1 miles, the spotlight fell on the kids’ races on the oval at the Belmont High School track. For many this 400m event is the highlight of the day, with speedy youngsters racing around the track to the classic music of the William Tell Overture and finishing before the fastest 5K adult runners return.
2018 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/Walk
Every child received a ribbon for participating. The champions of the day for the 6-8 year old race were the sister/brother combination of Gigi Mastrangelo and Rocco Mastrangelo, while the 9-12 year olds had Daphne Ries and Adam O’Shaughnessy as the fastest on the track. While these were the fastest runners, all of the children who participate are awarded a ribbon and each wears a race bib with the number “1”, Brendan Grant’s uniform number retired by the Belmont High School varsity baseball team. Meanwhile, with similar salute, none of the 5K runners use bib #1.
2018 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/Walk
Continuing the event’s legacy, awards were presented to the fastest runners in each of the 12 age and gender categories, and spirits were high among the crowd of several hundred runners. Many more participated in the non-competitive walk, as well as the 400m youth races on the track for children ages 6-8 and 9-12. As a recap of the 5K race, the following are the top three winners in each gender and age bracket, each of whom were awarded a medal for their accomplishments (note: the top three male and female overall finishers are excluded from these lists):

19 & Under Results - Women 5K Run
1 Francesca Kitch, Belmont MA, 22:18
2 Dana Lehr, Belmont MA, 22:47
3 Ashley Green, Belmont MA, 25:07

20-29 Results - Women 5K Run
1 Ola Szczerepa, Cambridge MA, 25:082018 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/Walk
2 Jessica Causland, Waltham MA, 26:56
3 Amy Sterling, Mansfield MA, 27:50

30-39 Results - Women 5K Run
1 Shelley Langan, Newton MA, 22:10
2 Meaghan O’Sullivan, Weymouth MA, 23:47
3 Erica Dominion, Somerville MA, 25:31

2018 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/Walk40-49 Results - Women 5K Run
1 Erica Carere, Belmont MA, 22:08
2 Alisa O’Shaughnessy, Lexington MA, 25:26
3 Xiaomei Zhou, Belmont MA, 27:05

50-59 Results - Women 5K Run
1 Kary Miller-Medzon, Belmont MA, 24:56
2 Elizabeth Brown, Belmont MA, 27:062018 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/Walk
3 Jing Hoffman, Belmont MA, 28:15

60 & Over Results - Women 5K Run
1 Donna Podorefsky, Brookline MA, 27:08
2 Allyson Anderson Sterling, Mansfield MA, 29:04
3 Kwan Kew Lai, Belmont MA, 34:07

19 & Under Results - Men 5K Run
1 Zack Tseng, Belmont MA, 16:57
2 Tommy Gaffey Jr., Scituate MA, 17:07
3 Stephen Carvalho, Belmont MA, 17:44
2018 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/Walk
20-29 Results - Men 5K Run
1 James Stadler, Belmont MA, 16:03
2 Jesse Fajnzylber, Brighton MA, 16:55
3 Ralph Skinner, Lowell MA, 18:57
2018 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/Walk
30-39 Results - Men 5K Run
1 Russell Lenio, Belmont MA, 16:14
2 Benjamin Spaulding, Medford MA, 18:59
3 Matthew McEvoy, Sudbury MA, 21:46

40-49 Results - Men 5K Run
1 Christopher Leitz, Watertown MA, 17:54
2018 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/Walk2 Guillermo Restrepo, Revere MA, 18:28
3 Michael Libenson, Cambridge MA, 18:46

50-59 Results - Men 5K Run
1 Ernst Terhaar, Newton MA, 18:312018 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/Walk
2 Liam Skinner, Lowell MA, 18:57
3 Ching-Hua Tseng, Belmont, MA, 20:18

60 & Over Results - Men 5K Run
1 Richard Campbell, Newtonville MA, 21:47
2 Dick Lehr, Belmont MA, 23:02
3 George Snowdon, Watertown MA, 23:49

More information is available on the Race website at www.brendanshomerun.org.

2018 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/WalkBrendan’s Home Run would not be the well-oiled event it has evolved into over the past seventeen years without the dedicated corps of volunteers who do everything from setting up tents, to registering entrants, to slicing watermelons. This small army of volunteers takes care of the many details that result in the efficient execution of top notch road race in a very short time frame. Rain or shine, they are undeterred from the mission of making the event the best it can be.

Of course, Brendan’s Home Run also owes much of its success to the support of its sponsors, led by our Presenting2018 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/Walk Sponsor the Alan & Isabelle DerKazarian Foundation, who are supporting our “DerKazarian Circle of Champions”. Also providing significant support are our Contributing Sponsors who include: Belmont Lions Club, Belmont Savings Bank, Belmont Wheelworks, Champions Sporting Goods, East Boston Savings Bank, Fitness Together Belmont, Marathon Sports, Moozy’s Ice Cream, and Waltham YMCA. Their backing helps Brendan’s Home Run optimize its fundraising potential, and helps The Brendan Grant Foundation to provide college scholarships and likewise support its other initiatives that benefit the youth of local area.

2018 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/WalkA sweeping range of individuals and organizations helped make this year’s race/walk the great success that it was. In addition to the afore-mentioned sponsors, significant in-kind donations were also provided by: General Mills (Yoplait), WT Phelan Insurance, and multiple others. Numerous outstanding raffle prizes were awarded including lots of tickets to the Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins, and other great Father’s Day gift venues. A special tip-of-the-hat goes to all who donated these prizes and helped make it a special Father’s Day for all the raffle prize winners.
2018 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/Walk
Another reason the event went smoothly was because of the dependable support provided by the staff of the Belmont Department of Public Works, as well as important traffic control from the Belmont Police Department and the standby assistance of the Belmont Fire Department. The individuals that directly helped make the day a success number close to 100 people, and they are too many to mention by name here. We are deeply appreciative for their important volunteer efforts. A special salute is extended to the young people of the community who directly assisted, especially the members of the BHS sports teams.

Brendan's Home Run traverses an officially measured and certified course in accordance with the requirements of the USA Track & Field Road Running Technical Council (Certification Code: MA14012JK©). The accredited 5K course is primarily flat, features plenty of shade, and allows the best runners to capture excellent times. The race starts and ends at the Belmont High School Track, and the course loops out through the Winn Brook neighborhood and back upon itself. This means that halfway into the walk, the fastest runners begin passing the walkers, while the slower runners ultimately finish at about the same time as the walkers.
2018 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/Walk
As has been the case in past years, the walkers departed on the 5K course at 9:30 am with a half hour head-start before the runners. As many of them will tell you, they are out on the course when the runners pass them and really have the best seat in the house to watch the 5K race. Information about last year's successful 2017 race/walk is available by clicking here.2018 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/Walk

Brendan's Home Run is a cornerstone of development efforts on behalf of The Brendan Grant Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to enhancing youth development, and carries out its mission through clinics, mentoring programs, field/facility enhancements, and scholarships given annually to three graduating high school seniors. The foundation, and its various events such as the 5K race/walk, honors the memory of Brendan Grant, the 19-year-old Belmont baseball player who was fatally injured in an outfield collision during a Senior Babe Ruth game in June 2001. Brendan was a three-season athlete in the BHS Class of 2000, where he was the captain of the wrestling and baseball teams. In 2001, he was the starting third baseman during his freshman year for American International College.
2018 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/Walk
Perhaps the most visible foundation project is the rebuilding of the Belmont High School varsity baseball field where Brendan played his last game. Also of note are the annual scholarships that provide financial assistance to qualified seniors from Belmont High School who will be attending an institution of higher learning after graduation. The scholarship is awarded to a senior member of the varsity baseball, softball and wrestling teams’ that demonstrates the same positive spirit and leadership skills - both on the field and in the community - for which Brendan was known. The Brendan Grant Foundation is proud to have provided scholarships to 43 previous recipients. 2018 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/WalkThose who cannot participate in Brendan's Home Run but wish to contribute to The Brendan Grant Foundation may send donations to P.O. Box 184, Belmont, MA 02478.

Whether you were a runner, walker, volunteer, contributor, or a supporter in spirit but unable to attend, it was another great event with lots of fun for a worthy cause. We're already excited for next year and hope to see you on Father’s Day 2019!

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