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39th Annual St. Patrick’s Road Race Results
39th Annual St. Patrick’s Road Race Photos Photos by Michael S. Gordon, The Republican

Ethiopian Pair Takes Top Spots in 2014 Road Race

Two runners from Ethiopia finished in the top spots at the 39th Holyoke St. Patrick’s Road Race this past Saturday. A new course record was set by the top female finisher in an overall field of over 6,000 runners surpassing the total set in 2013.

Askale Merachi, 27, was the first woman to cross the finish line, running the 10k course in 33:14. Mengistu Nebsi, 35, was the first male finisher and the top finisher overall, completing the race in 29:42.

Photo by - Cast-bronze sculpture of father and son team Dick and Rick Hoyt

Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade Committee JFK Award Winners

This years St. Patrick’s Committee of Holyoke’s 2014 John Fitzgerald Kennedy Award recipients are Dick and Rick Hoyt. The award is presented annually to an American of Irish descent who has distinguished themselves in their chosen field.

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2014 Road Race Notes...

Local News Coverage of the 39th Annual
St. Patrick’s Road Race

  Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day 5k Road Race Results Aerial Photo by Defining Moments Productions

Congratulations to Tim Mahoney of Holyoke on his first place finish with a time of 15:29 and Nick Davis of South Hadley, the runner-up coming in at 15:55. In the Womens division, Maura McDonald of Springfield finished in 7th place with a time of 18:22.

Click on the bib image above to see the entire fields final results from the 2014 Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day 5k Road Race. This event was held on Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at Ashley Reservoir in Holyoke, MA.

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Askale Merachi Sets New Women’s Record Photos by Michael S. Gordon, The Republican

This year, Askale Merachi, 27, from Ethiopia was the first woman to cross the finish line, running the 10-kilometer course in 33:14. Breakling the all time record for the women runners set by Leslie Lehan in 1991 with a time of 33:17. “I waited to make a move and took the lead at the 7-kilometer mark,” Merachi said. “There was a lot of competition.”

Merachi’s personal best in the 10K was just a few months ago when she finished 33:08 in Jersey City, NJ back on November 5, 2013.

2014 Road Race Highlights...

Photos by Michael S. Gordon, The Republican

David Johnson, of Northampton, 25-year-old finished in 32:40 and was nine seconds from 10th. A pair of South Hadley runners, Caroline Sullivan and Grace Bailly, finished second and third, respectively, in the high school female division behind winner Maggie McAndrew (42:08) of Holyoke. Sullivan, 16, came in at 42:22 and Bailly finished at 42:32. Blake Croteau of Westfield repeated as top high school male in 32:07 (eighth overall).

Emily Bryans, 46, of Delanson, N.Y., won the female masters in 38:04. Joseph Ekuom, 44, of Kingston, R.I., took first in the male masters in 33:22. Carole Jones, 57, of Ashburn, Va., won the female seniors division in 47:13. Michael Spitzer, 51, of Sheffield, was first in the male seniors at 38:40. Betty Quinn, 63, of Springfield, won the female veterans division in 51:28, while William Dixon, 66, of Brattleboro, Vt., was first in male veterans at 38:15. The top Holyoke female was Joni Beauvais, 29, in 41.17. The top Holyoke male was Joseph Hodgins, 25, in 36:57. The top Irish-American female was Kate MacLellan, 25 of Norwood, in 46:40. The top Irish-American male was Thomas O’Grady, 28, of Latham, N.Y., in 33:07 (13th overall).

Correction: The top Holyoke male was RJ Landry, 18, coming in at 16th place with a time of 33:24.

John F. Kennedy award winners Dick and Rick Hoyt, of Boston Marathon fame, served as official starters for the race. There were 5,934 runners and 800 walkers.

Road Race Showcased in Latest Issue of Running Times

Read the article showcasing the 39th Annual St. Patrick’s Road Race in the latest newstand issue of Running Times.

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“This race came at an ideal time. It’s a great course - a miniature Boston. There were a lot of people out there watching considering the weather. I guess this town goes crazy for St. Patrick’s Day.”
- John Treacy

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