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The Staten Island AC's

3 Mile Fun Run

February 8, 2003

Tim Whalen and Barbara Byrne recorded victories in the weekly SIAC Run for Fun at snowy Clove Lakes Park. Whalen covered the three-mile course in 19:12, outlasting second place Jeff Benjamin (19:22) and Scott LaMorte (19:53). Frank Connelly (20:02) and David Panza (20:08) rounded out the top five overall.

Byrne won by less than a second over second place Christine Connelly, with both runners officially finishing in 23:08. Alma Ramos (27:12), Lisa Rigolini (29:01) and Marie Garone (42:57) rounded out the top five women.

You would think there would not be too many story lines associated with a race of only 19 official finishers, but there were some, to be sure. Luis Oyola showed up at the last minute dressed for a mid-July race and dropped out at the first turn due to frostbite concerns. He had been in contention for the lead at that point. The women's race was a barnburner with Barbara Byrne nosing out her young rival, Christine Connelly, by yes, a nose.

A Parks Department truck was looking to cross the bridge at the finish line, and perhaps turn onto our course (with runners still out there), but it rocked back and forth on the ice instead. And afterwards, Mark Vogt plucked a sled from his car, and introduced the latest set of USA luge teams down Cardiac Hill. One of his partners was first-time sledder (yes, I said first-time sledder) Alma Ramos, who was as thrilled as a five-year old afterwards. We were leery of joing Scott LaMorte on a ride down because he grabbed the sled, walked up the hill, and asked "What do I do with this thing?"

Place	Name			Time	Pace	
1	Tim	Whalen		19:12	6:24:00
2	Jeff	Benjamin	19:22	6:27:20
3	Scott	LaMorte		19:53	6:37:40
4	Frank	Connelly	20:02	6:40:40
5	David	Panza		20:08	6:42:40
6	Tim	McCauley	20:39	6:53:00
7	Fred	Rigolini	22:14	7:24:40
8	Iran	Colon		22:40	7:33:20
9	Barbara	Byrne		23:08	7:42:40
10	Christine Connelly	23:08	7:42:40
11	Juan	Rojas		23:14	7:44:40
12	Phil	Jonas		25:19	8:26:20
13	Ray	Butler		26:59	8:59:40
14	Alma	Ramos		27:12	9:04:00
15	Jim	Duffy		28:07	9:22:20
16	Tony	Celentano	28:20	9:26:40
17	Lisa	Rigolini	29:01	9:40:20
18	Mike	Garone		31:55	10:38:20
19	Marie	Garone		42:57	14:19:00