By Stephen E. Lipken
The Eighth Annual Pelham Half Marathon and 10K were held on November 24 with nearly 800 runners, taking on the crisp autumn streets of Pelham. Participants from the tri-state area and as far away as Mexico and Canada came prepared to take on the challenge of the cold temps and well-planned course.
Close to 100 volunteers were on hand to cheer on and keep the runners motivated along each course. They received beautiful red t-shirts sponsored by Meridian Risk Management/Joan Solimine Real Estate. Each runner received a long-sleeved race shirt along with a gift bag and finishing medal.
Additional sponsors included ASK Contracting; Bischof & Bischof LLP; DeCicco and Sons Market; Logo Tags; McClellan Sotheby’s International Realty; New York Athletic Club, Travers Island; New York Red Bulls Soccer Team; The Pelham Post; Peloton; Radiate Yoga; Symmetry Physical Therapy; Trustco Bank; A.G. Williams Painting Company and Tips with Toni (Pelhamite Toni Marinucci).
Pelhamite and race organizer Todd Cross emphasized three main purposes for the race: 100% of net revenue is donated to the Pelham Civic Association which provides support and assistance for hundreds of people in the community every year. In addition, it brings the community together to have fun with family and friends. Lastly, to help local businesses on “Small Business Saturday.”
A delicious spread was provided for the runners by Cantina Lobos; Rockwell’s and Villaggio’s Ristorante and Pizzeria. DeCicco and Sons donated energy-packed refreshments for each of the runners.
Village of Pelham Mayor Michael Volpe issued the awards. Half Marathon and 10K Male/Female overall winners received cash prizes of $100, $75 and $25 for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places were Andrew Erskine; Tom Diliberto and Corey Levin. 10K Males: Fabian Daza; Josh Yelsey and Luis Hernandez-Diaz. Half-Females: Cristina Ulto (of Pelham); Janna Gordon-Ellio; and Chelsea Ellis. 10K: Lucy Paez Stelzner; Loni Wiercinski; and Rachel Tulchin.
Christopher Golden, Chairman of the New York Athletic Club at Travers Island added, “Great to see so many show up to run in The Pelham Half Marathon on this bright, cold November Saturday. We appreciate the work of the organizers, Todd Cross and the Pelham Civics Association.”
For a full list of runners and additional information, visit pelhamhalf.org
First two photos in slideshow courtesy of Liz Farrell Photography -- www.lizfarrellphotography.com