By STEFAN GESTWICKI
OBSERVER Sports Reporter
Over 120 runners participated in the 14th Annual Dunkirk Lakefront 5k, Saturday morning.
OBSERVER Photo by Stefan Gestwicki
Over 120 runners take off at the start of the Dunkirk Lakefront 5k, Saturday morning at Memorial Park in Dunkirk.
The race began in Memorial Park, went down along Wright Park Boulevard, around the skate park and ended back in Memorial Park.
"People like the parks," Meet Manager Kurt Warmbrodt said. "They like the location."
"Running along the lake is very nice," overall winner Joe Campbell agreed.
Campbell was the first to cross the finish line in an impressive time of 17:27 despite less than favorable wind conditions.
"I'd like to go faster. Who wouldn't?" Campbell laughed. "It was downhill out of the park, but the wind was right in your face so it balanced out."
Kimberly Vona was the top female finisher, and third overall, with a time of 19:05 while Warmbrodt placed second in his age group at 20:44.
"Always nice to finish strong," he commented.
Despite ominous clouds which presented a real threat of rain, few if any runners were scared away from the event.
"I'm very happy with the turnout," Warmbrodt added. "We couldn't be happier."
There was a lot to be happy about Saturday morning. Runners enjoyed the race, the company of other runners and a post-race awards ceremony with refreshments from Pizza Village.
"I've got to thank the city (of Dunkirk) for all the help they gave," Warmbrodt concluded. "The police coordination, the city workder coordination, we can't be thankful enough for getting this all together."
Men's overall top-10 results:
1) Joe Campbell 17:87.8
2) Adam Rowe18:00.1
3) Josh Goodhue19:08.5
4) Javier Soto19:08.8
5) David Mirth19:14.4
6) Jacob Hinsdale19:17.5
7) Steven Patterson 19:24.4
8) Chris Peters19:28.0
9) Dan Gregory 19:33.5
10) John Gustafson 19:35.3
Women's overall top-10 results:
1) Kimberly Vona 19:05.7
2) Kylee Witchey-Clements 19:36.1
3) Kathy Gustafson 21:47.7
4) Abby Sirwatka21:52.4
5) Melinda Lawson-Crabtree 21:59.1
6) Stephanie Goot22:03.9
7) Judy Porpiglia 22:12.9
8) Lisa Schroeder23:28.3
9) Erica Vicary23:46.9
10) Sherri McCall24:02.9