Island runners first in Columbus Day 5K

The field ran past the Flying Horses carousel at the start. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Lee Greathouse of Edgartown won the 24th annual Columbus Day Weekend 5K Road Race Sunday morning with a time of 17:36 under cool, windy conditions in Oak Bluffs. More than 200 runners and walkers made their way from Ocean Park, down Lake Avenue, around East Chop and back to the Wesley House.

Proceeds from the race benefit the Vineyard House which provides sober housing for Islanders in early stages of recovery.

Bonnie Kingsbury of Vineyard Haven was the women’s winner for the second consecutive year and came to the finish line eighth overall in 20:13. Barry McMaster of Darien, Connecticut was the race runner-up, finishing six seconds out of the lead in 17:42.

Vineyard runners dominated the top ten positions. Jose Alves of Oak Bluffs was third (17:58), followed by Jake McCauley of Chappaquiddick (18:06); Chris Knutsen, OB, (19:01); Josh Gerry, town unknown, (19:42); Seth Harlow, OB, (19:52); Brian McNally, OB, (20:20); and Todd Cleland, OB, (20:25).

Ryan Koster of Oak Bluffs posted a 7:31 mile to win the fun run, which preceded the main event.

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