Five miles of fudge
Thirty-eight-year-old Kevin Collins of Manlius, N.Y., won the Murdick's Fudge five-mile Run the Chop Challenge, Saturday, in the impressive time of 25.49 - better than three minutes faster than Mark Engerman's winning time of 28:54 last year, and even beating Kevin Grey's 2006 great run of 25.57.
Collins, a nationally ranked distance runner, was the runner-up in the 2003 national marathon competition.
Three hundred eleven runners accepted the challenge of Saturday's five-mile Murdick's, 118 more than last year.
One reason for the high number certainly was the weather, a beautiful sunny morning, warmer, perhaps. than many of the runners would chose, but still a welcome change from the wet and unhappy conditions that prevailed through late June and early July.
Finishing 1:43 behind Collins was Barry Donovan, 23, of Edgartown in 27:32.
The rest of the top ten were: (3) Jake McCauley, 16, Darien, Conn. 28:26 (4) Chris Schmidt, 34, Chicago, Ill., 29:09 (5) P.J. Marinez, 28, Washington, D.C., 29:30.43 (6) Alan Harris, 41, Madison, Wis., 29:30.85 (7) Tyler Jordison, 21, Fort Dodge, Ia., 29:51 (8) Mark Engerman, 42, Edgartown, 29:52 (9) Matt Plant, 31, Falmouth, 30:22, (10) Dale Heys, 36, Saugus, 30:34.
The first female to complete the run was Victoria Lynch, 35, Washington, D.C. She was 17th overall in 32:44. Second female finisher was Devon Smith, 31, of Oak Bluffs in 33:40. Then came Julie Schmidt, 36, of North Attleboro, who was 28th overall in 34.44, just behind Jeremy Tarter-Alley, 13, of Oak Bluffs and nine seconds ahead of Dana Gaines, 52, of Edgartown.
The fourth female to finish was Liz Ryan, 29, of Washington, D.C., in 36 minutes flat, seven seconds ahead of 66-year-old Jim Austin of Vineyard Haven, a perennial winner in his age group. Liz was 35th overall.
The rest of the top10 females were Dara Kelly, 38, Brookline, 36:34; Jessica Reilly 38, Cranston, R.I., 36:49; Amy McGaraghan, 39, Lexington, 37:34; Caitlin Martin, 20, Wappingers Falls, N.Y., 37:40; Katie Pratt, 21, Bantam, Conn., 37:52; Mary Dinan, 33, Cumberland, Me., 38:36; Ruth Rowe, 42, Sandy Hook, Conn., 38:41, and Pam Millshon, 22, Vineyard Haven, 39:06.