Keystone Kid wins Murdick’s July 4th road race

Rebecca Trachsel of Winchester, was the first woman to cross the finish line. She completed the five mile course in 34 minutes. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Eighteen year old David Strauss of Orfield, Pa., won the annual Fourth of July five mile Murdick’s Fudge Run the Chop Challenge, Monday completing the course in 28:27, almost a full minute faster than last year’s winning pace of P.J. Martinez, 29, of Washington D.C. but nowhere near the 1009 25:49 run of Kevin Collins of Manlius, N.Y.

The race is an annual fund raiser for Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Finishing second Monday was Falmouth’s Thomas Giardino, 37, at 29:25.

The rest of the top ten, all men, were (3) Curtis Moore, 30, Gorham, N.H. 29:48; (4) Matt Wikstrom, 32, N.Y., N.Y. 30:36; (5) Scott Bosworth, 47, Edgartown, 30:39; (6) Scott Beatty-Hicks, 36, No. Palm Beach, Fla. 31:15 (7) Lee Greathouse, 23, West Tisbury, 31:27; (8) Alfred Woods, 51, Arlington, 33:30; (9) Mark Desautelle, 44, Oak Bluffs, 33:43; (10) Jackson Parker, 29, Vineyard Haven, 31:47.

The first woman to complete the run was 36-year-old Rebecca Trachsel, of Winchester, in 34 minutes flat. She was 21st overall.

Then came (2) Colleen Hultgren, 41 of Norwood at 34:10 who was 23rd.(3) Christina Faust, 19, Macungie, Pa.34:19; 25th (4) Maureen Larkin, 47, Walpole, 34:36; 26th. (5) Jennifer Doyle, 46, Fairfield, Conn. 34:38, 27th.

A whopping 483 runners completed the race, 161 more than last year.

First females to finish in the age group were: Shannon Bradley, 12, of Charloette, N.C., Christina Faust, 19, of Macungie, Pa., Navine Nasser-Ghodsi, 24, of Hamilton. Rebecca Trachsel, 36, of Winchester, Colleen Hultgen, 41 of Norwood; Lisa Leanord, 50, Oak Bluffs, Karen Durante, 60, Newburyport;

First males in their age group were: Hunter Johnson, 4, Vineyard Haven; David Strauss, 18, Orfield, Pa. Lee Greathouse, 23, West Tisbury; Thomas Giardino, 37, Falmouth; Scott Bosworth, 47, Edgartown, Alfred Woods, 51, Arlington; Steve Katz, 60, West Tisbury; Steve Mille, 70, Edgartown; Peter Swift, 80, unattached