Rhody runner Chris Magill repeats win in Columbus Day weekend 5K

Chris Magill of Cumberland, R.I., ran to an early lead and held it to the finish. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Chris Magill of Cumberland, R.I., dominated the field of 155 runners Sunday, winning the 23rd Columbus Day Weekend Road Race on Martha’s Vineyard.

Proceeds from the race benefit Vineyard House, a nonprofit residency program that helps people battling substance abuse.

The Ocean Stater won last year’s event and the Vineyard’s Memorial Day 5K in May. He led from start to finish and completed the East Chop course in 16:13 minutes, more than two minutes ahead of race runner-up Rene DaSilva of Vineyard Haven.

Sunday morning was sunny and cool, perfect conditions, and predicted rain held off until the afternoon.

Bonnie Kingsbury of Edgartown won the women’s division. She crossed the finish line in 20:23, 11th overall. Hilda Lewis of Vineyard Haven (21:32, 17th) was the women’s runner-up. The first walkers to finish the race, Patty French of Oak Bluffs and Linda Jackson of Edgartown, arrived at the tape in tandem.

Three Islanders made the top ten behind Rene DaSilva: Reaan Steenkamp, Vineyard Haven, (19:04, 4th); Seth Harlow, Edgartown, (19:50, 7th); and Todd Cleland, Oak Bluffs, (20:03, 8th).

In addition to Bonnie Kingsbury and Hilda Lewis, three local women finished in the top 40: Donna Creighton, Vineyard Haven, (23:45, 28th); Kathleen Brown, Vineyard Haven (25:01, 36th); and Kelly Klaren, West Tisbury (25:18, 38th). Kelly, aged 11, was also first in the female 1-12 age division.

The Goddards, Alexandra and Elizabeth of Oak Bluffs, were first in the female 13-19 and 20-29 age groups respectively.

Phyllis Kugler of West Tisbury topped the female 60-69 group and Don Olson of Oak Bluffs placed first in the male 70-79 division.

Prior to the main event, Jared Coster of Oak Bluffs won the fun run with a winning time of 7:04.

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