Nearly 600 Run the Chop on a steamy Fourth

Golden Stater Stauber is first to the finish; Southie’s Turner is the women’s champ.



Updated July 5, 8 am

The 18th annual Murdick’s Run the Chop Challenge was a hot and humid one, but that didn’t discourage nearly 600 runners and walkers from making their way around the five-mile course from Tisbury School to West Chop on a steamy Fourth of July morning. Proceeds from the event benefit the Martha’s Vineyard Boys and Girls Club.

Ethan Stauber of Manhattan Beach, Calif., running in his first Chop Challenge, was the men’s and overall winner with a time of 26.43.1. Caroline Turner of South Boston was the women’s champion, and finished 16th overall, in 31.26.4. 

David Puleo of Washington, D.C., took second place overall in 27:27.6, with two-time Murdick’s champ Michael Schroeder of Boston in third (27:36.3). Joshua Urban of Indianapolis, Ind., was fourth (28:01.6), Zander Kessler of Concord placed fifth (28:11.2), and Michael Palmer of Chicago was sixth (28:11.6).

Jack Lionette of Chilmark had the best time for a Vineyard runner, and ran seventh in 28:16.6. Rounding out the top 15 overall positions were: 8. Trevor Holmgren, Atlanta, Ga., 29:21.1; 9. Luke Devin, Westwood, 29:22.9; 10. Chris Chisholm, Farmington, Conn., 29:25.1; 11. Noah Froh, Milwaukee, Wis., 29:34.2; 12. Zachary Utz, Vineyard Haven, 30:43.7; 13. Will Swenson, Andover, 31:06.0; 14. Ryan Sawyer, Edgartown, 31:11.4; and 15. Ryan Medas, Charlotte, N.C., 31:16.7.

Following Caroline Turner in the women’s top 10 were: 2. Sarah Tully, Wayland, 32:37.6 (18th overall); 3. Hannah Grossman, Swarthmore, Penn., 34:01.9 (25th); 4. Emily Tully, Wayland, 35:44.5 (36th); 5. Caitlin Parker, Los Angeles, Calif., 35:50.6 (38th); 6. Gia Didonato-Sroczenski, Webster, 35:54.7 (39th); 7. Hope Grody, no town listed, 37:09.5 (48th); 8. Lisa Berry, Amherst, 37:24.1 (51st); 9. Danielle Griffin, Norwell, 37:51.2 (57th); and 10. Jo Gardner, Norwich, Vt., 38:04.7 (62nd).

Prior to the five-mile race, Lore Laniyan of Houston, Texas, outdistanced the field of youngsters aged 12 and under to win the fun run.

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