ROAD RUNNING: Plenty of local kick up that final hill at Fishbein/YMCA Community Road Race

WALLINGFORD — The Wallingford YMCA hosted its annual Fishbein/YMCA Community Road Race on Sunday.

The event helps fund the YMCA’s community support campaign and Livestrong at the YMCA, a program for cancer survivors.  

This is the second year that the Fishbein Road Race coincided with the Taste of Wallingford, the town-wide celebration of Wallingford. 

“We had right around the same number as last year — just under 500,” said Eric Hutchinson, the Wallingford YMCA’s director of marketing. “We’re confident that we did very well in raising those funds to sponsor our Livestrong at the Y program, which provides valuable services for cancer survivors re-entering their life.”

Sunday’s race featured a 5K and 10K. Participants were divided by age and gender. Following the race, awards were handed out to those who excelled within their divisions.

The overall winner of the 5K was Tim Gervais of Cheshire. Gervais finished with the time of 17:48. The next two male finishers, at 19:11, were Doug Levens and Jake Tuber.

“I got a better time than what I was looking for. I was hoping to be up there in the top 10 or so, but I was surprised that I’d be the first one there,” said Gervais. “It was a fun race and I enjoyed it. It was an awesome event and I’m glad that I got to enjoy it again.”

The women’s 5K winner was also the overall second-place finisher: Liz Fengler of Wallingford. Fengler beat all of the men, other than Gervais, with a time of 19:10.

The other top three female finishers were Zsofia Larenth-Nagy (22:55) and Elise Richardson (24:24).

“My goal this year was redemption,” said Fengler. “Last year, I got beat in the pouring rain by five seconds by another female and I was not letting that happen this year. I came back this year, I decided to do more hill work, more striders and more speed work in order to book it up the hill and make sure that I’m number one, not somebody else.”

As for the 10K, John Snow was the overall winner. Snow finished the 6.2-mile race with a time of 40:50.

The second-place finisher was Connor Barnes, who crossed in 41:45. Third-place finisher Steve Alsup clocked in at 43:11.

“This was the third time that I’ve ran this race,” said Snow. “I thought that this was an excellent race. Even though there’s a large hill at the end, I do love the finish in the center of town. It’s pretty flat for the most part, other than that last hill.”

The top three female finishers in the 10K were Stacy Neul (45:27), Chelsea Krombel (46:29) and Kira Wishart (51:08). 

“I really like the new course. I know that they introduced it last year, but other than the hill at the end, it’s great,” said Krombel. “It’s really nice to have it coincide with the Celebrate Wallingford festivities.”

“I think this was a fantastic event,” said the YMCA’s Hutchinson. “We had lots of members and nonmembers out here to support the YMCA as we try to boost our community in youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.”


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