2ND ANNUAL "BRENDAN'S HOME RUNTM"
GOES THE DISTANCE
Great Weather Caps This Year's Successful Father's Day Event
BELMONT, MA. The Brendan Grant FoundationTM once again proved
that it can hit for distance in its second annual 5K race -
Brendan's Home RunTM. The event, held on Father's Day, Sunday 15 June, raised over
$13,000 to benefit charities supported by the Foundation,
Brendan Grant Scholarship Fund. It was a great day of sunshine and
smiles all around, with some impressive times recorded by the runners.
This year's event had
222 runners and 254 walkers, for a total of 476 runner/walker participants. With the approximate 60 volunteers and
almost as many children involved in the kids race (i.e., kids race participants did not need to formally register), there was
well over 550 people involved.
Of the 476 runner/walkers, 106 runners and 142 walkers had pre-registered
beforehand, thus assuring that they were among the first 400 applicants
who received a T-Shirt commemorating the event.
The best overall time was claimed by Dan Vassallo of Wilmington, MA at 17:07.2, which also
places him as the best time for a male runner. The overall female winner was Kerry O'Donovan of Belmont, MA with a time of 21:45.2.
The course record is 16:21 and was set in 2002 by Jon Rosen.
walk started promptly at 9:30 AM, and the runners got underway at 10:00 AM
with the starting gun. The participants covered every age category from 19-and-under
to 60-and-over, and in recognition of Father's Day, trophies were also
awarded to the fastest Father/Daughter and Father/Son pairs. The runners
and walkers traversed the course which began on Concord Avenue at
the new Belmont High School track, proceeded to Cross Street past Winn Brook School, followed Channing
Road back to Concord Avenue and finished where it started at the
Belmont High School track. The morning was sunny and warm, and was perfect for maximum
After the walkers and runners got underway, kids aged 12 and under got a
chance to flex their competitive muscles. Two groups of children, 10 to 12 and
9-and-under, raced on the new oval track. Every child wore a #1 (Brendan's baseball uniform number while at
BHS) and received a
ribbon for participating. The top finishers were: Hannah Bowe (age 8) for
girls 8 & under; Amy Sterling (age 10) for girls 9 - 12; Kevin Connor (age 8)
for boys 8 & under; and Aidan Hernon (age 9) for boys 9 -
12. Ask anyone who witnessed the youth races, and they will
certainly tell you that this was an impressive display of speed from
likely future track stars.
While the participants waited to hear the final results from all of the age brackets, raffle prizes were awarded by emcee Rick Freeman.
In a continuing tradition, 2003 Brendan
Grant Scholarship winner Charlie Synnott chose the winning tickets. Prizes were donated by
a wide range of supporters and sponsors.
The event ended with the announcement of male and female winners by age
group. Female winners by age group were: 19/under - Rory Gallagher
( 23:53.7); 29/under - Lauren Pizzi ( 21:56.3); 39/under - Carolyn Butte
( 22:28.1); 49/under - Kerry O'Donovan ( 21:45.2); 59/under - Marcia Glidden
( 23:31.2); and, over 60 - Judy Upperman ( 31:38.2).
Top male finishers by age group were: 19/under- Dan Vassallo ( 17:07.2); 29/under - David Irving
39/under - Eddie Leba ( 19:11.1); 49/under - Jack Fahey
( 17:25.2); Bruno Gallinelli ( 19:05.1); and, over 60 - Joseph Pellegrino
fastest Father/Daughter team went to Will Brownsberger and his daughter Rae,
and the fastest Father/Son team was taken by Dick Lehr and his son
Nick. All race results are available from Cool
Running. Also see the related story in the Belmont
Citizen Herald for further details.
Presenting Sponsors were: Belmont Savings Bank & Vera Vest Investments. Additional Support was provided by Belmont Wheelworks & Champion Sporting Goods. Numerous organizations and individuals provided all types of great raffle prizes and in-kind donations.
This year's Father's Day event raised over $13,000 after expenses to benefit charities supported by Foundation,
Brendan Grant Scholarship Fund. The scholarship was established in memory of Brendan Grant, the accomplished
19-year old Belmont baseball player who was fatally injured in an outfield collision
during a Senior Babe Ruth game in June 200l.
The scholarship provides assistance to a senior Belmont High School athlete who will be attending an institution of higher
learning after graduation. The scholarship is intended to reward a player who possesses
the same positive spirit and leadership skills for which Brendan was known.
Brendan Grant Scholarship was awarded to Charlie Synnott, a member of the
Last year's race/walk was also a great success with 326 total
participants, including 167 runners and 159 walkers. Click here for the full story about
the 2002 race. In 2002, the new Belmont track was not completely
finished, but this
year it provided the perfect venue.
With the support of great weather, this year's race/walk resulted in a great day
with many smiles from everyone in attendance. This has becomes
a great community Father's Day event. We're already excited for next
We hope that you can join us for next year's race. A detail of the
course layout can be accessed by clicking
on the sketch that you see here to obtain a pdf file that is suitable
for printing purposes. This pdf file includes a detail of the race
course. An additional
sketch providing a detailed overview of the start and finish line is
also available. Additional directions can be obtained at www.mapquest.com
(and using the address of 221 Concord Ave., Belmont, MA
02478). We look forward to seeing you on Father's Day 2004!