4th ANNUAL "BRENDAN'S HOME RUNTM"
ONCE AGAIN GOES THE DISTANCE
The 2005 Father's Day Event Repeats Last Year's Success
For another straight year The Brendan Grant FoundationTM once again kept the
pace with it continuing tradition of a memorable Father's Day
event. The fourth annual "Brendan's Home RunTM" 5K race/walk
was held on Sunday, 19 June was all
smiles with a great crowd on hand, and along with record breaking
race times raised additional funds to benefit charities supported by the Foundation,
Brendan Grant Scholarship Fund. Click
here for a printable post race flyer.
year the final participant count equaled last year's with close to 900 runners, walkers, and kids
in the youth race, and this doesn’t include the almost 100 plus hard-working volunteers, which brings the event grand total to just under a thousand attendees.
Although the number of 5K walkers was down slightly, the number of runners
increased by more than 40 to 368. In 2003 there were approximately 550
overall participants, so at the moment it appears that the attendance has
The 2005 theme was a repeat of last year's "go the distance" and the first
800 applicants received a T-Shirt commemorating the event, which some
participants had mentioned has become a collectors item. All went relatively
smoothly because of the extensive pre-event planning and the tremendous
work of numerous volunteers behind the scenes who have been working months
in advance of the event.
One very notable difference of this year's race over the preceding years
was the smashing of a number of course records. Indeed, the weather
was outstanding for the runners with cooler temperatures and overcast
skies early in the morning. This resulted in the a new overall
course record by the top male finisher, and the top three female racers
all broke the old course record in the female division. The
competitive edge of Brendan's Home Run clearly appears to have been ratcheted-up
In this year's race the best overall time was claimed for the third year
in a row by repeat champion Dan Vassallo of Wilmington, MA at 16:19.7, which
replaces the old course record of 16:21 set by Jon Rosen in 2002. Dan
is a track star who is now
attending Colby College, and he seems to only
improve each year. The overall female winner of the day was
accomplished triathlete Karen Monks of Belmont, MA with a time of
19:16.7. This likewise set a new course record for the top
female runner, which was previously set in 2004 by Lauren Caputo at 19:50. In
fact, the female course record was smashed by both the 2nd and 3rd place
female finishers, which were Jennifer Edelmann of Boston MA at 19:28.0 and
Larissa Bifano of Somerville MA at 19:44.0.
All the times for the runners who completed the course are
now posted on coolrunning.com, first sorted
by overall results and second sorted
by age group results. The event had something for everyone, regardless of age or
skill. The 3.1 – mile walk
began at 9:30 a.m.; the 5K road race starting gun
was fired promptly at 10 a.m.; and the 400/800 – meter races for children ages 6-8 and 9-12
began once the runners cleared the track area. There were six categories
5K road race entrants for both male and female runners – 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60 and over.
In keeping with the event's family theme,
were also awarded to the top three fastest parent/child tandems.
in this category was won by Will and Rae Brownsberger of Belmont with an
average time of 20:34:00, followed second by Bill and Mark Dillon of Belmont MA
at 21:47.80, and with third place captured by Richard Sr. and Richard Jr.
Mulroy of Wellesley MA at 22:27.70. Honorable mention goes to the 4th place team of
Michael Sr. and Michael Jr. Griffin of Belmont MA at 23:30.75, followed in
5th place by Andrew and Chris Kelliher
of Belmont MA at 24:04.00, with 6th place taken by the team of Tom and Travis
Spinelli of Leominster MA at 24:34.55.
The following is a summary of top runners in each category:
1. Dan Vassallo, Wilmington, MA 16:19 (third year champion, broke course
2. Joshua Gordon, Boston, MA 16:45
3. Don Nikosey, Wakefield, MA 17:10
4. Jack Fahey, Belmont, MA 17:14 (fastest Belmontian of the day)
5. Fred Criniti, Belmont, MA 17:20
1. Karen Monks, Belmont, MA 19:16 (broke course record)
2. Jennifer Edelmann, Boston, MA 19:28 (broke course record)
3. Larissa Bifano, Somerville, MA 19:44 (broke course record)
4. Julie Kandrut, Methuen, MA 21:13
5. Jane Karolow, Arlington, MA 21:14
1. Will and Rae Brownsberger, Belmont MA, 20:34:00
2. Bill and Mark Dillon, Belmont MA, 21:47.80
3. Richard Sr. and Richard Jr. Mulroy, Wellesley MA, 22:27.70
The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of each specific age bracket for female
and male runners are as follows:
Female overall winner - Karen Monks; 19 and under - Rae Brownsberger,
Rebecca Cottam, Sharon Kelleher; 20 to 29 - Jennifer Edelmann, Larissa
Bifano, Julie Kandrut; 30 to 39 - Karin Monks, Barbara Bell, Joanie Kelly;
40 to 49 - Dorothy Bowe, Annie Gardner, Annette Downing; 50 to 59 - Paula
Desmond, Jan Mokros, Betsy Pridham; 60 and over - Sue Rasala.
Male overall winner - Dan Vassallo; 19 and under - Gabe Topping,
Phil Wolf, Jason Caputo; 20 to 29 - Dan Vassallo, Kevin Gravina, Bryan LeDuc;
30 to 39 - Joshua Gordon, David Nerrow, Matt Youmell; 40 to 49 - Don
Nikosey, Jack Fahey, Fred Criniti; 50 to 59 - George Snowdon,
Bruno Gallinelli, Paul Hughes; 60 and over - Steven Rosenberg, Joseph Pellegrino,
As far as funds generated for the charitable causes of The Brendan Grant Foundation, it will take some time to do the accounting, but
at this time it appears we've been able to equal last year's total of more than
$20,000. This year a special tip
of the hat goes to the Belmont Little League and their 9 through 12 year
olds players, in which 15 teams took the initiative to raise significant pledges,
with the most from a single team coming from the Majors North Red Sox who
raised just under $600! In
similar fashion, the single highest pledge amount raised by any single
individual outside these teams was from Robin Grant, who raised a 2005
record $1,550 in individual pledges... way to go Robin!
This year “Brendan’s Home Run” has equaled last year's fantastic
turnout with close to 1,000 individuals participated either as a runner, walker,
volunteer, or in the youth races. A recent significant enhancement
for the race occurred two years ago when it was officially measured and certified in accordance with the guidelines of the U.S.A Track & Field (USATF certification code
For any serious runner this is a big plus, and any records that are set
are eligible for higher qualification.
color map of the course can be obtained by clicking here (and you can
obtain additional directions from Mapquest).
Everyone who has participated this year or in the past will tell you that the recently accredited 5K course is an ideal layout. With plenty of shade and primarily flat, it allows the best runners to capture excellent times. Starting and
finishing at the newly refurbished High School Track – which provides a perfect staging area – the course loops out through the Winnbrook neighborhood and back upon itself. This means that halfway into the walk, the fastest runners begin passing the walkers, while the slower runners ultimately finish at about the same time as the walkers. Some will tell you that there is no better vantage point to watch the runners and cheer them on than to participate as a walker!
This year’s presenting sponsor – Belmont Savings Bank – has underwriten the event’s
primary production costs, with additional support provided by Hammond/Natoli Real Estate, Champions Sporting Goods and Belmont Wheelworks.
A sweeping range of individuals and organizations helped make this year’s race/walk the great success that it was. Several are worthy of special mention, and foremost in this regard is our Presenting Sponsor that provided
the primary funding for the event: Belmont Savings Bank. Contributing supporters were Belmont Wheelworks, Champion Sporting
Goods, and Hammond/Natoli Realty. Significant in-kind donations were also provided by: All-Saints Episcopal Church, Cliff Bars, Shaw’s Supermarket,
and Verizon. Numerous outstanding raffle prizes were awarded, and a special tip-of-the-hat goes to all who donated these prizes and helped make it a special Father’s Day for all the raffle prize winners.
One reason the event went smoothly was because of the dependable support provided by the staff of the Belmont Department of Public Works, as well as important traffic control from the Belmont Police Department and the standby assistance of the Belmont Fire Department. The individuals that directly helped make the day a success number
number close to 100 people, and include volunteers that came or contributed their time from the BHS
Baseball and Wrestling teams, and the staff of the National Fire Protection Association.
This year we had excellent weather conditions for the runners, and
course records fell by the wayside with cool temperatures and an overcast
Brendan’s Home Run is a cornerstone of development efforts on behalf of The Brendan Grant Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to enhancing youth development, and carries out its mission through clinic/mentoring programs, field/facility enhancements, and scholarships given annually to two graduating high school seniors.
The Foundation and it’s various events like the 5K race/walk, honor the 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 2001. Brendan was a three-season athlete in the BHS class of 2000, where he was the captain of the wrestling and baseball teams, and in 2001 he was the starting third baseman during his freshman year for American International College.
Perhaps the most visible Foundation project is the rebuilding of the Belmont High School varsity field where Brendan played his last game. Also of note are the annual scholarships that provide financial assistance to qualified seniors from Belmont High School who will be attending an institution of higher
learning after graduation. The scholarship is awarded to one graduating member each from the varsity baseball and softball teams, who are recognized for the same positive
spirit and leadership skills – both on the field and in the community – for which Brendan was known.
We’ve definitely learned a lot since the first “Brendan’s Home Run” in
2002, and the event has truly established itself as a premier local event of its
kind and community tradition.
Click here for the story
about last year's 2004 event, the story
about the 2003 race/walk or the inaugural
event in 2002.
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 2006 race!