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2012 Brendan's Home RunHeld Sunday, 17 June 2012 in Belmont, MA
(Story by Kathy Synnott, supplement by Casey Grant; Photos by Nancy Reppucci)2012 Brendan's Home Ru

Belmont, MA – There was definitely something in the air as the dedicated corps of volunteers readied the Belmont High School track for the 11th edition of Brendan’s Home Run on Father’s Day. Weather conditions were perfect; set-up was completed in record time; and, participants, ranging from elite runners, to a former astronaut, to fathers and children, were eager to get underway. Anticipation was palpable and expectations were high.

The runners exceeded those expectations with both the men’s and women’s records being smashed. Ryan McCalmon 2012 Brendan's Home Runof Belmont bested Dan Vassallo’s record of 15:08 set in 2009 by completing the course in 14:59. Vassallo, of Peabody, in a reversal of positions 2012 Brendan's Home Runfrom 2011, came in second with a time of 15:24, followed by Zach Schwartz of Lexington, who finished in 15:28. Jessica Minty of Arlington improved on her 2011 second place finish by not only winning but besting the record of 17:59 set last year by Claire Durkin. Ms. Minty flew over the course in a time of 17:21. The second place finisher, Lindsay Willard of Medford, also broke the previous record by coming in at 17:55. Placing third at 18:52 was Katrina Gravel of Peabody.  Watch the race high-lights through the eyes of a great 20 minute video from the Belmont Media Center, that includes close-ups of the lead runners throughout the 5K contest.

While the runners traversed the 5k course, the 400 and 800 meter runs for children ages 6-8 and 9-12 were held on the Belmont High School track. Belmont kids ruled the day! Fastest 400 finishers were Charlie November and Elly Pickette. Calvin Perkins dominated in the 800 while Sophie Butte was the fastest girl on the track.
2012 Brendan's Home Run
Fastest parent/child tandem times were also clocked. Robert and Andrew Carey of Belmont had the fastest c2012 Brendan's Home Runombined time, followed by Stuart and Benjamin Jacobson of Lexington, and David and Leah Brams of Belmont.

Additional details are available at the 5K Website, and the times for all the 5K runners are available from www.CoolRunning.com.  Overall, the fastest finishers in the 2012 5K race were:

Place  Bib#  Name  Group  City/State  Time
1 17 McCalmon, Ryan M36 Belmont, MA 14:59.3
2 2 Vassallo, Dan M27 Peabody, MA 15:23.7
2012 Brendan's Home Run3 420 Schwartz, Zack M23 Lexington, MA 15:28.2
4 20 McDonald Meteer, Daniel M18 Arlington, MA 15:51.52012 Brendan's Home Run
5 19 Stipp, Quentin M18 Arlington, MA 16:04.8
6 3 Stadler, Chris M19 Belmont, MA 16:16.5
7 355 Cipriano, Robert M52 Belmont, MA 17:07.3
8 127 Hayes, Ryan M33 Woburn, MA 17:09.9
9 163 Leitz, Chris M35 Watertown, MA 17:13.4
10 4 Carey, Andrew M19 Belmont, MA 17:20.5
11 6 Minty, Jessica W28 Arlington, MA 17:21.5
12 236 Ruiz, Alejandro M23 Jamaica Plain, MA 17:29.9
2012 Brendan's Home Run13 5 Klemovitch, Frank M33 Arlington, MA 17:39.8
14 10 Jacobson, Benjamin M15 Lexington, MA 17:49.12012 Brendan's Home Run
15 157 Ku, Jeffrey M38 Altadena, CA 17:49.8
16 7 Willard, Lindsay W33 Medford, MA 17:55.3
17 345 Lenhart, James M35 Belmont, MA 18:00.5
18 341 Girouard, Mike M42 Reading, MA 18:00.8
19 248 Silveira, Jeffrey M50 Cambridge, MA 18:15.1
20 369 Wichers, John M44 Arlington, MA 18:20.1
21 21 Schaffer, Jason M37 Arlington, MA 18:23.2
22 11 Kinney, Andrew M52 Sudbury, MA 18:24.6
2012 Brendan's Home Run23 9 Gravel, Katrina W23 Peabody, MA 18:52.1
24 343 Ridout, Matt M32 Somerville, MA 18:56.32012 Brendan's Home Run
25 184 Martin, Daniel M21 Belmont, MA 18:57.8
26 249 Siracusa, Tim M15 Belmont, MA 19:01.7
27 8 Conroy, Charlie M42 Belmont, MA 19:03.8
28 12 Price, Anya W22 Natick, MA 19:13.7
29 393 Crugaule, Chris M22 Waltham, MA 19:18.0
30 377 Epstein, Jonathan M34 Waltham, MA 19:21.9
31 347 McVeigh, Patrick M56 Waltham, MA 19:22.9
32 404 Libenson, Michael M43 Belmont, MA 19:31.1
2012 Brendan's Home Run33 359 Richard, Kevin M52 Cambridge, MA 19:37.7
34 309 Orcutt, Tim M48 Arlington, MA 19:40.72012 Brendan's Home Run
35 333 Tucker, Maura W23 Cambridge, MA 19:45.1
36 311 Brams, Leah W14 Belmont, MA 19:46.9
37 14 Carter, Lauren W19 Lexington, MA 19:51.6
38 406 Szubzda, Ken M20 Lexington, MA 19:57.0
39 59 Carey, Robert M56 Belmont, MA 20:03.6
40 191 McDonald, Alan M19 Watertown, MA 20:24.7
41 431 Dolan, Bob M41 Belmont, MA 20:28.9
42 316 Lehr, Karin W43 Belmont, MA 20:48.1
2012 Brendan's Home Run43 140 Jacobson, Stuart M47 Lexington, MA 20:51.0
44 379 Hees, Bill M47 Belmont, MA 20:56.32012 Brendan's Home Run
45 285 Viana, Marcelo M40 Billerica, MA 21:00.1
46 251 Sorkin, Paul M52 Belmont, MA 21:02.4
47 74 Cleveland, Nick M31 Arlington, MA 21:04.4
48 67 Chase, Sam M41 Jamaica Plain, MA 21:07.8
49 16 LaFlamme, Michael M51 Boston, MA 21:08.6
50 18 Browusberger, Will M55 Belmont, MA 21:09.0
51 339 Packard, Ryan M19 Arlington, MA 21:09.72012 Brendan's Home Run
52 327 Pickering, Christina W34 Belmont, MA 21:11.7
2012 Brendan's Home Run53 276 Tucker, Myles M21 Belmont, MA 21:22.2
54 186 Martinez, Rodrigo M40 Belmont, MA 21:22.8
55 312 Brams, David M51 Belmont, MA 21:25.3
56 117 Haines, Jonathan M58 Belmont, MA 21:32.6
57 169 Lundin, Scott M37 Newton, MA 21:37.4
58 54 Calladine, John M49 Cambridge, MA 21:40.0
59 219 Perkins, Jay M57 Belmont, MA 21:41.22012 Brendan's Home Run
60 250 Snowdon, George M58 Watertown, MA 21:42.4
61 396 Connolly, Brendan M32 Belmont, MA 21:44.0
62 193 Mehaffey, Carolyn W48 Belmont, MA 21:49.5
2012 Brendan's Home Run63 320 Deutch, Amie W41 Natick, MA 21:50.1
64 340 Packard, Michael M17 Arlington, MA 21:59.9
65 350 Brabander, Dan M46 Newton, MA 22:01.4
66 321 Siskind, Ken M50 Belmont, MA 22:10.9
67 41 Belkadi, Sami M15 Belmont, MA 22:20.5
68 22 Palmer, David M42 Belmont, MA 22:24.6
69 190 McDonagh, Kieran M33 Cambridge, MA 22:32.72012 Brendan's Home Run
70 85 Craffey, Peter M22 Belmont, MA 22:36.3
71 80 Connolly, Martin M24 Belmont, MA 22:37.0
72 220 Perkins, Sydney W16 Belmont, MA 22:38.8
73 310 Brams, Cate W16 Belmont, MA 22:39.1
2012 Brendan's Home Run74 234 Romer, Toby M39 Roslindale, MA 22:40.2
75 86 Croce, Warren M44 Belmont, MA 22:41.1
76 415 Rodriguez, Daze M40 Belmont, MA 22:41.82012 Brendan's Home Run
77 322 McGuire, John M40 Belmont, MA 22:43.3
78 288 Walsh, Brian M45 Roslindale, MA 22:44.1
79 109 Flynn, Rob M51 Watertown, MA 22:47.1
80 402 Chang, Albert M21 Billerica, MA 22:49.2
81 363 Parsons, Alexander M28 Waltham, MA 22:58.7
82 229 Price, Michael M53 Natick, MA 23:03.5
83 423 Cunningham, Phil M40 Belmont, MA 23:03.82012 Brendan's Home Run
2012 Brendan's Home Run84 175 MacIsaac, Kyle M16 Belmont, MA 23:05.9
85 323 Stone, Isabel W28 Cambridge, MA 23:08.5
86 156 Ku, Cheryll W39 Altadena, CA 23:11.3
87 206 Normile, Tyler M15 Belmont, MA 23:11.8
88 398 Connolly, Doug M35 Belmont, MA 23:16.1
89 197 Miller-Medzon, Noah M15 Belmont, MA 23:18.1
90 246 Seaver, Emily W27 Belmont, MA 23:18.5
2012 Brendan's Home Run
As with each previous Home Run, the crucial support provided by volunteers on site was augmented by the 2012 presenting sponsors – Belmont Savings Bank and The Belmont Dental Group – and contributing sponsors – Champions Sporting Goods, 2012 Brendan's Home RunBelmont Wheelworks, Belmont Lions Club, and Fitness Together Belmont . Their backing helps Brendan’s Home Run optimize its fundraising potential. Its continuing success has enabled The Brendan Grant Foundation to provide college scholarships and likewise supports other initiatives that benefit the youth of the local community. All of the Foundation’s efforts honor the memory of Brendan Grant, a young man whose team spirit permeates the event each year.

Brendan's Home Run traverses an officially measured and certified course in accordance with the requirements of the USA Track & Field Road Running Technical Council (Certification Code: MA03028RN©). The accredited 5K course is primarily flat, features plenty of shade, and allows the best runners to capture excellent times. The race starts and ends at the Belmont High School Track, and the course loops out2012 Brendan's Home Run through the Winn Brook 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.

2012 Brendan's Home RunAs has been the case in past years, hundreds of walkers departed on the 5K course at 9:30 am with a half hour head-start before the runners. As many of them will tell you, they are out on the course when the runners pass them and really have the best seat in the house to watch the 5K race. This year the weather was near perfect with moderate temperatures under sunny skies. Information about last year's successful 2011 race/walk is available by clicking here.
2012 Brendan's Home Run
According to Brian Rogers, race director, “Brendan's Home Run 5K was created ten years ago in direct response to a remarkable accident that took the life of a remarkable young man. Since that time the event has been blessed with a wealth of devoted participants, volunteers, and 2012 Brendan's Home Runsponsors. It just seems that something truly inspirational occurs at the Belmont High School track each and every Father's Day — a joyful celebration of family, friends, and community. The Brendan Grant Foundation is already looking forward to next year's edition."

Whether you were a runner, walker, volunteer, contributor, or a supporter in spirit but unable to attend, it was another great event with lots of fun for a worthy cause. We're already excited for next year and hope to see you on Father’s Day 2013!