THE LEGACY CONTINUES AT THE
12th ANNUAL “BRENDAN’S HOME RUN”™
Held Sunday, 16 June 2013 in Belmont, MA
(Story by Casey Grant, Belmont MA; Photos by Fred Field, Cumberland, ME)
MA – A comfortable June morning provided the perfect setting for some of
Metro-Boston's fastest runners at the twelfth Annual “Brendan’s Home Run”™.
This year's champions were
Ryan MaCalcom of Belmont (15:28)
as the overall champion and leader in the men's division, while the women's
division was led by Karen Roa of Somerville (17:16) who set a new course
record in the female division. The men's course record of 14:59 set by
Ryan McCalmon in 2012 still stands.
12th Annual running of "Brendan's Home RunTM"
5K Race & Walk was held on Father's
Day 16 June 2013 at the Belmont High School track.
Further details are available at
the 5K race/walk website, and
in addition, the full race results are available at
It was another great day. Here are the top finishers:
Top Men Overall: 1. Ryan McCalmon, Belmont 15:28; 2.
Dan Vassallo, Peabody 15:39; 3.
Gregory Picklesimer, Newton 16:08; 4. Chris
Hine, Brighton 16:19; 5. Francis Cusick, Lexington 16:21.
Top Women Overall: 1. Karen Roa, Somerville 17:16; 2.
Lindsay Willard, Somerville 17:59; 3. Jessica Minty, Arlington 18:19; 4.
Grace Eysenbach, Belmont 18:52; 5. Katrina Gravel, Peabody 18:58
Fastest Parent/Child teams (combined time): 1.
Stuart & Benjamin Jacobson, Lexington 39:32; 2. Barry & James Kitch, Belmont
40:47; 3. Andrew Kinney & Connor Aikens-Kinney, Sudbury 41:16
Top 400m race / ages 8 & under:
Boys winner -
Henry Butte 1:25;
Girls winner - Lulu Conroy 1:34
Top 400m race / ages 9 - 12:
Boys winner -
Tyler Bennett-Richard 1:22;
Girls winner - Sophie Butte 1:18
following are the top three runners in each age bracket:
19 & Under Results - Men 5000 Run
1 #10 Benjamin Jacobson, M16 16:58
2 #359 Kevin Connors, M18 17:34
#13 Tim Siracusa, M16 17:55
20-29 Results -
Men 5000 Run
1 #3 Dan Vassallo, M28 15:40
2 #344 Chris Hine,
3 #342 Francis Cusick, M26 16:22
30-39 Results - Men 5000 Run
1 #2 Ryan McCalmon, M37 15:28
2 #7 Christopher Leitz, M36 17:21
#372 James Lenhart, M36 18:09
40-49 Results -
Men 5000 Run
1 #444 Gregor Picklesimer, M46 16:08
Christopher Smith, M47 17:51
3 #26 Charlie Conroy, M43 18:40
50-59 Results - Men 5000 Run
1 #11 Andrew
Kinney, M53 18:56
2 #15 Kevin Richard, M53 19:39
3 #21 Will Brownsberger, M56 20:46
60 & Over Results - Men 5000 Run
Marshall Randolph, M64 20:48
2 #365 Bruno Gallinelli, M62 21:22
#312 Richard Paulsen, M69 22:41
& Under Results - Women 5000 Run
1 #177 Sophie Klimasmith, W15
2 #232 Sydney Perkins, W17 23:13
3 #85 Audrey Christo, W12
20-29 Results - Women 5000 Run
1 #314 Karen Roa, W22 17:17
2 #4 Jessica Minty, W29 18:19
Katrina Gravel, W24 18:58
30-39 Results - Women 5000 Run
1 #5 Lindsay
Willard, W34 18:00
2 #371 Mary Pizarro, W30 20:14
3 #446 Becca
Pizzi, W33 21:27
40-49 Results - Women 5000 Run
1 #332 Karin
Lehr, W44 21:08
2 #207 Carolyn Mehaffey, W49 22:16
3 #157 Natalie
Jeong, W43 23:10
50-59 Results - Women 5000
1 #321 Eileen Troy, W59 23:51
2 #401 Kerry O'Donovan, W51 24:41
#118 Mimi Englander, W52 24:49
60 & Over
Results - Women 5000 Run
1 #341 Linda Jennings, W61 21:01
2 #120 Deborah Falvey, W62 30:36
#171 Kwan Lai, W62 34:04
Extensive crowds of spectators were
watching the runners, and they witnessed impressive displays of athletic
abilities and several honorable mentions during the morning. This
included the following:
Fifty-seven year old Don Salamone of Needham ran the race in 24:11 and
achieved his goal of breaking the 25 minute mark for a 5K. Don has the
heart of an 18 year old, literally, as a full heart transplant recipient,
and is proving to all that the gift of life is a truly great thing.
• Crowd favorite Michael Collins of Marco Island, FL ran and
finished the 5K once again, this year at 82 years young. Among other
notable achievements Mike was the Command Module Pilot for the Apollo 11
mission in 1969, NASA's first lunar landing.
crowd favorite was Ram Satyaprasad of Burlington with the Shamrock Running
Club, still posting amazing times despite his age of 74 years, though on
this day he took it easy because he was running with his grandchildren.
The youngest finisher of the day in the 5K race with the most impressive
time was 9 year old Issac Laing of Belmont who arrived at the finish line in
• StateSenator Will Brownsberger came in 3rd in
his age bracket, demonstrating his ability to run a foot race as good as a
• Another runner that dazzled the crowd was 27
year old Cara Fitzgibbons who ran the race barefoot and is known to likewise
run marathons with no shoes.
This year's Presenting
Sponsors are: Belmont
Savings Bank; Belmont
Dental Group; and Fitness Together Belmont. We
greatly appreciate the generous
support they provide, and we ask that you likewise help support them.
In addition, this year's Contributing Sponsors are: Champion Sporting
Goods, Belmont Wheelworks, Belmont Lions Club, and Alan & Isabelle DerKarzarian
& Family. Thanks again to all who help support The Brendan Grant
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
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 out 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.
As 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.
See the story
on last year's 2012 race. Also,
click here to watch a video of the June 2012 5K race/walk (courtesy
Belmont Media Center).
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
Whether you were a runner, walker, volunteer, contributor, or a supporter in
spirit but unable to attend, we hope to see you on
Father’s Day 2013!