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2014 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/WalkHeld Sunday, 15 June 2014 in Belmont, MA
(2014 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/WalkStory by Casey Grant, Belmont MA; Photos by Fred Field, Cumberland, ME)

Belmont, MA – A picture perfect weather day greeted some of Metro-Boston's fastest runners at the 13th Annual “Brendan’s Home Run”™. Once again it was a great Father's Day as this 5K race/walk legacy event continues.

This year's champions were Louis Serafini of Brookline in the Men's category at 15:14, and Concord’s Jessica Minty for the Women at 17:24. The course records for both male and female remained intact, set by Ryan McCalmon of Belmont in 2012 at 14:59 for the men, and by Karen Roa of Somerville for the women in 2013 at 17:17.

Peabody’s 2014 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/WalkDan Vassallo and 7 time course champion of Brendan’s Home Run captured overall second place at 15:23, followed by 3rd place finisher Chris Stadler of Belmont at15:28. Second place in the women’s division went to Lindsay Willard of Somerville at 18:07, and 3rd went to Jamie Shea of Belmont at 18:54.

Brendan's Home Run continues to attract top runners in the metro Boston area, and the organizers and participants salute all of these great athletes, and the legendary stature they enjoy among the Belmont2014 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/Walk faithful.

The times for all the 5K runners are available from www.CoolRunning.com. Overall, the fastest male finishers in the 2009 5K race were:

1. Louis Sarafini, Brookline MA, 15:15
2. Dan Vassallo, Peabody MA, 15:23
3. Chris Stadler, Belmont MA, 15:282014 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/Walk
4. Paul Green, Belmont MA, 16:34
5. Andrew Carey, Belmont MA, 16:47

The fastest 2010 female finishers were:

1. Jessic Minty, Concord MA, 17:24
2. Lindsey Willard, Somerville MA, 18:07
3. Jamie Shea, Belmont MA, 18:54
4. Katrina Vassallo, Peabody MA, 19:15
5. Jacquelyn Steinhouse, Somerville MA, 20:21
2014 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/Walk
Enhancing youth development and fostering positive parent-child relationships is a guiding principle of The Brendan Grant Foundation. On this basis, Brendan's Home Run always acknowledges the fastest parent-child tandems for the day. For some Father’s, there is no better way to spend Fathers Day. Awards are provided in this category, and the top finishers for the parent-child teams:

1. Ching-Hua & Zachary Tseng (39:15) Belmont, MA2014 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/Walk
2. Robert & Andrew Carey (39:22) Belmont, MA
3. Barry & James Kitch (39:37) Belmont, MA

While these top-notch runners were busy burning up the 3.1 miles, the spotlight fell on the kids’ races on the oval at the Belmont High School track. Races for 6-8 year olds (one lap of the track at 400 M) and 9-12 year olds (also 400 M) attracted all the best young racers in the area. For many this event is the highlight of the day, with speedy youngsters racing around the track to the classic music of "Charge of the Light Brigade" and finishing before the fastest 5K adult runners return.

2014 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/WalkIn the 6-8 year old category (400 M), the first place finisher for the boys was Adam O’Shaughnessy, followed closely by the girls champion (6-8 year old) Elizabeth Amaratunga.

In the 9-12 year old group (400 M), Henry Butte led the race and was crowned champion with an exciting photo finish, while the fastest girl was Victoria Gale. While these were the fastest runners, all of the children who participate are awarded a ribbon and each wears a race bib with the number “1”, Brendan Grant’s uniform number on the Belmont High School varsity baseball team.2014 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/Walk

As a recap of the 5K race, the following are the top three winners in each gender and age bracket, each of whom were awarded a medal for their accomplishments:

2014 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/Walk19 & Under Results - Women 5000 Run
1 Milne, Lee, 19 Dover, MA, 20:41.4
2 Kitch, Madeline Celi, 12 Belmont, MA, 20:57.3
3 Orcutt, Amy, 11 Medford, MA, 21:42.7

20-29 Results - Women 5000 Run
1 Vassallo, Katrina, 25 Peabody, MA, 19:15.0
2 Carter, Lauren, 21 Lexington, MA, 21:10.7
3 Fitzgibbon, Cara, 28 Belmont, MA, 21:51.7

30-39 Results - Women 5000 Run
1 Minty, Jessica, 30 Concord, MA, 17:23.2
2 Willard, Lindsay, 35 Somerville, MA, 18:06.62014 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/Walk
3 Steinhouse, Jacquelyn, 35 Somerville, MA, 20:20.9

40-49 Results - Women 5000 Run
1 Shea, Jamie, 40 Belmont, MA, 18:53.2
2 Lehr, Karin, 45 Belmont, MA, 20:33.7
3 Chapman, Kathryn, 40 Bishops Stortford UK, 21:03.8

50-59 Results - Women 5000 Run
1 O'Donovan, Kerry, 52 Belmont, MA, 25:02.8
2 Brown, Elizabeth, 52 Belmont, MA, 26:17.5
3 Gardner, Annie, 54 Belmont, MA, 26:42.7
2014 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/Walk
60 & Over Results - Women 5000 Run
1 Lai, Kwan Kew, 63 Belmont, MA, 29:51.2

19 & Under Results - Men 5000 Run
1 Stadler, James, 17 Belmont, MA, 18:40.0
2 Tseng, Zachary, 14 Belmont, MA, 19:00.1
3 Kitch, James, 14 Belmont, MA, 19:01.1

20-29 Results - Men 5000 Run
1 Sarafini, Louis, 22 Brookline, MA, 15:14.4
2 Vassallo, Dan, 29 Peabody, MA, 15:23.0
3 Stadler, Chris, 21 Belmont, MA, 15:27.6
2014 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/Walk
30-39 Results - Men 5000 Run
1 Heuisler, Chris, 34 Belmont, MA, 16:57.8
2 McCalmon, Ryan, 38 Belmont, MA, 17:10.9
3 Leitz, Christopher, 37 Watertown, MA, 17:13.3

40-49 Results - Men 5000 Run
1 Pond, Kyle, 41 Newton, MA, 17:07.4
2 Conroy, Charlie, 44 Belmont, MA, 18:08.2
3 Goho, Shaun, 41 Belmont, MA, 18:59.4

50-59 Results - Men 5000 Run
1 Richard, Kevin, 54 Cambridge, MA, 19:20.7
2 Kinney, Andrew, 54 Sudbury, MA, 19:25.42014 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/Walk
3 Tseng, Ching-Hua, 50 Belmont, MA, 20:15.4

60 & Over Results - Men 5000 Run
1 Lehr, Dick, 60 Belmont, MA, 22:08.5
2 Haines, Jonathan, 60 Belmont, MA, 22:39.0
3 Hoffmann, Peter, 64 Belmont, MA, 25:37.7

Brendan’s Home Run would not be the well-oiled event it has evolved into over the past dozen plus years without the dedicated corps of volunteers who do everything from setting up tents, to registering entrants, to slicing watermelons. This small army of volunteers takes care of hundreds of details that result in the efficient execution of top notch road race in a very short time frame. Rain or shine, they are undeterred from the mission of making the event the best it can be.
2014 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/Walk
Of course, Brendan’s Home Run also owes much of its success to the support of its sponsors, led most notably by Presenting Sponsors Belmont Savings Bank, Belmont Dental Group, Fitness Together Belmont, and Alan & Isabelle DerKazarian and Family. Key support was also provided by Contributing Sponsors Belmont Wheelworks, Champions Sporting Goods, Belmont Lions Club, and Greater Boston Running Company. Their contributions help the event maximize the funds it raises for the various initiatives of The Brendan Grant Foundation and its associated scholarship program.2014 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/Walk

A sweeping range of individuals and organizations helped make this year’s race/walk the great success that it was. In addition to the afore-mentioned sponsors, significant in-kind donations were also provided by: General Mills (Yoplait), WT Phelan Insurance, and multiple others. Numerous outstanding raffle prizes were awarded including lots of tickets to the Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins, New England Revolution, and other great Father’s Day gift venues. 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.

2014 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/WalkAnother 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 close to 100 people, and they are too many to mention by name here. We are deeply appreciative for their important volunteer efforts. A special salute is extended to the young people of the community who directly assisted, such as members of the following BHS sports teams: Baseball, Softball and Wrestling teams.

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: MA14012JK©). 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 out through the2014 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/Walk 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. More information about the course is available at www.Brendans HomeRun.org.

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 comfortably warm and dry. Information about last year's successful 2013 race/walk is available by clicking here.

2014 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/WalkBrendan'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 clinics, mentoring programs, field/facility enhancements, and scholarships given annually to three graduating high school seniors. The foundation, and its various events such as the 5K race/walk, honors the memory of Brendan Grant, the 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. In 2001, he was the starting third baseman during his freshman year for American International College.
2014 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/Walk
Perhaps the most visible foundation project is the rebuilding of the Belmont High School varsity baseball 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 a senior member of the varsity baseball, softball and wrestling teams’ that demonstrates the same positive spirit and leadership skills - both on the field and in the community - for which Brendan was known. 2014 Brendan's Home Run 5K Race/WalkThose who cannot participate in Brendan's Home Run but wish to contribute to The Brendan Grant Foundation may send donations to P.O. Box 184, Belmont, MA 02478.

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 2015!