The VFW is excited to announce this year’s winners of their annual 5K Run to Remember event. The race was held on Saturday, October 3. Despite the cold and rain, 119 people chose to participate showing their desire to respect and thank Veterans of their choosing.
This year brought in two new record setters: Sophia Masciarelli, age 15, of Northbridge smashed the previous female record with a time of 19:06 and T. Joe Campbell of Grafton who set a new record time for men 70+ with a time of 28:43. The top Male finisher was Sal Masciarelli, age 12, of Northbridge with a time of 20:41 making this year’s race a family affair.
Top female Veterans were; Jeniffer Johnson of Northbridge, and Laurie Young of Bellingham. The Top male Veterans were: Michael Nixon of Hopedale, Scott Young of Upton, and Ryan Johnson of Northbridge.
The fastest female teacher was Laura Nadoski of Upton. The fastest male teacher was Patrick Kwedor also of Upton. The top Police Officer finisher was Patrick Callahan of Upton. The top fire fighter was Pam Wood Overhusler of Salem.
Age group winners: Girls 12 and under – Emma Nadolski, Samira Evans and Caroline DeZuller all of Upton. Boys 12 and under – Sebastian Rojno, Andrew Linquist and Stone Lotano all of Upton. Girls 13-15 – Lucy Hawkins, Ariana Laneri and Marie Maloney all of Upton. Boys 13-15 – Andrew Galicki, Daniel DeZutter and Jared Joyce all of Upton. Girls 16-19 – Nicole Caliendo of Littleton, Taylor Moore and Aleah Castongvay of Upton. Boys 16-19 – Jay Turner of Upton. Women 20-29 – Kelly Pigotti of Upton, Jillian Murphy of Brookline, and Jen Peter of Shirley. Men 20-29 – Wdward Moran of Milford, Jack Rosen of Upton, and Derek Peter of Shirley. Women 30-39 – Molly Smith, Katie Carroll and Jennifer Lade all of Upton. Men 30-39 – Michael Nixon of Hopedale,
Thribhuvar Parupalli of Westboro, and Jay Rodriguez of Upton. Women 40-49 – Sandy Pollen and Laura Nadolski of Upton, and Sue Morin of Whitinsville. Men 40-49 – Scott Henderson, Anthony Lambert, and Eric Robinson all of Upton. Women 50-59 – Janet Fortin, Ellen Addy, and Collette Wickstrom all of Upton. Men 50-59 – Mike McCann and Richard Lambert of Upton and Kevin Murphy of Mendon. Women 60-69 – Pam Overhulser of Salem, Cindy Ramsey and Linda Usher of Upton. Men 60-69 – Jim Gray of Northbridge. Men 70+ – Joe Campbell of Grafton, Ron Senosk of Sutton, and James Collins of Upton.
In a statement the VFW wrote, “The VFW is especially grateful to its members that worked hard to make this event a success, to our Timer and Computer Wizards, Gary Atlas and Dave Carlson, to our small band of dedicated sponsors, to the Amazing Nipmuc Girls Volleyball team, to Katie Carroll, our organizer and director of the Kids Run that followed the 5K, and to the wonderful News outlets that have supported us and the Town of Upton officials and Police Force that made sure our runners had a safe event.”
Unfortunately, Upton Daily did not have a photographer at the event and no 5K photos have been contributed.
All Kids Run Photos are contributed by Anabela