The 2014 Greater Derry Track Club (GDTC) summer fun runs came to a close on Pinkerton Academy’s track Thursday, July 31, in a ceremonious atmosphere.
The night of the races – the sixth such evening of the GDTC’s 40th season of summer fun runs – took place after the local club and its sponsors had provided awards for the series stalwarts in each age category. And plenty of Derry individuals were recognized.
“A looming rainstorm kept the races going at a good pace, but that did not stop the 500-plus runners from coming out in force,” said GDTC series co-director Maureen Knepp.
The young runners enjoyed the added treat of having Manchester Monarchs’ mascot “Max” around to give high-fives and hand racers their honors.
The total count for food donated during the final series event – in lieu of registration fees submitted by racers and their families – was 260 pounds, bringing the total of non-perishable food donated to the St. Thomas Food Bank in Derry through the 2014 fun run series to 1,444 pounds.
Race participants finished with a medal and a T-shirt, and the overall winners and top finishers in the different age and race categories were recognized as well.
Notching top-three overall finishes in their respective age groups during the six-week series were 13 Derry youngsters. They are age group champions Cullen McClain (9-year-old boys) and Alli Carney (9-year-old girls); second-place finishers Natalie Hayes (girl 9s), Grady Daron (boy 10s), Jadyn Smith (girl 10s), Braydon Harrington (11-year-old boys), Maddy Hayes (girl 11s), Mia Trainer (girl 12s); and third-place finishers Brooke Johnson (girl 9s), Aaron McMullin (boy 10s), and John Hogrel and Connor Selleny (tied for third among boy 12s).