DERRY — The Greater Derry Track Club hosted its annual 5K/10K Run For Freedom on July 4.
For several years, the track club has hosted the event, bringing out hundreds of runners to participate in both the 5K and 10K courses on the Fourth of July holiday.
Runners started at Pinkerton Academy then ran all over the streets and back roads of Derry, returning back to Pinkerton.
The 5K participants included a group of beginning runners who trained with members of the track club this season during its eight-week Couch to 5K program.
All proceeds from the races benefit Liberty House in Manchester, a safe, supportive, substance-free housing community for American veterans transitioning out of homelessness. All participants also were asked to bring a donation of a nonperishable food item to help restock local food banks.
LOCALS DOMINATE LEADERBOARD
When it came down to the actual racing, local athletes came out and represented in droves.
Pinkerton’s Ethan Desmarais crossed the finish line first in the 5K in 17:27, besting second-place Nathan Steiger of Hooksett by a comfortable 40 seconds (18:07).
Londonderry’s Michael Dufour was right behind in fourth (19:27), while Windham’s Joshua Meuse took sixth (19:50). Derry’s Santina Tinkham was the first female finisher, taking 14th overall after she crossed the 5K finish line in 23:14.
In the 10K, Derry’s Luke Brennan finished second in 36:04 -- trailing only Salem’s Sam Fazioli (32:46), who blitzed the field. Pinkerton track star Joe Gagnon had a good showing, taking fourth overall (36:13), and Derry’s Rich DiSalvo almost cracked the top-10, taking 11th in 40:53.
Derry’s Kristen Sobolewski also had a fine showing, taking 18th in the 10K in 46.02.
To view complete results from the Run for Freedom, visit gdtc.org.