Runners have Jolley time in 5K jaunt

Roger LaLonde Staff
Erica Bowers of Naples and Roger Raymond of Marco Island lead a pack of runners to the crest of the Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge in the early morning sunlight in the Jolley Be Good 5K Run on Saturday.

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Roger LaLonde Staff Erica Bowers of Naples and Roger Raymond of Marco Island lead a pack of runners to the crest of the Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge in the early morning sunlight in the Jolley Be Good 5K Run on Saturday.

— More than 300 runners and walkers had a Jolley time on Saturday.

Local and not-so-local runners raced to the top and coasted to the bottom of the Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge in the 5K run in support of the Island Parks and Recreation Foundation.

It wasn’t all about time for many, it was enjoying a beautiful day and enjoying the view atop the Jolley Bridge, although briefly.

For some it was a family affair. Marco’s Bob and Patty, ran with Rosie12, Mickey, 10 and Ellie, 8, all taking home trophies in their respective age groups.

Rosie was the second best runner overall in the Female Open class in a time of 20:23, just 11 seconds off the winning time of Megan Riley, 22, of Naples. Placing third was Allyson Swanson, 29, of Naples, in 20:46.8.

Bob and Mickey finished in the top 50, with Bob 37th in 22:06 and Mickey, 48th in 23:12. Patty recorded a time of 24:16 and Ellie, 29:42.

Marco’s Christy Thorstenson, 14, was second in her age group in 23:24 and her mom, Joanne, was second in her age group in 24:51.

Marco’s Evelyn Fernandez ran with her son Samuel, 10, in a time of 34:34. Marco’s Peter Servente, 15, ran the distance in 22:12, while mom Deborah clocked in at 31:12.

Marco’s Bob Mulhere, who rejoiced over conquering the bridge in 29:29, also had his daughter Caitlin, 23, who recorded 37:32 in the run.

Edie Pagoni of Marco waived ribbons in cheering on her husband Bill and son Billy Jr. 19. “I am so proud of Billy. He has autism and this is his first race,” she said. They finished in 36:45.

The top overall Female Masters (over 40) were Elizabeth Murphy of Mason, 43, first in 21:49, Nina Lane, 47, Marco, second, 21:59 and Jennifer Bristow, 40, Naples, third, 23:00.

The overall Open Men were Brian Rydzinski, 37, Naples, first in 17:40, Ulises Vivar, 17, Naples, second, 18:09 and Manuel Martinez, 17, third, 18:13.

In Male Masters, John Mellot, Portland, Me., 47, first in 19:38, David Browne, 50, Naples, second, 19:49 and Chuck Mosey, 53, Naples, 20:05.

Eighth Marco Island females won their age group, while four Marco men won their group.

Winners included Ellie Poling, 10-and-under, Hannah Heidenreich, 15-19, Sarah Textor, 25-29, Stacy Witthoff, 35-39, Patty Poling, 40-44, Martha Lohletter, 55-59, Maria Lamb, 60-64 and Marilyn Thieman, 65-69.

Marco men, Mickey Poling, 10-and-under, Robert Poling, 40-44, Joseph Lang, 45-49, Charles Lamb, 65-69 and Michael Collins, 75 and over.

Other female class winners included Maegan Murphy of Mason, 11-14, Breanne Bennett, Naples, 20-24, Charyse Hilliard, Cape Coral, 30-34, Kimberly Culpepper, Naples, 45-49, Kathy Woodley, London, England, 50-54 and Margaret Foubert, Naples, 70-74.

Other male winners included Jacob Dorn, Estero, 11-14, Fronconet Jean, Naples, 15-19, Mark Gilbert, Naples, 20-24, Andrew Holland, Naples, 25-29, Brian Bickett, Naples, 30-34, Brian Wilson, Jackson, 35-39, Mike Proto, Bristol, Conn., 59-54, Bill Marshall, Naples, 55-59, Sean Fedak, Naples, 60-64 and Charles Aubry, Naples, 70-74.

Marco runners in the top 50 overall included Rosie Poling, 17th, Roger Raymond, 31st, Scott Hicks, 33rd, Nine Lane, 35th, Robert Poling, 37th, Peter Servente, 38th, Aaron Lundquist, 40th, Joseph Lang, 41st, Mickey Poling, 48th and Carlos Escarra, 54.

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