John Altieri of South Nyack won the men’s division and Kim Chalfin of Nanuet won the women’s division at the 4th Annual Bill Fortune 10K Run and 5K Run/Walk. The races were held on Saturday May 10 at Rockland Lake State Park in Congers, NY.
Altieri, 35, ran the flat 6.2-mile course in 39:51, a pace of 6:25 per mile. Chalfin, 43, finished in 43:35, a pace of 7:01 per mile.
The races, sponsored by the Rockland Road Runners, had a record number of 331 finishers. Medals were presented to the top three male and female overall finishers and age group finishers of the 10K and 5K runs. For the first time, awards were given to the top three overall male and female walkers.
Jamer Linares, 18, of Nyack won the 5K run in 18:20. Sarah Callagy, 23, of New City won the 5K run female division in 21:16. Pious Thomas, 56, of Nanuet won the 5K walk in 40:28. Dawn Thurston, 31, of Tarrytown won the 5K walk female division in 41:24.
Between Rockland Road Runners and Meals on Wheels of Rockland, the event raised over $15,000 to support Meals of Wheels’ mission to serve the homebound, seniors and others in Rockland County.
Mary Scanlon, Bill Fortune’s daughter, shared her experience from her first year being the event’s race director. “My dad believed in the importance of giving back to others. I believe he would be so proud to see his family, friends and community members honor his memory through service to others.”
Bill Fortune was a longtime Pearl River resident who did not start running until he was 51 years old. He quickly gained national recognition in track and road-running events, ranging from 800 meters to the marathon. In his 60’s, he set five national age-group records and posted personal-best times faster than runners half his age. At the age of 64 he was running 5-minute miles and at the age of 70 he continued to compete running 6-minute miles. Bill passed away in June 2010. He is survived through his five children – Christine, Susan, Mary, Laura and Bill Jr. – and numerous grandchildren.
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Click here to view race photographs by Ken Shelton Photography.