Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

June 5, 2013

A classic fifth

Annual race draws more than 1,000 participants

Staff Reports
The Andover Townsman

---- — Sunday’s fifth annual Krit Classic 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run at Andover High School in memory of Kristin “Krit” Kearins was full of memorable take-aways, from an emotional balloon launch to a photo finish in the kids race between two youngsters participating in memory of their aunt.

Kearins’ mother, Pam Sheehy, called the event an “amazing celebration” that kicked off with the traditional launch of hundreds of green balloons to the music of “Over the Rainbow.”

“Krit for sure was smiling down on us,” Sheehy said.

The event brought out at least 1,200 runners of all ages to support the cause, according to Sheehy.

In the 5K, 19-year-old Simon Voorhees of Andover topped the men’s field with a time of 16:48 and Alison Boutiette, 33, of Reading, led the women at 19:56. Race director Mike Meagher got the race off to a rousing start in his automobile.

The Kids Fun Run, introduced only last year, exploded with more than 150 participants. In the untimed half-mile run for the 7- to 12-year-old set, two of Sheehy’s grandchildren, 12-year-old Kayli Fagan and 9-year-old Will Sullivan, were neck-and-neck as they crossed the finish line. Ages 6 and under, meanwhile, competed in a quarter-mile race.

Krit Classic organizers were flooded with so many kids’ entries that they ran out of numbers as well as T-shirts given to all participants and are ordering more to accommodate those who didn’t receive one. In addition to the T-shirts, all of the youngsters were awarded medals, Orange Leaf gift cards, wrist bands, and Frisbees from Digital Federal Credit Union.

Sportscaster Mike Lynch of WCVB-TV Channel 5 served as the event’s emcee, while Ted Teichert of Andover was the DJ. Local vocalist Chrissty Catino sang the national anthem. Greater Boston Running Company, one of the event sponsors, provided the awards.

Vendors on hand for the day or offering food or provisions for the runners were Orange Leaf and Pinkberry with frozen yogurt, Domino’s with pizza, Perfecto’s with bagels, Cedar’s Mediterranean Foods with hummus, Market Basket with fruit and water, Gatorade, Core Power shake and Olde Redding Butcher Shoppe. Volunteer Diane Sumner offered face painting throughout the morning and Andover Massage assisted runners following the race

This year’s Krit Kearins Memorial Scholarship went to Andover High School senior Mackenzie Dutton, who will be studying nursing at Endicott College in Beverly this fall.

An honor roll student, Dutton has been a two-sport varsity athlete on multiple state championship girls swimming and diving teams as well as the goaltender for the girls ice hockey team.

Dutton has been selected to represent Warrior Way, a program designed to promote and encourage positive attitude, integrity, sportsmanship, determination and the symbolism of being a student-athlete while stressing the importance of academics to elementary and middle school students. She has also volunteered her time as a youth ice hockey and baseball coach and has received several academic and athletic awards.

During her freshman year in 2010, Dutton’s father lost his battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The scholarship selection committee said that while managing her own loss, Dutton has been a compassionate support system for her mother and younger brother. In addition, she has helped others through their grief as a volunteer camp counselor at a bereavement camp. She has also raised $11,000 toward ALS awareness and spoken at the ALS world conference.

Following the race, an after-party for Krit Classic sponsors and supporters was held at Indian Ridge Country Club in Andover, where another $10,000 to support the Krit Kearins Memorial Scholarship Fund was raised through a silent auction, raffle and other activities. Lynch announced the day’s winners and Teichert again provided the music.

Five-year Krit Classic sponsors were honored. They include Andover Country Club, Andover Townsman, Bank of New England, Fred C. Church, Indian Ridge Country Club, Institute of Performance Fitness, Kirkwood Printing, Latham Law, Old Time Sports, Pearson Plumbing, Perfectos Caffe, Reid Graphics, Screenprint Dow, Techprint, TSR and Trident Lock & Key.

A 2000 graduate of Andover High School and popular athlete, Kearins was just 26 in September 2008 when she suffered severe head trauma in a bike accident on a rain-slicked bridge in Boston. She succumbed to injuries a short time later.

The Krit Classic was started by Kearins’ family in the months following her death. Proceeds support an annual scholarship to a graduating Andover High senior who embodies Kearins and other causes. For more on Kearins and the Krit Classic in her memory, visit www.kritkearinsclassic.com.

KRIT CLASSIC V 5K

TOP FINISHERS

MALE

Ages 15 and Under

1. Preston Taylor, 9, Andover, 5:18

2. Andrew Benassi, 10, Reading, 25:56

3. Colby Goodchild, 9, Reading, 25:57

Ages 16 to 19

1. Simon Voorhees, 19, Andover, 16:48

2. Mark Galat, 17, Andover, 18:53

3. Justin Sonberg, 17, Andover, 19:07

Ages 20 to 29

1. Nick Stamas, 27, Boston, 20:28

2. Robby Morache, 21, Hampstead, N.H., 20:51

3. John Kou, 20, Andover, 20:59

Ages 30 to 39

1. Brett Budzinski, 38, North Andover, 17:25

2. Richard Cotta, 34, Andover, 19:09

3. Ryan Lynch, 39, Andover, 20:31

Ages 40 to 49

1. Brian O’Neil, 46, Andover, 18:42

2. Ken Cain, 41, Andover, 21:00

3. Chris Ritondo, 42, Andover, 21:08

Ages 50 to 59

1. John Goodwin, 57, Andover, 18:37

2. Bill Squires, 54, Reading, 19:45

3. Michael McHugh, 53, Cambridge, 20:03

Ages 60 to 69

1. Will Meredith, 63, Methuen, 23:23

2. Ross Huntington, 61, Hampstead, N.H., 24:18

3. Charlie Farrington, 68, Methuen, 27:00

Ages 70 and Over

1. Bob Stamm, 70, Andover, 42:37

2. Lou Peters, Methuen, 42:55

FEMALE

Ages 15 and Under

1. Chantal Kellerd, 14, Andover, 22:21

2. Julia Boyd, 15, Andover, 23:21

3. Megan Gallagher, 10, Andover, 23:31

Ages 16 to 19

1. Sarah Smith, 18, Acton, 24:49

2. Maeve Awiszus, 16, Andover, 27:03

3. Maggie Verrette, 16, Andover, 28:14

Ages 20 to 29

1. Melissa Donais, 29, North Andover, 20:00

2. Liz Keady, 26, Andover, 22:56

3. Natalie Sousa, Andover, 23:16

Ages 30 to 39

1. Alison Boutiette, 33, Reading, 19:56

2. Joanne Zieno, 31, Boston, 23:42

3. Jennifer Chapin, 39, Reading, 24:24

Ages 40 to 49

1. Sue Kiley, 44, Andover, 22:10

2. Kate Jagger, 42, Andover, 23:00

3. Robin Taylor, 40, Andover, 23:16

Ages 50 to 59

1. Nancy Corsaro, 54, Methuen, 23:31

2. Lisa Plume, 50, North Andover, 24:17

3. Linda Benjamin, 50, Andover, 24:42

Ages 60 to 69

1. Patty Sumner, 67, Reading, 30:08

2. Barbara Meierowitz, Portsmouth, R.I.

3. Sue Wartman, 68, Andover, 36:57

Ages 70 and Over

1. Mary Gilmartin, 71, Andover, 54:22

2. Suzanne Lind, 72, Bradford, 57:25

3. Sandra Divincenzo, 70, Andover, 1:00:22

For the compete Krit Classic 5K results, visit www.coolrunning.com/results/13/ma/Jun2_5thKri_set1.shtml.