A record field of runners under perfect weather conditions raised $20,000 to fight cancer at the 9th Annual Larry Robinson 10 Miler and 5 Kilometer Race held Sunday, Nov. 8, at Andover High School, said Roy Dennehy, event director and two-time cancer survivor.
Since 2001, a total of $180,000 have been raised to help advanced cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Larry Robinson's name and memory, he reported. Robinson was the former Andover High Principal, who died of cancer in 1999 at age 46.
In the 5K race (3.1 miles), the overall male winner was Adam Holmes of Andover (17:17), who is the cross country coach at Merrimack College. The female winner was Caroline Bjune another resident of Andover (19:40) who won in her first race back since giving birth in September.
In the 10-miler, the overall male winner was Kevin Gorman of Norwood (55:46), and the female winner was Amanda Kourtz of Raynham (62:46). Betsey Desfosse, a teacher at Andover High who Dennehy calls "the greatest supporter and No. 1 volunteer for all the nine years of the event," ran the 10-mile race in a time of 1:30:26.
Due to the popularity of the event among younger runners, this year's 5K race included a 13 and younger category. Female sisters Emily and Grace O'Hara from Andover came in first and second for females in this age group, both completing the race in under 28 minutes.
Michael Primes of Andover topped the age 19 to 29 group in the 5K with a time of 17:25.
Fabio Piergentili of Andover topped males 40-49 with a time of 17:49.
A time of 26:11 for the 5K was turned in by Andover Town Manager Buzz Stapczynski, good enough for second in his age group, 60-69.
Finally, in the 80 and over age category Lou Peters, an 84-year-old running legend from Methuen, was the overall winner for the second year in a row.
For a complete listing of all the finishers, visit: www.coolrunning.com/results/09/ma/Nov8_9thLar_set3.shtml.