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Area Runners Headed to Boston Marathon

Seven runners from the four-county Rocket-Courier area are entered in the Boston Marathon, which is slated for April 18.

Lori Kingsley, 45, Wysox, is a veteran of the race. Starting with the Elite field, Kingsley hopes to improve on last year's 30th-place finish in the women's competition. Her time of 2:46:45 was good for second in her 40-44 age-group.

Rachel Murphy, 30, and her husband Michael, 37, both of Wyalusing, also return to Boston this year.

Michael Murphy completed the 26-plus miles in 2:52:16. Rachel Murphy ran the race in 3:12:00.

Tunkhannock's Corey Read, 24, will also be in the field as will Nicholson residents John Kwiatkowski, 41, and Thomas Meagher, 55.

Burdett Porter, 48, Sayre, is also in the field.

Guthrie Gallop Slated

The 27th running of the Guthrie Gallop is slated for Saturday, May 7, in Howard Elmer Park in Sayre.

Besides the featured 10K run, there will also be a 5K run, 5K walk and a Kids' Fun Run.

Race-day registration will be held at the Sayre Theatre at 205 South Elmer Avenue.

The 10K will begin at 9 a.m., to be followed by both 5K events at 10:30. The Kids' Fun Run for children, aged 10-and-under, is set for 11:30.

There is a registration fee of $17 for the 10K and two 5K events for participants who sign up by May 1. Those who want to run both the runs will pay $22. The Fun Run fee is $5. After May 1, participants must enter on race day with higher fees, including $22 for the 10K, 5K run or 5K walk and $27 for those who do the 10K and 5K runs.

Proceeds from the event benefit youth and recreation in the Sayre community.

Entry fees must be made payable to Guthrie Healthcare System and the registration form should be sent to Robert Packer Hospital, Attention: Susan Sinay, One Guthrie Square, Sayre PA 18840-1699.

The Guthrie Gallop is a USA Track and Field certified event.

Awards will be presented to the first two finishers in their age-group and to the overall male and female winners.

The first 50 children who finish the race will receive a gift. The first 300 entrants will receive a cinch sack.

For more information, to register or to volunteer, visit www.guthrie.org/gallop or contact Susan Sinay at (570) 887-4841 or Sinay_Susan@Guthrie.org.

Area Results

On March 27, at Chenango Forks, NY, Aaron Robertson won the Forks XV 15-kilometer run with a time of 49:08. Shaun Horan was second in 50:34, followed by Jeremy Anderson in 54:53.

Jodie Schoppmann was fourth, overall, and the first female finisher with a time of 54:59. Trish Horan (1:05:09) and Patti Trubucco (1:06:11) completed the top three for women.

Several runners from the four-county Rocket-Courier area also competed including Little Meadows' Jon Murray (1:02:25); Sayre's Matt Middlebrook (1:15:04), Julie Aquilio (1:15:26), Renee Shay (1:30:14) and Retha Shaffer (1:32:08); Montrose's Anne Lathrop (1:16:39) and Jacqueline Havrilak (1:51:52) and Brackney's Fred Bostrom (1:27:24) and Diana Bean (1:29:08).

At Hanover Township, Luzerne County, on March 26, Bornfase Kyandu Omurwa won the Run for Red 5K in 17:10. Dan Thomas was second in 18:54, followed by Christopher Kasian in 19:41.

Nadalie Solomon led the female contingent with a time of 20:33. Katie Grose (21:39) and Jen Stec-Gagliardi (21:51) completed the top three.

On March 20, three Tunkhannock teens—Reece Ayers, Ben Robinson and Jacob Siegel—finished the Rockin' the Ledges 12-mile trail run at Merli Sarnoski Park in Greenfield Township, Lackawanna County, in identical times of 1:53:09. The three shared male 34-under honors.

Matt Bruno won the 35-44 male age-group in 2:14:12, while Kevin Bandru (2:02:23) took 45-over honors.

Stec-Gagliardi was the top female finisher with a time of 2:32:27, claiming female 35-44 honors. Caitlin Gaughan (2:43:14) won the female 34-under age-group.

Dave Pilkus (4:36:21) and Kathy Maier (4:35:16) were the top male and female hikers.

Upcoming Races

April 2: University of Scranton SIFE 5K, 10 a.m.

April 2: Susquehanna Warrior Trail Run, Shickshinny, 10:15 a.m.

April 6: Electric City Runners 7K Prediction Run, Scranton, 6 p.m.

April 9: Jean and Pete Onofre Memorial 5K, Athens, 9 a.m.

April 9: Chase Away Hunger 5K, Owego, NY, 9 a.m.

April 9: John McKennas Memorial 5K, Binghamton, 9:30 a.m.

April 9: Colonels Run for Kids 5K, Wilkes-Barre, 10 a.m.

April 10: Skunk Cabbage Runs, Ithaca, NY, 8 a.m.

April 10: Ian Pope Memorial 5K, Kingston, 10 a.m.

April 10: Run for Life 5K, Binghamton, 1 p.m.

April 10: Kilometers for a Cause, Wilkes-Barre, 2 p.m.

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