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Holyoke St. Patrick's Day 10k

The green vests of Ethiopia were much in evidence – and fittingly so! – at the front end of the 39th annual Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day 10K in Holyoke, Mass., Sat., March 22. 

Ethiopians swept the first four places in the men’s race and an Ethiopian also outlegged the field in the women’s race.

Mengistu Nebsi, 36, of Ethiopia won the men’s race in 29:42, and he was followed to the finish line by his countrymen Ayele Feyisa, 26 (who ran 29:47), Diriba Degela, 26 (29:59) and Tesfaye Dube, 30 (30:10).

Two Kenyan runners, Amos Sang, 26, and Garius Rup, 29, finished fifth and sixth, running 31:27 and 31:43 respectively.

The first American finisher was Kevin Johnson, 25, of Lebanon, N.H., who was seventh in 31:56. Blake Croteau, only 19, of Westfield, Mass., ran well to take eighth place in 32:14.

Askale Merachi, 27, of Ethiopia won the women’s race in 33:14, finishing 15 seconds ahead of Alice Kamunya, 23, of Kenya, who ran 33:29.

The third-place finisher and first American was Megan Hogan, 26, of Springfield, Mass., who was clocked in 33:40.

Almost 6000 runners finished this popular, exciting race on a fast loop course lined with cheering spectators. No wonder this race is called “a miniature Boston," although the last time we checked, Boston was a point-to-point course.

 

People may be doing the St. Patty's pub crawl in the evening, but the Holyoke race has all ears, eyes and feet during the day. The weather is ideal this time of year. Race goers call this fast course a miniature Boston. The streets will be packed with spectators and it's not too far off to say that this town goes a little bit crazy for the St. Patrick's Day run.

2014 Race Winners · 2013 Results · 2012 Results · 2011 Results

Division Clock Time Name Age State/Country
Overall Male Winner 29:42 Mengistu Nebsi 36 Ethiopia
2nd Male Finisher 29:47 Ayele Feyisa 26 Ethiopia
3rd Male Finisher 29:59 Diriba Degefa 26 Ethiopia
4th Male Finisher 30:10 Tesfaye Dube 30 Ethiopia
5th Male Finisher 31:27 Amos Sang 26 Kenya
6th Male Finisher 31:43 Garius Rop 29 Kenya
7th Male Finisher 31:56 Kevin Johnson 25 Lebanon, NH
8th Male Finisher 32:07 Blake Croteau 19 Westfield, MA
9th Male Finisher 32:14 Kevin Quadrozzi 26 Chestnut Hill, MA
10th Male Finisher 32:31 Ricardo Esternefa 28 Puerto Rico
Overall Female Winner 33:14 Askale Merachi 27 Ethiopia
2nd Female Finisher 33:29 Alice Kamunya 23 Kenya
3rd Female Finisher 33:40 Megan Hogan 26 Springfield, MA
4th Female Finisher 36:37 Kara Ryczek 39 Longmeadow, MA
5th Female Finisher 38:04 Emily Bryans 46 Delanson, NY
6th Female Finisher 38:43 Jackie Evans 38 East Longmeadow, MA
7th Female Finisher 38:53 Meaghan Mathews 32 Springfield, MA
8th Female Finisher 38:54 Apryl Sabadosa 30 Westfield, MA
9th Female Finisher 39:54 Molly Hoyt 37 Hatfield, Ma
10th Female Finisher 40:41 Stephanie Scagel 34 Hatfield, MA

2014 Age-Group Winning Times · 2013 Results · 2012 Results · 2011 Results

Division Chip Time Name State/Country Age Age-Graded
1st Men 40-49 33:22 Joseph Ekuom Kingston, RI 44 87.76
2nd Men 40-49 33:46 Kent Lemme Pittsfield, MA 47 88.75
3rd Men 40-49 35:57 Stephen Foley Pittsfield, MA 42 80.20
1st Men 50-59 38:40 Michael Spitzer Sheffield, MA 51 80.04
2nd Men 50-59 39:43 Skip Lucey Keene, NH 58 82.58
3rd Men 50-59 40:10 Doug Guertin Monson, Ma 50 76.43
1st Men 60-69 38:15 William Dixon Brattleboro, VT 66 92.11
2nd Men 60-69 38:36 Richard Larsen Shelburne, MA 62 88.04
3rd Men 60-69 43:36 Allan Bates Pittsfield, MA 65 80.08
1st Men 70+ 57:21 John Henderson Southwick, MA 75 68.76
2nd Men 70+ 1:08:27 Don Grant Northhampton, MA 71 54.25
3rd Men 70+ 1:09:19 Bob Massaro Chicopee, MA 70 52.92
1st Women 40-49 38:04 Emily Bryans Delanson, NY 46 86.30
2nd Women 40-49 42:01 Kelly Joyce West Brookfield, MA 47 78.98
3rd Women 40-49 42:12 Mary Guertin Monson, MA 48 79.50
1st Women 50-59 47:13 Carole Jones Ashburn, MD 57 79.67
2nd Women 50-59 47:24 Kathryn Brunelle South Hadley, MA 51 73.38
3rd Women 50-59 49:36 Donna Lyons Southampton, MA 50 69.29
1st Women 60-69 51:28 Betty Quinn Springfield, MA 63 79.53
2nd Women 60-69 1:00:49 Ellen Bellicchi Long Meadow, MA 63 67.31
3rd Women 60-69 1:02:22 Joan Wood Boston, MA 60 62.85
1st Women 70+ 1:02:31 Kim Hoiselle East Longmeadow, MA 81 89.44
At A Glance
Best Road Races
LocationHolyoke, Massachussetts
Race Distance10K
Race Date 2015March 21, 2015
  Race Date 2014  March 22, 2014
  Race Date 2013  March 16, 2013
  Race Date 2012  March 17, 2012
  Race Date 2011  March 19, 2011
Years Running39
2014 Total Finishers5,934
Entry Fee40.00
 
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"Fast course and a good time. A lot of PRs set on this urban loop course. Come out for the fun and run!"

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