Local runners star in YMCA 5k race

More than 130 runners and walkers took part in the YMCA’s annual 5k race held last Saturday. Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

The thermometer last Saturday was inching toward 80 as the starting time of 8 a.m. approached, and the humidity almost matched, but the 132 participants in the Bellevue YMCA's eighth annual 5-K Walk/Run fund-raiser didn't seem to notice.

They were there for a good time and to support a good cause: fitness programs sponsored by the Y.

Much of that good time came from sharing the fun with friends and family members. Eighteen students and adults represented Assumption Elementary School, and 10 runners representing St. Bonaventure Elementary School traveled from Glenshaw to take part in the race.

Ashley Pullman and Shane Dugan of "Miles of Smiles," which provided timing services at the finish line, had high praise for the race.

"It's one of our best races we do, and we do about 150 each year," Shane said.

"It's always well organized," Ashley added.

In the men's division, Jonathon Gusew, a Northgate grad now at Edinboro State University, came in first with a 16:57 time. Northgate senior Tyler Wisniewski posted a 17:17 second place ,and 2015 Avonworth grad Andrew Domencic took third at 17:40.

For the ladies, Shannon McKenzie of Bethel Park took first, crossing the line with a 22:18 time, while sisters Megan and Kayley Wisniewski, also Northgate students, placed second and third with respective times of 23:22 and 24:09.

The 5-K (3.1 miles) was not just for the young, but for the young-at-heart as well. Avalon runner Pat Pacey completed the race first in the 70+ age group at 34:41, followed by Bob Rock -- a robust cancer survivor since 2012 -- of Ross following close at 40:38, with Martha Braun of Bellevue taking second in 60-64 age group with a 34:41 time.