SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. The race to the finish line in the Sleepy Hollow Half Marathon was more like a rally to the finish line.
Several hundred runners converged on Beekman Avenue on Saturday for the second annual half marathon sponsored by the Rivertown Runners. The event lasted all Saturday morning and throughout the village as runners dashed their way down a 13.1-mile course.
Clapping and yells of encouragement lined the last few hundred feet of the course, as runners who had finished stayed behind to cheer on their competitors as they worked to the end. The race emcees identified and congratulated runners as they made it past the finish line. Volunteers handed out medals with yellow ribbons to those who completed the course.
The marathon raised money for the Rivertown Runners Outreach Fund and was partially supported by Phelps Memorial Hospital Center. Local organizations such as the Bridge View Tavern were also on hand to give out free samples and support runners.
The race began at the top of Beekman Avenue and headed west toward the Hudson River. Runners made their way to Hudson Harbor in Tarrytown and entered the RiverWalk Park at Pierson Park to run back into Sleepy Hollow along the river and past the lighthouse into Kingsland Point Park.
The race then entered Philipse Manor and Sleepy Hollow Manor, out to Phelps Hospital and then down Route 117 alongside the Rockefeller State Park Preserve. Runners looped around to the New York Life building and through Kendal-on-Hudson before returning to the Manors.
The final leg of the race took runners from Philipse Manor across Route 9 up Pocantico Street and back to Beekman Avenue.
The top 10 overall runners were:
- Kieran O'Connor from New York City with a time of 1 hour, 10 minutes and 23 seconds
- Mat Kiplaget from White Plains with a time of 1 hour, 11 minutes and 49 seconds
- Joseph Papa from New York City with a time of 1 hour, 13 minutes and 49 seconds
- Eric Mendoza from Boston, Mass. with a time of 1 hour, 14 minutes and 18 seconds
- Tim Kuklis from Sleepy Hollow with a time of 1 hour, 16 minutes and 52 seconds
- Stephen England from New York City with a time of 1 hour, 19 minutes and 52 seconds
- Jeffrey Brison from Kingston with a time of 1 hour, 21 minutes and 59 seconds
- Brian Valentini from Brooklyn with a time of 1 hour, 22 minutes and 32 seconds
- Francis Laros from New York City with a time of 1 hour, 22 minutes and 41 seconds
- Robert Whalen from Sleepy Hollow with a time of 1 hour, 24 minutes and 4 seconds
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