NORWALK -- Wantuil Souza of Bridgeport won the men's division and Julie Heaphy of Norwalk was victorious in the women's division in Sunday's 34th annual Mother's Day 10K Race, sponsored by the Lightfoot Running Club and the Norwalk Recreation and Parks Department. The winners were among the more than 350 runners to race in the USATF-certified 10,000 meter (6.2 mile) course that began and ended at Calf Pasture Beach.
Souza, 44, was the first to cross the finish line with a time of 37:01. Robert Barker, 35, of Wallingford, placed second in the men's division with a time of 38:42, followed by Peter Lesser, 47, of Milford, with a time of 38:47.
Heaphy, 29, topped the women's division--and was fourth among all competitors--in crossing the finish line in 38:57. Meredith Kalish, 35, of Greenwich placed second in 41:26, while Liz Herbert, 42, of Darien came in third with a time of 41:34.
In addition to top male and female finisher awards, the race included a variety of age group awards, from 13 years old to 70 years and older.
TJ Lepoutre of Norwalk won the men's 19 to 29 years old group with a time of 41:42, while Kenneth Booker of Norwalk was also victorious in his respective group (men's age 70 to 99) with a time of 57.26.
For the third consecutive year, the event also featured a 5K Health Walk, designed for moms, dads, and children of all ages. The 5K was hosted in conjunction with the Norwalk Department of Health's "Be a NorWALKER" program to encourage residents to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives. Like the 10K race, the scenic Long Island Sound walk route began and ended at Calf Pasture Beach.
"Congratulations to Wantuil, Julie, and all of our age group winners on their success at today's Mother's Day 10K, which was blessed with sunny skies and great racing conditions," Don Capone, president of the Lightfoot Running Club, said. "On behalf of the Lightfoot Running Club, I offer thanks to all of the runners, walkers, and volunteers who came out to support the race and health walk, and especially to the moms who were our honored participants today."
Net proceeds from the 2011 Mother's Day 10K Race will be donated to the American Heart Association and proceeds from the 5K walk will be donated to local charities. Both events were held in honor of the late Captain Edward T. Donellan of the Norwalk Police Department.
The Annual Mother's Day 10K Race/5K Health Walk is the first running event of the 2011 season to be hosted by the Norwalk Lightfoot Running Club. Beginning in June, the club also hosts a series of summer road races, ranging from three to 11 miles, as part of its annual Lightfoot Summer Series. It concludes the 2011 running season in September, with its Annual Sam Elpern Half Marathon (13.1 miles). Information and registration for all series races and the half marathon are available at www.lightfootrunners.com.
Lightfoot Running Club is totally committed to the limitless potential in all, raising the bar of competition to reveal the true generosity of the human spirit. Its purpose is to allow runners to give the most of themselves and the best of themselves so that all can benefit. For more information about the club and its activities, log on to www.lightfootrunners.com.