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Press ReleaseStory, Results, Photo for Rhody 5K Road Race at Lincoln Park
For Immediate Release
Kenyan, Canadian are the top winners in Rhody 5K Road Race at Lincoln Park
LINCOLN, R.I. (June 13, 2004) - David Hinga, a native of Kenya, and Sarah Dupre-Healy, who hails from Canada, were the male and female winners in the fifth running of the Rhody 5K Road Race at Lincoln Park on Sunday.
The race was run as a leg of the USA Track and Field New England Grand Prix for the second straight year and attracted its largest and strongest field ever. More than 600 runners competed.
Hinga, 28, who now lives in Worcester, Mass., attended Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass., and has been running professionally for six years. He was the New England Grand Prix points champion in last year's seven-event series of races at various distances.
Hinga's winning time for the 3.1 mile distance was 15:06. He was the fourth-place finisher in last year's Rhody 5K in 15:02 - 23 seconds off the winning time.
"It was a much different race this year," Hinga said. "There was more strategy involved. It was a lot warmer (temperature in the low 70s) and I think most (of the top runners in the field) were more concerned with a good finish more than a best time because of the Grand Prix points."
Hinga ran with the lead pack through the first two-thirds of the race and went to the front near the two-mile mark. Marzuki Stevens of Somerville, Mass., who would finish second, began a strong closing run as the leaders prepared to hit the Lincoln Park greyhound racing oval for the final quarter-mile but Hinga also had something left and enjoyed a three-second margin of victory over Stevens (15:09).
"I put in two weeks of solid training to get ready for this," Hinga said, "and I did a lot of speed work knowing that I would need a good finishing kick if I was in front and was challenged at the end."
Rounding out the top five men overall were Andy Wedlake (15:12), John Mentzer (15:14) and Jamie Rodriguez (15:17).
A similar finishing kick carried the 28-year-old Dupre-Healy to a five-second win in the time of 16:54.
She was among a trio of Boston Athletic Association team members that included Diane Bowser and Janelle Kraus that went to the front at the start of the separate women's race.
Bowser had the lead at about 2-1/2 miles but Dupre-Healy had her well within her sights and used her sprinter's speed to get to the front and draw off by five seconds in the late stages of the race. Bowser finished in 16:59 and Kraus was third in 17:08.
"We know each other very well but there was no plan to run together," said Dupre-Healy, a first-time participant in the Rhody 5K. "Diane (Bowser) is a marathoner and when I found myself running behind her in second I thought I could outkick her, and I did."
Dupre-Healy is a 1999 graduate of Providence College, where she was the Big East Conference cross-country and 3,000-meter outdoor champion as a senior. She and her PC grad husband, Dave Healy, reside in Brighton, Mass.
She is still a Canadian citizen and recently placed fourth in the Canadian 10K Championship to remain eligible for selection to this year's Canadian Olympic team.
Hinga and Dupre-Healy both collected $300 in prize money from the total purse of $7,600. Cash awards also were presented to the top finishers in several other categories, including Masters, Senior and Veteran men and women, male and female teams; Lincoln Park employees; Lincoln residents and a Wheelchair Division.
Anthony Cotoia, 44, of Johnston, R.I., was the employee winner for the third straight year. His time was 21:39.
The top finishers among Lincoln men and women, respectively, were Glenn Jones, 34 in 16:26, and Ashley Jensen, 22, in 20:04.
Lincoln Park and the Rhode Island Greyhound Owners Association were the principal sponsors. The morning's activities also included free fun runs for about 200 children age 12 and under and a post-race barbeque for all participants and their families.
The day's winners also included the charities that benefit from race entry fees and sponsor donations.
The Tomorrow Fund, which provides support and assistance to young cancer patients at Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence and their families, received $58,600 this year. The total again included the share of the proceeds earmarked for the Lincoln Greyhound Adoption Program.
The Town of Lincoln was awarded $19,000 for its Lincoln Days program of free civic and cultural activities in the community.
Prize winners by division:
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