Lt. Danny Boyle run wraps up successful five-year run

Oct. 17, 2012

By Chris Maza

HOLYOKE – On an extremely chilly autumn morning, just hours after a frost warning for the region was lifted, 344 registered participants took part in the fifth annual Lt. Danny Boyle 3.5 mile run/walk at Ashley Reservoir on Oct. 13 in an effort to stamp out brain cancer.

This year's event, held in honor for Daniel Boyle, a Holyoke firefighter who lost his battle with brain cancer, marked the final running of the race, which has raised close to $100,000 for the Brain Tumor Center for Research and Education at Massachusetts General Hospital.

The race was smaller this year than in past years, perhaps because of the frigid early-morning temperatures, attracting 145 fewer runners than last year and more than 300 fewer than two years ago when the race hit its peak in popularity, but Boyle's wife, Debra said to the group of harriers prior to the start that the support would never be forgotten by her family and others.

"When Danny first started going to Boston for treatment, they would ask him where he was from and he'd proudly say, 'Holyoke,' and no one ever knew where that was," she said. "By the end of his treatment, anyone who had anything to do with his care knew exactly where Holyoke was and for the past five years, because of you and your support, no one over there has been able to forget."

Holyoke's Tim Mahoney blew away the competition on the 3.5 mile course that started and ended at the Holyoke Elks Lodge, crossing the finish line in 19:10.

West Springfield's TJ Drohan, 16, finished second and took first in the 19 and under division with a time of 20:30, followed by Vee Bunn (21:22) and Jason Arble of Holyoke (21:43) while Michael Evans (22:07) of Holyoke took first in the 40 to 49 division and fifth overall.

Amherst's Donald Towse took first in the 50 to 59 division with a time of 22:26, good for seventh as Chicopee's Frank Rucki finished just behind him at 22:43 to place first in the 60 and older division.

Mary Kate Owens was the first woman to finish, taking 20th overall with a time of 24:54.

Candice Dames took first in the women's 30 to 39 division with a time of 26:47, good for 37th overall, followed closely by Springfield's Betty Quinn, who took first in the women's 60 and over division, finishing in 26:47.

Southampton's Donna Lyons was first in the women's 40 to 49 division with a 27:58 finish and Monson's Patti Vacon won the women's 50 to 59 division with a time of 28:11, good for 54th and 55th overall, respectively.

Fifteen-year-old Sarah Hart was the first to finish in the 19 and under women's division, crossing the line in 28:24, good for 63rd overall.

Mark Baran, Patrick Burke, Raymond Hebert and Christopher Roberts took part in the Law Enforcement Challenge and combined for a time of 1:15:44 (24:25, 25:11, 26:08, 26:33).

Holyoke's Barbara Bernard, 85, was the oldest participant in the field, walking the course in 58:24.

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