After a few years away from the sport, Tamra Thorne, 42, of Newbury was running her first Apple Harvest 5K and was greeted by her daughter, Addison, 7, who had run the Fun Run herself.
“I feel like I just ran up this enormous hill,” said Thorne. “I’m exhausted but (my kids) saw me running up across the finish line. So, I was happy to see that.”
Jane Ciccone, 39, of West Newbury won the women’s 5K with a time of 21:30. Merrimac’s Amy Fowler, 28, was second (22:25) and 12-year-old Siobhan O’Keefe of West Newbury (23:49) was third.
Stephen Tedeschi, 40, of West Newbury took second place in the men’s 5K with a time of 18:44 and had his three kids running the Fun Run and the 5K as well.
“I have a daughter who is in preschool and two sons who are at the Page (Elementary),” said Tedeschi. “It’s a great school. This is always a great event. They raise a ton of money and the kids are supper-happy at school.”
Bill Solimine, 53, of West Newbury won the men’s 5K at 17:58, and Groveland’s Billy Beaton, 23, was third at 18:59.
Page School sixth-grade math teacher John Peterson ran the 5-mile race while training for his next marathon after running this year’s Boston Marathon.
“It was very different,” said Peterson, who saw many of his students running the course with him. “I don’t usually see my former and present kids out there. It’s a very different experience having all of my students out there at the same time.”
“It was quite surprising,” Peterson’s student, Camden Musial, said of running the 5-mile race along with his teacher. “I’ve never done that in my life before.”
Amesbury High School senior Andy Reidy ran the 5-miler along with his sister and a pair of international friends: Jeanne-Marie Ryan, 32, of Dublin, Ireland, and Australia’s Sara Fuller, 32, both of whom enjoyed the New England scenery.
“My friends and I are orphans here in America, so they let us go running with them,” Ryan said of the Reidys. “So it’s a nice way to see the scenery.”
“It’s gorgeous,” Fuller said of the foliage. “Actually, I grew up in Tasmania, so we get a little bit of this, but not to the same extent.”