236 Photos - Jan 2, 2010
Photo: Quote from Springfield Republican:
GORDY GOING ORANGE: In honor of Gordon Bates, the second annual Gordon Bates First Race elected to hand out orange winter hats instead of the standard T-shirt to its runners. More than 80 people turned out for the New Year’s Day race in Westfield, which had a 5K and 10K course.

“Gordy was well known for wearing an orange hunting cap and used to wear it frequently to races he directed,” race director Mike Sheldon said. “So we decided that most runners already had enough T-shirts. His family was pleased with the choice.”Photo: Big thanks to Gordy's employer John Wilander of B&E Tool for his generous donation.Photo: Photo: Coupla Cyclonauts waiting for Spring so they can ride outside again...Photo: Photo: Note the Boys & Girls Club "Wall of Fame" in background. Gordon was elected in 2008 for all the money he raised for the club by directing the Oleksak Spring Half Marathon.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Sue, Mike, Kevin and Craig signing up runners...Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Cindy & Don Roy... Cindy ran and Don volunteered... thanks!!!Photo: Tony Lucia & Dick MurphyPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Hi Gordy !!!Photo: Loudmouth...Photo: Bang... GO !!!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Rosey Bonner, Carol Daggs and Cindy Roy start their race...Photo: Photo: Photo: Men's 5K Overall Winner:
 Brandon Mulligan 17 M Westfield          MA     1   17:20  5:35Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: 11 Year Old Rory Milsavk from Northampton  MA ran an amazing    22:56  7:23 Pace !!!Photo: Photo: Photo: Rory's brother Ethan Milsavk also 11 ran an incredible 24:35  7:55 pace !!!  I thought I was seeing double...Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Gordy's son Craig finishes the 5K...Photo: 5K Female Winner:
11 Maura Burns          31 F Enfield            CT     1   25:33  8:14Photo: Photo: Photo: Maura's hubby Pat finishing strong !!!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Kevin Mulligan from fast Feet Running Store... thanks so much for the gift certificates !!!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Congrats to Joe Wynn... who joined us at Whip City Brew after the race !!!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: My inspiration... 72 year old Tony Lucia who runs 100's of races every year... Way to go Tony !!!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Sue Grant who along with her hubbie Don put on a great weekly summer race in Northampton every year !!Photo: Photo: Photo: The always smiling Cindy Roy...Photo: Photo: Thanks for coming Elaine...Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Carol Daggs, music teacher from Wilbraham-Monson Academy finishes with a smile... well maybe a satisfied grin ;-)Photo: Photo: Fast guys always wear singlets and shorts...Photo: Gotta have tunes !!!Photo: Dude slow down your hats on fire ;-)Photo: ... and he's faster than I am...Photo: Stylish and functional cap !!!Photo: Men's 10K Overall winner:
1 Matt DelMonte        37 M Westfield          MA     1   41:00  6:36Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Women's 10K winner & 4th Overall Finisher:
4 Kelly Joyce          42 F W. Brookfield      MA     1   42:11  6:48Photo: Congrats Kelly... I need to send you your Fast Feet gift certificate for 1st Place Women in the 10KPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: True to form Rocky showed up at 10:58 for the 11:00AM race...Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Nice run Ed...Photo: Local Ultra Legend Ed Buckley finishes a measley 10K ;-)Photo: Photo: Photo: Bill Wells, running writer from the Springfield Republican on the left and John Dent looking for some rocks on the right ;-)Photo: Photo: Photo: Nice sliding finish Chris !!!Photo: Photo: Photo: Local running legend Cheryl Abert finishes strong...Photo: Cheryl decked out in Empire One Running Club and Patriots gear... nice run Cheryl !!!Photo: EORC member and Boston qualifier Jean Henneberry finishes the 10KPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: My spinning buddy from the Y... thanks for coming out today Craig...Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Bill Romito... Marathon Legend !!!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: My friend Dionisia finishes on a couple hours sleep... thanks so much for coming... ;-)Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Don Grant finishes the 10K...Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Dr. Harriet Kang came all the way from NYC to get her Disney qualifier... woohoo !!!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Thanks everyone... see ya next year !!!