Mom's recognized at 38th annual "Zem-Benn"


NORTH BENNINGTON — Running mothers who braved the low 50 degree rainy weather received an extra prize with their race awards on Sunday.

The 38th annual Steve Zemianek Road Race took place at the Park-McCullough House on Mother's Day, where slates imprinted with different flowers were handed to moms who finished in the top three winners of each age group, from 12 and under to 90 and above.

Raindrops started to pick up as the air horn blew for the 3.8 and 10k races at 10 a.m., after the children's race at 9:30 a.m.

Bennington resident Seth Gabriel is no stranger to the tradition. He usually runs with his nieces and nephews, but yesterday he planned on running alone, and said he was hopeful to finish 3.8 miles in under an hour.

"It's a great family event, and a good visual/scenery run," he said. "I love seeing all the kids and grandparents. I've run this for about 15 years and always do the 3.8 race. My kids run in the fun race."

The event formerly known as the Bennington Road Race was renamed in 2000 in honor of the MAUHS track and field coach, Coach "Zem."

Race proceeds benefit the Steve Zemianek scholarship fund at Mount Anthony Union High School. Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Orthopaedics is the yearly sponsor. The Bennington Oral Health Commission was in attendance and the MAUHS track team provided water to runners.

For 72-year-old Janet Neuschafer of Bennington, this was her first time running the "Zem-Benn."

"I like that it's longer than a regular 5k. It's more of a challenge," she said. "I've run maybe five or six other races. It was fun. I had a good pace."

Those who participated in the Kimberly Farms Gallop To Success race in Shaftsbury on Saturday received a discount on registration and an additional prize for placing. Most winners were awarded with a mason jar full of trail mix.

Over 100 children and adult runners and walkers took part in the event. The race was presented by the Battenkill Valley Runners. There were 28 entries for the 10 kilometer race, 39 entries for the 3.8 mile run, 13 entries for the 3.8 mile walk and nine entries for the half mile fun run, according to the registration website.

The 3.8 mile race top three winners overall were: Tim Van Orden, 48, first place, (20:55); Vitaly Dee, 17, in second place (24:16); John Matthews, 59, in third place (24:36).

The winners in the 10K race were: Mike White, 37, (37:54); Sean Hoskins, 37, in second, (38:12); Carson Thurber, 32, in third (39:12).

The top three walkers: In first place, Wendy Sharkey, 57, (49:13); Second Carol Carey, 55, (51:40); Third Betsy Dubois, 67, (1:01:36).

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— Makayla-Courtney McGeeney can be reached at (802)-447-7567, ext. 118.


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