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2006 St. Patrick's Parade Shamrock Run
Binghamton, New York March 4, 2006

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By Patrick Murphy

40 runners braved the coldest parade day in five years last Saturday in the St. Patrick's Parade Shamrock Mile. Although it was a beautiful looking day with the sun shining, the headwinds and below-freezing temperatures fought the runners as much as the slight uphill over the entire course.

That didn't stop some of the top runners from running close to a 5 minute mile though. The winner was Chris Simser, a U-E xc and track runner, in 5:09 who beat out Josh Schultheis of Seton HS by just one second. Right after them were the open division winners Mike Murphy - sporting a subtle green mohawk - and Byron LaBare in 5:15 and 5:19, respectively. For the women Murphee Hayes won in 5:46. As she finished she said the race was nothing like running an indoor mile, but she still had fun. Behind her were high schoolers Beth Stone and Maegan Lewis from a large contingent from Blue Ridge. Seton HS was well represented with the help of coach Suzanne Myette. Several families ran together including the Felices led by Jeff's daughter Jessica.

It was a close decision for the "Most Irish Runner," but 15 yr. old Craig Fox took the title for the second time in three years. He not only ran into the wind, he carried a large flag with shamrocks on it and wore a green wig the whole way! An honorable mention goes to 13 yr. old Mary Katherine Kulp who ran the race, jogged back to the beginning of the parade, and performed with her Irish Dance group down the entire route again!

Thanks to George Joseph, the TCRC, and all our volunteers for their help!

Patrick Murphy

Conditions: Sunny, windy, 28 degrees F

Place	Name 		    Age Hometown 		Time
1	Chris	Simser	    17	Binghamton	NY	5:09.43
2	Josh	Shultheis   17	Binghamton	NY	5:10.60
3	Mike	Murphy	    32	Warren Center	PA	5:15.11
4	Byron	LaBare	    32	Endwell		NY	5:19.43
5	David	Bacon	    18	Warren Center	PA	5:34.85
6	Tim	Decker	    18	Susquehanna	PA	5:36.64
7	Mike	Finch	    18	Rome		PA	5:42.11
8	Randy	Reynolds    43	Binghamton	NY	5:43.33
9	Murphee	Hayes-Falls 32	Marathon	NY	5:46.60
10	Stephen	Esposito    16	Hallstead	PA	5:48.72
11	Ryan	Garges	    17	Warren Center	PA	5:52.82
12	Tory	Carlson	    15	Rome		PA	6:23.04
13	Beth	Stone	    17	Susquehanna	PA	6:42.24
14	Maegan	Lewis	    14	New Milford	PA	6:44.69
15	Josh	Clough	    19	Binghamton	NY	6:47.16
16	Jessica	Felice	    15	Endicott	NY	6:52.16
17	Robina	Moyer	    17	Binghamton	NY	6:56.35
18	Becky	Stone	    17	Susquehanna	PA	6:59.40
19	Steve	Willett	    43	Vestal		NY	7:03.43
20	Megan	Kleiner	    15	New Milford	PA	7:08.47
21	Cortney	Gordon	    14	Hallstead	PA	7:09.70
22	Paula	Dygert	    32	Binghamton	NY	7:14.25
23	Brennan	Coates	    15	LeRaysville	PA	7:16.81
24	Joshua	Silver					7:20.86
25	Jason	Felice	    13	Endicott	NY	7:27.37
26	Mary K	Kulp	    13	Vestal		NY	7:28.37
27	Cricket	Eastbrook   16	Wyalusing	PA	7:33.39
28	MacKenzie Faughnan  12	Binghamton	NY	7:35.62
29	Grant	Harter	    23	Susquehanna	PA	7:45.42
30	David	Fahey	    55	Marathon	NY	7:54.41
31	Debbie	Clough	    45	Binghamton	NY	8:03.67
32	Afton	Fahey	    17	Marathon	NY	8:07.71
33	Jeff	Felice	    38	Endicott	NY	8:26.82
34	Jacob	Felice	     9	Endicott	NY	8:27.57
35	Tom	Griffin	    48	Binghamton	NY	8:29.80
36	Jenna	Felice	    11	Endicott	NY	8:40.15
37	Craig	Fox	    15	Vestal		NY	9:47.64
38	Dawn	Devita	    42	Binghamton	NY	9:57.35
39	Megan	Mitus	    23	Binghamton	NY	10:20.59
40	Emily	Fox	    10	Vestal		NY	10:53.44