Reilly Dominates Run 4 Kerri

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by Jim Dandeneau

Stephanie Reilly, 36, who resides in Northbridge, MA, made a triumphant return to road racing after a brief hiatus easily winning the 2014 edition of the Run 4 Kerri road race in a solid 22:30. Under cloudy skies, with temperatures in the low 70’s with little wind, Reilly, the director of Bryant University’s men’s and women’s cross country and track & field teams pulled away early from the leading female contenders passing the mile mark alone in 5:20 and two miles in 11:00. In fact, she claimed all of the “primes” for being first female through each of the markers. (The primes are unique way of encouraging athletes to push through each mile offering $50 bonus through the first mile and $25. for the 2nd and 3rd mile).

Steph Reilly. Photo by Krissy Kozlosky.

“I struggled those last 2 miles..I’ve been cycling quite a bit and was hoping that fitness would carry me to the finish…” noted the 2012 Irish Olympian in the 3000 meter steeplechase. “I have not been running much at all and only when Scott (Bessette, the race director) e-mailed me asking me to run did I decide to do so.” Reilly, the mother of two boys, had taken a break from racing to focus on cycling. “I’m such a competitive person. I wanted to see how I would do in another discipline of athletics,” added Reilly explaining she is scheduled to compete in a cycling race next weekend. “I’ve finally gotten clipless pedals and it’s only a CAT4 race so we’ll see how I do.”

Finishing runner up to Reilly was Brett Ely, 34, a three time United States Olympic Marathon Trials competitor, who ran 23:05. “I’m just coming back after surgery in January….I broke my foot during Cal International (Marathon) last December. I’m building back up and hope to qualify for my 4th Olympic Marathon Trials in December…I’m returning to Cal International and hope to run under the 2:43 “A” standard,” noted the Ph.d candidate in exercise physiology at the University of Oregon.  Katie Moulton, 31, a former Providence College standout, finished 3rd in 23:17. Rounding out the top 5 were Kaela O’Neil, 36, of North Kingstown, RI (and mother of three girls) in 23:22 and Laura Brustolon, 26, of Lawrence, MA in 23:34.

The Run 4 Kerri is a nonprofit charity organization that was developed to raise funds to sponsor a variety of charitable endeavors. The race was created to preserve the memory of the late Kerri Lynn Bessette who passed away at 19 years old in April 2001. Kerri succumb to complications resulting from bacterial meningitis while a freshman student and athlete at LaSalle University in Philadelphia. Over the past years The Run 4 Kerri has been able to donate yearly to a memorial scholarship for senior female track and field athletes at South Kingstown High School to offset college expenses. In the last year we have also added sponsoring the Narragansett Youth Track Series which allows children 13 and under to participate in track and field events to emphasis and promote self-confidence, sportsmanship, and fun. Lastly, we have established a school library giving program in which we hope to stock the shelves of a particular school yearly with developmental and age appropriate content.

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