Story by A.J. Arias
Over 600 runners took part in the 27th Annual Warwick Lions Club Labor Day 5K on Mon., Sept. 3. With rising temperatures starting in the low 80s and 80 percent humidity at the race’s 9 a.m. start time, runners were tasked with quite the physical challenge to compete in the annual race.
Runners of all ages enjoyed the event which gave out medals in several different age categories. Starting and ending at the Warwick Valley Middle School, the race’s course was slightly altered this year by event organizers to make sure it was exactly five kilometers as it made its loops around the Warwick Valley High School and the Middle School campus.
The race’s overall winner was Nicholas Paneto, of New Hampton, NY, with a time of 16:33.93. Stephen Perrillo, of Goshen, NY, finished in second place with a time of 16:44.56, followed by Jordan de Sotle, of Warwick, who finished in third with a time of 17:27.93 to round out the podium.
Kayla Schramm, of Goshen, NY, was the overall female winner with a time of 19:37.85. She was followed by Kelly Brozowski and Simone Sullivan, both of Warwick, who finished second and third with times of 20:53.43 and 21:02.75, respectively.
The official times for the race were recorded by Second Wind Race Timing. The Warwick Lions Club wish to thank all of their sponsors and volunteers for making the event happen, as well as the Town of Warwick Police Department and the Warwick Volunteer Ambulance Corps who made sure the event went smoothly.