JERSEY SHORE - The running of the 41st Annual Tiadaghton Race kicked-off the events for the 52nd anniversary of the Jersey Shore Town Meeting this past Saturday.
The Tiadaghton Run consists of a 10 kilometer and five kilometer race, along with a five kilometer walk.
"This is a good turn-out for a race, with sunny weather plus a nice breeze in the air," Executive Director Laura McMahon said, just before firing the starting pistol.
Calab Liddick, 22, and Alicia McCormick, 27, take the fastest male and female times for the 5K race.
The run/walk began at 9:30 a.m. with 70 participants following a marked trail along the hilly streets of Jersey Shore. The race began and ended at the JS Middle School.
The winner of the 10K race was Ian Eisenhauer, 21, of Jersey Shore with a comfortable lead of almost four minutes.
Eisenhauer crossed the finish line at 36:42, followed by Sean Clouser, 38, at 40:28 and Jim Malee, 48, at 40:59 both runners from Williamsport.
Eisenhauer, a senior at the U.S. Naval Academy, said this was the first time he has participated in the local race.
"This is a great race - very challenging with a decent amount of hills," he said.
Francesca Mahala, 36, was the first female to finish the 10K race at 46:11, according to timekeeper, Jeff Miville of PaRunners race management.
Miville noted that the annual race was using electronic chip timing, located on the back of each race bib, for the first time this year.
Caleb Liddick, 22, of Lock Haven was the winner of the 5K race, followed by
Mike Reider, 38, of New Columbia and Timothy Worrell, 28, of Jersey Shore. Liddick clocked in at 20:31, Reider at 20.55 and Worrell at 20:59.
Eighth place and winner of the female category was Alicia McCormick, 27, of Hughesville who clocked in at 23:40.
Liddick has participated in the race previously and said he was happy with his first place finish.
"I haven't trained in a while, because I'm not on a team anymore," Liddick stated, adding that he loved participating in this local historic race.
The run also offered a five kilometer walk and the first walker to cross the finish line was Corey Gstalder, 21, of Montoursville.
Participants traveling the furthermost distance were Jon and Jean Hart, both 70, from California. Jon came in 17th place in the 10K run and Jean came in 4th place in the 5K walk; the couple are alumni of JS High School.
The oldest female runner again this year was 73 year-old Sandra Folzer of Mansfield.
The oldest male runner was Bob Dennison, 72, originally from Rote, who participated in the very first Tiadaghton Run 41 years ago.
Once again, the popular race was part of the Jersey Shore Y's scholarship fundraiser for their Strong Kids 2012 Campaign, according to McMahon.
The director praised the Y volunteers for all their help and the support of the community and Jersey Shore State Bank for sponsoring the event again this year.
"The Jersey Shore State Bank is glad to be a part of this on-going community event for the past 41 years," Vice President Tammy Gunsallus stated.
Refreshments followed the race with a brief awards ceremony where the event director, Lisa Busch and Jersey Shore State Bank representative, V.P. Gunsallus, presented the participants with trophies and metals in age divided categories.