Strawberry Fest race embraced Santa theme

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 June 2023 at 8:29 am

Photos by Vivian Rivers

ALBION – Brett Sobieraski heads to the finish line on Saturday morning in the Albion Strawberry Festival 5k.

Bert Gallmon and Wolfpack Multisport, organizers of the race, embraced the theme of the Strawberry Festival: “Here Comes Santa.”

They had a large Santa inflatable at the finish line.

Sobieraski of Carlton ran the race on Saturday as part of his 49th marathon in 49 days. He completed his 50thmarathon in a row on Sunday as part of a tribute to fallen Rochester police officer Anthony “Maz” Mazurkiewicz, who was killed in the line of duty on July 21, 2022.

Dana Martin, an Albion teacher, leads this group to the finish line.

Photo by Tom Rivers

The age group awards included a Santa theme, and so did the race T-shirts. Gallmon and Wolfpack also gave out Santa hats to the runners.

There were 127 people who completed the 5K. The top three male finishers in the 5K include Matt Seyse at 21:07, Carter Pietrzykowski at 21:10 and Mark Nichols at 21:21.

Top three female finishers in the 5K include Colleen Carroll at 22:54, Cordelia Rivers at 23:59 and Dana Goetze at 24:32.

Another 45 runners completed the 8K course. The top three male finishers in the 8K include Mark Czopp at 34:33, Brandon Carmichael at 34:36 and Sam Glushefski at 34:39.

Top three female finishers in the 8K include Miranda Leo at 34:39, Elizabeth Ogden at 34:52 and Lindon Morici at 35:34.

Provided photo: Brett Sobieraski is pictured with Gene Christopher and his son David Cristofaro.

Bert Gallmon. Gene’s late wife Judy organized the race for nearly 20 years.

Photo by Vivian Rivers

Runners head towards the Santa inflatable at the finish along East State Street.