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Record day pumps up F.I.S.H. 10K Race

By Staff | Oct 22, 2015

Ryan Stafford of Fort Myers won the F.I.S.H. 10K race and set a new race record with his time of 33:21.14. BRIAN WIERIMA

There were record numbers runners and volunteers for the 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H. under gorgeous skies on Sanibel Saturday, as 22-year-old Ryan Stafford of Fort Myers kept to that theme by setting a new course record with a time of 33:21.14.

The F.I.S.H. fundraiser turned seven years old, and this one was the biggest yet with 523 registered participants, with 470 finishers, which both are new records.

“We also had a record number of sponsors, as well, which is very important,” said race chairman John Pryor. “We also had a record number of volunteers helping out. We could not have been more pleased with how it turned out.”

Pryor also estimated there was up to 1,000 hours of volunteer service leading up to the race, which had strong finishes by many of the runners.

He also believed unofficially, that the race attracted its most runners from Sanibel and Captiva, as well.

Runners gather at the starting line in front of the Sanibel Community House Saturday, Oct. 17. BRIAN WIERIMA

Cape Coral’s Kathryn Repperger won the overall female division with a time of 41:43.30, while the Masters Female division was won by Linda Stevens of Sanibel with a mark of 49:05.53.

Michael McHugh of Fort Myers was second overall and winner of the Masters Male with a time of 36:28.28, while the Grandmaster Female winner was Toniann Conte of Fort Myers with a time of 49:14.71 and the Grandmaster Male division was taken by Paul Giannobile of Minnetonka, Minn., with a time of 38:17.63.

The Senior Grandmaster Female division was won by Lavonne Larson of Sanibel with a 52:01.95 time and the Senior Grandmaster Male division was taken by Jerry Orange of Fort Myers with a mark of 42:42.09.

“It was a beautiful day and the weather was perfect,” said race co-chair and vice chair of the F.I.S.H. Board of Directors Ed Ridlehoover. “We had over a 100 volunteers and where else could you get that kind of help? It was a lot of work to put the race on, but also a lot of fun.”