It wasn’t enough that had their own category in , the New Hyde Park charity race benefiting the Ronald McDonald House and named in honor of Katie McBride, but former Flyers filled out two of the top three steps on the podium and three of the top seven runners.
Perpetual and Chaminade alumn Ryan McDermott – who is trying to – finished tops overall with a time of 16:12.72 in the 5K while Thomas Awad turned in a time of 17.01.7 – good for third place overall – running for the Chaminade team special category. Awad was also the course’s reigning record holder, turning in a .
Patrick Hoey, a Class of 2001 member from Garden City and also a teacher at the private Catholic all-boys school, came in seventh overall with a time of 18:01.87, but was not listed as a member of the Chaminade squad, though he is an alumnus.
Student Ryan Sakowich, 17, had a pace of 29.20.55, good enough for 223rd place, but second on the Chaminade squad behind Awad. Fellow Flyer Bryan Piligra, 18, had a time of 35.46.25 came in third for the Flyers, but 344 overall.
McBride, who was first diagnosed with Burkitt’s lymphoma in 2007, passed away in March 2008 after the disease spread to her bone marrow and turned to deadly leukemia. Her brothers, Michael and Patrick, were also Chaminade graduates.
Michael McBride, Katie’s father and director of the New Hyde Park Funeral Home, said that it is his hope the donations increase yearly. Estimates peg the 2012 run brought in approximately $6,000.