By Scott Kindberg
Mark Hoel wasn't sure if he planned to give the Lucy Town Half Marathon a try this morning.
Mark Hoel of Toronto, top, crosses the finish line of the Lucy Town 5K on Saturday morning in downtown Jamestown. In inset photo, Alyssa Ruminski of Grand Island is all smiles after turning in the top time among females. See additional photos on Page C8 and at cu.post-journal.com.
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Race official Tom Priester chats with Mark Noel at the end of the race.
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After the way he ran in Saturday's 5-kilometer race, however, the Toronto resident might as well.
The 43-year-old posted a winning time of 19 minutes, 31 seconds to easily outdistance second-place finisher Corey Feneran to claim his running victory ever.
''I loved the course, especially the last stretch over the (Third Street) bridge,'' he said. ''Then, being on the cobblestone streets, that's my favorite thing about Jamestown. You need to take the pavement off the streets. ... I love (the bricks). Some people hate it, but I love it. I love the hills, too, so that helped me.''
Meanwhile, 13-year-old Alyssa Ruminski of Grand Island was the top female finisher, placing 14th overall with a time of 24:38.
''I wanted to beat 25 minutes, but my mom said I should do 27 because she didn't want me to hurt myself,'' Alyssa said. ''But I beat 25 minutes anyway.''
Alyssa, whose next-closest female competitor was Kimberly D'Angelo (25:12), began running two or three years ago and is currently a member of her middle school team. The last time she ran a 5K was last year when she finished in 29 minutes.
''I normally don't like to run on Saturday's,'' she admitted.
The smile on her face yesterday morning told a different story.
Hoel was joined in the race by his wife, Natalie (a 1987 graduate of Southwestern Central School) and their children, Luke (who finished fifth) and Signe.
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''I'm a Lucille Ball fan, but, more or less, running (in the 5K) is an excuse to do something,'' Hoel said. ''I'd probably go for a run anyway, so I might as well make a race out of it.''
Asked if he planned to try his good fortune in the 13.1-mile race today, he smiled.
''I haven't decided yet,'' he said. ''We'll see how many chicken wings I have tonight.''