More than 400 runners gathered at 1180 Delaware Avenue on sunny Sunday morning February 26, 2017 to take part in the 38th annual Canisius High School Chilly Challenge 5K. The morning started with runners filling the school chapel for Mass celebrated by CHS president Fr. David Ciancimino, S.J.
The race started at 10:00 in front of the school. The runners headed south on Delaware to Utica Street, then over to Elmwood where they headed north. At Forest Avenue, the course turned to the right before heading back south again to the finish line in front of the school. Dylan Lowry of Buffalo was the overall winner with a time of 15:57. Kim Vona of Tonawanda was the top female finisher in 18:26. For a third year in a row, Jesse Osiadlo '01 was the top alum with a time of 17:08. Nick Taboni '17 also defended his title as the top CHS student finisher, running the course in 18:17.
After the race, runners headed into the Kennedy Field House to enjoy several varieties of chili, provided by Joe Lyons '96 of Joe's Deli. Then, the race organizers presented the awards.
Thank you to all who took part in the event. Click the links below for photos and more race information:
Dylan Lowry had the fastest time in this year's Chilly Challenge - 15:57. He's pictured with race organizer Jeff Gemmer.
Kim Vona heads for the finish line. Her time of 18:26 made her the fastest woman in the race.
Jesse Osiadlo '01 is a three-time winner of the top alumni trophy.
Nick Taboni '17 successfully defended his title as the top student finisher.