The Branford Road Race celebrated its 40th anniversary Sunday morning as the runners took their marks to compete in the annual father’s day 5 mile race.

Kyle Gronostaj, an East Greenbush, N.Y. native, was the first to finish with a time of 24 minutes, 17 seconds. Kate Pallardy, from New York, was the women’s winner and placed 11th overall, with a time of 28:02.

This was the first time that Gronostaj, who recently finished his collegiate running career at University of Albany, competed in the Branford race.

He won the Fairfield 5K just weeks ago, and added another first-place medal to his trophy case on Sunday.

“Any time you can race a high quality opponent it’s just fun to get out there and race hard,” Gronostaj said. “With good competitors it brings the best out of you so that is why I came out today.”

Pallardy has participated in the Branford Road Race before. She was the first-place female finisher in 2016.In 2013, Pallardy clocked in at 29:48 which was 27th overall and first in the 20-29 year old female division.

She also placed eighth in the Cheshire Half Marathon in 2013 and 16th in 2012.

There were 1,437 runners who finished the race, which lasted over an hour and a half. Twenty-five runnners finished in under 30 minutes.

The first Branford native to finish was Derek Tratnyek. The 18-year-old finished in sixth place in 26:20.

The first Branford female finisher was Megan Raymond who finished in 33:17, good enough for first place in the female 45-49 division and 56th overall.

In addition to the 5K, the Branford Road race opened up with a kids one mile “fun run” as well as a two mile walking option.

The race was founded by Ray Figlewski back in 1979, and in its 40-year history, over 70,000 runners have participated in the race and hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised for local charities.

Connecticut Media Group