Ridgites run the nabe at 29th Annual Hoban Run

On your marks, get set, go: Runners sprinted from the start of the 29th Annual Chris Hoban Run in Bay Ridge.
Photo by Georgine Benvenuto

These Ridgites ran for the hills!

Ridge runners took off from the 10:30 am start of the 29th Annual Hoban Run on Saturday to cover between three and five miles on foot to benefit a good cause. The event, a neighborhood favorite, honors the memory of Officer Christopher Hoban — who died in the line of duty in 1988 at 26 years old — while bringing Ridgites together in the process, according to one runner.

“I just love the unification of being at a local race where it feels like a Bay Ridge reunion,” Ridgite Eileen Deady said. “The whole process of running is an individual sport, but it feels like a group collaboration the day of.”

This year, runners could jog a five-kilometer (3.1 mile) route or stick to the traditional five-mile route. Both started at Xaverian High School, where Hoban graduated in 1980. The five-mile route followed the Shore Road Park promenade to Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and looped back to the high school along Third Avenue, while the five-kilometer route looped down to the harbor along Shore Road and back.

This year, Deady, who has run the race for the past three years, ran the five-mile route with her aunt Tressa Kabbez, and was a big fan of the course.

“The course was great,” she said. “It’s really flat initially, and it’s really visually impressive as you’re running the path.”

The fastest runners in various categories received awards, including for age groups, the top overall male and female finishers, and the top Police and Fire Department finishers. Runner Johnny Nuzzela clinched the overall win as the run’s top male finisher, clocking in a time of 18 minutes and nine seconds, which translates to a pace of five minutes and 51 seconds per mile. And top female finisher Jessica Destefano ran an average of eight minutes and 40 seconds per mile pace, or 26 minutes and 53 seconds.

After sweating it out, runners partied, enjoying barbecue from Circles Café, and live music by Head Over Heels. Bay Ridge’s smallest runners ran in the short kid’s dash, and others took part in the Tina Hoban Hat Walk.

The annual event is sponsored by the Xaverian Police Alumni and the Police Department and serves as the primary form of funding for the Hoban Scholarship, a memorial that the Police Alumni of Xaverian established following Hoban’s death to provide tuition assistance to Xaverian attendees who are the children of police officers.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at jmcshane@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.

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