Bates, Gomes take top honors at Make Track for Kids 5K

Bates, Gomes take top honors at Make Track for Kids 5K

SMITHFIELD – Greenville’s Barry Bates repeated as the champion of the Make Tracks for Kids 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, June 2, at Bryant University, as Bates posted a time of 19:09 that topped 80 other participants and was more than 4½ minutes faster than the runner-up finisher.

Connecting for Children & Families of Woonsocket hosted the 8th annual event, and the proceeds will be used to benefit children and families in Woonsocket and help CCF continue its work in the community and support its programs.

Warwick’s William Leonard took second place in a time of 23:47, Greenville’s Doug Dyer was third in 25:02, and North Smithfield’s Nick Bernfeld (25:10) and Coventry’s Mike Darigan (25:28) rounded out the top five finishers.

Bernfeld placed 10th in last year’s race, and Lincoln’s Joe Gagne, who took sixth place in 25:38, also finished eighth last June.

The women’s winner was Woonsocket’s Katie Gomes, who placed eighth overall in a time of 28:13, and taking second place was Johnston’s Stacey Phommatheth, who took ninth overall in 30:26. Gomes had been the fourth female finisher in the previous two Make Tracks for Kids races.