Hell on wheels

| 30 Sep 2011 | 09:44

Freddy Tiburcio of Goshen wins Hambletonian 5K, By Susan Cornell Goshen — Freddy Tiburcio of Goshen, four wheels whirring under him, was first across the finish line in last Saturday’s Hambletonian 5K, sponsored by the Chester Kiwanis Club. He’d even gotten lost, taking a wrong turn at one point during the race — but he still managed to win handily with a time of 13.44. He made his win look easy, but he said he was tired at the end, and one of his shoulders was feeling really sore. Originally from the Dominican Republic, Tiburcio started racing about a year and a half ago. He’s aiming next for the 10K New York City Marathon and the 10K Air Force Marathon in Ohio. Another wheelchair racer, Keith Winchell of Florida, N.Y., second across the finish line. The first runner across was Andy Latincsics of Newton, N.J., with a time of 16:57.1. This annual event keeps growing — with more racers, more cheering spectators, more sponsors, and more volunteers. A total of 375 racers, mostly local, competed this year. Local organizations provided some fabulous food for the crowd, including the Bellvale Community and the First Presbyterian Church of Chester, to name a few.