Midway Shelter Race Honors Longtime Runners, Supporters

Ed Jay photograph. Bret Greene has finished the Midway Shelter Run/Walk with the fastest time in both of the past two years.

Midway Shelter Race Honors Longtime Runners, Supporters

The Dec. 5 Midway Shelter Run and Walk saw a special dedication to a long-time supporter of the Midway Shelter and special recognition of a new supporter who is rising through the ranks.

Officials dedicated this year’s run and walk to Harold Wondolleck. Wondolleck was a big supporter of the Midway Shelter having participated every year since 2000. He passed away on Thanksgiving Day and did his last walk for Midway in 2014 at the age of 93. (“Harold Wondolleck” obituary, Alameda Sun, Dec. 3).

Race organizers were also pleased to note the progress of long-time runner Bret Greene who won the race with the fastest time of 16:50. Greene, 19, has been running in the Shelter run since he was 13 and has been improving his results each time he runs. He finished 154th in his first race in 2009. The following year Greene improved to 51st place. By 2011 he’d finished in eighth place, and in 2012 at age 16 he finished third. The past two years he’s finished in first.

Second and third place went to Anthony O’Toole, 28, with a time of 18:38 and John Liam, 16, with a time of 18:39.

First place among women went to Emily Rettner, 33, who finished with a time of 21:34. Second and third place finishers among female runners were Rachel Wellman, 15, with a time of 22:55 and Vanessa Yingling, 48, who finished with a time of 22:26.

Mayor Trish Spencer and Councilmembers Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and Tony Daysog ran the race, demonstrating their support for the shelter while representing the City of Alameda. The mayor finished 81st on the day with a time of 31:41.

Boy Scout Troop 2 helped operate the race, Cub Scout Pack 2 made and distributed the medallions, and Pack 1076 set up the mile walk.

The event was sponsored by: ABB Optical, Bank of Marin, Community of Harbor Bay, First Community Bank, Star Harbor, Bay Ship and Yacht, Ed Jay Photography, MJS Web Solutions and Alameda Awards.
To contribute money to the Alameda Midway Shelter, visit www.midwayshelter.org/donate. Gifts from Midway’s Holiday Wish List can be dropped in the barrel at the First Community Bank branch inside Nob Hill Foods.

Ed Jay photograph. Left to right, Councilman Tony Daysong, Councilwoman Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, Bret Greene and Mayor Trish Spencer - all participants in the Midway Shelter Run/Walk.