Brett Burdick seems to like running on Hilton Head Island. His domination in the annual Firecracker 5000 road race proves as much.
For the second time in three years, Burdick claimed the title at the July 4 event, which was held Wednesday on a course around the Mall at Shelter Cove. The Grand Blanc, Mich., native finished the 5-kilometer race with a time of 15 minutes, 40 seconds, besting Scott Denham of Youngstown, Ohio, by 16 seconds. Bluffton residents Seth Tucker and Anthony Vecchio finished third and fourth, respectively, while Beaufort's William Leek and Mark Rennix Jr. rounded out the top six.
Burdick, 21, also claimed the title in the event in 2010, when he bested Curtis Begly Jr. by two seconds. Burdick finished fourth in the event last year with a time of 15:45.
The women's title went to Hardeeville's Leslie Thomas, whose time of 18 minutes was 27 seconds better than runner-up Erika Shaughnessy of Hilton Head Island. Thomas, 21, earned a bit of redemption in her own right, as she came in second in the event a year ago to Rives Poe of Charleston.
A race record of 1,514 runners and walkers participated in this year's event, edging last year's mark by 42 entrants.
Doctors Care Firecracker 5000 Road Race Results
Wednesday, at the Mall at Shelter Cove, Hilton Head Island
OVERALL TOP FINISHERS
Male: 1. Brett Burdick, Grand Blanc, Mich., 15:40; 2. Scott Denham, Youngstown, Ohio, 15:56; 3. Seth Tucker, Bluffton, 16:19; 4. Anthony Vecchio, 16:26; 5. William Leek, Beaufort, 16:30.
Female: 1. Leslie Thomas, Hardeeville, 18:00; 2. Erik Shaughnessy, Hilton Head Island, 18:27; 3. Andrea Brennan, Wayne, Pa., 20:03; 4. Alison Andrews, Augusta, Ga., 20:13; 5. Sophia Tasselmyer, Hilton Head Island, 20:16.
Male Masters: 1. Mark White, Hilton Head Island, 17:31; 2. John Tolerton, Bluffton, 17:46; 3. Doug Long, Charlotte, 18:06.
Female Masters: 1. Kelly Allen, Asheville, N.C., 20:46; 2. Kim Busby, Hilton Head Island, 21:46; 3. Debbie King, Bluffton, 22:29.
Male Grand Masters: Andy Tedesco, Mt. Pleasant, 18:54.
Female Grand Masters: Pam Drafts, Beaufort, 21:54.
AGE DIVISION WINNERS
Male 8-and-under: Matthew Lobojko, Highlands Ranch, Colo., 24:08.
Male 9-12: Phillip Evans, Hilton Head Island, 19:27
Male 13-15: Jack Beattie, Bluffton, 17:58.
Male 16-19: Mark Rennix, Jr., Beaufort, 16:40.
Male 20-24: John Duberry, Port Wentworth, Ga., 18:55.
Male 25-29: Drew Vogt, Parkton, Md., 20:01.
Male 30-34: Ben Vaught, Bluffton, 17:55.
Male 35-39: Jason Strickland, Bluffton, 19:02.
Male 40-44: John Critchley, Glenview, Ill., 18:13.
Male 45-49: Anthony Blair, Lincoln, Ala., 18:22.
Male 50-54: Jim Hoer, Arden, N.C., 18:35.
Male 55-59: Tom Wingard, Narvon, Pa., 20:23.
Male 60-64: Lanny Fraley, Ashland, Ky., 20:46.
Male 65-69: Peter Uberto, Bluffton, 23:54.
Male 70-74: Howard Hockenbury, Sanford, Fla., 28:57.
Male 75-79: Andy Edwards, Savannah, 33:00.
Male 80-and-over: John Fry, Hilton Head Island, 50:38.
Female 8-and-under: Allison Moxley, Cary, N.C., 24:06.
Female 9-12: Molly Shaughnessy, Hilton Head Island, 23:22.
Female 13-15: Amanda Koser, Glenmoore, Pa., 21:29.
Female 16-19: Emily Vangelder, Gainesville, Fla., 20:53.
Female 20-24: Victoria Frosini, Dalton, Pa., 22:10.
Female 25-29: Amy Kelderhouse, Hilton Head Island, 20:35.
Female 30-34: Sarah MacLaurin, Hilton Head Island, 20:38.
Female 35-39: Heather Wayt, Wheeling, W.Va., 20:20.
Female 40-44: Dana House, Bluffton, 23:10.
Female 45-49: Becky Merlina, Carmel, Ind., 22:59.
Female 50-54: Lori Magnoni, Des Plaines, Ill., 24:13.
Female 55-59: Candace Gantt, Berwyn, Pa., 24:13.
Female 60-64: Dianne Giombetti, Berwyn, Pa., 24:17.
Female 65-69: Cindy Lane, Mansfield, Texas, 34:31.
Female 70-74: Jean Bongiorno, Okatie, 30:03.
Female 75-and-over: Carol Bowers, Greenville, 46:13.