Hundreds of volunteers recently lined the rain-dampened race route to cheer on runners at the fourth annual Canandaigua Classic Half Marathon and 5K.

Volunteers came from 17 athletic booster and activity clubs at Canandaigua Academy, who in return for volunteering received an equal portion of proceeds from the event. Students, parents, coaches and supporters of each group each were responsible for 1 mile of the half marathon or 5K course.

“The sheer number of people cheering along our route is what makes the Canandaigua Classic so special for the runners,” said Taryn Windheim, race director, who has organized the event since 2015. “Thirteen miles is a long way to run. Having someone there on the sidelines cheering you on nearly the entire way makes a huge difference, especially on those tough uphill climbs.”

Teams included FIRST Robotics, swimming, tennis, alpine ski and a group of student leaders, among a wide range of other teams representing both athletics and extracurricular activities at Canandaigua Academy. Since 2015, the event raised over $67,000 for each year’s participating teams.

Top finishers on the half-marathon route were Kelly Maloney, 32, of Rochester with a time of 1 hour, 30 minutes, 47 seconds and Jack Erickson, 24, of Fairport, with a time of 1:21:52. Top 5K finishers on the slightly altered 3 1/2-mile course were Jeannie Phillips, of Canandaigua, with a time of 23 minutes, 37 seconds and Skip Kunecki, of Fairport, with a time of 22:02.

Kunecki, physical education teacher, was one of many Canandaigua Academy faculty and staff who participated in the event. The group had the opportunity to participate in a staff-led run training program throughout the spring to prepare for either the 5K or half marathon distance races.

Windheim thanked Jamie Farr, superintendent for Canandaigua City School District; members of the planning committee; Ontario County Sheriff’s Office; and the town of Canandaigua for making the event possible.

“At the end of the event, it’s about raising money for these students, the ones who were up early in the morning on a rainy day to support the runners who came to our community,” Windheim said.

Participating booster and activity clubs were alpine ski, baseball, basketball, Canandaigua Soccer Boosters, cheerleading, Class of 2017, cross country, FIRST Robotics, hockey, lacrosse, softball, student government, tennis, track and field and volleyball.