The first Loredana Nesci Memorial 5K was held on Sunday, November 8th at Hubbard Park in Meriden. Runners and walkers lined up at the start line on a crisp morning and made their way past the Meriden reservoir and the remnants of the fall foliage. When it was over, 200+ participants crossed the finish line of the 5K run and the 2 Mile Walk.
First to finish was 15 year old, Demetre Carnot in a blistering time of 18:07, followed by Ismail Orabi in 19:04 and Gabriel Walerysiak in 20:01.
The first female finisher was Stacey Gentino in 22:27 with Mary Bernier in second at 24:20 followed closely by Jessica Doyle in 24:23.
This event was held in memory of Loredana Nesci, star of the Sundance Channel reality show Loredana Esq, who was the victim of domestic homicide this summer. It was hosted by her two brothers, both Meriden Police officers, and her many friends and family members. Proceeds from this race went to Chrysalis of Meriden, a domestic violence agency, and the Rocco Nesci Scholarship Fund. Rocco is Loredana’s 5-year old son.