May 31, 2015
The morning of Memorial Day was perfect—cool, with very little wind, and excitement in the air. It was the ideal setting for the kick off the 15th Annual Kessler Foundation Wheelchair 10K, the wheelchair division of the Fred d’Elia Ridgewood Run. Representing the US, Spain, and Costa Rica, 29 racers competed for a total purse of $15,000. The race saw close finishes, new victors, and returning athletes.
Laurens Molina, 36, from Costa Rica, edged crossed the finish line just a second before James Senbeta, 28, from Illinois, to secure the top spot in the Men's Open with a time of 22.11 minutes. Born without bone below the knees, he has been racing since he was 19. "Competing helped me overcome my depression and made