By REBECCA ISENHART
NISKAYUNA — A Niskayuna native returned home this Thanksgiving to win Ellis Medicine’s Cardiac Classic for the sixth year in a row.
“It’s like my hometown glory race,” said Louis Serafini, who attended Boston College and now lives in Brighton, Massachusetts.
“People joke with me about it,” he said.
He finished the 5K around Schenectady’s Central Park in just 15:24 this year. His winning time was 11 seconds ahead of runner-up Matt Lange of Schenectady.
During high school, Serafini ran track for Niskayuna. In college, he continued with the sport. After graduating in 2013, he set another goal: to qualify for, and then run, the Boston Marathon.
“I qualified for that last year, so that’s the next target on the schedule,” he said.
He’s currently training for the 2015 marathon, although he said finding time for running has been tougher since graduation.
“The further I get away from college, the more distractions there are and the harder it is to train,” he said.
Still, it’s unlikely Serafini will ever leave running behind, especially because it’s a family tradition.
“My dad ran in college, and my mom started a running group in Niskayuna,” he said.
Though his mother has since moved to California, he said the running group continues with new members.
The family’s affinity for running has made the Cardiac Classic an annual Thanksgiving tradition — his father also runs the race.
“We always do it,” Serafini said. “This was probably the eighth year in a row that we’ve done it. It goes back as far as I remember.”
Serafini also finished fifth in the Stockade-a-thon in November.