Run/Walk for Someone Special sets records
Monday, April 11, 2011
SYKESVILLE - The weather was almost perfect for the 32nd Annual Run/Walk for Someone Special held unday at the Town Hall in Sykesville.
OFF AND RUNNING - More than 350 runners and walkers start the Run or Walk for Someone Special Sunday on Main Street in Sykesville. Approximately $45,970 was collected with 412 runners participating. Last year 314 runners were in the event. Coordinators said this was the largest money total and highest number of participants in the Run/Walk history. Results on Page A 2. (Photo by Tom Bukousky)
The event collected the largest money total ever, $45,970, according to Frank Hetrick, one of the event's coordinators.
Proceeds benefit Camp Friendship which, according to previously published stories, is operated by the Jefferson County Association for Retarded Citizens. It operates three camps for children with special needs: the camp for those from Punxsutawney area in June, the Brockway/Brookville camp in July and the latest addition and the camp for children with autism, in August. All three are known as "Camp Friendship," which has been in existence since 1966 and is located on Oven Road off Route 322 in Reynoldsville.
This year's event set a record for participants at 412, Hetrick said, breaking last year's record of 314.
Forty-one participated in the 5-mile event, 25 males and 16 females and 371 participated in the 2-mile event, 158 males and 213 females.
In the 5-mile race, A.J. Meterko, 17, Punxsutawney, placed first with a time of 29.56. In the 2-mile race, Peter Foradora, 11, DuBois, placed first with a time of 12:36.
Erica Wolfgang, 30, Reynoldsville, was the first woman to finish the 5-mile and Nichole Rishel, 28, Punxsutawney, was the first woman to finish the two-mile race.
Top money collectors for elementary schools:
- Sts. Cosmas and Damian, first place, $1,654.
- Punxsutawney Middle School, second place, $130.
- Luthersburg Elementary, first place, $783.75
- DuBois High Life Skills, second place, $314.
- Wasson Elementary, third place, $305.
The top money collectors for groups were: Wills Walkers, first place, Punxsutawney, $4,164; Team Came So Far, second place, Scranton, $1,826.66; and Erin Cameron Day Care, third place, Punxsutawney, $902,30.
The top five in individual money collectors are:
- Josh Golembioski, Punxsutawney, $4,688.
- Mike Tattersall, Brookville, $1,826.66.
- Linda Lyons, Reynoldsville, $1,381.
- Jennifer Roberts, Punxsutawney, $1,275.
- Ken Smith, Reynoldsville, $1,180.