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Benny’s Run Race Results

When Holly Nieweem tragically lost her brother Benny to suicide, she decided to do something about it, and created the Benny Fund and Benny’s Run in his memory. That was in 2013 and since then this annual event has raised thousands of dollars supporting suicide prevention and scholarships in his name.img_2450

This past Saturday, Oct 1, saw the fourth running of this 5K Run and Walk. And while there was a steady rain coming down when registration opened at 8:00, it didn’t deter 200+ runners and walkers from showing up and participating. And when the starting gun went off at 10:00, the rain had stopped and it turned into a beautiful fall day.img_2459

Runners and walkers faced a mostly uphill first mile on this point-to-point course before enjoying two miles of downhill to the finish line at Sears Park. The first male to cross the finish line was Charlie Grillo from West Hartford in 18:55, followed by Julien Minnick in 19:49 and David Hansen in 19:52 who came in from New York City. The first female finisher was Tracy Mantabano in 24:05, followed by Katie Ireland in 26:01 and Gyanna Russell in 26:33. All three are local East Hampton runners.

After the 5K, a Kid’s Fun Run took place. Forty future Olympians made their way around the ¼ course, crossing the finish and earning finisher medals. When all of the running and walking was in the books, everyone convened at the community center for a cookout.img_2509

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My Sisters’ Place 5K

The 3rd Annual My Sister’s Place 5K presented by Hartford Toyota took place on Sunday, June 12th , on the beautiful campus of the University of Hartford. Over 200 runners and walkers came out to support this great organization and their many good works.  My Sister’s Place provides aid to women and their children who are victims of domestic violence.

The day’s activities began with a kid’s fun run. After a brief warm up, the kids all turned in a winning race. The 5K Run and 2 Mile Walk followed. First to cross the finish line was Shane Leighton from West Hartford in 18:36, followed by Justin Perugini from Plantesville in 19:06 and Tom Leonard from North Granby in 19:30.

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The first female to cross the finish line was Stacey Clark from Berlin in 22:24. Olivia Natale from South Glastonbury in 23:57 and Ella Szczepanski from Farmington were second and third. Team awards were also presented. A total of twelve teams competed. Team Qualidigm won the Most Spirited Award and Hartford Toyota won the Most generous Award. The M Power Kids team won both the Fastest Team and the Biggest Team.IMG_2063

My Sister’s Place wants to thank the many sponsors who made this event possible, particularly the presenting sponsor, Hartford Toyota. And the University of Hartford who generously made their grounds and resources available for this annual event. Plans are already underway for the 2017 race.

 

 

 

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Enfield Montessori Jubilee Run

The 2nd Annual Race to Feed the Hungry, hosted by the Enfield Montessori School, went off on a picture perfect spring day. The day’s activities started with a Kid’s Fun Run, where 25 future Olympians crossed the finish line; all winners. The 5K Road Race and 2 Mile Walk followed. IMG_1763

The first 5K finisher was Michael Centore in 18:47, followed by David Einsiedel in 19:07 and 11 year old Zachary Stoddard in 22:26. The first female finisher was Michelle Repass in 23:20. Mackenzie Pappas and Sarah Fearon followed  in 2nd and 3rd. Finishing in 8th place overall was 71 year old Bob Ward, less than a year after suffering serious injuries after being struck by a car while jogging. An amazing comeback.

The Enfield Montessori Race to Feed the Hungry lived up to its billing, as runners and walkers filled boxes of food to donate to those in need. It is hoped that this annual event will continue to grow and make a difference in ending hunger.

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Seeds of Hope Results

It could not have been a nicer day on Saturday, April 30 for the inaugural Seeds of Hope 5K. The

5K Run and 2 Mile Walk on the Airline Trail in East Hampton was held by the Congregational

Church of East Hampton in support of their Seeds of Hope mission. This project aids one of the

most impoverished communities in America, the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

The overall winner was Kevin McDonald of Norwich in 19:58 and the first female finisher was

Annalisa Paltauf of New Haven in 20:14.

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