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THE RUNNERS ARE OFF AFTER THE GUN IS FIRED BY THE
GRAND MARSHAL,
T. MORGAN.

Philadelphia Bar Charity Run:
A Big Party for Participants!

BY MANNY D. POKOTILOW
©2017

PHILADELPHIA, PA--There is nothing so perfect for runners as a temperature of 55° on the morning of a race. That is the way it was on the morning of May 21, 2017 at the start of the 38th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Charity Run/Walk to benefit the Support Center for Child Advocates and took place at the Please Touch Museum in Fairmount Park. The race, as of race day, had raised more than $100,000 for the Support Center for Child Advocates.

The male winner of the Open Competition was Josh Hibbs, finishing in a time of 15:41. Josh is a 7th grade social studies teacher and works with the Philadelphia Middle School team which was part of the Students Run Philly Style children that participated in the race. Faye Hellman, an attorney at PRA Health Sciences in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania swept the open competition and the Bar Association Competition with a winning time of 18:49. This is the third year in a row that Faye won both the Open and Bar Association Competitions. The male winner of the Bar Association Competition which is solely for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association, was Mark Burgmann, age 29, of Philadelphia who is with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. Mark’s finishing time was 16:56.

The Legal Team competition was won by Cozen O’Connor and the Company Team Competition was won by the Association of Corporate Counsel of Greater Philadelphia.

This year’s race was dedicated to the memory of Stephen J. Anderer and was supported by his wife, Susan, and Friends of Stephen J. Anderer. Stephen had been, until his untimely passing last year, an avid supporter of this event and the Support Center for Child Advocates and a beloved figure in the Philadelphia legal community.

More than 1300 individuals participated in the run which included a Kids’ Dash for children 10 and under, sponsored by Buchannan Ingersoll & Rooney, which was organized and directed by firm partner, Marc Tepper. In addition, the race welcomed almost 600 students from Students Run Philly Style, a group that focuses on helping Philadelphia students, ages 12-18, realize their capacity for success through mentorship and distance running.

The race started out very quickly as Joshua Hibbs went directly to the front of the pack, followed by Mark Burgmann and Josh White. By one-half mile, the three 29-year-old runners--Hibbs, Burgmann, and White--all of Philadelphia were running abreast of each other. Hibbs started breaking away from Burgmann and White and by one mile was seven seconds ahead of Mark Burgmann as he passed the mile in a very quick 4:56. Josh White was closely following Burgmann. The next three runners through the one-mile point were Christifer Portner, followed by Will McEnroe and Dan Thames, a Friend of Stephen J. Anderer.

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