Northeast Road Runners, Ancient Order
BY JEFF KALL
PHILADELPHIA, PA--Despite the snow and sleet-filled day before,
43 brave souls showed up with unwrapped presents as an entry
fee for this annual race in Pennypack Park in Northeast
Philly on Sunday, December 15. The trail was snow, slush,
and ice covered but the runners had the Christmas spirit.
One runner had a large dog wearing antlers joining the two- legged
runners. One hearty person pushed a stroller with a child
wrapped in Eagles blankets.
The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 61, wrap the presents and distribute them to the needy in the neighborhood. Runners' Advocate and the Northeast Road Runners handle all of the race details. Each entrant walked away with one or more shirts and also earned leftover prizes from the awards ceremony (candy, candles, blankets, etc.) Fun was had by all.
An anonymous donor made a contribution to the race to pay for awards in memory of long-time NERRC member and volunteer Jerry Nolan who died last September.
A special thank you to the NERRC's Mike McCloskey, President Mike Clavelli, and Joe Kraher for all they do for the Philadelphia running community.
1. Chris Mallard 20:16