Lions Add 5K to Race Roster;
BY ED EINHAUS
STONE HARBOR, NJ--Sunday, August 27 dawned with intermittent rain prior to the running of the 18th Annual Stone Harbor Lions 10K Run and the inaugural 5K. However, the rain stopped right before the 8 a.m. start, allowing nearly 500 runners to start in cloudy, but humid, conditions.
The highlight of the day was the victory by 12-year-old Kathleen Fitzpatrick of Drexel Hill, PA in the womens 5K division with a time of 21:54. The outright winner of the 5K was Isaac Arusei in a lightning-fast 14:48.
In the 10K division, Kenneth Korir (31:16) took top honors with the womens title going to Renee Gunning (34:30). Gunnings time was good enough to claim third place overall, making her one of two women in the top 10. Naomi Wangui (35:49) placed 7th overall.
There were 304 finishers in the 10K and 148 in the 5K. It is estimated that the event raised between $20,000 and $25,000 for the Stone Harbor Lions, an organization dedicated to serving the needs of the less fortunate in the Cape May County area. Chief among the beneficiaries is Volunteers in Medicine, which provides basic medical services to those having a limited ability to pay for healthcare.