OSBORN, LANDAU, CLARK, TOMICH
BY MANNY POKITILON
PHILADELPHIA, PA-Somebody up there liked the Philadelphia Bar Association on Sunday, May 19, 2002. On a weekend that started out with thunderstorms and very warm, humid weather, the weather cleared Saturday night to provide ideal running and walking temperatures for the 23rd annual Philadelphia Bar Association Charity Run.
The 5K open competition was won by James Osborn, of Wayne, PA, a recent graduate of Villanova University, who is working for the Bryn Mawr Running Company, a sporting goods store in Bryn Mawr, PA. His time in the 5K run was a blazing 15:59. The first woman in the 5K competition was Angela Landau, of Pitman, NJ.
In the Philadelphia Bar Association Competition, Neil Clark, of Berger & Montague, was first overall in a time of 16:54. Mary Tomich, of Dilworth Paxson, who had previously won several of the 10K races of prior years finished first among women in the Bar in a time of 19:47.
The Run started promptly at 8:30a.m. with a large group of runners going out to the front of the pack in the first quarter-mile. By the half-mile, a pattern began to form as Jason Bull, of Paoli, PA, ran side-by-side with William Harris, of Allentown, PA, and Duane Morris. The fourth person in the pack was James Osborn.
At one mile, Jason Bull still led, along with William Harris, followed by a former winner of the 10K, Rick McGarry, who was running with Osborn, Seth Jenny, and Neill Clark. Frank Maneri, of Dilworth Paxson, followed closely, running with Michael Scott, Andy Elkan, Gary Owen, Colin Robinson, and Dennis McCarthy.
As the race approached the turnaround, McGarry and Harris were running side-by-side. They were followed 5 seconds later by Bull and Osborn, and they were, in turn 10 seconds ahead of Jenny. Five seconds later, Clark and Scott went by, followed by Elkan, Owens, and Maneri.
In the women's competition, the first women passing through one mile were Landau and Lauren Scarpato, age 16, of Cherry Hill, NJ. They were followed by Heather Wallace, of Narberth. The first member of the Bar, Mary Tomich, went through the one mile in 5th place. At the turnaround, the first woman was Scarpato, followed by Landau, Wallace, Tomich, and Alyssa Payne, of Newtown Square.
As the race went past the turnaround, Osborn pulled even with McGarry and then pulled away from him at 1¾ miles and was in a commanding 50-meter lead with a half-mile to go. Osborne won in a time of 15:59, followed by McGarry in a time of 16:26, Harris in 16:28, Owens in a time of 16:35, and Jenny in 16:45. Clark who was first among members of the Bar was next. Landau passed the finish line in 19:01, followed by Heather Wallace in 19:03, and Lauren Scarpato in 19:09. Sian Fernas finished 4th in 19:18, followed by Mary Tomich whose time was 19:47.
The team winner of the corporation competition was North Western Mutual Financial. The team winners in the three divisions of the legal team competition were Buchanan Ingersoll in the age-graded competition, Ratner Prestia in the male-only competition, and Fox Rothschild in the female competition. Please note that the age-graded legal competition and the corporate team competition have the age-graded time for each of the team members.
The proceeds were a result of the race being sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association, in conjunction with Wawa, The Legal Intelligencer, USI Colburn Insurance Service, and JuriStaff, Inc. Also joining to support the race as legal sponsors are the firms of Blank Rome Comisky & McCauley LLP; Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow, Ltd.; Cozen O'Connor; Fox, Rothschild, O'Brien & Frankel, LLP; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin; Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP; Neil A. Morris Associates, PC; Pepper Hamilton LLP; Ratner & Prestia; Raynes McCarty Binder Ross & Mundy; Semanoff, Ormsby, Greenberg & Torchia, LLC; Wolf Block Schorr and Solis-Cohen LLP; and Woodcock Washburn LLP. In addition, proceeds were also received from the 53 teams entering the race.
Many members of the Bar and the community worked as volunteers led by Co-Director, Eric Marzluf, a partner at Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow, Ltd. and members of the race committee. Eric's organization and the outstanding efforts of the volunteers, caused registration of the runners and the race to proceed perfectly. The volunteers distributed prizes, food, and drink to the runners and walkers. It was an event enjoyed by everyone attending.