Clark, Creamer, and Harvey Win Coveted
Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Titles

BY MANNY POKOTILOW

PHILADELPHIA, PA- On May 21, 2006, the Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run and Walk was held for the 27th time. On an extraordinarily beautiful day, Neill Clark of Berger Montague was the first to finish overall and Stacy Creamer of New York City finished first among the women.

In the Bar Association competition, limited to Bar Association members, Carmon Harvey of Montgomery, McCracken joined Neill Clark as the winner of the Bar Association competition.

The Charity Run was held to raise funds for the Support Center for Child Advocates. Among the winners in this category was a young man named Matthew Schaffer, age 12, of Cheltenham, Pennsylvania who not only finished 3rd in the 13-and-under age group, but also, as part of his Bar Mitzvah project, brought with him checks in the amount of $767 with a promise of more pledges and contributions to the Support Center for Child Advocates. Jacqueline Segal of Fox Rothschild, the Section Chair of the Family Law Section, raised an additional $1,290 in personal pledges from friends and colleagues, a record high for this event. In addition, working with Megan Watson of Berner & Klaw, they led a campaign through the Family Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association urging members to register and participate in contributing to the Support Center for Child Advocates. As an incentive, they offered all members who registered a waist pack with the designation “Philadelphia Bar Association Family Law Section 2006.”

Although the final numbers are not in, it is expected that the total amount of receipts raised by the Run will be at least $100,000. In large measure, the proceeds resulted from the generosity of the sponsors of the event, namely, the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1FirstTrust, Iron Mountain, WaWa, The Legal Intelligencer, JuriStaff, Inc., USI Colburn Insurance Service, Document Technologies, Inc., and Veritext L.L.C. In addition, the law firms of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Bennett, Bricklin & Saulsburg; Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow, Ltd.; Cozen O’Connor; DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary; Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin; McKissock & Hoffman, P.C.; Neil A. Morris Associates, P.C.; Pepper Hamilton LLP; RatnerPrestia; Raynes McCarty; Sandals & Associates, P.C.; Semanoff, Ormsby, Greenberg & Torchia, LLC; WolfBlock; Woodcock Washburn LLP; and Zarwin, Baum Devito, Kaplan, Schaer & Toddy, P.C. joined the Run as legal sponsors and Anapol, Schwartz, Weiss, Cohan, Feldman and Smalley, P.C.; Buchanan Ingersoll PC; DrinkerBiddle; Duane Morris LLP; FoxRothschild LLP; and Stradley Ronon supported the Run as legal supporters.

In addition to the sponsors, 63 legal teams participated to support the charitable effort. The official count of people registered for the race this year was 812.

At the start of the race, Stuart Calderwood, a 47-year-old runner from New York City, immediately went to the front of the pack with Neill Clark. The runners had finished first and third, respectively, in this race in 2005. In addition to Calderwood and Clark, Jamie Samanns, Shannon Markley, Frank Maneri, and Jordan Lavine were close together for the first 100 yards. At 100 yards, Calderwood and Clark led with Maneri and Michael Cornelison close behind. At 200 yards, Richard Arnold of Weber, Gallagher joined Clark and Calderwood with Markley and Maneri close behind. At a quarter of a mile, Calderwood and Clark continued to lead with William Pine, Frank Maneri, and Richard Arnold all close behind. Jamie Samanns also was close and leading all women.

As the group passed a quarter mile, 13-year-old Andrew Ayers joined the group, closely trailing Calderwood and Clark. As the race progressed to the one-mile point, Calderwood and Clark started to make space between themselves and the remainder of the pack with Frank Maneri of Dilworth Paxson in third place. As the group passed the ¾ mile point, Maneri started falling of the pace of Calderwood and Clark to approximately 30 yards behind, followed by Ronald Evans and Brian Berkely.

Calderwood and Clark passed the one-mile point in 5:23, followed by Maneri, Evans, Pine, and Greg Vitali.

The group reached the turnaround at 8:08 with Calderwood passing first followed by Clark. Calderwood and Clark then began to run side-by-side in a lock-step pace which continued for over a mile past the two-mile point when Clark began to accelerate and take a lead from Calderwood which he never gave up. Clark finished the race in a strong time of 16:59. Calderwood finished 16 seconds later, followed by Greg Vitali and Frank Maneri.

In the women’s competition, Jamie Samanns and Shannon Markley immediately went to the front of the women’s field. They were followed closely by Stacy Creamer. By the time women reached one mile, Carmon Harvey of Montgomery, McCracken, who won the race among women last year, was running neck and neck with Shannon Markley and Stacy Creamer. At the turnaround, at the halfway point in the race, Markley was first, trailed closely by Harvey and Creamer. Mary Tomich of Dilworth Paxson was in 4th place. As the race progressed, Creamer began to take a lead, followed by Harvey and Markley, in that order. By the end of the race, Creamer had cruised to the finish line in a very quick time of 19:28, followed by Carmon Harvey in a time of 19:54 and Shannon Markley in a time of 19:55, as Mary Tomich gained ground on the leaders in the second half of the race, finishing 4th in a time of 20:00.

Included among the competitors in the 5K competition were Chancellor Alan Feldman, and former Chancellors Abe Reich and Andrew Chirls. Judge Eduardo Robreno of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania also completed the 3.1-mile competition.

In the legal team competition the teams of Dilworth Paxson and Pepper Hamilton tied for 1st place, followed by Flaster Greenberg which finished 3rd. Cozen O’Connor, Dechert and Marshall tied Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin for 5th place. Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow, Ltd. and Weber Gallagher tied for 7th with Schander Harrison and Swartz Campbell tied for 9th to round out the top 10 legal teams of the 63 teams that competed.

In corporate team competition, TraunderConsulting.Com finished 1st with a perfect score of 3, followed by Charming Shoppes, Inc., and The Legal Intelligencer, tied for 2nd place.

The runners had ample refreshments after the race with bananas, oranges, and Philadelphia soft pretzels being served, along with slushies, juices, and water. This was one race where everyone who ran or walked the 5K was a winner, as evidenced by the smiles on the faces of the participants and volunteers.

We hope to see you next year. So, save the date of May 20, 2007 for the 28th annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Charity Run and Walk.