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BY MANNY POKOTILOW
©2011 Caesar Rivise Bernstein Cohen & Pokotilow Ltd.
PHILADELPHIA, PA--On May 15, 2011, approximately 1,500 people participated in the 32nd Annual Philadelphia Bar Association Charity Run which benefits the Support Center for Child Advocates.
The Run started at 8:30 a.m. on the Martin Luther King Drive, adjacent to the Philadelphia Art Museum, with a slight drizzle. The slight drizzle was far better than the overnight pouring rain which preceded the event. By 9 a.m. all of the drizzle had ceased and the big winners of the day were Pat Hayburn and Tina Morrison, both 26 years old who won the Open Competition. In the Bar Competition, Neill Clark of Berger Montague finished first and Carmon Harvey of Montgomery McCracken finished first among female members of the Bar.
Hayburn is an accountant from Havertown, Pennsylvania who ran while in college at Widener. Morrison works in development in the Philadelphia Art Museum and lives in Philadelphia. Morrison previously ran mid-distances and cross-country at the University of Pennsylvania and has been running for 12 years.
When T. Morgan of WMGK, the official starter, sounded the horn for the start of the Run, the more than 1,100 persons who showed up in the rain immediately charged under the Schuylkill Expressway onto the Martin Luther King Drive, for what appeared to be utter chaos for the first 100 yards. Slowly emerging out of this herd was a front group of runners including Hayburn, Clark, Casanova Alig, a patent agent from Princeton, New Jersey, Colin Knisely of Deeb Petrakis, Ray Bordogna of Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, Geoffrey Wainaina of Lancaster, Pennsylvania who won the race last year, Cory Smith of Philadelphia, and Kyle Swezey of Wallingford, Pennsylvania.
Hayburn and Wainaina broke quickly from the pack and by one mile Hayburn was in the lead followed by about 10 yards by Wainania, Smith, Alig, and Tim Pagano, of Cherry Hill, New Jersey running for the USI Affinity team and Clark.
The first woman going through one mile was ultimate winner, Morrison, followed by Erin Maloney of New York City, Harvey, Lauren McHale of Philadelphia, and Michelle Ezzie of Drexel Hill.
As the race proceeded, Hayburn who had passed the first mile in under 4:50 continued a blazing pace almost to the end. Wainaina finished in 2nd place five seconds behind Hayburn, followed by Cory Smith in 16:40, Tim Pagano in 17:06, Alig in 17:15, Clark in 17:40, Swezey in 17:57, and Knisley in 18:17 for 2nd place in the Bar Competition.
Morrison continued to widen her lead over Erin Maloney and finished in a time of 18:24, 35 seconds ahead of Maloney who finished in 18:59. Lauren McHale finished 3rd in 19:39, followed by Harvey in 19:42, and Dana Kolesar of Morgan Lewis for 2nd place in the Bar Competition in 20:27.
The times were very fast considering the 100% humidity. Many of the runners who finished came in drenched. There were fluids and refreshments for all after the race. Two other important finishers were Judge Daniel Anders of Philadelphias Court of Common Pleas and 60-year-old Jeffrey Kall who has now completed all 32 of the Bar Runs.
In the Legal Team Competition Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow, Ltd., sponsor of the team competition and Reilly, Janiczek & McDevitt tied for 1st place both with a score of seven. Berger & Montague and Morgan Lewis tied for 3rd place both with a score of eight.
In the Corporate Team Competition CPMI and Health Partners tied for 1st place with a score of five and Delvacca finished in 3rd place with a total score of six points.
The Philadelphia Bar Association was joined in the sponsorship of the Run by FirsTrust, Wawa, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, Caesar Rivise Bernstein Cohen & Pokotilow Ltd., Brooks, Philadelphia Runner, Iron Mountain, The Legal Intelligencer, USI Affinity, Capital Project Management, Inc., Document Technologies, Inc., Mainlineapts.Com, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Reliable and Veritext. Joining in the sponsorship were the following Legal Sponsors: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Anapol Schwartz Weiss Cohan Feldman & Smalley, Archer & Greiner, Cozeh & OConnor, DLA Piper, Drinker Biddle & Reath, Flaster/Greenberg, Fox Rothschild, Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, Morgan Lewis & Bockius, Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel, Pepper Hamilton, Ratner Prestia, Raynes McCarty, Sandals & Associates, Thorp Reed & Armstrong, Woodcock Washburn, and Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy. Barrack Rodos & Bacine and The Law Offices of Maureen M. Farrell were Legal Supporters. In addition to being a Legal Supporter, Maureen Farrell raised a substantial amount for the Support Center for Child Advocates on her Web site.
Thanks also to the volunteers for their efforts in making this a special event!
This years competition brought out 65 legal and corporate teams and helped raise what appears to be more than $120,000 at the time this article is being written.