33rd Annual Bar Association Run a Beauty!
BY MANNY D. POKOTILOW
PHILADELPHIA, PA---The 33rd annual Philadelphia Bar Association Run was held on May 20, 2012 and almost 1,300 participants finished the 5K course. The Open competition was won by Tim Pagano, an accountant at Harrods residing in Philadelphia and Carmon Harvey, a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association who is with Montgomery, McCracken. The Bar Association competition was won by Neill Clark of Faruqi & Faruqi for the 14th consecutive time and Carmon Harvey who won the female Bar competition for the second year in a row for a sweep of the womens competition.
The weather was brilliant with the sun shining on a low humidity day with most of the race completed while the temperature was below 65°. The temperature was cool enough for the participants and comfortable for the spectators and volunteers. The ambience was also enhanced by radio station B101.1 playing music throughout the pre-race registration, the race, and the postrace celebration. For the Support Center for Child Advocates, the beneficiary of the race, it will be the recipient of at least $100,000 that was raised this year.
In addition to Neill Clarks overall second place performance and Carmon Harveys win in the Open competition, there were also some excellent performances by members of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Dana Kolesar of Morgan Lewis finished first among women 30-34 in a time of 20:17. Colin Knisley of Duane Morris who finished second in the Bar Association competition, also finished fifth overall in a time of 18:14. Frank Maneri, age 50, not only finished seventh overall in the competition, but first among men 50-54 in a time of 18:30. Michelle Tiger of Klein & Specter finished first among females 50-54 in a time of 23:14, more than five minutes ahead of the second place female in her age group and the fastest finish for any woman over 40. Steve Sawyer of Terpollili Sawyer finished first among men 60-64 in a time of 20:14 and Phil Bertocci finished first among men 70-74 in a time of 26:21.
In the womens race, Carmon Harvey took the lead after the start and was in the lead among women at one mile. She was followed by Dana Kolesar who was in second place, Shauna Itri of the Berger Montague firm, Anne Marie Moffatt, Judy Cassel, Shannon Leight, and Jenna Mesigian of Reed Smith.
In the mens race, the places at the front did not change with Pagano stretching his lead throughout the second half of the race, followed by Clark.
Pagano finished first in an excellent time of 16:53, Clark who is now 40, finished second in a time of 17:38 and Deondray Ivey, age 17, finished third in a time of 17:41. David Bucko finished fourth in a time of 18:00, followed by Colin Knisley in a time of 18:14.
Carmon Harvey finished first among women in a time of 19:41, a second faster than her win last year. She was followed by Anne Marie Moffatt who finished second in a time of 19:56. Dana Kolesar finished third overall and second in the Bar Association Competition in a time of 20:17.
The race was started and awards were presented by T. Morgan,
a disc jockey for WMGK 102.9 in Philadelphia. There were 1,582
registrants for the race with 1,262 who actually completed the
5K course. This was a record number of finishers, narrowly beating
2010 when 1,260 finished. Another interesting statistic: there
were 790 males who finished and 792 females who finished the
race. The Philadelphia Bar Association was joined as a sponsor
this year by FirsTrust, Wawa, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
PC, Caesar Rivise Bernstein Cohen & Pokotilow Ltd., Brooks,
Philadelphia Runner, Iron Mountain, The Legal Intelligencer,
The Philadelphia Bar Association, USI Affinity, Veritext, Landmark
Legal Solutions, Savran Benson LLP, Capital Project Management,
Inc. and Reliable.
Also contributing to the proceeds were the 48 legal teams that entered the race. Once again, the Philadelphia Bar Association came through! Thanks to the Philadelphia Bar Association Charity Run Committee and the wonderful volunteers for the Support Center for Child Advocates, the race came off beautifully! Also, thanks to the contributions of the sponsors who provided treats for after the race for everyone to enjoy and enjoy they did.