THE SECOND GROUP
TRAILING FRITZ-MAUER (#558)
AT HALF MILE INTO THE RACE, FROM LEFT TO RIGHT,
COLIN KNISLEY (#2042), FRANK MANERI (#582),
CHRIS CARROLL (#2096), AMANI TERRI (#1088)
WITH JOHN HEMMER (#2099) JOINING THE SECOND
GROUP ON THE FAR RIGHT.
Fritz-Mauer, Hoechst, Daly Big Winners
at Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Charity Run
BY MANNY POKOTILOW ©2013
PHILADELPHIA, PA--Before the 34th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association
5K Charity Run, held on May 19, 2013, it had been raining all
morning and started to pour at approximately 8 a.m., 30 minutes
before the race was scheduled to start. In addition, Neill Clark,
the winner of the Bar Association competition for the past 14
years showed up wearing a cast on his right leg, unable to run.
What else could go wrong? As it turned out, nothing else did.
At 8:30 a.m., start time for the race, the rain tapered to a
slight drizzle, the temperature of 58-60°F was perfect for
running and the more than 1,300 participants that showed up,
out of more than 1,550 that registered, put on an incredible
The race was won by Jossi Fritz-Mauer, 28, who lives in Wynnewood,
Pennsylvania and is with the non-profit, The Energy Co-op, in
a time of 15:54, a record for the race. The first female finisher
was attorney, Heather Hoechst who finished in a strong 19:17,
winning both the Open Competition and the Bar Association Competition
for women. Heather is a lawyer with the non-profit Women Against
Abuse. First place among men in the Philadelphia Bar Association
was Sean T. Daly, age 24, a second year Villanova University
law student, who finished fourth overall in the race and first
among members of the Bar Association, in a time of 17:37.
In the mens competition, Fritz-Mauer shot to a
quick lead at the start of the race easily distancing himself
from the first and second pack of runners behind him. At a half-mile,
he was approximately 30 yards ahead of a group consisting of
Aristio Duenas, of Philadelphia, Jacob Shoemaker, 28, of Philadelphia,
Zayd Ortiz, of Simon Gratz High School, Steve Heagy, 29, Eric
Chappelle, 28, of Philadelphia, and Daniel Gallagher, 23 of Philadelphia.
A second group, right behind the first group consisted of Omar
Abdelhamid, 32 of Philadelphia, Colin Knisely, 41, of the Duane
Morris team, Frank Maneri, 51, of Medford, Pennsylvania, Jamar
Johnson, 19, of the Frier Charter School and Sean Daly. Moving
up behind them was Chris Carroll, 41 of the Morgan Lewis team.
FINISHING STRONG IN FOURTH
PACE AMONG WOMEN AND FIRST
AMONG FEMALES 45-49 IN 20:44
Fritz-Mauer went through the first mile in less than five
minutes followed by Steve Heagy, Jacob Shoemaker and Sean Daly.
They were followed by Abdelhamid, Chappelle, Carroll and Knisely.
Fritz-Mauer continued his blazing pace and turned around at the
halfway point at 7:35, followed by Heagy and Shoemaker. Fritz-Mauer
continued to turn up the pace finishing almost a full minute
ahead of Steve Heagy.
The winner of the female competition, Heather Hoechst also
went swiftly to the lead followed by Jamie Panzer, of Wynewood,
Pennsylvania and Cassidy Leight, 14, from Breinigsville, Pennsylvania.
Panzer and Leight ran side-by-side through the first mile. Hoechst
continued to lead through the turnaround passing it in the quick
time of 9:02, followed by Panzer, who had taken the lead for
second place between one and one and a half miles over Leight.
In fourth place at the turnaround was Dirkje Camill Frey of the
Morgan Lewis team. As the women approached the finish line, Hoechst,
Panzer, and Leight maintained their relative positions. Judi
Cassel of Philadelphia moved into fourth place, followed by Kathy
Daniels of Chicago, Illinois.
In team competition, Morgan Lewis became the first legal
team to have a perfect score of first place for each of the five
participants on its winning team. Community Legal Services finished
second, Stradley Ronon finished third, Caesar, Rivise finishing
fourth, and Duane Morris and Flaster/Greenberg tied for fifth.
PHILADELPHIA FINISHING THE RACE.
In corporate team competition, Firstrust and CPMI tied for
first place with the Legal Intelligencer finishing third and
Delvacca Team 1 and 3 finished fourth and fifth respectively.
Once again sponsors helped make the race a financial success
in raising funds for the Support Center for Child Advocates.
The Philadelphia Bar Association was joined as corporate level
sponsors this year by: FirsTrust, Wawa, Buchanan Ingersoll &
Rooney PC, Caesar Rivise Bernstein Cohen & Pokotilow Ltd.,
Philadelphia Runner, Iron Mountain, The Legal Intelligencer,
Veritext, Landmark Legal Solutions, Reliable, Capital Project
Management, Inc., JuriStaff, and USI Affinity.
Anapol Schwartz; Cozen OConnor; DLA Piper; Drinker Biddle;
Fox Rothschild; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin;
Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel; Pepper Hamilton; Ratner
Prestia; Raynes McCarty; Sandals & Associates; Thorp Reed
& Armstrong; Woodcock Washburn and Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan
Schaer Toddy, supported the race as legal sponsors.
In addition, the Philadelphia Bar Association community
of law firms once again ably supported the race by providing
44 legal teams in the competition. Many thanks go to the volunteers
who worked the day of the race, ably directed by Eric Marzluf,
of Caesar, Rivise, Megan Harper of Wilson Elser, and Frank Cervone
and his volunteers from the Support Center for Child Advocates,
the beneficiary of the race. Also, many thanks to Michael Berkowitz
of Caesar, Rivise who organized legal and corporate team competition,
Marc Tepper of Buchanan Ingersoll who organized and directed
the Kids Run and Joe Stapleton of Montgomery McCracken
who organized the water tables on the course. To members of the
Philadelphia Bar Association race committee and the many unnamed
volunteers for your invaluable help--thank you! Once again, the
race provided a significant contribution to the Support Center
in the approximate amount of $100,000.
(#558) GOING TO THE FINISH LINE ALL BY HIMSELF
IN FIRST PLACE AT THE PHILADELPHIA BAR 5K.
HEATHER HOECHST (#204),
A LAWYER FOR THE NON-PROFIT WOMEN
AGAINST ABUSE, FINISHES FIRST AMONG WOMEN, NOT ONLY IN THE BAR
ASSOCIATION, BUT OVERALL. WAY TO GO, HEATHER!
Based upon the smiles of all of the participants and volunteers
after the race, it is clear that the rain prior to the race did
not diminish the spirit or the enjoyment of anyone attending.