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 performance.

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.

 

 JUDI CASSELL OF PHILADELPHIA
FINISHING STRONG IN FOURTH
PACE AMONG WOMEN AND FIRST
AMONG FEMALES 45-49 IN 20:44
In the men’s 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.

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.

 

 DANIEL GALLAGHER (#186) OF
PHILADELPHIA FINISHING THE RACE.
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.

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 O’Connor; 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.

 

 JOSSI FRITZ-MAUER (#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!
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.

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.