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©2015 BY MANNY POKOTILOW
PHILADELPHIA, PA--On May 17, 2015 the 36th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association Charity Run/Walk benefiting the Support Center for Child Advocates was held at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park. Approximately 1200 people participated in the 5K Run/Walk, the One Mile Dash, the Buchanan Ingersoll Kids' Run and the Caesar Rivise Team Competition.
Once again, the featured 5K race was an exciting one. In the Open competition, a person identifying himself as Frank Shorter, age 29, finished first among males and attorney Faye Hellman of Fowler Hirtzel McNulty Spaulding finished first among females. In the Bar Competition, Will McEnroe finished first and Hellman also won the Bar Competition for women. At the start of the race, William Egan, age 16, wearing a Flaster/Greenberg T-shirt went to the front of the pack. He was followed by a group of runners including 19-year-old twins, Aaron and Mussie Tesfay, 16-year-old Taj Bland running with the Students Run Philly Style group, Will McEnroe of the Dechert Firm and Frank Shorter.
By the time the runners reached the one-mile point, Aron Tesfay had taken the lead. He was followed by Egan, McEnroe, 17 year old Frankie Bell of West Catholic High School, and 19 year old Mussie Tesfay. Shorter was in 7th place at that time. As the runners approached the halfway point, Shorter ran to the front of the pack followed by Aron Tesfay. Shorter then pulled away from Tesfay and Tesfay in turn pulled away from the remainder of the lead pack. Shorter finished first among males in the Open competition in a time of 18:04. The running times were increased by an inadvertent lengthening of the course by approximately 180 yards.
Among the women, Faye Hellman went quickly to the front of the pack and the closest runner to her at one mile was Catherine Hester of the Clark Hill firm. Hellman continued to widen her lead and finished in a time of 20:20, well ahead of Hester who finished second, well ahead of the remainder of the field.
In the Bar Association competition, among men, Will McEnroe led from the start and finished first in a time of 18:38, followed by Chris Turk. The race also saw a return of Neill Clark who last year won his 15th Bar Association title. Clark, still recovering his speed after an injury finished in a time of 20:06. On a special note, 64-year-old Jeff Kall completed the Bar Charity Run for the 36th time, the only person to have participated in all 36 years of the event!
Among those appearing at the Race were Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judges Abbe Fletman, who won her age group in the Bar Association competition and Daniel Anders. Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, Albert Daindridge not only fired the gun to start the race, he walked the course at a brisk pace. Vice Chancellor Deborah Gross also competed and finished second in her age group.
More than 40 legal teams competed in the Legal Team Competition and the winners were Community Legal Services and Morgan Lewis tying for first with a score of 4 points and Dechert coming in third place with a score of seven points. For Community Legal Services, Philip Bertocci placed firstt among men 70-79, Gigi Nikpour was first among women 50-59 and Catherine Carr placed second among women 60-69. For the Morgan Lewis team, Chris Carroll placed first among men 40-49, Deanna DiMemmososa placed first among women 40-49 and both Amanda Lemma and Kevin Stuck finished second in their respective age groups. Third place was taken by the Dechert team led by Will McEnroe and Susan Hendrickson who placed first among women 60-69 and Ross MacConnell who came in fifth in his age group 20-29.
The event this year also included a One Mile Dash. It was won by Nane Priout. Madison Brooks was the first female.
The Philadelphia Bar Association was joined as a corporate-level sponsor this year by: FirsTrust, Wawa, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, Caesar Rivise, PC, Philadelphia Runner, The Legal Intelligencer, Veritext, USI Affinity and Run the Day.
In addition, the following law firms joined with the Bar Association as legal sponsors: Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP; Anapol Schwartz; BakerHostetler; Clark Hill PLC; Cozen OConnor; DLA Piper LLP (US); Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; Fox Rothschild; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin; Morgan Lewis; Pepper Hamilton; Sandals & Associates; Stevens & Lee/Griffin. Joining this year as legal supporters are: Offit Kurman; Raynes McCarty and Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy.
In addition to the revenue raised by the sponsors and team competitions, a most substantial contribution was received from the volunteers who worked tirelessly from 5:30 a.m. through the end of the Race to make the event a success. It was topped off with refreshments donated by Dunkin Donuts and sponsors of the Race, Wawa and FirsTrust. A special and warm thank you to Co-Director, Eric Marzluf and former Co-Director, Tom Bell, Team Director, Michael Berkowitz, Marc Tepper, Director of the Kids Run and those members of the Race Committee who contributed so much of their time, namely, Frank Cervone, Moira Mulroney and Cate Galbally from the Support Center for Child Advocates, and Wendi Platt and Mike McCloskey. And to Author Manny Pokotilow who has been the Director and Co-Director of this event from the time he organized the first Philadelphia Bar Association Charity Run in 1979.