Philadelphia Bar Charity Run:
A Big Party for Participants!


PHILADELPHIA, PA--There is nothing so perfect for runners as a temperature of 55° on the morning of a race. That is the way it was on the morning of May 21, 2017 at the start of the 38th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Charity Run/Walk to benefit the Support Center for Child Advocates and took place at the Please Touch Museum in Fairmount Park. The race, as of race day, had raised more than $100,000 for the Support Center for Child Advocates.

The male winner of the Open Competition was Josh Hibbs, finishing in a time of 15:41. Josh is a 7th grade social studies teacher and works with the Philadelphia Middle School team which was part of the Students Run Philly Style children that participated in the race. Faye Hellman, an attorney at PRA Health Sciences in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania swept the open competition and the Bar Association Competition with a winning time of 18:49. This is the third year in a row that Faye won both the Open and Bar Association Competitions. The male winner of the Bar Association Competition which is solely for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association, was Mark Burgmann, age 29, of Philadelphia who is with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. Mark’s finishing time was 16:56.

The Legal Team competition was won by Cozen O’Connor and the Company Team Competition was won by the Association of Corporate Counsel of Greater Philadelphia.

This year’s race was dedicated to the memory of Stephen J. Anderer and was supported by his wife, Susan, and Friends of Stephen J. Anderer. Stephen had been, until his untimely passing last year, an avid supporter of this event and the Support Center for Child Advocates and a beloved figure in the Philadelphia legal community.


More than 1300 individuals participated in the run which included a Kids’ Dash for children 10 and under, sponsored by Buchannan Ingersoll & Rooney, which was organized and directed by firm partner, Marc Tepper. In addition, the race welcomed almost 600 students from Students Run Philly Style, a group that focuses on helping Philadelphia students, ages 12-18, realize their capacity for success through mentorship and distance running.

The race started out very quickly as Joshua Hibbs went directly to the front of the pack, followed by Mark Burgmann and Josh White. By one-half mile, the three 29-year-old runners--Hibbs, Burgmann, and White--all of Philadelphia were running abreast of each other. Hibbs started breaking away from Burgmann and White and by one mile was seven seconds ahead of Mark Burgmann as he passed the mile in a very quick 4:56. Josh White was closely following Burgmann. The next three runners through the one-mile point were Christifer Portner, followed by Will McEnroe and Dan Thames, a Friend of Stephen J. Anderer.

In the women’s competition, Faye Hellman immediately went to the front of the pack and arrived at the one-mile point in 6:02. Faye was followed by Rebecca Scardellettii, age 23, of Philadelphia and Liz Coda, age 26, of Philadelphia. At the one-mile point, Megan Feehan, age 33, of the Cozen team was 4th in a time of 6:31, followed by Jen Heagy, 34, Jen McEntee, age 36, and Jill Cantor-Burns, age 36.

Joshua Hibbs continued to widen his lead through the finish and finished in a chip time of 15:41, followed by Josh White, who finished 2nd in 16:35 and Mark Burgmann who finished 3rd in a time of 16:56. Will McEnroe, age 33, of the Dechert firm finished 4th overall in a time of 18:01 and finished 2nd in the Bar Association Competition. Faye Hellman passed the finish line in 18:49, a second slower than her record time last year for women, followed by Rebecca Scardelletti, age 23, who finished in 20:27, followed by Megan Feehan, in 20:40, Liz Coda in 20:59, Jen Heagy in 21:13, Karina Robarge, in 21:46, and Jill Cantor-Burns, in 21:52.

A very surprising finisher was 10-year-old Jakob Riz, who finished in an amazing time of 21:26. He finished 1st among males 13 and under.

In the legal team competition, Cozen O’Connor finished first led by the 1st place finishes of Elliot Feldman among men 60-69 and Megan Feehan among women 30-39. Both Chris Carroll and Joseph Tate had 2nd place finishes for the team in their respective age groups giving the team of a score of four points, two points better than 2nd place finisher, Pepper Hamilton. Pepper Hamilton had a 1st place finish from Murray Levin among men 70-79, Joseph Sullivan finished 2nd among men 60-69, and Kyle Dolinsky finished 3rd among men 29 and under giving the team six points and narrowly defeating 3rd place finisher Drinker Biddle. Drinker Biddle had a 1st place finish from David Denious among men 50-59 and two 3rd place finishes from Richard Coe among men 40-49, and KaitlinMcKenzie-Fiumara, among women 30-39. Saul Ewing finished 4th with a 1st place finish by Paul Malanowski among men 40-49, a 2nd place finish by Christina Riggs among women 30-39, and a 5th place finish by Christopher Hall among men 50-59.

In the company team competition, the Association of Corporate Counsel Greater Philadelphia (ACC Greater Philadelphia) took 1st and 2nd place with the 1st place team receiving a perfect score of three thanks to the 1st place finishes of Joseph Nullmeyer among men 30-39, Jenyce Woodruff among women 30-39, and Doria Sutton among women 40-49. ACC Greater Philadelphia’s 2nd place team scored a total of four points with Kevin Dunleavy finishing 1st among men 40-49, Carrie Leslie finishing first among women 40-49, and two 2nd place finishes by Richard Pasquier among men 40-49 and Kim Jessum among women 40-49. The Legal Intelligencer tied for 2nd place thanks to the two 1st place finishes of Lizzy McLellan among women 20-29 and Leslie Greenfield among women 50-54. Conlan LaRouche received a 2nd place finish among men 20-29 giving The Legal Intelligencer a score of four points. Firstrust Bank came in 4th with a score of five due to the 1st place finish of Bradley Fisher among men 20-29, a 2nd place finish for Scott Cirella among men 50-59, and another 2nd place finish for Lee Caparas among men 40-49.

Among the individuals participating in the race were Deborah R. Gross, Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, Mary Platt, the Chancellor Elect, and former Chancellor, Alan Feldman. This was Feldman’s 38th time participating in this charity run. An award was given to the first Chancellor team that was coordinated by Deborah Gross.


Some excellent finishing times were completed by members of the Philadelphia Bar Association not previously mentioned. The list starts off with Jerry Gornish, 79, who finished 1st among men 75-79, in a time of 27:35, Steve Sawyer, age 66 and Alan Feldman, age 66, finishing 1st and 3rd in males 65-69, Elliot Feldman of the Cozen team who finished 2nd among men 60-64 in 23:22, Kim Jessum who finished 2nd among women 45-49 in a time of 23:42, and Kevin Dunleavy who finished 2nd among men, 40-44 in a time of 21:03.

The race which is organized by the Philadelphia Bar Association was sponsored this year by the following corporate level sponsors: Firstrust, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, Caesar Rivise, PC, Friends of Stephen J. Anderer, Philadelphia Runner, Veritext, Robson Forensic, USI Affinity, Wawa, Exponent, and The Legal Intelligencer.

In addition, to the corporate-level sponsors were the following law firm sponsors: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld; Anapol Weiss; Clark Hill PLC; Cozen O’Connor; Clark Hill, Dechert, LLP; DLA Piper LLP (US); Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig, LLP; Fox Rothschild LLP; Momjian Anderer; Offit Kurman; Pepper Hamilton, LLP; Reilly, Janiczek, McDevitt, Henrich & Cholden, P.C., and Stevens & Lee/Griffin. As well as legal supporter Lundy Law Foundation.

Refreshments were provided by sponsors such as Wawa and Veritext, along with Firstrust, who provided fruit smoothies.

The race and the post-activities ran effortlessly, thanks to the tireless efforts of Co-Director, Eric Marzluf, Team Director, Magdalena Lozada, Director of the Kid’s Run, Marc Tepper, Catherine Galbally, Frank Cervone and Moira Mulroney of the Support Center for Child Advocates, Thomas Bell, former Co-Director and committee member and race-committee members Mike McCloskey, Wendi Platt, and Michael Panna. A special thank you to the volunteers of the race who were under the direction of Co-Director, Eric Marzluf.

About the Author:
Manny D. Pokotilow is a Co-Director of the race and senior counsel with the intellectual property firm of Caesar Rivise, PC.