Philadelphia Bar Association 5K
BY: MANNY D. POKOTILOW
PHILADELPHIA, PA--Mark Burgmann, Liz Coda, Megan Feehan, Cozen OConnor and the ACC Greater Philadelphia team are the big winners at the 39th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Charity Run held on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at Memorial Hall.
Burgmann, an Assistant District Attorney at the Philadelphia office, finished 1st overall in a time of 16:44.21. He was also the winner of the Bar Association Competition. Liz Coda who ran with Students Run Philly Style was the first female overall and Megan Feehan of Cozen OConnor was the first female member of the Bar Association. In the team competitions, both Cozen and ACC had perfect scores to win the Legal and Corporate team competitions respectively.
The Race, which benefits the Support Center for Child Advocates, was blessed by a break in the rain and the runners promptly galloped through a muggy 70° start. Both Burgmann and Coda went right to the front within a quarter of a mile of the start and continued on to victory as overall male and female champions. Megan Feehan, similarly went into the lead among females in the Bar Association Competition and 2nd overall amongst females and continued to lead Bar members throughout the race. Burgmann finished in a time of 16:44, Coda in a time of 20:41, and Feehan in a time of 20:50. Other Bar Association members did extremely well in the Open Competition. Eileen Somers finished 2nd only to Megan Feehan among women 30-34; Francis ONeill finished 1st among males 35-39 in the Open Competition; Christina Riggs finished 1st among females 35-39; Kevin Dunleavy finished 1st among males 40-44; Kenneth Kapner finished 1st among males 55-59; Judge Abbe Fletman finished in an excellent time of 34:27 for 1st in her Bar Association age group. Elliott Feldman and Joseph Sullivan finished 1st and 2nd among males 60-64; Steve Sawyer finished 1st among males 65-69; Roberta Jacobs-Meadway who won the Bar Association Competition for females 65-69 finished 2nd in the Open Competition in her age group, as did Clive Anderson and Herbert Bass in their respective age groups, 70-74 and 75-79.
The Competition attracted close to 1500 registrants with 1050 competing and finishing. The rain the night before the race took its toll on the number of runners showing up on race day.
In the Legal Team Competition, sponsored by Caesar Rivise, PC, Cozen OConnor finished 1st with a perfect score of three and tying for 2nd place were Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC (the sponsor of the free 200-yard non-competitive kids dash for children 10 and under), and Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP with a score of five. Rounding out the top five were Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP with a score of seven and Semanoff Ormsby Greenberg & Torchia with a score of nine.
Students Run Philly Style was also a beneficiary of the Race. More than 500 Students Run Philly Style kids competed as guests. The following sponsors helped raise much needed funds for the Support Center for Child Advocates: The Philadelphia Bar Association was joined by Justice Level Sponsors, Firstrust Bank, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, and Caesar Rivise, PC and corporate level sponsors, Philadelphia Runner, Veritext, USI Affinity, The Legal Intelligencer, and Wawa, Inc.
In addition, the following law firms supported the Race as
legal sponsors: Akin Gump; Anapol Weiss; Cozen OConnor;
Dechert, LLP; DLA Piper; Drinker Biddle; Fox Rothschild; Offit
Kurman; Pepper Hamilton, and Stevens & Lee/Griffin. Lundy
Law Foundation and Reilly McDevitt were legal supporters.
Finally, thanks to each of the members of the Bar Association Charity Run Committee without whose organization, time, and effort, the Race could not run each year.
It should be noted that based upon the smiles of the participants and volunteers after the Race, it is clear that the muggy and warm weather for participants did not diminish their spirits or enjoyment of the Race. The snacks and refreshments were also helpful and much appreciated.