MISTI DEMKO, FEMALE WINNER OF THE
RACE AGAINST RACISM 5K IN 16:40.
CLAY SHAW PHOTO

Runners Raise Money to Combat Racism

BY CONNIE BUCKWALTER

LANCASTER, PA--Each year, more and more people make a commitment to make a difference by participating in the YWCA of Lancaster's annual Race Against Racism held April 28. Now in its third year, over 1,600 men, women, and children took to the streets of the Red Rose City to voice their opposition to racism in all its forms. In addition to running and walking, people were encouraged to sign "commitment boards" where they could write their personal commitment to celebrate diversity and eliminate racism.

The day's events included a ½ mile children's fun run. Winners of the 9-12 year age division were Eli Baldridge with a time of 2:39 and Erin Lafferty with a time of 2:47.

The main event, the 5K, started at 9 a.m. with a quick first mile, taking the runners to McCaskey East High School. After rounding a few parking lots, runners ascended the hills they had just come down. With an out-and-back course, runners and walkers had the opportunity to cheer on one another, which only added to the festive atmosphere of the race.

Misti Demko, of Hershey, won the women's race in 16:40, leading from the gun. She also won the $100 prize for being the first female finisher from the Susquehanna Valley. Demko has participated in all three races. Second went to Lucia Subane in a time of 17:24. Holding on for a close third was Amy Pyles in 17:41. Race co-chair Connie Buckwalter ran an 18:38 for fourth. Rounding out the top five money winners was Kelly Barton with a strong 19:10. Jeannette Arnold took Masters honors with 21:23.

The men's winner was Ronald Mogaka, of Kenya, now training in Norristown, with a time of 14:38. Amos Gitagama took runner-up honors with a 14:48. He was followed closely by Joseph Kariaki with a 14:52. David Njuguna, 15:22, and Matthew Wagoner, 15:35, completed the top five. Wagoner was also the first Susquehanna Valley finisher for the men and took home an extra $100 for that distinction. Lancaster's own Mark Amway ran away with the Masters prize in 16:20. He was part of a strong contingent from the Inside Track Racing Team that claimed many of the top age-group prizes in addition to the Hamilton Team Challenge Small Organization title. Team members included Amway, Justin Krebs, Paul Barber, Nelson Shertzer, and Bill Maloney.

The winner of the Hamilton Team Challenge Large Organization division was Lancaster General Hospital. Team members included Buckwalter, Jeff Kirchner, Bill Fife, John Yoder, and Crystal Mills. Team division winners received Hamilton watches and plaques donated by Michenera's Engraving.

The race typically raises about $20,000 each year for racial-justice initiatives at the YWCA, including an educational diversity curriculum for elementary school students and the Racial Justice Institute, which was held the first week of May.

The race was co-chaired by Buckwalter and Laura Lyon Slaymaker. For the past three years, WGAL-TV 8 has also given the race outstanding support by promoting the event and has been recognized as a Platinum sponsor. News anchor Ron Martin has helped award prizes and has even run in the race. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge has appeared in television commercials with Martin to promote the race. Gov. Ridge has been the honorary chair of the race since its inception.

Gold race sponsors include Alcoa, Brookshire Printing, Inc., Caldwell, Heckles, & Egan, The Communications Group, Hamilton Watches U.S., and Kellogg USA, Inc. Silver sponsors were Brooks, RR Donnelly & Sons Co., Engle-Hambright & Davies, Inc., First Union National Bank, Fulton Bank, Gray, Miller, Patterson, & Cody, High Industries, Inc., The Inside Track, Isaac's Deli, Inc., and Lancaster General Hospital. Bronze sponsors included Brenneman Printing, Inc., and Gibbel, Kraybill, & Hess. Several other local businesses donated random prizes and giveaway items.

 

MIKE AND MISTI DEMKO, WITH ANDREA
AND AIDAN, AFTER MISTI'S FEMALE DIVISION
WIN AT THE RACE AGAINST RACISM 5K.
CLAY SHAW PHOTO
MALE

Overall

1. Ronald Mogaka 14:38
2. Amos Gitagama 14:48
3. Joseph Kariuki 14:52
4. David Njuguna 15:22
5. Matthew Wagoner 15:35

Masters

1. Mark Amway 16:20

13 and Under

1. Austin Keenan 22:04

14-18

1. Andrew Berta 18:09
2. Adam Malloy 18:43

19-24

1. Kevin Pitts 17:26
2. Charles Brooks III 17:37

25-29

1. Justin Krebs 15:44
2. Shawn Pinamonti 17:16
3. Ken Stoltzfus 18:26

30-34

1. Paul Barber 16:15
2. Norm Sheesley 16:38
3. Marc Buckwalter 18:15

35-39

1. Bill Maloney 15:52
2. Nelson Shertzer 16:40
3. Eric Orihuel 18:08

40-44

1. Greg Cauller 16:35
2. Mike Bomberger 16:44
3. Phillip Garland 17:19

45-49

1. Courtland Howard 18:02
2. Dave Hummel 19:25
3. Tracy Ross 19:47

50-54

1. David Glovner 20:52
2. Joe Peko 21:28

55-59

1. Terry Derk 21:37
2. Stan Mertzman 21:39

60 and Over

1. Gregory Kerek Sr. 23:42
2. Paul Kiefer 25:22

FEMALE

Overall

1. Misti Demko 16:40
2. Lucia Suban 17:24
3. Amy Pyles 17:41
4. Connie Buckwalter 18:38
5. Kelly Barton 19:10

Masters

1. Jeannette Arnold 21:23

13 and Under

1. Ciara Osborne 25:59

14-18

1. Alison Baumler 21:12
2. Jessica Wallace 21:25

19-24

1. Carolyn Simitz 21:38
2. Holly Minnich 22:18

25-29

1. Kelly Portser 21:55
2. Erica Repsch 22:01
3. Susan Katch 24:03

30-34

1. Jenny Sassaman 20:47
2. Lucinda Harnish 22:10
3. Kim Van Donk 22:11

35-39

1. Judi Cassel 20:08
2. Laura Athey 20:34
3. Lisa Barndt 21:53

40-44

1. Lisa Wright 22:41
2. Caroline Smith 23:08
3. Suzanne Jackson 23:55

45-49

1. Karen Field 22:33
2. Deborah Chu 25:28
3. Nancy Carol Barton 25:31

50-54

1. Sharyn Slick 23:24
2. Janet Sprenkle 27:40

55-59

1. Sandra Fluck 23:51
2. Lois Hess 27:11