Inaugural Race for Women's Health
a Success

 

MISS ROAD MANNERS MAKES A LOCAL APPEARANCE
SUE MATHIAS PHOTO
BY JOEL HEASLEY

Not everything that is faced can be
changed but nothing can be changed until
it is faced.
--Author Unknown

LEWISBURG, PA--The first annual 5K Race for Women's Health was held on the morning of May 27, 2000. On a cool and slightly overcast morning, a community atmosphere warmed and brightened the events of the day. With 117 runners, 30 participants for the two-mile walk, and 30 volunteers, the first annual Women's Health Run was set to begin at 9:00 a.m.

Before the race could kickoff there was a special appearance by the famed spokesperson on race etiquette and new president of the R.R.C.A.--Miss Road Manners, Freddi Carlip. In white gloves up to her elbows, she instructed racers on safety and manners so that running would be enjoyable to each and every person participating. John Furia, course coordinator, followed with the course description and directions.

With an out-and-back, flat, fast course, starting and finishing on the beautiful tree-lined streets of Lewisburg, the middle 1¼ miles were run along the scenic Susquehanna River. Local runner Ann Sick, of Millville, PA, went to work and took home the first place award in the women's division with a time of 19:24. She was followed by Loretta Dodson, of Macungie, PA, (19:47), and Jennifer Stec-Gagliardi of Benton, PA, (20:17). In the men's division Steve Dodson, of Macungie, PA, made his long trip worthwhile with a 17:00 first place award. Ron Zieman of Lewisburg, PA, (17:22), and Pedro Romero of Sunbury, PA, (17:33), rounded out the top three. The 30 walkers took an enjoyable two-mile tour from Huffnagle Park, onto the Bucknell University campus, and back.

After the race, the second part of the day's festivities began. Along with age-group category awards (every five years), there were a multitude of door prizes. Prizes ranged from gift certificates from local restaurants to baskets stuffed with runners' health aids. All door prizes were donated by local businesses, and we greatly appreciated their support.

Bob Reicherter, whose wife, Betsy, passed away from breast cancer, presented the overall awards and sang a special song that brought a quietness to all who were there.

 

CARRIE SMITH-BELLESAN (LEFT), WHOM CARRIE'S QUILT HONORS,
AND PAULA SWETT, WHO DONATED MANY HOURS TO MAKING THE
QUILT, LISTEN TO K.J.'S SONG ABOUT CARRIE.
JOHN MATHIAS PHOTO
Carrie's quilt, an additional fund-raiser to the race, and a work in progress, was on display the entire day of the race. Carrie's quilt is being made in honor of Carrie Smith-Bellesan, a cancer survivor, and spokeswoman for women's health care. Paula Swett donated the materials and time for the making of the quilt. The quilt was being made from squares that could be purchased and personalized with a message. The squares were then sewn into the quilt. This beautiful piece of work is currently on display at the Weis Center at Bucknell University, and will be displayed at festivals throughout the summer and fall. K.J. Reimensnyder-Wagner, a local singer/guitarist composed a song especially written in honor of Carrie and the quilt. The touching song evoked the emotions of many people there. To date, the quilt itself has raised $2,671 specifically for breast cancer research.

Sue Mathias, race director, said she was pleased with the success of this first-time event and was extremely happy that the runners had a good race. Sue was also happy about the recognition that SUN Family Planning received. She was most gratified by the community togetherness that evolved for women who have valiantly struggled with cancer and other related women's health issues over the years.

Lisa Wehr spoke about the services that SUN Family Planning provides for Union, Snyder, Juniata, and Mifflin counties. SUN Family Planning was pleased to announce that $4,623 was raised to help provide services to women of these counties. If you would like more information on women's health issues, please feel free to contact SUN Family Planning, 650 Rt. 15S, Lewisburg, PA 17837.

Since the event is an annual one, we look forward to seeing the faces of both returnees and newcomers on the course Memorial Day weekend 2001.


 

BOB REICHERTER WITH HIS SON,
JOHN, DISPLAYING THE OVERALL
AWARD HONORING THE MEMORY
OF BETSY REICHERTER.
SUE MATHIAS PHOTO
REFLECTING ON THE 5K RACE FOR
WOMEN'S HEALTH

BY SUSAN MATHIAS, RACE DIRECTOR

Several missions converged in creating the first annual 5K Race for Women's Health, and the event proved to be far greater than the sum of its parts.

The Board of Directors for SUN Family Planning was interested in finding a signature event that would bring attention to the services of its various clinics and would advance information about women's health issues. Raising some money was important, too.

It happened that two board members, Nancy Hartman and I, had recently participated in road races that made strong impressions on each of us. Nancy had volunteered at a fund-raising race for a former student, an injured police officer in Virginia. She was touched by the commitment and energy that surrounded the race and its cause. And I had joined my sister in Maine to run the first and second Beach to Beacon 10K, a road race inaugurated by one of my heroes, Joan Benoit Samuelson. "Joanie's Race" lured crowds of people, and each year Race Day blossomed into a festival celebrating running and health.

So a road race emerged as our event: a 5K race and two-mile fun walk scheduled for Memorial Day weekend 2000. We certainly had the enthusiasm, but knew that we lacked the expertise to put a race together. Enter Mark Sullivan, of the Susquehanna Ridge Runners' Club, who provided excellent counsel and introduced us to club members Joel and Shelley Heasley, who were willing to serve on our committee and offer technical advice. We were also able to engage experienced racers John Furia, Freddi Carlip, and Carol Graybeal. The race would be held in conjunction with the SRRC.

Our "race techies" were invaluable and stressed the importance of a well-managed race both in attracting and maintaining regional runners. They led us to the services of Insta-Results timing and to online registration through Active.com. They patiently detailed the finer points of registration and age-category divisions. They worked us through T-shirt sizes, appealing prizes, and what foods runners want. They designed and marked the course, figured out the water stops and traffic control, and ultimately led us into the mind of a racer.

There were so many things to celebrate on Race Day--the wonderful music; the incomparably beautiful "Carrie's Quilt;" lively commentary by our own "Oprah," Cynthia Grace-Lang; varied and important health information stands; great prizes and awards. But a capstone for me was Freddi's report--the fact that an experienced road racer, a veteran of many years of running, had given the Race for Women's Health an A+ on technical grounds.


 

JOHN FURIA, WHO DESIGNED THE RACE
ROUTE, STARTS THE RUNNERS
SUE MATHIAS PHOTO
1. Steve Dodson 17:00
2. Ron Ziemian 17:22
3. Pedro Romer 17:33
4. Christopher Spooner 17:43
5. Scott Felt 17:45
6. John S. Greninger 18:00
7. Scott Sick 18:10
8. Keith Buffington 18:20
9. Kevin Kilgus 18:48
10. Keith Balliet 18:56
11. Mike Richardson 19:08
12. Rusty Smith 19:16
13. Ann Sick 19:24
14. Terry Larson 19:44
15. Loretta Dodson 19:47
16. Wayne Bromfield 19:57
17. Edward Zakrzewski 20:05
18. Alan Anderson 20:06
19. Dave Richard 20:10
20. Jennifer Stec-Gagliardi 20:17
21. Paul E. Noll 20:32
22. Kennan Stryker 20:35
23. Jim Friery 20:37
24. Chris Moreau 20:54
25. Gary Napp 20:58
26. Joseph Moreland 20:59
27. Katie Maddalena 21:09
28. Kevin Warren 21:16
29. Shelley Heasley 21:22
30. Kevin Wertman 21:25
31. Forrest Wenrick, Jr. 21:26
32. Rose Snyder 21:28
33. Rick Hueholt 21:29
34. Keith Steimling 21:31
35. Les Barnhart 21:42
36. Nathaniel Hoy 21:43
37. Richelle Fessler 21:44
38. Mike O'Keefe 21:46
39. Daniel Douglas 21:47
40. Sherry Heverly 21:49
41. David Michael 21:54
42. Blair Trogner 22:10
43. Ashley Shuck 22:18
44. Mark Schall 22:20
45. Galen Smith 22:30
46. Nathan McBryan 22:36
47. Isaac Aeppli 22:37
48. Dan Weber 23:00
49. Heidi Jones 23:22
50. Michael Popp 23:28
51. Bob Bridgman 23:36
52. Shelley Billings 23:42
53. Diane Fasold 23:45
54. Beth Fauble 23:55
55. Janet Moore 23:57
56. Jim Worth 23:59
57. Jim Frank 24:11
58. Suzanne Wright 24:15
59. Donald Robinson II 24:16
60. Jeremy Bond 24:19
61. Lucille Pino 24:24
62. Ray Loftus 24:31
63. Frances Zartman 24:35
64. William Major 24:36
65. Dagmar Settle 24:44
66. Tim Ryan 24:52
67. Melanie M. Jarrett 24:54
68. Tonya Welshans 24:58
69. Judy Hollenbach 25:00
70. Erik Baish 25:05
71. Jim Baish 25:06
72. Ron Kohns 25:07
73. Julia Noguchi 25:33
74. Eileen Nieli 25:35
75. Amanda Kessler 25:41
76. David Wilson 25:44
77. Mark Dincher 25:45
78. Kerry Elsasser 25:48
79. Judy Kuhns 25:58
80. Conor Stechtschulte 26:00
81. Freddi Carlip 26:06
82. Kimberly Boop 26:10
83. Jenna Pick 26:13
84. Bob Reicherter 26:22
85. Kim Baker 26:39
86. Ann Burton 26:39
87. Jill R. Abrahamson 26:44
88. Ken Kearney 26:45
89. Larry Shipton 26:53
90. Bill Reilly 26:57
91. Fred Davis 27:07
92. Tracy Supsic 27:14
93. Dean Haney 27:41
94. Craig Ciekot 27:53
95. Meg Powers 27:58
96. Marcia Cooney 27:58
97. David Cooney 27:59
98. Elizabeth Capaldi 28:08
99. Erica Shames 28:12
100. Tina Lindner 28:33
101. Kenneth Kaufmann 29:04
102. Laura Domenech 29:05
103. Don Stechschulte 29:10
104. Stan Seiple 29:22
105. Amy Wynn 29:28
106. Michael Alonso 29:30
107. Anne Shapiro 29:42
108. Karen Murray 30:04
109. Tony Butto 30:13
110. Jenn Jones 30:22
111. Patricia Kleban 30:24
112. Linda McMillin 30:28
113. Kathleen Dalton 30:54
114. Andy Anderson 30:55
115. Kay Zlockie 30:57
116. Kristen Frank 32:49
117. Lisa Andrews 47:43

FEMALE

Overall

1. Ann Sick 19:24

14 and Under

1. Ashley Shuck 22:18
2. Kristin Frank 32:49

15-19

1. Katie Maddalena 21:09
2. Lucille Pino 24:24

20-24

1. Melanie Jarrett 24:54
2. Tonya Welshans 24:58
3. Julia Noguchi 25:33

25-29

1. Jennifer Stec-Gagliardi 20:17
2. Sherry Heverly 21:49
3. Amanda Kessler 25:41

30-34

1. Shelly Billings 23:42
2. Kimberly Boop 26:10
3. Meg Powers 27:58

35-39

1. Loretta Dodson 19:47
2. Shelley Heasley 21:22
3. Richelle Fessler 21:44

40-44

1. Janet Moore 23:57
2. Suzanne Wright 24:15
3. Dagmar Settle 24:44

45-49

1. Rose Snyder 21:28
2. Kay Zlockie 30:57

50-54

1. Judy Kuhns 25:58
2. Kathleen Dalton 30:54

55-59

1. Freddi Carlip 26:06

Mid-Pack

1. Suzanne Wright 24:15

MALE

Overall

1. Steve Dodson 17:00

14 and Under

1. Kennan Stryder 20:34
2. Chris Moreau 20:54
3. Michael Popp 23:28

15-19

1. Christopher Spooner 17:43
2. Nathaniel Hoy 21:43
3. Nathan McBryan 22:36

20-24

1. Blair Trogner 22:10
2. Isaac Aeppli 22:37
3. Craig Ciekot 27:53

25-29

1. Kevin Warren 21:16

30-34

1. Scott Felt 17:45
2. Kevin Kilgus 18:48
3. Forest Wehrick 21:26

35-39

1. Ron Zieman 17:22
2. Keith Balliet 18:56
3. Joseph Moreland 20:59

40-44

1. Pedro Romero 17:33
2. Scott Sick 18:10
3. Keith Buffington 18:20

45-49

1. John Greninger 18:00
2. Mike Richardson 19:08
3. Rusty Smith 19:16

50-54

1. Terry Larson 19:44
2. Wayne Bromfield 19:57
3. Paul Noll 20:32

55-59

1. William Major 24:36
2. Ron Kohns 25:07
3. Ken Kearney 26:45

60-64

1. Jim Friery 20:37
2. Jeremy Bond 24:19
3. Ray Loftus 24:31

65-69

1. Bob Bridgman 23:36
2. Fred Davis 27:07
3. Dean Haney 27:41

70 and Over

1. Stan Seiple 29:22
2. Andy Anderson 30:55