Runners of all Ages Run for the Red

Red Cross volunteers Diane Nieves (left) and Jessie Finkelstein (right) work the registration table at the 2014 Run for the Red 5K

Red Cross volunteers Diane Nieves (left) and Jessie Finkelstein (right) work the registration table.

On a cold but sunny December morning, runners of all ages gathered at the Millburn Free Public Library to support the mission of the Red Cross while working up a sweat during the Run for the Red 5K.

Runners ages six to 85 took off into the South Mountain Reservation and wound their way through the USATF-NJ sanctioned course before crossing the finish line after an always appreciated down-hill stretch.

Young runners are all smiles during the children’s fun run before the 2014 Run for the Red 5K.

Young runners are all smiles during the children’s fun run.

Eight-year-old Connor Clifford of Millburn finished first in the male nine and under age group, followed by Karthik Menon of Hackettstown and Charlie Wall of Millburn. Top female honors in the nine and under age group went to  nine-year-old Sienna Ayes of Short Hills. Lily Wall and Amy Erlichson, both of Millburn, placed second and third in the female nine and under group, respectively.

Arch Seamans of Rockaway placed first in the male 80 and over group. New Yorkers Robert Kwit and Bill Walsh closed out the top three in the age group. Shirley Pettijohn of Chatham was the first female in the 80 and over group to cross the finish line, followed closely by Diane Stone. Kudos to all the runners!

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2014 Run for the Red 5K committee member Maude Weiss of Short Hills (left) with her sister and race 4th place female finisher in the 10 to 14 age group Aoife (right) after the race.

Event committee member Maude Weiss of Short Hills (left) with her sister and race 4th place female finisher in the 10 to 14 age group Aoife (right) after the race.

Celebrating with the racers at the finish line were event co-chairs Barry and Pat O’Brien, who were thrilled by the large turnout and happy to hand out hot chocolate to all.

Thank you Barry and Pat and our committee members Mike Conforti, Margaret Dearey, Maude Weiss, Arlene Burian, Dave Lackey, and Mike Shapiro, as well as all of our outstanding volunteers, for making the 2014 Run for the Red 5K the largest in the event’s history!

Investors Bank, an official sponsor of the 2014 Run For The Red 5K, was on-hand providing encouragement to the runners who came out to support the Red Cross. A special thank you to all of our sponsors including Investors Bank, The Alternative Press and the Millburn Township Committee. See a full list of 2014 Run for the Red 5K sponsors and partners.

By David Lincoln
volunteer, American Red Cross North Jersey Region

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