Sean's Run Weekend
April 28 &29, 2018
Chatham, New York
The 17th Annual Sean’s Run Weekend, on April 28 & 29 is “in the books.
" The support of participants, contributors and sponsors helped us produce an event with lasting impact to keep young people safe from the dangers of underage drinking, impaired driving and lax use of seat belts.
Before the start of the 5K we presented 3 scholarships to deserving college-bound seniors and grants to 15 schools and youth groups. The grants are used to help underwrite the costs of programs at the school and youth organizations designed to promote safe decision making.
One of many positive emails we received sums up the impact of the event to the schools and youth groups that participate:
Dear (Organizing Committee)
I want to extend my deepest thanks for offering us the grants that made it possible for so many of our students to participate in Sean's Run. Every year I hear more about Sean from people who knew him, and am so grateful that you have put together this event to honor his memory and inspire young people to engage in healthy activities and be safe.
Looking forward to next year, (Advisor)
The weekend saw 203 bicyclists register in the 50-, 20- or 10-mile rides on Saturday. 56 Zumba enthusiasts danced for 2 hours non-stop in the Zumbathon. 23 people with Special Needs participated in Jaime’s Race for People with Special Needs - the cool weather Saturday kept those numbers down somewhat.
On Sunday, over 20 not-for-profit human service groups set up exhibits at the Prevention Education Expo - providing information and materials to steer young people towards healthy lifestyles. The exhibitors were busy as many people lingered in the gym, staying warm, waiting to come to the starting line of the Mile and the 5K at the last minute.
The World Championship Battle of the Belts, a competition that encourages use of seat belts at all times, had more than 20 teams vying for the title on Sunday. The teams came from Albany, Dutchess, Columbia, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Montgomery counties.
1,129 people signed up for the 5K and Meghan’s Mile. In spite of the wet and cool conditions, it was a wonderful field of runners. The Firefighter 5K Challenge, a race within a race, attracted firefighters from 7 fire departments from around the region. On the course, 2 DJs and 2 fun rest stops kept everyone motivated as they traversed the streets of the village of Chatham. Three law enforcement agencies - NYS Police, Columbia County Sheriff’s Department and Chatham PD worked together to keep the venue and the course safe. Chatham and Hudson Fire Departments set up their ladder trucks with a huge American flag flying above the course for everyone to run under - an impressive sight to behold.
Complete results for the 5K and Mile are posted at our website. Matt Forys, 32 from New York City, became the first person to win the 5K four times (2008, 2009, 2013 & 2018). He also holds the course record.
Check out the photos from every activity of the weekend in the galleries of the website and at our Facebook page.
The Honorary Starter of the 5K was Amy Plantz. We dedicated the weekend in memory of her son Christopher Bascom who was killed when he was 17 years old, while riding his bicycle, by a drunk driver in 2003.
At the finish line everyone enjoyed a huge spread of refreshments, from hot dogs and sausages served by employees of our Presenting Sponsor - Dietz & Watson - to ice cream, a variety of tasty snacks from local restaurants and caterers as well as fruits, nuts, milk and other goodies. Plus the Berkshire Bateria Brazilian Drummers were back creating a festive atmosphere and fun time for runners to exchange high-fives and savior their accomplishment.
The weekend is produced by our all-volunteer Organizing Committee comprised of 40 people PLUS another 75 volunteers who help on the weekend. We are fortunate to have such dedicated volunteers and the support of our community.
The event is an annual reminder to the region - a reminder that we can all take steps to encourage kids to make good and safe decisions.
Many thanks for your generosity and support.
Here’s coverage from Channel 10 News: http://www.news10.com/video/thousands-participate-in-sean-s-run-to-honor-teen_20180430091555/1150941592
And from the Register Star newspaper: https://www.hudsonvalley360.com/article/sean%E2%80%99s-run-turns-17
Our Sponsors: http://www.seansrun.com/sponsor1.htm
Please, if you have any suggestions or comments to make your experience better going forward please let us know. We know you have many choices when it comes to supporting a community charity event like ours - we will continue to work hard to earn your support in 2019!
All the best, Mark D. French
Sean’s Run Weekend Organizing Committee
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