Chatham Streets Close Briefly for Sean’s Run, Sunday, April
Chatham, April 24, 2007 - Hundreds of runners
and walkers of all ages will take to the streets in the Village
of Chatham on Sunday, April 29th as they participate in the 6h Annual
Sean’s Run. With two distances to choose from, participants
can participate in either Sean’s Mile, a one mile race at
12:30 PM for children and a short stroll for walkers of all ages,
or the 5K which starts at 1:00 PM. All entrants are provided a souvenir
event T-shirt, goodie bag and chance to win a raffle prize. Entry
fees are Students-$10, Adults-$17, Pre-schoolers -Free.
All proceeds go to fund year-round programs at schools
across the region to combat underage drinking and impaired driving.
Over the past four years, 38 programs have received grants from
moneys raised at Sean’s Run. More information is available
With the assistance of Village Police Chief Kevin
Boehme, the streets along the course will be closed, except for
emergency response traffic, for approximately 30 minutes beginning
at 1:00 PM. The 5K course includes Woodbridge Avenue, Kinderhook
Street, Main Street and Park Row.
The 5K course record, 15:56, is held by Craig Forys,
age 16, from Howell, New Jersey who is a cousin of Sean French.
The woman’s record, 18:16, is held by Kara-Lynne Kerr, 26,
Several local runners/walkers hold age group records
for the 5K course including the following females:
60 – 69: Jayne Zinke, 61, Valatie, 24:37
13 – 15: Haley Madsen , 15, Ghent, 21:15
12 and under: Cailey Nieto, 10, Ghent, 25:51
Local men who hold course records include:
60 – 69: Jim Hotaling, 63, Niverville, 23:11
19 – 29: Darren Legere, 19, Ghent, 16:26
12 and under: Ross Wightman, 10, Chatham, 23:11
The Sean’s Mile course records are held by Hannah
Riordan, 11, Nassau, 8:07, and Henry Taylor, 11, Delmar, 6:44
Sean’s Run was founded in 2002 following the
tragic death of Sean Patrick French, 17, as a passenger in an underage
drunk driving car crash. In addition to the run/walk, the event
includes a special tribute to all Victims and Survivors of drunk
driving, a Prevention Education Expo and the World Championship
Battle of the Belts.
The event begins at 11:30 AM with presentation
of grants to implement year-round anti-underage drinking programs
at 9 schools from around the region and scholarships to 8 college-bound
seniors, all funded by the proceeds of Sean’s Run.