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Some Chatham Streets Close Briefly for Sean’s Run, Sunday, April 29

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 at

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, of Albany.

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.




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