Sean’s Run Committee Sets 2012 Date, Elects Officers
September 21, 2011 - The Organizing Committee of the annual Sean’s Run Presented by First Niagara Bank conducted their annual meeting, reported accomplishments and elected their officers responsible for leading the group’s work in planning and producing the 11th Annual Sean’s Run next spring at Chatham High School.
The committee set the weekend of April 28 & 29, 2012 as the dates for the next Sean’s Run and also reported 1,320 entrants in the 10th Sean’s Run this past May 1st. Participants of all ages, including runners and walkers, came from throughout Columbia County and the capital region. Total entries have more than tripled in the past four years.
The Register Star and Chatham Courier are Media Sponsors of Sean’s Run.
The Committee reported that Chuck Terry, 28, of Albany repeated as 5K Champion (16:11) and Betsy Edinger, 17, of Greenwich won the women’s 5K division (19:45). The one mile youth race, Meghan’s Mile, saw Erin Clark, 12, of Old Chatham win the girls race (6:34) and Chase Werner, 12, of Stuyvesant set a new course record in 5:51.
An elite-level performance and new 60-69 men’s age group record was produced on the 5K course by Bob Giambalvo, 61, from Delhi with a time to 18:41. The 13-15 age group records were smashed in both gender divisions by Ross Wightman, 15, Chatham (17:49) and Madeline Montage, 15, Greenwich (20:31).
A well received feature, a short race for children with special needs conducted on the Saturday before the 5K and Meghan’s Mile, will be continued in 2012. Results, photos and a complete listing of entrants are posted here.
Pine Plains Stissing Mt. High School won the title of World Champions in the Battle of the Belts that included 12 high school teams and 7 middle school groups competing for bragging rights in the seatbelt buckling contest.
The event’s Prevention Education Expo had an increase in the numbers of visitors and exhibitors.
14 grants were awarded to schools and youth groups to implement programs that combat underage drinking and teens’ lax use of seatbelts. Also Sean’s Run awarded 6 scholarships to outstanding college-bound seniors.
The Committee reports having earned and given away $150,950 as scholarships to graduating seniors and as grants to schools and youth groups since the event’s inception in 2002.
Officers for the ensuing year include Jeff French, General Chairman, Carol Goold, Vice Chair, Joanne Doyle and Tammi Menegio serving as Co-Treasurers, Mark French as Secretary and Kelsey Frederick as Student Liaison from Chatham High School. Kyle Schmidt, Ryan Behrens and Emily Kinnicutt have left the Committee upon graduation from CHS this past June. Each was recognized for their service in helping to produce Sean’s Run in the past.