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Sisters Network Breast Cancer Race/Walk Draws More Than 1,000 People

100 Runners Toe the Line

All photos by Edwin C. Cruz.

More than 1,000 people participated Oct. 5 in the ninth annual Breast Cancer Awareness Race/Walk 5K sponsored by the Sisters Network of Central New Jersey.

The event, which kicked off at Franklin High School, was designed to “have people out in the local community enjoy the day,” said Lisa Godfrey of Somerset, the event coordinator. “It became like a family affair.”

Sisters Network of Central New Jersey is an affiliate of Sisters Network, Inc., a national African-American breast cancer survivors’ organization headquartered in Houston, Texas.

The walkers and runners were treated to performances by InSpira Performing Arts of New Brunswick, the FUNKtion Dance Complex of Edison and the Franklin Township Pop Warner cheerleaders.

Rhythm and Blues artist Will Downing donated copies of his CD to breast cancer survivors, Godfrey said.

“I’m really excited about how things turned out this year,” she said.

Godfrey said the organizers sold all but seven  of the 1,100 event t-shirts were sold.

“The turnout was awesome,” she said. “Every year, we keep growing and growing.”

Trophies were awarded to the first three finishers in all adult categories, Godfrey said. Trophies in the children’s categories were given to the first and second-place finishers.

The top 10 overall finishers were as follows (name, town, age, time):

  1. Richard Luettchau, 28, 12:24
  2. Jamil Wilkris, Newark, 25, 15:14.9
  3. Jordyn Wright, Somerset, 12, 16:02.3
  4. Sean Snodgrass, Somerset, 14, 16:02.
  5. Michael Giustino, 24, 17:11.
  6. Frank Johantgen, 29, 17:11.
  7. Sekani Kolbert, New Brunswick, 18, 17:56.
  8. Damon Wright, Somerset, 14, 17:57.
  9. Raylah Birmingham, Oak Ridge, 15, 18:03.
  10. 10.Grace Faulkner, Califon, 15, 18:03.

For more details on the category winners, visit Best Racing Systems’ Web site.

 

 

 

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