Collins is top finisher at 5k Run for Hunger

The 2014 5K Race for Hunger fundraiser for the House of Concern food pantry was a great success at the Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve this past Saturday with a total of $1280 raised. 83 runners from New York, New Jersey, Vermont and Virginia took to the trails to try and win the $100 cash prize for overall first, the $50 cash prize for second or the $25 prize for third place. Those who didn’t snag the cash still had a shot at trophies for first, second and third in each age category. Charles Collins, age 22, came in first overall with a time of 17:49; Marc Edwards, age 50, was second overall with a time of 18:52; and Joseph Northrup, age 17, was third with a time of 19:04. Overall top females were Ailene Edwards, age 13, in first place with a time of 22:56; Lorraine Selkiri, age 26, was second with a time of 24:22; and Jilene Demont, age 29, took third with a time of 25:38. Our oldest runner was 73 and our youngest was 8.Every year, we wind up with a fun story to tell about our race. This year involved a Johnny-come-lately runner who just missed the start of the race. She ran from her car to me, spied the pack of runners already on the trails, threw me her car keys and headed for the pack. She managed to catch up to them, but never knew her time because she hadn’t bothered with a race bib. Fun!We’d like to thank all of our wonderful volunteers who make this fundraiser for the House of Concern possible every year: the Seneca Falls Volunteer Fire Department, the House of Concern, the United Way, Dave Jodeit, Missy Neumire, Yolanda Iannopolo, Stacey Pagano, Jen Gray and all of the Seneca Meadows employees.The House of Concern, a non-profit agency that has been in operation since 1969, services low income families and individuals in Seneca County by providing food, personal items, clothing, furniture, household goods and financial aid. Community fundraisers, such as the 5K Race for Hunger are essential for the successful operation of this charitable organization.The Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve is located on the corner of Black Brook Road and King Road in Seneca Falls. Trails are open to the public daily from dawn to dusk. For more information, call 315-539-5624 or find them on Facebook (look for Seneca Meadows Education Center).- Full Race ResultsSeneca Meadows Education Center on Facebook

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