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Race Day Is Here At Last!

by The Kid


After nearly eight months of planning, the big day is finally here. It was a lot of hard work, but I'll say without any hesitation, certainly worth every minute of time that I spent.

I didn't travel this journey alone. I had a lot of help along the way. Special thanks goes out to Jane Hoopes and Barbara DeFranco.

Hoopes, of Athlete's Korner Sports Timing Systems in Hammonton, was right by my side to make sure I was doing everything when I was supposed to. She's been here before and knows what to do to put on a successful race.

DeFranco, my father's secretary at Pennsauken High School, was always just a phone call away whenever I needed anything. She helped promote the race at not only the high school, but also all around town.

I also couldn't have put together this event without the support of my family. They listened to my ideas, offered ideas and suggestions and were there with encouragement. Thanks!

More Thank Yous

The list of Thank Yous is endless and if I forget somebody I do apologize.

Wiley Church, Marlton. Pastor Doug Gilmore has promoted the race the last month and it has appeared in the Sunday bulletin, as well.

G & M Printwear, Deptford. Rob Dill of Berlin did a fantastic job printing the T-shirts. He offered suggestions on a quality shirt and color as well.

Sports Paradise in Medford handled the awards and did a fine job.

Gene and Gene. Gene Newman and Gene Hoopes gave me an early gift on April 20 (a day before my 29th birthday) when they donated the TAC-certification of the course at Cooper River Park in my father's memory.

Haddonfield Running Company. Owner Joe Puleo and manager Craig Moyer have been very helpful. In addition to the shoe coupon, the store also donated gift certificates for the age group winners.

Commerce Bank provided the race with 300 bags, pens and band aid dispensers.

Cloister Pure Spring Water in Lancaster, Pa. donated 10 cases of its 16 oz. sport bottles.

Reuben Frank. The veteran sportswriter for the Burlington County Times did a wonderful article about the race in the Sunday, July 13 edition of the paper.

Roland Traynor and the Camden County Parks Commission for the use of its venue - still one of the best road racing sites around.

Thank you for all the monetary donations as well, not only from sponsors, but also the public.

Also, if it wasn't for all the participants, we wouldn't be here today. Good Luck!

Congratulations To First Scholarship Winners

by The Kid

The first recipients of The William H. Kile, Jr. Humanitarian Scholarship Fund were announced at Pennsauken High School graduation ceremonies last month.

The award is to be granted to a graduating senior who exemplifies the qualities for which Bill Kile was so noted and loved. These qualities include, but are not limited to, kindness, compassion, selflessness, thoughtfulness, and a consistently positive and upbeat manner.

High school graduates Kieu Cao and Emmett Dweh, both of Pennsauken, each won cash awards of $250, while Howard Pfeifer Middle School graduate William Smith of Pennsauken received a $50 cash award.

A special thank you goes out to Barbara DeFranco at Pennsauken High School for providing me with the information on the scholarship winners.

Meet The Designer...

by The Kid

This year's T-shirt was designed by Paul J. Sollimo, a talented graphic artist from Medford, NJ.

Sollimo, 27, a 1987 graduate of Shawnee High School, spent between 30 and 40 hours on the project.

"I wanted the design to capture the essence of both the event and Mr. Kile's personality," said Sollimo, who came up with approximately five ideas before choosing the one on the front cover.

"The musical references are indicative of the dynamics of running and Mr. Kile's passion for music - particularly his love of jazz. I'm very satisfied with the design."

Sollimo, currently employed at The Central Record newspaper in Medford, graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa. in 1992 with a B.F.A. in Industrial Design with a minor in Architecture. As a pilot member of the Fifth Year Scholars Program, Sollimo was eligible for a tuition-free year of study when he explored such areas as film and music.

This wasn't Sollimo's first design to make it to a T-shirt. Sollimo's creativity graced more than 20 T-shirts while he was studying at Carnegie Mellon.

While not busy with work, Sollimo's interests includes computers, illustration, playing the guitar and quilting.

Thank you Paul...

Runner's Club

Bill Kile, III ("The Kid")
550 Bilper Avenue, Apt. #6020
Lindenwold, NJ 08021
Phone (856) 309-1135

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