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Event Spotlight:
1999 Berlin Parade 5k

Monday, July 5, 1999

By Gary Steiner
SJSports Staff Writer

The First Annual Berlin Parade 5K was held this morning before the start of the Berlin Borough / Berlin Township Independence Day Parade. The race took advantage of the route that is cleared for the parade. The start and finish was on the White Horse Pike in front of the Berlin Borough Municipal Building, with the route taking the racers up over the bridge on to Haddon Avenue in Berlin Township to the West Berlin Fire Hall, then retracing their steps back over the bridge down the White Horse Pike to Broad Street, down Broad to Berlin Park, then back again to finish in front of the Municipal Building.


The high heat and humidity took its toll on the runners, though it was not as bad as it could have been, considering that the race started at 8:40 am. The climb over the Haddon Avenue railroad bridge was a nice touch, giving the runners an extra challenge.

The first runner to cross the finish line was Patrick Sofield of Sicklerville, with a time of 18:57, a good half minute ahead of the field of 73 (46 men and 27 women). The first woman to cross the finish line was Pam Gess of Somerdale, with a time of 20:44. Not only was Pam the first woman to finish, but she did so while pushing her young son along in a racing stroller. The youngest finisher was Eddie Bond of Berlin, age 11, with a time of 28:34.

Congratulations to all of the runners, and hopefully we will see this event return annually, though it has a ways to catch up to the parade, which has been going on for 52 years. The proceeds from the race benefit the Inter-Community Celebration Association, the organization that runs the Independence Day Parade.

Order of Finish
1Patrick SofieldSicklerville18:57
2Patrick SeaneyCherry Hill19:28
3Dave DelworthMarlton19:59
4Bill JenkinsSomerdale20:02
5Nick EconomidisOaklyn20:11
6Robert RothBerlin20:36
7Glenn R. GessSomerdale20:42
8Pam GessSomerdale20:44
9Peter MonaghanVoorhees20:48
10Vincent DelgaercioElm21:15
11Dan DegeorgeWest Berlin21:34
12Terry HumbrechtBerlin21:51
13Sean McmichaelBerlin22:12
14Cann CohenVoorhees22:24
15Marge EnglemanFranklinville22:50
16Frank MessengerEvesham23:25
17Robert DanchiskoBerlin23:33
18Kevin J. DavisBerlin23:34
19Fred TakacsMt. Holly23:47
20John SimmsSicklerville24:04
21Margaret SimmsSicklerville24:08
22James ScarpaClementon24:31
23Kristin MaloneyBerlin24:42
24Joe BrucknerWest Berlin24:58
25John IacovelliNewtown PA25:04
26Christa JohnsonWest Berlin25:06
27John R MatthewsWoodstown25:07
28Michael RouhBerlin25:26
29Sharon BeyerAtco25:30
30Marsha MillsMantua25:44
31Renee BondBerlin26:11
32Jim DoughertyWilliamstown26:21
33Jeffrey MolinoffPennsauken26:26
34Mike BerenatoMt. Laurel26:27
35Mary Ann GurkaBerlin26:31
36Lynn CrutchleyBerlin26:51
37Colleen BolgerBerlin26:56
38Norman OstroffCherry Hill26:57
39Ann WarsingMaple Shade26:58
40Joseph DungeeMt. Laurel27:03
41Marianne KrupaLindenwold27:10
42Joseph GarveyBerlin27:11
43William PumphreyWest Berlin27:13
44Frank MontemurroBerlin27:14
45Craig DegeorgeWest Berlin27:17
46Jack MoskovitzCherry Hill27:27
47Karen FerrettiBerlin27:38
48Heather PuleoMarlton27:49
49Edwin TevisWest Berlin27:50
50Kevin R. JohnsonWest Berlin27:52
51Bob ThomsponBurlington28:04
52Eddie BondBerlin28:34
53Tom SteeleBerlin28:34
54Doug HansenBerlin28:35
55Jessica SimmsSicklerville29:01
56Dorothy RouhBerlin29:02
57Jeanette CobbyVoorhees29:33
58Michelle KuhnBerlin29:35
59Michael SowdersAtco29:46
60Peggy KrupaMt. Laurel30:40
61Harry BerkowitzPiscataway31:18
62Lynn SchubertVoorhees31:45
63Guy PanichellaBerlin31:54
64Eileen MarshallBerlin32:26
65Robert RiveraVoorhees32:45
66Elmer PattersonMt. Laurel32:51
67Bradley CohenVoorhees33:35
68Marilyn KovachBerlin34:08
69Roseanne DriverMullica Hill37:02
70Jonathan DannerBerlin38:28
71Audrey DelguercioElm39:24
72Joyce FosterAtco39:59
73Paul TrunzoBerlin43:35

For complete results of the race, visit L & M Computer Sports, the official timers for the race.

Photos by Gary Steiner

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