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
|2||Patrick Seaney||Cherry Hill||19:28|
|7||Glenn R. Gess||Somerdale||20:42|
|11||Dan Degeorge||West Berlin||21:34|
|18||Kevin J. Davis||Berlin||23:34|
|19||Fred Takacs||Mt. Holly||23:47|
|24||Joe Bruckner||West Berlin||24:58|
|25||John Iacovelli||Newtown PA||25:04|
|26||Christa Johnson||West Berlin||25:06|
|27||John R Matthews||Woodstown||25:07|
|34||Mike Berenato||Mt. Laurel||26:27|
|35||Mary Ann Gurka||Berlin||26:31|
|38||Norman Ostroff||Cherry Hill||26:57|
|39||Ann Warsing||Maple Shade||26:58|
|40||Joseph Dungee||Mt. Laurel||27:03|
|43||William Pumphrey||West Berlin||27:13|
|45||Craig Degeorge||West Berlin||27:17|
|46||Jack Moskovitz||Cherry Hill||27:27|
|49||Edwin Tevis||West Berlin||27:50|
|50||Kevin R. Johnson||West Berlin||27:52|
|60||Peggy Krupa||Mt. Laurel||30:40|
|66||Elmer Patterson||Mt. Laurel||32:51|
|69||Roseanne Driver||Mullica Hill||37:02|
For complete results of the race, visit L & M Computer Sports, the official timers for the race.
Photos by Gary Steiner