2013 Race Recap
A perfect early fall morning greeted runners, walkers, and strollers from all corners of the community who participated in Saturday’s third annual FallFest 5K, a benefit for Piedmont Unified School District’s Wellness Center. Over 500 runners registered for the race, the largest FallFest5K to date. The Wellness Center supports counseling services, health education, and student leadership opportunities for middle and upper school students in the District.
Although this year’s race did not include specific categories for team participation or best costume, more than seventy family groups ran together, and students on cross-country, volleyball, and soccer teams — including a group of runners from a San Jose school — joined in the fun. Many runners and walkers brought their dogs along. John Savage, a graduate of Piedmont High School and current PHS Biology teacher, won the overall competition. Piedmont resident Andrea Hamlin-Levin, who has three children at Havens Elementary, was the first woman to cross the finish line. Alisa Crovetti, Phd., the Clinical Director of the Wellness Center, walked the race with her newborn last year; this year she ran and placed second in her age category.
“We are thrilled to see the FallFest5K expanding to include Piedmonters of all ages and abilities, as well as running enthusiasts from the greater Bay Area,” said Wellness Center Support Committee Chair Jean Jarvis. “With the continued support of our city agencies and school district administrators, we’re confident that the FallFest 5k will continue to grow for years to come. These partnerships help raise community awareness of the Wellness Center and encourage continued support for its mission.”
Over one hundred community members volunteered to help with race day logistics or serve as course monitors. High school leadership advisors assisted with race day logistics, Wellness Center site coordinator Dan Bonnin served as the day’s MC, and Asst. Superintendent Randy Booker and WC Director Ting Hsu Engelman announced the winners and delivered closing remarks.
Many local businesses helped underwrite the costs of the event. They include: Quantum Technology, The Grubb Co. and La Salle Financial; Cresco, f’real, Golden Gate Fitness, The Men’s Wearhouse, Jay Miller Painting and Decorating, Mulberry’s Market, Ocho, Piedmont Post, Tecta Associates. Piedmont Pediatric Dentistry, Righellis & Associates, TranSports, Wells Fargo, Todd Yerondopoulos, DDS. Contributing In Kind: Clif Bar, Village Market, DJ Hightop, Piedmont Grocery, Highland Partners, and Kristen Malan Design.
Support from other local businesses and groups was high: Highland Partners provided coffee and donuts for volunteers, Police Explorer students Mitch Winters, Mitchell Peters, Nimah Evenhouse, Alex Krenitsky, TJ Korotzer assisted Piedmont police Sergeant Catherine Carr with traffic logistics. Piedmont’s Public Works Department ensured the course had safety equipment, power supplies, and helped with clean-up. Jerry Miller, chairman of the Harvest Festival helped integrate the race into the Festival weekend.
John Savage of Oakland, 26, was the overall male winner with a time of 17:59. Kevin Downie, 44, placed second at 18:06. Steve Zirkelbach, 43, came in third with a time of 18:37.
Andrea Hamlin-Levin, 41, was the overall female winner with a time of 20:25. Eileen White, 50, placed second at 21:18 and Erin Hong, 12, came in third at 21:22.
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