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Eleventh Annual Red Dress Run

June 25, 2008
Reported by Karen Fennie
Red Dress Photos

We had a fabulous and record breaking turnout for the 11th Annual Red Dress Run. One hundred twenty nine runners in a wide array of fantastic fashions raised a record amount, $1,468, for the Crime Victims Assistance Center! Our turnout last year was 74 runners, so Brendan Flynn and I are truly amazed at the big increase this year. The red dress stock at Salvation Army, Old Navy and other popular shopping spots must be depleted.

Everyone looked great and if you are ever having a hard day, just look at some of the pictures and the smiles. All the smiles. That' what makes it so fun and so worth it. I don't know if the young kids dare each other to dress up and come, but we have quite a contingent of high school age runners that show up and they clearly have a blast.

Okay. On to the results! We had a couple of ties since so many runners took such care and thought with their ensembles.

Saucony donated four gift certificates for shoes. Two go to the first male and female finishers and the other two are raffled off. Raffle winners were Emily Greenfield and Tom Ferraro.

Brendan and I could not do this without all the help from volunteers. Much thanks and appreciation to Sue Priestly, Bob Hartmann, Ed Jenner - water station; George Joseph, Mike Vachon and son - water station, Larry and Jennifer Lepak - traffic control; Barb Morrissey, Vince Kelley, Esther Frustino, Jennifer Woltjen - judges; Mike Cordi - ME liaison/providing restrooms; Alan Jones - marking the course; Karren Bee Donohoe - coordinating raffle and official whistler; George Joseph - clock; Kevin Pasterchik - the money man! A big thanks also to Michael Niddaugh, Mary Ellen Jennison and Jean Rose-Klein from Crime Victims Assistance Center for all the help with registration and for bringing water. Hope we didn't forget anyone. Thanks again and see you next year!

Karen Fennie

P.S. Thanks also to the Press and Sun-Bulletin and the local television channels for the publicity.