Elizabeth Sweeney of Glenside, and Jake Portock of Harleysville were the female and male first-place finishers in the inaugural Freezer 5K, held yesterday along Horsham’s power-line trail.
Sweeney finished with a time of 20:22; Portock’s time was 17:01.
Close to 400 runners and walkers participated in the race, which benefits at least ten needy Horsham Township families as well as the Horsham Parks and Recreation Department.
Sheila Ryan of Abington came in second in the women’s bracket with a time of 20:28 and Cari Stromski of Bethlehem finished third with a time of 20:55.
Joseph Caldwell of Abington finished second in the men’s bracket with a time of 17:38 and Bill Salamore of Roslyn finished third. His time was 17:49.
The 5K race was professionally chip-timed from start to finish along the trail that begins and ends at the Simmons Elementary School on Babylon Road in Horsham. Awards were given to the male and female top three in each of eight categories, beginning with Under-13 (Julia Havertine, 12, won the female side, Evan Palmer, 13, won the male), ending with 70-plus. Seventy-two-year-old Warren Taylor took top honors in the 70-plus male category (no women admitted to that age and ran).
Plans are already underway for the second annual Freezer 5K next December. For more information contact Mark Hudson, Director of Parks and Recreation at 215-643-3131 or email@example.com.