A record turnout of more than 700 people helped make the May 26 Bridgeport Hospital Home Run the most successful in the event’s 10-year history. More than $20,000 was raised to support the patient care provided by the hospital’s Joel E. Smilow Heart Institute.
Presented this year by BMW of Bridgeport, the Bridgeport Hospital Home Run begins and ends at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard. It includes a 5K run and walk, an alternate one-mile course and a Children’s Fun Run inside the ballpark. The mostly flat, scenic 5K course through Seaside Park and along the Long Island Sound waterfront, designed by road racing veteran Marty Schiavone, is acclaimed by runners.
“We are extremely grateful to all those who ran, walked and volunteered in this year’s event,” said Steve Jakab, Bridgeport Hospital Foundation president. “We also thank BMW of Bridgeport and all of our event sponsors. The funds raised will benefit heart patients from throughout the region.”
“It takes a hard-working, dedicated group to plan and execute this event,” said Kelly Hewitt, foundation manager of special events, in her first year as race manager. “We were fortunate to have a great team of volunteers from Bridgeport Hospital and the community come together to make this a special day for everyone involved.”
The overall winner of the 5K run was Jim Saint Amour of Brooklyn, NY., in a time of 16 minutes, 59 seconds. The top woman finisher was Meredith Amand of Easton, in 18 minutes, 53 seconds. Trophies were also presented to the top three male and female finishers in several age categories, ranging from 9 and under to 80 and over. For complete race results, visit coolrunning.com/results/13/ct.shtml.