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2015 Snowflake 5K - No Snow - Great Show!


There wasn’t a snowflake in sight -- the temperature in Nyack on Sunday morning was more like April than December 27 -- so Frosty the Snowman (a.k.a. Training Officer Willie White) had to stand in for the white stuff as Nyack Community Ambulance’s 3rd annual Snowflake 5K Fun Run got going at 10 a.m.

The event was organized, energized, and made a super success by NCAC Vice President of Operations (and avid runner) Steve Borton.

The competitors kept showing up and signing up, and by race time, there were 409 in all, the oldest a 75-year-old man from Suffern, and youngest, a wee lass of six from New City.
Entire families signed up together, as well as a contingent from the New York Police Department’s running club. NCAC was proudly represented by lieutenants Jeremy Griffel and Ivan Guerra. For the first time, all runners got a participant’s medal, and a long-sleeve Snowflake 5K tee shirt.

FIOS News interviews race organizer NCAC Vice President Steve Borton while Lieutenant Jeremy Griffel and friend look on.

Income from the event was over $14,000 -- up by 100% from the previous year’s race -- and will be used for our Youth Corps and outreach activities. We’ll be making connections with schools and other youth groups to talk about membership, as well as CPR and first aid and safety training.

More sponsors stepped up this year, and we’re grateful for their generous support. At the top level, Nyack Hospital and Nyack’s new Time Hotel took full sponsorships. Casa del Mar Restaurant, Turiello’s Pizzeria, Koblins Drug Store and Hometown Insurance of Bohemia, N.Y. also helped make it happen.

The 5 kilometer (3.1 mile) race course ran north on N. Midland from the NCAC building to Birchwood, where it turned right and down the hill toward the river, and then left on N. Broadway to Larchdale Ave., then left up the big hill, and left again onto N. Midland and straight back to where it started.

The first male over the finish line, at 17:54 (fast!) was Jarem Linares, a student and athlete at St. Thomas Aquinas College. Association of American Universities [AAU] athletic rules required him to refuse the $50 prize money, which he kindly donated back to Nyack Ambulance. Not far at all behind him at 18:40 was the first female finisher, Sheila Monaghan of Hoboken, N.J. 

Next year’s race will be on New Year’s Eve, Saturday, December 31, when we’ll all be “running into the New Year” together. Look for more racers, more sponsors, even more fun and -- we promise -- more port-a-potties. 

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