Fairview Park runners enjoyed sunshine and fun

May 19, 2013 by  

Fairview Park, Ohio, runners had a great day for the annual St. Angela Merici 5K and Fun Run that took place in Fairview Park at the end of last month.

The day of the race was warm and sunny, a pleasant change from the wet, cold spring weather that preceded it, and it drew a total of 255 people, who competed in various age groups.

The day went to youngsters, George Kasunic and Chris Szado, both 14 years of age, who took the top two places in the 5K. The first female to complete the race was eleven-year-old Amanda Keim, while Lou Povinelli, aged 81, was the oldest competitor.

The race was sponsored by Dental 32 and Fairview Hospital, and proceeds from the event went to benefit St. Angela Merici initiatives, as well as the West Side Catholic Center. Jean Strippoli, who is head of the Loraine Road church Wellness Program, got a workout during the event as she went from the starting line to the gym and back again, keeping track of the runners as they crossed the finish line.

Wellness programs are becoming increasingly popular, as it is less expensive and easier to keep people healthy than to provide health care after they get sick.

Although the event is over for the year, organizers could work with brochure printers to create materials that will do two things: inform Fairview Park residents about wellness programs, and encourage them to participate in next year’s event.