Capturing The Heart of the Community

How great is it, that the winner of the inaugural Art & Sole 5K Run-Walk, would be a Walt Whitman student.
How great is it, that the winner of the inaugural Art & Sole 5K Run-Walk, would be a Walt Whitman student.
Sheila Buhse with the two top overall winners Chad Maier and Maria Marascia.
Sheila Buhse with the two top overall winners Chad Maier and Maria Marascia.
Everyone had a blast, including, left to right: Barbara Kenney, Eileen Kerrigan, and Pat Cavuoto.
Everyone had a blast, including, left to right: Barbara Kenney, Eileen Kerrigan, and Pat Cavuoto.
The Walt Whitman Dance students, danced, ran the 5K, then danced some more…. aah to be young again.
The Walt Whitman Dance students, danced, ran the 5K, then danced some more…. aah to be young again.
Left to right: Whitman Cross Country alumni Brian Windisch, 5K winner Chad Maier, alumni Michael Damato, and John Aitken finished as the top 4 runners for the day.
Left to right: Whitman Cross Country alumni Brian Windisch, 5K winner Chad Maier, alumni Michael Damato, and John Aitken finished as the top 4 runners for the day.
Left to right: Start to Finish president Dwight Blomquist with Sheila Buhse, and Road race commentator Terry Bisogno.
Left to right: Start to Finish president Dwight Blomquist with Sheila Buhse, and Road race commentator Terry Bisogno.
Volunteers from every age group did their part to help ensure a fantastic day.
Volunteers from every age group did their part to help ensure a fantastic day.
At the starting line, 465 participants gather before the start of the race.
At the starting line, 465 participants gather before the start of the race.
The kid’s fun run produced some serious contenders.
The kid’s fun run produced some serious contenders.
The morning was a huge hit with families, featuring something for everyone, and an opportunity to reconnect after a busy week.
The morning was a huge hit with families, featuring something for everyone, and an opportunity to reconnect after a busy week.
At Friday night’s pasta dinner, administrators served and the award-winning Whitman Jazz band kept the beat going.
At Friday night’s pasta dinner, administrators served and the award-winning Whitman Jazz band kept the beat going.
A big Thank You to All-Weather Tire for their generous sponsorship.
A big Thank You to All-Weather Tire for their generous sponsorship.

The place to be this past Saturday morning was Walt Whitman High School and the neighboring community along the inaugural Art & Sole 5K Run-Walk. Mother Nature was not about to disappoint Ms. Sheila Buhse, who conceived, organized, and directed this incredible event, so she provided the over 560 registered runners and walkers with a picture-perfect morning.

All proceeds from this sure-to-be-annual event will benefit the arts, music, and dance programs for South Huntington students. This sanctioned 5K run was officiated by Start to Finish Road Race Timers and Consultants. New York road race expert commentator Mr. Terry Bisogno took to the microphone and gave runners and the South Huntington community a commentary that introduced each and every participant.

The Whitman dancers performed at both the beginning and the ending of the event, and their talent was on display for the whole community to enjoy. At the Kids Fun Run, parents cheered on their littlest runners as they circled the Whitman track prior to the road race. There were tents with baskets for raffle and nourishment for all of the participants and their fans. The athletic fields in front of the high school had never seen so many families all enjoying a beautiful Saturday morning.

“Thank you all for helping make this past weekend’s celebration a huge success,” said Ms. Buhse.    “We surpassed the goals that even I had in mind.  The weather was perfect, and the participants were all extremely happy to be involved. Thanks again for all your team spirit!”

Art & Sole 5K Co-Chair- Suzanne Manaseri

Committee members: Annie Michaelian, Maria Colon, Eleanora Ferrante, Stephen Toto, Angela Meringolo, Helene Falcone, Susan Radin, Shelley Sauer, Steve Bartholomew.

Special thanks to the “fabulous four” Margaret Bayley, Joanne Padilla, Christine Rapp, Kelly Twist.

Could not have happened without: Carlo Giordano and Kevin Kennedy- Big Thanks to both!

Morning Set up thanks: Kevin O’Shaunassey and Pam Lamonica.

Art & Sole 5K Top 10 Runners 

1 Chad Maier 18:36.8

2 John Aitken 18:48.2

3 Mike Damato 18:48.4

4 Brian Windisch 18:48.4

5 Brian Kreider 19:07.7

6 Michael Blanda 19:57.2

7 Tj Adams 20:06.6

8 Victor Chae 20:10.4

9 Steven Schmidt 20:26.1

10 Connor Galvin 20:42.7

Age Group Awards:

1-12 Age Division

Female: Priya Katwala

Male: Jack Noble

 

13-19 Age Division

Female: Sara Stewart

Male: Mike Damato

 

20-24 Age Division

Female: Jessica Rodriguez

Male: John Aitken

 

25-29 Age Division

Female: Jaclyn Patino

Male: Michael Blanda

 

30-34 Age Division

Female: Alison Supple

Male: Mike Wisniewski

 

35-39 Age Division

Female: Elizabeth Correll

Male: Tj Adams

 

40-44 Age Division

Female: Dolores Guevor

Male: David Sime

 

45-49 Age Division

Female: Pamela Gonzalez

Male: Steven Schmidt

 

50-54 Age Division

Female: Marianne Kreider

Male: Diego Ferreyra

 

55-59 Age Division

Female: Jeanne Dunn

Male: Paul Cappy

 

60-64 Age Division

Female: Sue Mignano

Male: Wayne Smith

 

65-69 Age Division

Female: Joanne Gallo

Male: Dominck Papia

 

70-74 Age Division

Female: Madeline Lodato

Male: Daniel Badalament

 

Slideshow will be updated as additional photos are received:

Photo Gallery

 

Please use the following link for all final results:

http://start2finish.com/2014/r053114.htm