Staff members and volunteers with the St. Jerome Regional School in Tamaqua held their annual 5K walk/run on Saturday in Hometown in memory of 2nd grade teacher Debra Earley, who passed away in April of 2011 to cancer.
The walk/run started at the Marian High School and stretched about three miles around the school. Funds collected from all the participants went to the American Cancer Society. Hometown Fire Police directed traffic around the area.
Females placing top during the run were first place female overall winner Christina Capparell (20:31), second place female overall winner Madelyn Dolinksy (23:54) and third place female overall winner Nicole Wasserleben (24:03).
Males placing top during the run were first place male overall winner Michael Blacketter (18:49), second place male overall winner Adam Dietrich (19:00) and third place male overall winner Devin Mashark (19:13).
Other females taking top spots in the run were Jen Frederickson (43:49) and Chloe Kruslicky (55:10) in the age 14 and under category, Rachel Meier (30:54) in the ages 15 to 19 category, Brandy Hackash (24:16) and Karla Diekman (29:36) in the ages 20 to 29 category, Lacey Gonzalez (25:01) and Andrea Porambo (28:38) in the ages 30 to 39 category, Lisa Meyers (24:32) and Lisa Frederickson (26:47) in the ages 40 to 49 category and Maureen McTagua (30:44) and Liz Mongi (35:41) in the age 50 and up category.
Other males taking top spots in the run were Noah Meyers (22:01) and Derian Stianche (22:46) in the age 14 and under category, Jake Dicello (19:29) and Andy Tite (21:01) in the ages 15 to 19 category, Mike Lindenmuth (23:32) and Kyle Rondeau (31:44) in the ages 20 to 29 category, Robert Muscovitch (21:22) and Brian Lawfer (23:05) in the ages 30 to 39 category, Andrew Meyers (19:39) and Gary Clemson (20:01) in the ages 40 to 49 category and Mike Dicello (22:50) and George Sanchez (23:46) in the age 50 and up category.
Taking top place during the walk were first place female walker Linda Marchalk (40:37) and first place male walker Raymond Earley (56:19). Raymond is the son of the late Debra Earley.
Organizers stressed their appreciation to all the sponsors, Marian High School staff, volunteers, participants and everyone who helped or took part in the event.