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Girls on the Run 5K and 8.2 Lake Mohawk Challenge Drew Over 700 Runners

May 23, 2014 at 2:05 AM

SPARTA, NJ--The sun was shining, but the smiles were even brighter on the faces of those who participated in the Girls on the Run New Jersey North 5K on Saturday, May 17.   

This is the third year for the race.  An event record of nearly 700 runners and walkers came out and enjoyed either the 5k route or the 8.2 mile Lake Mohawk Challenge loop.  Sparta Mayor Molly Whilesmith sounded the horn to start the race.  For the girls who participated in the Girls on the Run program, this race is the culmination of 10 weeks of preparing both physically and mentally for the event.   

Melisssa Fagersten is the director of the program.  Fagersten expressed her appreciation for the township, the Lake Mohawk residents and everyone who works together to make the race a success. 

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She added, “This race is not only the culminating event for the girls in the program, but a celebration of the camaraderie of the sport.  We are honored to host runners striving to achieve their personal best as well as runners completing their first 5K.  It truly is a race for everyone.”

Team Eastern Propane took the top spot as a team.  In the 5K, first place overall went to Brandon Meyer of Hackettstown, NJ with a time of 17.29 and the first place female was Debbie Seo of Branchville, NJ with a time of 21.47.   The following participants received medal for first place male and female finisher in their age group: 

Under 10

  • Abagail Pierson
  • Jonathon Cristillo


  • Emily Rodriguez
  • Christopher Pierson


  • Valeryia Shumskaya
  • Andrew Brininger


  • Rachael Royer
  • Eric Tyburczy


  • Caneel Schipper
  • Brandon Meyer


  • Sian Pearson
  • Dylan Conti


  • Andrea Jones
  • Steven Cashion


  • Debbie Seo
  • Christopher Wilczynski


  • Barb Devlin
  • Tom McMaster

60 and over

  • Janet Fischlien
  • David Malpiedi

For the 8.2 Mile race, first place overall went to Bill Washer of Ogdensburg, NJ with a time of 48.17 and the first place female was Lauren Huffman of Branchville, NJ with a time of 57.38.   The following participants received medal for first place male and female finisher in their age group:



Tyler Morris


  • Bill Washer
  • Rachael Massaro


  • Anand Dash
  • Lauren Huffman


  • Stefan Albinssow
  • Laura Delea


  • John McGuigan
  • Laura Trento


  • Bill Bosmann
  • Babs Dumanuv

Girls on the Run New Jersey North is grateful to the sponsors of this event.  They include the Knossos Foundation at the Platinum Level, Advocare Vernon Pediatrics, Coldwell Banker-Julie Killen, Dykstra Associates, Lake Mohawk Country Club, Newton Memorial Hospital-Atlantic Health, Riverview Paving Inc., Sparwick Contracting and Wellness Center Pediatrics at the Gold level. Eastern Propane and Duphiney Financial Network at the Silver Level and Advocare Pediatric Eye Physicians, D & L Contractors, The Grace Financial Group-Marion G. Cuff, Ivy Rehab and The Junior Women’s Club of Sparta at the Bronze Level.


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