May 4, 2014 at 3:58 PM
MADISON, NJ - Runners gathered at Madison High School on Sunday morning for the 11th annual Madison 5K
Race and Kids’ Fun Runs, held by the Madison Education Foundation. Members of the school’s jazz band played as the runners registered. A juggler and a man on stilts entertained the children.
The winner of the 5K for the second consecutive year was 22-year-old Kyle Flyer of Madison with a time of 17:37.75. Noah Buzinkai, 15, also of Madison, came in second with a time of 18:08.59. The women's winner was Julie Snyder of Madison with a 21:16.66 time. Coming in second among the female runners was 10-year-old Jamie Habib of Madison, who clocked in at 21:37.38.
Student volunteers assisted with the event. Many businesses sponsored the event, with Union Center National Bank serving as the main sponsor. Businesses donated the baskets for the tricky tray raffle, which included gift certificates, an autograph from Jets’ defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson, and a guitar.
Race Director Bob Koppenol allowed runners to pick up their race bags in advance, on Friday and Saturday, at his store, Starting Line Sports, 40 Main St.
The Foundation provided bagels, bananas, and water at the finish line of the certified 5K course. Runners could check their official times on a CompuScore sheet. MEF members handed out trophies to the top three overall male and female runners.
After the 5K, children 10-and-under took part in the Kids’ Fun Runs on the high school track.
Participants received gift cards to McCool’s Ice Cream, 26 Main St.
"Funds generated from this event will support enrichment grants at all five Madison public schools. We invite teachers to submit grant applications in the fall, winter and spring for tools and resources that will inspire the creative and academic lives of students but are typically above and beyond the school budget. Last year, we awarded $121,000 in enrichment grants across the district," MEF Co-President Mary Schaenen said.
The projects funded by the grants “are teacher-generated and teacher-inspired ideas,” according to Dr. Michael Rossi, superintendent of Madison Public Schools. “The Foundation has been wonderful at providing opportunities for our teaching and support staff,” he added.
Since its inception in 2003, MEF has awarded more than $680,000 across all five Madison schools. More than $50,000 has been awarded this year. MEF is an entirely volunteer organization.
All the participants, their times and where they finished, can be found here: