SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. -- Union Catholic held its 5K Spectacular on Saturday morning with many familiar faces on hand, including Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith and Union Catholic Principal Sister Percylee Hart, RSM.

Nine year-old Paige Sheppard of Plainfield ran an incredible time of 20:32 to cross the finish line first among the more than 100 competitors, and 16 year-old Will Travis of Scotch Plains was second overall with an impressive time of 20:47 to win the men's division.

Race Director Mr. Edward Thornton, a member of the faculty at Union Catholic, was very pleased with the turnout and thankful for all the support from everyone who attended.

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"I think it went really well overall," said Mr. Thornton. "I was surprised at how many people came out. The weather was a little iffy this morning with all the rain, but with everything here at Union Catholic everyone comes out in full force. We had representation of our students, faculty, parents, alumni and the community with members of Scotch Plains all here. It was a great morning."

Mayor Smith ran 37:31 to win his age group. The time was faster than his goal of 40 minutes or under. The mayor credited his training and pacing with Lori Sternberg of Sternberg Fitness. 

"This Union Catholic race is part of the Mayor’s Wellness Campaign. For more info about the campaign, visit