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Chatham Turns Out for First Pinaire Foundation 5K Run

More than 200 runners participated in the first James A. Pinaire III Foundation 5K race at Chatham High School Credits: TAP Chatham
James and Joan Pinaire, the parents of Jaime, at the inaugural James A. Pinaire III Foundation 5K race Credits: TAP Chatham
Chris Tomaino played music for the runners with a photo of Jaime Pinaire on display Credits: TAP Chatham
Kyle Brogan, a classmate of Jaime Pinaire's at Chatham High, easily won the 5K race with a time of 18:23 Credits: TAP Chatham
The Chatham Township Fire Department provided the flag for the playing of the Star Spangled Banner before the race Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham resident Andy Milone placed second in the first James A. Pinaire II Foundation 5K race Credits: TAP Chatham
Autumn Hobbs of New Providence was the first female finisher in the James A. Pinaire III Foundation 5K race Credits: TAP Chatham
Joan Pinaire used a megaphone to encourage the runners on Saturday Credits: TAP Chatham
The Rooney's ran together in the James A. Pinaire III Foundation 5K Race on Saturday Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham Township firefighters Matt Chase and James Soccodato climbed the ladder to put the American flag in place Credits: TAP Chatham
The Chatham Township Fire Department provided the American flag for the James A. Pinaire III Foundation 5K race Credits: TAP Chatham
The Chatham All Stars ran in the James A. Pinaire III Foundation 5K race Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham Township Mayor Curt Ritter and Deputy Mayor Karen Swartz came out to support the race Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - Fittingly, Kyle Brogan, a classmate of Jaime Pinaire's, was the winner of the first James A. Pinaire III Foundation 5K race on Saturday at Chatham High.

Brogan set a mark that may be hard to top next year with a time of 18:23. Another Chatham High graduate, Andy Milone, was second. Autumn Hobbs of New Providence was the first female runner to cross the finish line.

An overcast sky turned to bright sunshine soon after the race began and more than 200 runners made for a good start to a race that is bound to grow in the years to come. A fun run for kids was held beforehand.

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"Jaime Pinaire was the very best of what it means to grow up in Chatham Township," Chatham Township Deputy Mayor Karen Swartz said. "He was a hard working, gifted and friendly young man who was easy to warm up to and easy to work with. His affable nature left a mark on all who got to know him and the fact that this Race Day is dedicated to his memory means that he will always be with us."

The race was run in honor of James A. Pinaire III, who died in an auto accident in December of 2014. He was on his way home from tutoring a student on a Saturday when the fatal accident occurred.

"We created a foundation to raise scholarship money and we've been giving out awards the past two years," Joan Pinaire, Jaime's mother, said. "Jaime was a teacher at the Robert Treat Academy and we've given two years of awards for Robert Treat Academy prodigies. The goal is to have a race every year and next year we want to give an award to a Chatham High student in Jaime's name."

Chris Tomaino provided music for the runners and the Chatham Township Fire Department hung a large American Flag from its ladder for the National Anthem before the race. The Chatham Township Police Department kept the runners safe on a route that began and ended at Chatham High School and included Maple Street, School Avenue, Floral Street, Dale Drive, Oak Hill Road, Aberdeen, Sandy Hill, Noe Avenue and May Drive.

"I think this is a great race in memory of a fine young man we lost far too early," Chatham Township Mayor Curt Ritter said. "It's going to undoubtedly be a Chatham tradition in future years and it's a great way to honor Jaime's memory. It brings the community together and highlights what makes Chatham so great, when we come together to support each other for causes like this."




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