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.
"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."