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Hundreds Attend Westfield Area YMCA’s 5K Run for Everyone

More than 500 people participated in the Westfield Area YMCA's 5K Run for Everyone. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Eagon Ambe and Sam Tooley cross the finish line in 5th and 6th place. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Participants in the Y's Dragonfly program ran, walked and rolled in the 5K. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Young YMCA dancers preform before the race. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Young YMCA dancers preform before the race. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Greg Hazisavvas, Westfield Area YMCA senior director of member and wellness engagement and the run’s organizer.
Performing the National Anthem. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
TAPinto Cranford's Leah Scalzadonna Credits: Jackie Lieberman

WESTFIELD, NJ — More than 500 people participated in the Westfield Area YMCA’s 5K Run for Everyone Sunday. The annual run/walk/roll supports the Y’s Dragonfly program, which offers physical, recreational and social classes for young adults with special/adaptive needs.

“With funding from this run, we will expand to include classes for teens with special needs, so thanks to everyone for supporting it,” said Bonnie Cohen, the Westfield Area YMCA’s director of communications & development.

Dragonfly classes include Let’s Move and Dance, crafts, strength and conditioning, boxing, yoga and movement and social games. Personal training is also available. 

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Sam Tooley, whose brother Jake died when their house was destroyed in a fire two weeks ago, was among the runners.

“For me, that’s the highlight of the day,” said Greg Hazisavvas, Westfield Area YMCA senior director of member and wellness engagement and the run’s organizer. “He did really well in the race last year and I’m just rooting for him to win.” Tooley came in sixth place.

Clark Lagemann, senior vice president of operations, spoke about the spirit of community in Westfield.

“I’m really proud to be part of an organization that’s part of this stuff,” he said.

“I would like to thank the sponsors of this event,” Cohen said. “Without them this would not be possible.”

Sponsors included:

Gold: Coastal Air Conditioning and Lord & Taylor.
Silver: DSGK Drywall, LLC; the Grinis Family; Kings; Meyer & Depew Company; Smythe Volvo; Spencer Savings Bank; and TAPinto Westfield.
Bronze: Bohemian Raspberry; Carlos & Agnes; Dan Swayze & Son, Inc.; Eye Level Learning Center of Cranford; James Ward; Kessler Rehabilitation Center; Kohl’s; Lentz Plumbing & Heating; The Musial Group Architecture; PSE&G; Shop Rite Wines & Spirits of Westfield; Speedy Sewer & Drain; Star Painting; Trader Joe’s; Vine Ripe Markets; Westfield Area Y Men’s Club; Westfield Audio Visual; and Westfield Pediatric Dental Group.

Supporting events this weekend included a back-to-school fashion show and shopping event at Lord & Taylor in Westfield and a fundraiser at Bohemian Raspberry.

“The sponsors are awesome,” Hazisavvas said. “The staff are awesome. The volunteers — they come through for you when you need the help.”

To see scores from the run, click here.

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