Ardmore, Lower Merion Township, PA — On what turned out to be the most beautiful sunny day so far this Spring, The Ardmore Rotary’s Sixth Annual 5K Race and 1 Mile walk went off without a hitch, and the weather cooperated with balmy temperatures of 75 degrees.  The Club and their primary sponsor, CertaPro Painters of the Mainline, raised over $17,000 for the Ardmore Rotary Foundation. Much of the proceeds will be used to support local veterans and other club projects.


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Jocelyn Gilmore waits in comfort to be called to the starting line.


Over 250 participants ran and walked the course which was laid out in Ardmore’s Suburban Square.  Registration and check-in started at 8:00 AM and an opening ceremony included the pledge of allegiance and patriotic-themed music bellowed out of the sound system.  

The Bryn Mawr Racing Company (BMRC) provided coordinated race management and timing services for Rotary’s big fundraiser that is in its sixth year. BMRC’s timing equipment allowed those waiting at the finish line to watch each second of the race tick by while waiting for their favorite competitor to round the bend to the final stretch of the course.

An unnamed runner with her dog waiting to win a raffle prize.


Callie Hogan, age 29, wearing bib #347 finished in first place for the female competitors with a time of 20 minutes and:19 seconds.

Dan Dreeman, age 26, with bib #315 finished first for the men with an astounding time of 16 minutes and 09 seconds.

The eldest male competitor was 70 years old Dave Weiss of Ardmore, who finished with an extraordinary time of 27 minutes and 59 seconds while sporting bib number 52.  

Kate Willcox, age 63 of Narberth, was wearing bib number 175 was the eldest female runner who finished with a time of 45 minutes and 41 seconds.

The Ithan Running Club of Radnor comprised of 82 children in first thru fifth grades participated in the event and was out in full force.

The Pre-race activities were held at the Suburban Square Courtyard, a local Ardmore meeting place nestled between the Old Strawbridge's Building and the Times Building, of which both date back to about 1928.  The space is used as a social gathering spot, and it has a wide-open field covered with an artificial synthetic lawn which has the feel and look of a well-manicured lawn.

The Courtyard was the perfect place for runners to prepare for the event and for adults and children alike to meet vendors that sponsored the event while they were handing out souvenirs and specialty desserts.  There were plenty of opportunities to support the Rotary with a Silent Auction, 50-50, and other prizes.

Rotarian Jane Williams mans the Silent Auction booth

The start went off precisely as published at 9:30 AM and the event and the entire day ran so well it appeared to have been choreographed to perfection.


L-R: Andrea Fanfera, of Rotary,  Vaune Bruno of CertaPro Painter Main Line and an un- named employee of Nothing Bundt Cakes

Rotary Club VP Andrea Fanfera chaired the race, and a group of about 30 volunteer Rotarians worked to ensure that the race and all of its moving parts provided a fun-filled morning for the participants and spectators alike.

A new feature introduced this year was a watering station where runners and the public will find giant jugs of water where they could fill their own water bottles or use paper cups supplied by the Rotary Race Committee.

L-R: Megan Broomerkel, 14 and Ashley Wingfield, 15 deliver the finish line medals


Winners in the race received gift cards, and the walkers received special prizes that were presented on the spot. All participants received a medal designating their participation in the event.

The race was conducted over a controlled course within Suburban Square with Police and Fire Officials blocking the streets for, which was only about 1 hour.

“Bristles” CertaPro Painters Mascot at the finish line.

The Gold sponsors for the 6th Annual “Race Around the Square” were Suburban Square, CertaPro Painters, Sherwin Williams, FMS, Nothing Bundt Cakes, United Health Care, Classic Memories Photo Booth, and Bruce Productions.

Silver sponsors for the event were: Ardmore Eye Care, Ductz (HVAC Restoration and Cleaning), Hayden Printing, Spikes and Bronze, Gibbel Kraybill and Hess LLP, Rutter Roofing, Neighborly Home Health Care, The Rugart Family, The Blumenthal Family and; Dr. Richard Brower.

The sponsors were treated to “Bloody Mary’s” after the race at “Not your Average Joe’s” compliments of CertaPro Painters of the Mainline.

The Merion Fire Company of Ardmore, Narberth Ambulance Service, and the Lower Merion Police provided services to make the race better and safer for all.

Merion of Ardmore Chief Hayden with a Lower Merion Police Officer


Peter Kraybill, age 44 and long time Rotarian gets reday to turn to Finish


Ardmore Rotary Club meets Thursdays at noon at Merion Cricket Club on Montgomery Ave. and Station Road in Haverford.  The Club is one of 53 Clubs in the Philadelphia area and among 35,000 Clubs worldwide. 1.6 million Rotarians volunteer worldwide in projects addressing a spectrum of human needs. Since 1988, Rotary has led the way in the immunization of 2.5 billion children against polio worldwide. Less than a dozen cases have been reported in the three remaining countries - Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria.

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