MONTCLAIR, NJ - More than 600 people participated in the Mountie Pride Fun Run on Sunday, said co-organizer Linda Bowers.
Hosted at the historic Woodman Field and the vicinity, participants were allowed to participate in the 5K race or the 1K walk. The weather was perfectly sunny with a cool breeze and the spirits were high as participants walked and ran through the streets of Montclair for a chance to receive a race award prize and raise funds for charity.
Prior to the start of the race, there were activities for the entire family to partake in including the dunk tank, music with a live DJ, yoga, face painting and warm-up exercises. MHS gear was also for sale and 35 clubs and sports teams also participated. Local community members and school leaders also got in on the action. Some volunteered to man a table or sit in the dunk tank, while others walked in the race, displaying a total community effort.
At the end of the finish line, participants were greeted with cheers from Montclair High School Cheerleaders and received drawstring goodie bags as well as free sandwiches from Jersey Mike's in West Orange.
Lauri Michael, who lives near where the race was held, participated for the first time. She said, "It was well-organized. It was fun." Michael said that she completed the 5K in about 31 minutes and expressed the importance of exercise as a motivator for why she participated. "Everybody should come out and exercise."
The results from the 5K race are as follows:
Most Participation – MHS Cross Country
Most Spirit – MHS Dance Co.
Most Mountie Pride – MHS Girls Volleyball
Best Dressed – MHS Cheerleaders
1st Place Race Awards:
Male Adult – Derek Stordall
Female Adult – Elizabeth Githens-Coyle
Male H.S. – Dale Ross
Female H.S. – Jerika Lufrano
Male Middle School – Charlie Ehlis
Female Middle School – Yael Gelman
Male Elementary – Logan Martinez
Female Elementary – Lyndsay Driever