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Thank You for Making Greta's Run a Success!

Greta's Run Founders Ben Nanna and Jayne Ruotolo Credits: Greta's Run
Dennis McGorty and Michael Theesfold Credits: Greta's Run

Greta’s Run could be scripted for the movies … perfect weather, a boisterous crowd and the ever-present feeling of community. The day is a continued testament to the way Greta Schoenemann lived her life, to the people whose admiration never wavered, and those becoming a new part of the story.  

Since inception, Greta’s Run has welcomed a diverse crowd from all over the nation. This year was no different, with a record 1,133 runners, walkers, rollers and 200 volunteers from 10 states. Even the winner remained the same — congratulations to Aaron Holibaugh for winning Greta’s Run two years in a row!

Your participation, volunteerism, donations and sponsorship of Greta’s Run make it possible for one of the most important programs in our local community to exist. The Dragonfly Program, established in 2013 and sustained with the funds from Greta’s Run, provides comprehensive social and active programs for young adults with special needs who have aged out of programs available to school-aged children. The Dragonfly Program makes it possible for these young adults to meet new friends and choose from weekly fitness classes, personal training and socials.

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Most importantly, a recreation therapist/special needs coordinator has been hired at the Westfield Area Y, and a Dragonfly Committee of young adults with special needs has been put in place to further develop the Dragonfly Program. No other programming of its kind is available in the Westfield community at this time. You helped make this happen!

The Schoenemanns, Jayne and I are elated by how much three years of Greta’s Run has accomplished so far. We thank you for this year, and invite you to join us again in 2016!

To learn more or to participate in the Dragonfly Program, contact our new recreation therapist/special needs coordinator, Jill Koerber,at or 908-379-7704 x417

Thank you for being there,

Ben Nanna & Jayne Ruotolo

Greta’s Run Founders

Greta’s Run Sponsors

Dragonfly Sponsors WHS Girls Soccer Team

Gardener Sponsors JMK BMW/FIATFallig - Hubbard

Athlete Sponsors Target, The Office Beer Bar & Grill, Guillotine The Grinis FamilyWestfield Health & RehabilitationAthletaJersey Mike's of WestfieldEurosportUBSCity SportsLord & TaylorThe Anderson Family &grain

Poet Sponsors Achim BuecklersFriends of Greta SchoenemannDevilfish Swim TeamWashington School 5th GradeThe Vickers Family,Westfield Memorial Pool MarlinsBOC Partners INCWestfield Pediatric Dental GroupMetropolisMattielli Family, Rudy's Restaurant and PizzeriaSmythe Volvo

Y's Men, Galaxy Coach Limousine Service, The Schoenemann Family, Mary Armstrong (for Sean Young), Bombshell Salon, Just Farmed, Hilltop Bicycles, Top Line Appliance Center, Trader Joes, The Juice House, The Fortino Family, Spector Foerst Associates , Mavins Group, Stephanie Siudut Photography, Challenged Athletes Foundation, Manhattan Bagel,  Bohemian Raspberry, The Gross Family, Brandon Cuba, Megan Connors, Gregory Moore, Penelope Sur, L’Oreal.  

Special Thank You

All homes and organizations along the Greta’s Run Race Route, Union County Police Departments, Westfield EMTs, Department of Public Works, Westfield Rescue Squad, Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Town of Westfield, Westfield Board of Education, Westfield Fire Department, Redeemer Lutheran Church, First United Methodist Church, Dr. Brian Harding, DMD, Compuscore

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