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.
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!
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/FIAT, Fallig - Hubbard Wedding, Ironshore, Slalom, TAPinto.net
Athlete Sponsors Target, The Office Beer Bar & Grill, Guillotine , The Grinis Family, Westfield Health & Rehabilitation, Athleta, Jersey Mike's of Westfield, Eurosport, UBS, City Sports, Lord & Taylor, The Anderson Family , &grain
Poet Sponsors Achim Buecklers, Friends of Greta Schoenemann, Devilfish Swim Team, Washington School 5th Grade, The Vickers Family,Westfield Memorial Pool Marlins, BOC Partners INC, Westfield Pediatric Dental Group, Metropolis, Mattielli Family, Rudy's Restaurant and Pizzeria, Smythe 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
To Look Up Your Race Time: http://www.compuscore.com/cs2015/sept/greta.htm
Watch a video from Greta's Run 2014: