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6th Annual P-Way 5K Raises Funds for Piscataway High School’s ‘Project Graduation’ (UPDATED)

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6th Annual P-Way 5K Raises Funds for Piscataway High School’s ‘Project Graduation’ Credits: Kenneth Simmons
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Race-goers get ready to start the 6th Annual P-Way 5K Race Credits: Kenneth Simmons
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6th Annual P-Way 5K Race - Left: Rahul Tanna, First place; Right: Alexei Hazell, Second place Credits: Kenneth Simmons
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6th Annual P-Way 5K Raises Funds for Piscataway High School’s ‘Project Graduation’ Credits: Kenneth Simmons
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Other runners as they cross the finish line at the 6th Annual P-Way 5K Race Credits: Kenneth Simmons
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Other runners as they cross the finish line at the 6th Annual P-Way 5K Race Credits: Kenneth Simmons
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Staff members and administrators from around the school district promoting the upcoming "Glow for a Cure" cancer research fundraiser event Credits: Kenneth Simmons
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A few of the student volunteers at the 6th Annual P-Way 5K race Credits: Kenneth Simmons
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Face painting booth at the 6th Annual P-Way 5K race Credits: Kenneth Simmons
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Panera Bread, one of the local businesses that donated food items and bottled water for the 6th Annual P-Way 5K race Credits: Kenneth Simmons
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Editor’s Note:  Race officials issued a correction to the race results which TAPinto Piscataway did not have by press time. We have revised the article to show the individual winners in each category, and have updated the number of participants in the 2017 P-Way 5K Race.

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Pop music spun by a local DJ played as about 475 runners and walkers gathered in the Piscataway High School Loop at the start of the 6th Annual P-Way 5K race, a charity event that raises funds for the school’s Project Graduation program, which this year will benefit the Class of 2018.

The early Sunday morning race raised “over $9,000 for the Class of 2018’s Project Graduation event, a drug and alcohol free night of fun held graduation night, their last night to celebrate as a class,” explained race coordinator, Melinda Perry, a reading specialist at the high school. “All of the money goes to them so they can attend the party for free.”

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In the past, a stretch of Hoes Lane was included as part of the 5K’s route. For Sunday’s race, organizers had to reroute the course because Hoes Lane is now part of Route 18 which is a state road.

“It was easier to reroute to have the course double back on itself instead of having to close off Hoes Lane,” Perry said about the race plans.

“In the end it all came together,” she said about some of the challenges she faced as a first-time race coordinator. “We had more than enough adult and student volunteers. Everyone was here on time. Everything worked out perfect, so all of the stress was worth it.”

Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities participated in this year’s P-Way 5K race.

Race results for the first 100 to cross the finish line were posted with 16-year old, Rahul Tanna of Piscataway the first to break the tape with a time of 17:51.2, making him the overall race winner, and winner of the 18 & Under Male category.

Winners by category:

Category                              Winner                                Time                Prize

40+ Female

Michele McCarthy – Woodbridge

25:41.6

1-Hour Massage Donated by Piscataway Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa

40+ Male

Scott Gerum – Edison

24:22.5

1-Hour Massage Donated by Piscataway Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa

30-39 Female

Ginger Hauell

25:45.9

1-Hour Massage Donated by Piscataway Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa

30-39 Male

Daniel Reeves

25:00.8

1-Hour Massage Donated by Piscataway Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa

19-29 Female

Kirstin Figel – Middlesex

23:17.2

1-Month Fitness Membership at Club Riccochet

19-29 Male

Shane Bonczak – Bound Brook

21:15.8

1-Month Fitness Membership at Club Riccochet

18 & Under Female

Jenna Engles, 13 – Piscataway

25:26.4

$25 Gift Prize Donated by the Class of 2018

18 & Under Male

Rahul Tanna, 16 – Piscataway

17:51.2

$25 Gift Prize Donated by the Class of 2018

 

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