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Video: Hundreds Participate in Westfield’s 5th Annual Greta’s Run

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People of all ages and abilities participated the fifth annual Greta’s Run 5K in Westfield Sunday morning. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
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WESTFIELD, NJ — About 800 people of all ages and abilities ran, walked and rolled at the fifth annual Greta’s Run 5K in Westfield Sunday morning. Another 100 volunteers helped make the event happen.

Greta’s Run was created in memory of Greta Schoenemann, a Westfield High School student who died in 2002.

“She had a passion for helping individuals with special needs, which is what our cause is today,” Greta’s Run Co-Founder Jayne Ruotolo told the crowd. “We’re here to honor her legacy.”

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All proceeds from this year’s 5K benefit local people with special and adaptive needs through the Challenged Athletes Foundation and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

Doug Olson, senior development director for the Challenged Athletes Foundation, explained that the CAF helps people with physical disabilities participate in sports and fitness activities by getting them equipment such as adaptive wheelchairs and prosthetic legs that are not covered by insurance.

“It’s all about empowering people,” Olson said.

Fifteen-year-old Kelly Ray, who came from Connecticut to participate in her second Greta’s Run, lost her leg when she was 10.

“CAF has really given me everything I need to excel in an athletic setting and a school setting,” said Ray, who gets a grant from CAF to participate in the San Diego Triathlon Challenge.

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, based in Short Hills, focuses on “today’s care and tomorrow’s cure” for people with paralysis.

“We’ve given over $22 million quality of life grants and over $130 million to research,” President and CEO Peter WIlderotter said.

People came from 12 states, plus Germany and Ecuador, to participate in this year’s 5K, according to Co-Founder Ben Nanna. Sponsors included:

COMMUNITY PARTNERS
Westfield Public Schools
Challenged Athletes Foundation
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
Westfield Athletics

GOLD LEVEL SPONSOR | $2,500+
BMW of Bloomfield
Ironshore
CrossFit Garwood
Fit Body Boot Camp
Gold Medal Fitness
Parisi Speed School
Wheel House Elite Cycle Studio

SILVER LEVEL SPONSOR | $1,000+
Jersey Mike's of Westfield
Tapinto Westfield 
The Anderson Family
Ed & Mary Smith
Washington Elementary School 5th Graders

BRONZE LEVEL SPONSOR | $500+
16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro
Bentley Laboratories
BMW of Springfield
Elegant Homes NJ
Eurosport of Westfield
Guillotine Salon & Spa
Hilltop Bicycles
Hot Yoga Revolution
Publick House
Spector Foerst & Associates
Stephanie Siudut Photography
Fallig Family
Fortino Family
The Juice House
The Mavins Group
Mistretta Family
The River & Rail Cantina
Schoenemann Family
The Union Pork Store
Vickers Family
UBS Financial Services Inc.
Westfield Boosters
Westfield Health & Rehabilitation
Westfield Pediatric Dental Group

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