First Hartwick Hill Race Raises Thousands

May 11, 2010

On Saturday, May 8, a throng of runners left Saxton Hall headed in one direction: up. The more than 40 runners were participants in the Inaugural Hartwick Hill Race.

Their efforts, and those of organizers, helped raise more than $3,500 for the Family Resource Network. The funds will benefit the group's Anemarie Wenck Resource Fund, which serves to provide families with a special-needs child financial support for medical and other needs when other sources have been exhausted.

The list of runners included the New York Stallions football team, SUNY Oneonta cross country, Hartwick cross country, Hartwick men's soccer, men's lacrosse, men's basketball, football, men's swimming, women's field hockey, women's basketball, women's volleyball, Hartwick alumni, community members, Hartwick faculty, students and coaches, Family Resource Network workers, friends, and family.

The Hartwick College men's soccer team (Tim Daigle '11, Patrick Thompson '12, Carson Pryde '11, and Russel Oost-Lievense '12) took top honors, and a $200 prize, in the "Caterpillar Race," in which teams of four runners were tied together to make their way up the hill. The Hartwick women's field hockey team (Megan Campbell '13, Alicia Flewelling '12, Molly Quinn '11, and Katherine Cikatz '11) took second place in the event, and a $100 prize.

In the individual race, Tim Sattler '11 (Hartwick) and Jared Reynolds and Charles Hollister (SUNY Oneonta) cross country runners finished in the top three spots. Because all three were ineligible to receive the cash prizes due to NCAA regulations, awards were handed out to the fourth through ninth finishers, all also student-athletes. They are:

  • Mark Blazek '12 (Hartwick College men's basketball)
  • Steve Draudes (SUNY Oneonta)
  • Evan Doan '11 (Hartwick men's soccer)
  • Blake Dryer (SUNY Oneonta)
  • William MacElveen '11 (Hartwick men's swimming and diving)

While the race was underway, local special needs children gathered on Elmore Field for a special free soccer clinic hosted by the Eric Douglas Dettenrieder Memorial Fund and the Hartwick College men's and women's soccer teams. At the conclusion of the run, all gathered for a gala ice-cream social celebrating the event's success.

"It was really a great event that brought everyone together for a great cause. Although the forecast called for rain and high winds, God was gracious enough to allow the sun to shine the entire afternoon, keeping the runners and children warm and comfortable," said organizer Jeremy Vuolo '11. "One of the highlights of the event was our DJ, Patrick. A special needs child himself, Patrick did an incredible job of playing upbeat, fun music the entire time of registration, before the race, and for the ice cream social afterward. It certainly was a pleasure having him there and made the event that much more fun."

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