HISTORY ~ 2004


Event took place on Saturday, October 16, 2004, marking the 12th year of the W5K. There was quite a bit of rain Friday night, leading the way to sunny skies with some overcast Saturday morning for the Event.


Health Exposition was held on Friday, October 15, 2004 in the Jaindl Pavilion of the Lehigh Valley Hospital from 4:00-7:00pm.


Keynote speaker was W5K Committee Member Susan Catalino.


Breast cancer and other female cancer survivors received beautiful pink windbreaker pullovers with the Women's 5K logo.


Ingrid Gerber sang the National Anthem.


Presenting sponsor was Keystone Nazareth Bank and Trust.


Tile awards were given to the first three winners in each age group for the run and the competitive walk, in addition to the top 10 runners and walkers.


Second year for the t-shirt design contest. The winner was Gayle Hendricks.


Fifth year for the quilt raffle. The quilt was created and donated by Deb Goodwin, Beth Johnson and friends.


First year for the "W5K Store" at the Friday night Health Expo. Products sold included bracelets, scarves, tank tops, tote bags, and socks.


First year for the Women's 5K Calendar, which was created using photos taken at past Events by our official Event photographer Olaf Starorypinski.


Top ten breast cancer survivors in the Run and Competitive Walks received pink ribbon suncatchers created by Jill Palmer.


Remax donated the use of a moving truck for the Friday night/Saturday move.


Thirteen Tribute Markers were purchased. This was the first year they were in the shape of a starburst.


Second year the Show Mobile was used in the park. Flowers donated again by Dan Schantz Farm and Greenhouses on Lehigh Street, Allentown, decorated the stage.


Fourth year for on-line registration with 1,697 people opting for the charge card payment, 183 mailing in the payment, 1,379 mailing in a paper application, and 166 registering on Friday night.


There were 3469 total registrants, and 2778 finishers. Of the finishers, 970 competed in the Run, 1080 competed in the Competitive Walk, and 728 participated in the Walk in the Park.


Winner of the Run was Kristie Reccek, age 27, of Wyomissing with a time of 18:23.


Winner of the Competitive Walk was Jacqueline Mclaughlin, age 44, of Fogelsville with a time of 32:59.


The Sandy Christman Award was presented to the first breast cancer survivor to finish, who was Laurie Flynn, age 42, of Allentown with a time of 24:21 in the Run.


First breast cancer survivor to finish the Competitive Walk was Patricia Kautzmann, age 53, of Orefield with a time of 35:38.


There were 263 breast cancer survivors that registered for the Event.


850 mother/daughter teams registered for the event. The winner of the raffle received an Artisan's Salon and Day Spa gift certificate.


Approximately 200 wonderful volunteers helped to make both the Expo and Event a success.


A total of $106,000 was raised to benefit the fight against breast cancer and other female cancers in the Lehigh Valley.


$10,000 was contributed to endowment fund.


365 First Strides members participated in the Event.


85 teams with over 4 people participated in the Event.


A short documentary video was created by Pat Connolly to present to sponsors.


Valerie Lane and Nancy Conrad joined the Women's 5K Board.


$4,900 was collected in pledge money. Twenty-four people submitted pledge forms. The top fundraisers for 2004 were:

Alyssa Miller - $800
Debbie McFadden - $266
Janice Buchman - $750
Dottie Daubert - $250
Beverly Boger - $615
Holly Baldwin - $215
Jackie Babb - $430
Donna Kibby - $215
Marijean Hohensheldt - $285

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