On Sunday, April 6, 2014 we had great attendance for the 25th Annual Hook Mountain Half Marathon and 5K Run & Third Annual Walk to Remember. This day will probably always be remembered! We had 625 registered runners and over 350 walkers breaking the race record. We also were very lucky that the weather was perfect for the runners. We had 40 participants in the Children’s Run, they all received medals.

Tim Kuklis of Mount Kisco, New York won the half marathon, with a commanding lead, in a time of 1:16:32 and Orlando Rivera of Pomona, New York won the 5K in 17:23, this was 30 seconds faster than his win of last year. Christina Ferencevych of Rivervale, New Jersey led the women in a time of 1:34:09-8 in the half marathon and Lauren Cullen of Ossining, New York in the 5K in 19:43.

Efraim Shaw of Monsey received the Adi Steingraber award as the first Rockland finisher, in a time of 1:18:29. Great job Efraim!

Carol Guzinski of Garnerville received the award for the first women Rockland finisher in a time of 1:39:40. Congratulations Carol!

We always try to make this race about the runners and this year was no exception. After enduring a brutal winter, our runners not only showed up, but ran and walked like they had been training all year. We had many first time runners conquer ‘the Hook’ (can you ever conquer the Hook?) and we’re very proud of the many kind after-race thanks we received.

We had some great sponsors and plenty of food and refreshments. We would especially like to thank the volunteers from United Hospice of Rockland and the Rockland Road Runners for making the race an annual success. We have raised over $75,000 for the United Hospice of Rockland, we are sure that George would be very proud. The “Walk to Remember” was very inspirational and brought many more participants both running and walking!

Ellen Feit’s team raised the most money; over $3,300 and won the prestigious Avanti Cup!

Those individuals who are always there when you need them: Ken Kinsley our volunteer coordinator, Marie, Bernie, Enilda, Kathy, Larry, Bernie, Fred, Kathy, Marie, Alison, Al, Sue, Amy, Laurie, Lanie , Lisa, all the Volunteers from Hospice, Youth for Hospice, students from around the county, and Rockland Road Runner volunteers. Ken did a super job with the volunteers and the overall race coordination!

Our lead sponsors were All Bright Electric, Avanti Health Care Services, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Edward & Raselle Fisher, Stop and Shop of New City, The Rand Famil, AMA Labratories, Inc.and Tappan, a Southwire Company.

We had another successful event! What a great day!

Thank you to everyone for making this event a most memorable experience. And see you next year…
Steve Borton & Rich Tinger

*Race photos courtesy of Ken Shelton Photography

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