Walk in their Footsteps -- Race for Awareness
October 16, 2016
We extend our sincere thanks of all who participated in our eighth annual signature event, Walk in their footsteps – Race for awareness. This is our version of an “open house,” in which 375 people walked the streets of central Waterbury to see where and how their generous support of the poor actually happens through the work of St. Vincent DePaul Mission. Adding in the 5K runners, volunteer staff, and Mission employees, close to 500 people all helped to make a beautiful October day even more remarkable. Many thanks to all for their enthusiastic support of this event.
Beginning in Library Park, the walkers followed a route to and through the Mission’s Thrift Store, Soup Kitchen, and Emergency Shelter, as many of the region’s poor and homeless do every day of the week. The walkers were led by Edwin Rodriguez, Director of Development and Public Relations for St. Vincent DePaul Mission. The runners ran a 5K route that tracked easterly toward Hamilton Park and back. Race Director Roy Cavanaugh and Mr. Rodriguez awarded trophies and medals in the usual categories. Male overall winner was Mario Longo of Cheshire. Madison Beasley of Naugatuck was the female overall winner. Both winners set a new course record. The 5K Team Challenge went to the runners from Team Swift of Watertown- Oakville shown in the photo receiving their Trophy. From left in the photo, Mr. Rodriguez with runners Andrew Warren, Thomas Masayda, Shazim Shahid, Israel Caro, IV, and Catherine Masayda. Full results are available on the Greystone Racing website.
Many teams from the greater Waterbury area and outlying communities were present. The Top Team Trophy went to the Faith Formation group from St. Maria Goretti Church, Wolcott. The group totaled 102 people! Also present were teams from Naugatuck Valley Community College, St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Oxford, St. Thomas Church, Thomaston, St. Francis of Assisi Church, Naugatuck, St. John of the Cross Church, Middlebury, St. Francis Xavier Church, Waterbury, St. Mary Magdalen Church, Oakville, St. Teresa of Avila Church, Woodbury, Youth Health Service Corps of Waterbury, Pack 230 Cubs of Wolcott, Regency of Prospect, and Waterbury Hospital. We are grateful to all who came to take part in the day..
Many thanks also to Race Director Roy Cavanaugh, the Waterbury Police Dept., the Police Explorers, the Park Dept., the timer team of Greystone Racing, and the crew of volunteers who worked hard to make the day go smoothly and safely.
Finally, we extend our sincere gratitude to our sponsors for their generosity.
Gold Sponsors: St. Anthony Church of Prospect, Thomaston Savings Bank, St. Mary’s Hospital of Waterbury, Waterbury Hospital, Square 9 softworks Inc. of New Haven, and Sullivan Brothers of Wolcott.
Silver Sponsors: Naugatuck Valley Community College, Northeast Orthopaedic & Hand Surgery PC of Waterbury, Bradshaw Chrysler Jeep of Oakville, East Main Pharmacy of Waterbury, Data Core Systems of Simsbury, Naugatuck Valley Radiology of Southbury, Sacred Heart Church of Southbury, Ray’s Remodeling and Construction of Waterbury, D’Amico, Santoro, & Columbia Insurance of Waterbury, and Frankie’s Hot Dogs.
Bronze Sponsors: Chiropractic Kinesiologists, Bethany Mountain Lawn Care, Carmody, Torrance, Sandak & Hennessey LLP, Ion Bank, Oliver’s Market, EZ Way Products LLP, Shaker’s Family Ford Lincoln, William & Patricia Pacelli, and our entertainers New Sound Systems and Remnants.
Vendor: Planet Fitness
Gifts & Food:Quassy Amusement Park, Palace Theater, Big Dipper, Shoprite of Waterbury, Diagnostic Radiology Associates, Mona Lisa Restaurant, Costco, Pavlik Real Estate, Home Depot, Waterbury, Vincenzo’s Pizza, Valvoline Service, Watertown, St. Mary’s Hospital, Crystal Rock, Kelly Shamansky, Jarjura’s, and Dunkin Donuts.
Save the date: October 22, 2017 for Walk in their footsteps – Race for awareness!