Walk in their Footsteps -- Race for Awareness
October 25, 2015
With a smile on their faces and warmth in their hearts, 300 walkers and runners plied the streets of Waterbury on Sunday afternoon, October 25, participating in the seventh annual Walk in their footsteps – Race for awareness event, sponsored by St. Vincent DePaul Mission. We applaud and acknowledge their generous support of the poor.
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 Rev. John Cooney, former pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church, Watertown. The runners ran a 5K route that tracked easterly toward Hamilton Park and back. Race Director Roy Cavanaugh and Rev. Cooney awarded trophies and medals in the usual categories. Male overall winner was Ryan O’Connor of Bristol. Renee Bogdanffy of Southbury was the female overall winner. Both winners set a new course record. The 5K Team Challenge went to the runners from Waterbury Hospital. Full results are available on the Greystone Racing website.
Many teams from the greater Waterbury area were present. Employees from Waterbury Hospital were on hand once again, including the “One Day Wonders” and “Team Waterbury.” The St. Thomas Religious Education Saints of Thomaston won the Top Team trophy for best attendance. Also present were teams from Pomperaug Panthers Girls Basketball team, St. Francis of Assisi Church, Naugatuck, BSA Troop 140 of Oakville, St. John of the Cross Church, Middlebury, St. Teresa of Avila Church, Woodbury, Youth Health Service Corps, and the “Omies.” Thank you one and all.
People traveled from outlying communities to run or to walk making this a truly wide area event. We are grateful to all who came to take part in the day. Many thanks to the Waterbury Police Dept., Police Explorers, Park Dept., Race Director Roy Cavanaugh, Will Graustein 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: Bradshaw Chrysler Jeep of Oakville, Sullivan Brothers of Wolcott, St. Anthony Church of Prospect and St. Mary’s Hospital of Waterbury.
Silver Sponsors: Law Offices of James A, Mulhall, Jr., Middlebury, East Main Street Pharmacy, Waterbury, Data Core Systems, Simsbury, Ray’s Remodeling and Construction, Waterbury, Waterbury Hospital, and Frankie’s Hot Dogs.
Bronze Sponsors: Sacred Heart Church, Southbury, Carmody, Torrance, Sandak & Hennessey LLP; Waterbury, Savings Bank of Danbury, D’Amico, Santoro, & Columbia Insurance, Waterbury, Ion Bank, Naugatuck, EZ Way Products, Bounce Boys Rentals, Oakville and New Sound Systems.
Gifts & Food: Quassy Amusement Park, Seven Angels Theatre, Palace Theater, Oliver’s Market, Shoprite of Waterbury, Diagnostic Radiology Associates, Timexpo Museum, Crystal Rock, Jarjura’s, Modell’s, and Dunkin Donuts.