WPI Runners & Walkers Help United Ways of New Hampshire Raise ,000

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WPI runners and walkers who helped raise $20,000 for United Ways.

Fifteen runners and walkers from the WPI community helped raise more than $20,000 at the 8th Annual Cigna Healthcare Corporate 5K Road Race in Manchester, N.H. on Aug. 10. The contingent was part of the 6,000 runners who participated in the race to benefit United Ways of New Hampshire, Success by 6, that assists children with the development of physical, social, and emotional skills essential to their growth. The race is the largest road race held in New Hampshire and the third largest in New England following the Boston Marathon and the Falmouth Road Race.

Top WPI finisher was Justin Lutz, captain of the WPI cross country team, who finished 14th overall. Sean Kohles took 29th place while Ken Stafford came in 102nd as well as 2nd in his age group.

Bland Addison finished 271 overall and 2nd in his age group and Roger Steele came in 8th in his age group. The WPI men's contingent came in 4th overall of 123 teams competing while the women's team took 31st of 152 teams participating.

Other WPI runners were John Walsh, Steve Jasperson, Bill Baller and Allen Hoffman. WPI walkers participating were Deborah Graves, Lisa Lebduska, Lora Brueck, and Pam O'Bryant. Also running were Maria Addison, Rebekah Patlak-Kohles and Cheryl Taylor.

The race was run in waves for the first time with two separate starts, one for competitive and recreational runners and one for walkers. The race also utilized Champion Chips, a small, lightweight electronic chip enclosed in a plastic shell placed on each participant's shoe. It is recognized at the start and finish of the race and provides exact times of each participant.