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MMA5K Success & Spirit

by cnewman

MMA Coach John Glose races to the front of the pack
MMA Coach John Glose races to the front of the pack

Mount Mercy Academy was proud to welcome hundreds of runners and supporters to the MMA 5K Race on Friday, June 15, 2012. The weather was perfect as the race route took runners through Cazenovia Park and part of South Buffalo. Over 400 runners took part in the MMA5K - the largest number of registered racers since the Race began four years ago.

Mount Mercy's 5K Race Committee honored Michael Diggins, faithful MMA5K runner, dedicated community member, and a tremendous friend of Mount Mercy Academy by presenting a framed race shirt to the Diggins family.  All the runners' race shirts also had Diggins' initials printed on the sleeve. Michael Diggin passed away only weeks before the race.

After the Race, over 600 people gathered in the Mercy Grotto on Choate Avenue for the After Party.  The 2012 MMA5K Race honorees were the "Race Day Ladies": Peggy Flanagan Barrett '73, Sandy Scarcello Breen '77, Paula Scarcello Fitzgerald '71, Patty Jackson Doctor, Mary Sheehan Moore '69 and Peggy Sheehan Wade.  

The first twenty runners to cross the finish line are listed below. For a complete list of MMA5K Race results, click here.

    1. Seth Yernye                 0:16:30  0:05:19    

    2. Eric Ingalsbe               0:16:34  0:05:20    

    3. Joseph Schnitter            0:16:59  0:05:28  

    4. John Schnitter              0:17:38  0:05:41    

    5. Scott Simon                 0:17:44  0:05:42 

    6. Mitchell Skrabacz           0:18:05  0:05:49  

    7. John Glose                  0:18:14  0:05:52

    8. Peter Davidow               0:18:17  0:05:53 

    9. Bill Lawson                 0:18:26  0:05:56

   10. Ben Kuch                    0:18:35  0:05:59

   11. Anya Bogdanets              0:18:48  0:06:03  

   12. Bill Maloney                0:19:01  0:06:07  

   13. Dan Liburd                  0:19:15  0:06:12  

   14. Chris Mekelburg             0:19:28  0:06:16 

   15. Ryan Donovan                0:19:33  0:06:18    

   16. Patrick Occhino             0:19:35  0:06:18 

   17. Matthew Dow                 0:19:45  0:06:21  

   18. Ken Crawford                0:19:47  0:06:22    

   19. Phillip Cannata             0:19:49  0:06:23    

   20. Caitlin Donohue             0:20:07  0:06:28    

To view more photos from the MMA5K Race, please check out our Facebook page here.

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