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YMCA run draws a crowd

June 19, 1999|By SCOTT BUTKI

Crowds of cheering and applauding supportive relatives and friends gathered on North Potomac Street Saturday morning for the Hagerstown YMCA's Vince Tantillo Memorial Run.

Portions of Oak Hill Avenue and North Potomac were closed for a few hours because of the 6th Annual 1K-5K Run/Walk, which ended in front of the YMCA.

All proceeds from the event go to the Hagerstown YMCA. A committee of YMCA members determines which programs receive money, said Sharee O'Haver, event organizer and YMCA member services director.

"It is a YMCA activity that we provide for the family to participate in, and it's a great opportunity to support the YMCA. And we use the money we raise to put back into YMCA programs," she said.

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About 175 people ran the 5K and about 15 walked it, she said. About 59 kids competed in the 1K, she said.

Brian Ferrari won the 5K race and Maria Pazarentzos came in first among the women, she said.

All children participating in the 1K receive a medal because "every child is a winner," she said.

Last year the event raised about $4,000 and she expects it to make a little more this year but did not yet know the total amount, she said.

The event was pretty much unchanged from last year and, since it is so successful, there are no plans to alter it for next year, she said.

About two years ago the YMCA changed the name of the annual event to honor Tantillo, a former YMCA board member.

He was an avid runner and a big supporter of programs for children and families, she said.

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