VA Connecticut Healthcare System
Veterans Day Race another success
West Haven, Conn. – A record 389 participants registered for the 3rd Annual Veterans Day 5k Race/Walk with 335 crossing the finish line. This year's overall winner was Timothy Milenkevic, 28, of Ansonia with a time of 17:05. The first female finisher was Dorothy Cohen, 39, of Madison with a time of 20:10.
The top VA Connecticut finisher was Chris Ruser, MD with a time of 17:58. Carleta Maurice was the first VA Connecticut female finisher coming in at 25:42.
The race has grown in entrants each year since its inception in 2008. Race coordinator and avid runner Donna Cramond, LCSW, MBA, approached senior management with the idea of hosting the race as a way to bring the community to the hospital.
"For so many years, the VA was empty on Veterans Day," she said. "I thought this would be a good way to get people up here."
The idea worked. Participants now include both recreational and competitive runners. Ages in this year’s event ranged from 5 to 85. Several runners and walkers pushed strollers along the course and this year there were quite a few family pets with their owners on the course.
"The VA was awash with energy" said first-time participant Kathy Rickert. Entertainment was provided by veterans playing the keyboards and drums in the registration area as well as a bagpiper on the course.
Connecticut Attorney General and Senator-elect Richard Blumenthal along with Jeanette Diaz, VA Connecticut Associate Director, thanked the runners and walkers for spending Veterans Day at the hospital and showing their support for the men and women who served in uniform.
Thank you to the following their support of this year's event:
• 2010 Race Committee
• Police Service
• Veterans Canteen Service
• Voluntary Service
• Facilities Management Service
• Vandalay Timing
• JLG Designs, LLC
• Musicians and DJ