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Nearly $6,000 Raised for United Way at Pratt & Whitney Runway Run and Walk

Story and Photos by Barbara Bresnahan
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. | Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013

Runners weathered some unseasonably hot temperatures as they took part in the 16th annual Pratt & Whitney Runway Run 5K and 1.5 mile walk at East Hartford's Rentschler Field on Sept. 11.

The event allowed participants to run or walk around the stadium and directly on the former runway, while flocks of geese seemingly followed along overhead throughout the race.

The race benefits the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut's Community Investment Fund.

Jim Frissora, who worked with Matt Dawson and Stephanie Tanner to coordinate the race, said the event raised nearly $6,000 in donations for the United Way and noted that the MPE team, led by donations from Jeff Heintz and Denise Hambrick, and Byte Runners, led by donations collected from Shane McCauliffe, raised the most money.

Overall timing results determined that Lane Thornton and Melanie Sandoval were the male and female winners, and team results showed the "TGL" as the fastest team. Full results can be found online at the Platt Systems website at www.plattsys.com. Additional photos of the event can be found on Flickr.

Individuals can get involved by donating to the United Way by visiting http://www.unitedwayinc.org/.

Photo Captions

Photo 1: Pratt & Whitney's Laura Austin was among the volunteers who ran the registration table at the Runway Run.

Photo 2: A group of runners - from left, Natalie Kowalczyk, Katie Hamilton, Sabrina Wong, Monica Arias and Kathryn Guinn - pose for a quick photo before beginning the course around the Rentschler facility and runway.

Photo 3: Pratt & Whitney's Matt Dawson kept the event running smoothly as he directed runners.

Photo 4: Runners stretch during a group warm-up drill that was led by Robin O'Brien of Healthtrax.

Photo 5: Father and daughter participate in a warm-up drill prior to the start of the annual Runway Run and Walk.

Photo 6: And they're off! One hundred fifteen runners participated in the 16th annual Pratt & Whitney Runway Run and Walk for the United Way on Sept. 11, 2013. The event took place at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.

Photo 7: With 90+ degree heat, barefoot runner Mike Dziejma surely felt the sting on the hot pavement.

Photo 8: The former Rentschler Field Airport at Pratt & Whitney was the site of the 16th annual Pratt & Whitney Runway Run and Walk. The event, which benefits the United Way, took place on Sept. 11, 2013.

Photo 9: The day's winner was Lane Thornton, who crossed the finish line with a time of 17:30.