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Walking and Running with the Animals

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“When you participate, you will give hope to your friends and neighbors and the promise of our help during unexpected emergencies.” – Judge Reneé Cardwell Hughes, CEO of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Red Cross

On Saturday morning, October 5th, the Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania hosted their annual 5K Walk/Run. For the first time ever, the event, formally held in April in front of the Please Touch Museum, was held in October at the Philadelphia Zoo in Fairmount Park.

There were prizes for first, second and third place finishers (male and female). Michael Riccio (22) had the fastest time with 16:42. The first female finisher, Stephanie Hawthorne (26), finished in 24:40. There were also awards for first place finishers (male and female) in 6 age groups; 1-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49 and 50-59 years old. A special mention goes to Sabur Kane (13) who came in 7th overall with a time of 24:35 and won his age group. His 7 year old brother, Aziz was close on his tail finishing less than a minute later. Here is the full list of winners:


Michael Riccio 16:42

Kevin Kelly 17:58

Stefan Meissner 18:27


Stephanie Hawthorne 24:40

Isabell Jaenich 25:22

Jennifer McKim 25:31

AGE 1-19:

Sabur Kane (male) 24:35

Chaimma Ikine (female) 31:23

AGE 20-29:

Matthew Wildam (male) 19:49

Allison Radocha (female) 27:59

AGE 30-39:

Kevin Murphy (male) 24:34

Heather Steiger (female) 29:48

AGE 40-49:

Kevin Kane (male) 27:46

Julie McHugh (female) 33:29

AGE 50-59:

Bill Sands (male) 27:39

Tia Grey (female) 30:10

Click here for a full list of times.

The Walk and Run helps to raise funds for Red Cross House and local families left homeless by a fire, flood, or other disaster. The Red Cross Walk & Run supports programs and services to help our community prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. People are invited to “walk to honor the thousands of Red Cross-trained heroes who stand ready to help save your life.”

For the first time, the Red Cross Walk & Run was held at the Philadelphia Zoo, making it a perfect venue for families. All participants were granted access to the zoo for the day. Large and furry Fred Cross was on hand to play with little ones, and participants were cheered on throughout the course by unique spectators such as the cheetah, lions, tigers and bears… oh my!

The Red Cross would like to extend its gratitude to participants who make it possible to answer the call for help, one family at a time, whenever and wherever disaster strikes.

Related links:

VIDEO: Fred Cross and SEPA CEO Zumba

VIDEO: Mission Moment: Judge Hughes talks to the young Kane brothers

VIDEO: Mission Moment: What the Walk & Run is all about

PHOTO GALLERY: Walk & Run 2013