PHOTO CREDITS: John Ansorge, Emmanuelle Françoy, Liz Farrell Photography

Results can be found at https://www.athlinks.com/event/158881/results/Event/892920/Results

More than 100 Pelham volunteers helped 800 runners from all over the world during the 8th Annual Pelham Half Marathon & 10K on Thanksgiving saturday (Nov. 30) with all the proceeds going to support the Pelham Civic Association’s award-winning program “Help a Child, Change a Life”.

Pelham Half’s Founder & Pelham Civic Member Jason Jeffries realized seven years ago that there weren’t any marathons during the Thanksgiving holiday, so he and eight other runners created the Pelham Half Marathon & 10K. Nine of them ran the streets of Pelham that first year. The next year, there were 18. The following year, 40. It was an idea whose time had come, because this year’s races included 800 runners! According to Jeffries, “We had an incredible amount of fun creating the course, and hiding gels and waters along the route… all starting from my front lawn. Today we have so much to be thankful for as it has truly become a community-wide opportunity to run, cheers or volunteer!"

Village of Pelham Mayor, Chance Mullen, added “This race isn’t just a fun event—although it’s definitely that. It raises money for Pelham Civics so everyone who runs in it is making our community a little bit better for someone in need. Kudos to the organizers who put in so much time and effort to make this happen each year. This is Pelham at its best.”

Todd Cross, Race Organizer, said, “This event demonstrates just how special Pelham is. We can’t imagine there’s another 2-square-mile town anywhere that embraces community spirit the way Pelham does. So many people across Pelham contribute endless support and enthusiasm every year. We couldn’t pull this off without them”.

The Half Marathon course is USATF Certified (which helps runners qualify for the Boston marathon and other races). Cash prizes and age group awards are given in both races.

The Sponsors for this year’s event included:

The New York Athletic Club, Travers Island; Kiamie Properties, Windsor Management; Peloton; Meridian Risk Management and Meridian Realty Consultants; Symmetry Physical Therapy; Logo Tags / Ball Chain Manufacturing (who also produced and donated the medals); Pelham Manor Professional Firefighters / Local 2181; and Erica Winter LLC.

On hand to present the Finisher Medals to all runners were the following elected officials:

Alessandra Biaggi, New York State Senator; Chance Mullen, Mayor, Village of Pelham; Michelle DeLillo and Breda Bennett, Trustees, Village of Pelham Manor; Rae Syzmanski, and Maura Curtin, Councilwomen, Town of Pelham; and Chris Golden, NYAC Travers Island

Thanks also go to:

Stephen Byfield was the event’s DJ, the PMHS Accapelicans who performed the National Anthem, and the PMHS Cheerleaders who encouraged runners at the start and finish lines. Cyclists who directed the lead-runners of races were Doug Parent, Paul and Thomas Tapogna, and Atakan Oguz;

Also thanks to:

Village of Pelham

Village of Pelham Police

Village of Pelham Fire Department

Village of Pelham DPW

Village of Pelham Manor

Village of Pelham Manor Police

Town of Pelham

Pelham Recreation Department

Junior League of Pelham for organizing annual coat drive at the race

Rockwell’s Restaurant for hosting the After-Party and Awards

and Clay Bushong, President, Pelham Chamber of Commerce

Here are some interesting facts about this year’s races:

800 runners

238 from Pelham

International runners from:

Quebec, Canada

Hessen, Germany

Bern, Switzerland

Devon, UK

London, UK

US States

Alaska,  California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York (80+ towns and boroughs), North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington; Wisconsin

Article submitted by Joe Nunziata

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