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Photos by Fritz Rethage  --   Posted July 26, 2003

Teterboro Airport Celebrating 100 Years of Aviation

6th Annual Teterboro 5k Run
  Teterboro 5K Run Official Web-site
Race Direction by Mark Zenobia    Post card results by Compuscore
On line Registeration by Active.com

The 6th Annual Fleet Teterboro Airport 5k Run was held Saturday, July 19 at 8:30 a.m. starting at the Jet Aviation facility.   Teterboro Airport suspended flight operations for about 30 minutes.  Over 800 runners chased a "pace plane" up and down the main runway at Teterboro Airport for the 5k (3.1 mile) course.  "Mini-flyer Dashes" were held for children 2 through 12 following the main run.

This year the event was the 2003 USATF-NJ Masters Men's 5k Championship race and included over $3,000 in total prize money.  The event featured over $12,000 in random raffle prizes.

A DJ provided entertainment. There were plenty of water stations throughout the race area. Nourishment was available upon the race conclusion.  Runners received a "goody bag" upon departing the race.  The Moonachie Volunteer Fire Department provided emergency and first aid services.

This event was organized by Bergen County United Way.  Fleet Bank was the title sponsor.  Presenting sponsors were Port Authority of NY/NJ, Jet Aviation and AvPorts. Major sponsors included NYCE Corporation, Pfizer Inc., and PSE&G.  Additional sponsors included Enterprise Rent-A-Car, KPMG LLP and Playtex Products, Inc.

The pace plane was donated by Air Fleet International (Teterboro).  The race director was Mark Zanobia (On Your Mark Productions).  The event organizer was Mary Connolly (Bergen County's United Way).
In addition, many volunteers contributed in making the 6th Annual 5k run a big success.

The event raised over $31,000 for the health and wellness programs funded by Bergen County's United Way, bringing the six-year total to almost $140,000 (net) raised.

Bergen County's United Way currently helps people through more than 100 programs in 46 different non-profit agencies throughout the county, including day care and eldercare programs, emergency shelters, food banks, counseling services, retraining programs, medical respite care, substance abuse treatment, and group homes for disabled children and adults.

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Getting the start up line ready for the big race.
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Some of the first runners to cross the finish line
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An announcer provided encouragement to the main body of runners as they headed towards the finish line.

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ChampionChip electronic tags used to tabulate the statistics were collected immediately after the runners crossed the finish line.
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Race results were posted almost immediately
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Lots of water and nourshiment were available.
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Exhausted runners spend a few moments relaxing.


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The Moonachie First Aid Squad was on hand to handle any injuries.

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Bergen County United Way President Tom Toronto with the couple who flew in from Michigan specifically for this 5k run, and Teterboro Airport Manager Lanny Rider. The woman finished with a new course record for her age group. (Photo supplied by Paul Bolognese)


$12,000 in random prizes and gifts were presented to most runners.
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