The 29th Annual Brookline Breeze
5K Fitness Run and Walk was held on August 14, 2010. Over 600 runners and
walkers braved the heat and humidity to compete in what has become an
August tradition here in the Brookline community.
The morning opened with the 1-mile
Mini Breeze. The top finisher was nine-year old Kelly Shelpman of Bethel
Park with a time of 6:29. As the 5K runners and walkers made their way
to the starting line, the band Yinzide Out began to belt out their array
of blues and rock classics. It was a fine way to start the
The 5K starting gun sounded at 9:00am
and the crowd of runners and walkers began their trip up Brookline Boulevard.
At the sixteen minute mark the top runners approached the finish line. Dave
Farina of Irwin crossed first with a time of 16:09. Two minutes later,
defending female champion Jessica Zozos of Glenshaw made it two-in-a-row
with a time of 18:25. The top local runner was Jeremiah Dugan, who crossed
the plane at the 18:37 mark.
The Awards Presentation began as
the final walkers reached the park. A raffle followed that included an
autographed Steeler football, two tickets to a Steeler game and many other
valuable gifts. A community festival followed the race festivities. There
was a petting zoo, pony rides, balloon art, a moonwalk, several fun games
and a climbing wall.
In addition to the race activities
at Brookline Park, the second annual Boulevard Breeze-Fest took place on
Brookline Boulevard. The merchant displays along the sidewalks and the
excellent food added just the right flavor to this year's community
It was another fantastic day to
Breeze through Brookline. The community would like to thank all of the Breeze
participants, Citiparks Director Mike Radley, Race-Directors Debbie Brust and
Clint Burton, the Citiparks Special Events staff and Soundcrew, the Brookline
Recreation Center Staff, and the many volunteers who came to help. Special
thanks to our many corporate and community sponsors, whose generous assistance
will ensure that the Brookline Breeze tradition continues to flourish. We hope
to see everyone back again next year for our 30th anniversary!
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* Photos provided by
Clint Burton and Doug Brendel *