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Runners take off Sunday at the start of the Live Like Liz 5K Run. (Photo by Liz Fraboni)

Holland wins Live Like Liz 5K

Kennard tops female field in
10th annual race

WATKINS GLEN, June 7 -- Watkins Glen High School freshman Sean Holland was the winner Sunday at the 10th annual Live Like Liz 5K Run on the Watkins Glen High School track and the Catharine Valley Trail.

He completed the 3.1-mile run in 19:55. Phillip Kellogg of Hector, a WGHS graduate, was second in 20:09.06.

WGHS senior Taylor Kennard was the first female to cross the line, placing seventh overall in 21:17.19. The second female to finish was WGHS junior Maggie Bond, in 12th place overall in 22:20.86.

More than 220 runners registered for the race, while scores of walkers strode the same course. Proceeds from the day were earmarked for the fight against ovarian cancer, the disease that claimed the life of Liz Amisano on Oct. 12, 2005 and led to establishment of the Elizabeth Amisano Ovarian Cancer Education Fund.

The goals of the Live Like Liz movement, committee member Mary Ellen Fraboni said in a speech before Sunday's race, "are education, direct patient care and scholarship" in memory of a young woman whose cancer went undiagnosed until it was too late -- a woman "who never once complained about her pain or her situation, and ... always had a smile on her face"; a woman whose "thoughts were always about her family and friends."

A $2,500 donation was given to the Falck Cancer Center in Elmira and is earmarked to help women undergoing treatment for ovarian cancer.

A donation of $2,500 was also given to the Cancer Wellness Connections in Rochester, a volunteer group that helps those going through cancer treatments.

Scholarships of $1,500 each were won by graduating seniors Hailie Searles (Odessa-Montour High School) and Halle Phillips (WGHS), both planning careers in the health-care field..

New this year to the memorial event was a one-mile fun run and scavenger hunt for the kids.


Photos in text:

Top: Race winner Sean Holland nears the finish line. (Photo by Liz Fraboni)

Bottom: Taylor Kennard, who finished seventh overall and first among the female runners. (Photo by George Rutledge)

Dr. Stephen Spaulding smiles after completing the race. (Photo by Liz Fraboni)

Live Like Liz walkers along the Catharine Valley Trail. (Photo by George Rutledge)

Left: A water stand along the Catharine Valley Trail. (Photo by George Rutledge)
Right: Georgio Fazzary warms up before the race. (Photo by Liz Fraboni)

The race chicken collapses after leading the children's fun run. (Photo by Liz Fraboni)



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