Third annual Move 5K attracts a fast crowd from Upstate

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Upstate medical student Peter Edmonds leads Brian Stevens as they near the 2-mile mark in Sunday's Move 5K at Green Lakes State Park. Edmonds finished fourth (17:46), just ahead of Stevens (17:52). Photo by Jim McKeever.

More than 140 runners, walkers and wheelchair participants took part in the Move 5K at Green Lakes State Park Sunday, sponsored by Upstate’s Department of Physical Therapy Education and Move Along, Inc.

The third annual event benefited educational programs for Upstate’s DPT students and programming at Move Along, a local organization that provides athletic opportunities for people with medically documented limitations.

A pair of second-year Doctor of Physical Therapy students repeated their victories from last year: Lee Berube was the overall winner in 15 minutes, 51 seconds, and Alyson Dalton was the top female runner, finishing seventh overall in 19 minutes flat. Complete results from Leone Timing are here.

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Upstate DPT student Alyson Dalton en route to her second straight win in the Move 5K at Green Lakes Sunday.

First-year physical therapy student John Longo finished second overall in 16 minutes, 18 seconds, ahead of Paul Crisafulli (17:16). Second-year DPT student Dawn Sudol was the second-place female finisher and 12th overall (20:03), followed by first-year DPT student Kelly Carolan, 17th overall (21:04).

Many other Doctor of Physical Therapy students worked behind the scenes, organizing the event and volunteering on race day at the registration desk and on the course.

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Upstate DPT student Lee Berube en route to his second straight victory in the Move 5K at Green Lakes Sunday.

Move 5K co-director Megan James, a third-year DPT student, was grateful for the continued support for the annual event.

“Whether you were in the race, volunteered, or donated, your support is truly appreciated by all of us in Upstate’s Physical Therapy program and at Move Along,” Megan said. “We hope everyone had a great time and is looking forward to the next Move 5K!”

The annual event is one way Upstate’s Physical Therapy Department strives to increase the awareness of physical therapy and its use to individuals with musculoskeletal related pain/injury. Proceeds from Move 5K help send students to educational conferences on physical therapy and rehabilitation medicine.

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Upstate student Caroline Foisy shows fellow volunteers the layout of the course prior to the start of the Move 5K at Green Lakes State Park.

The event also featured a team competition for the Upstate community. Seven teams were up for the challenge, with the winning team determined by best average time of the team’s three fastest runners.

The top group was “Team America,” with individual winner Lee Berube joined by fellow DPT students Eric Rickman, Jeff Keisa, Jordan Noffey and Mike Dimeo.

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Upstate DPT student and Move 5K co-director Jessica Loretz escorts a participant in the kids' fun run Sunday at Green Lakes State Park. Halloween costumes were encouraged, and participants young and old took it to heart.

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