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.
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.
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.
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.