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Saturday, August 10, 2002 -- Latrobe, PA
Latrobe Rotary & Adelphoi USA Founder's Day 5K (iPO Event Id#: 5038)
Story and photos by Don Parks

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Race Start
Ready to send them on a 5K mission
It was a fine morning on the Adelphoi campus in Latrobe, the site of the 7th Annual Latrobe Rotary & Adelphoi USA Founder's Day 5K. This morning's challenge would be a loop course on suburban streets with a few small hills thrown in for good measure. But as you might suspect, waiting back at the finish would be plenty of cool drinks, fruit, awards, and plenty of random prizes.

Founded in 1971 by a young Benedictine monk, Adelphoi has grown from a single group home in Latrobe, to a non-sectarian, nonpofit agency offering comprehensive community-based treatment throughout Pennsylvania.

Widely acclaimed for excellence, Adelphoi has been named one of the top five programs in the country by the National Governor's Assoctiation. As a recognized leader in child care, their innovative treatment programs have become a model to other agencies. And they don't do too bad at putting on 5K running races, either.

Race Pic
Off and running at the Founder's day 5K
At 8:30am everyone was off and running at the direction of Adelphoi founder Father Paschal Morlino. And it didn't take long for local talent Michael Scaffardi to run away from the competition. Scaffardi, a currently unattached runner, finished well over a minute before the rest of the field with a winning time of 15:42.

Second place went to T.J. Black (16:59), a 2001 graduate of Hempfield High School who now runs for St. Vincent College. His margin of victory was not nearly as large with third place, Allan Brown, finding the line at 17:18.

For the women, it was more Hempfield alumni putting in some nice efforts. First place went to Elana Resovich (21:50), a 2002 grad who will be attending Duquesne University. The second place finisher, Karen Thomas (22:01) who is also a Hempfield graduate, is attending Mercy Hurst College. Rounding out the top three was Danielle Hurd with a time of 22:21.

Race Pic
Also a fine morning for a walk
For those inclinded to a less frantic race to the finish, a 5K walk was provided. Those who shuffled their feet the fastest were Randy Davis (28:14), the men's winner, and Donna Marsh (34:40), the women's winner.

Proceeds from the event went to benefit the Vito and Marie Morlino Spiritual Fund. This fund gives Adelphoi youth the opportunity to take part in activities to learn about and increase spiritual awareness.

Also, a portion of the proceeds this year wnt to benefit Macy Kantor, a 4-year old from Derry, who is undergoing cancer treatment.

Adelphoi was especially thankful for the help provided by the Latrobe Roatary and their presence as co-sponsors, as well as contributions from Dick's Sporting Goods and Scalise Real Estate. But it is the hard work of many generous individuals that really made the event a success.