The second annual Chief’s Challenge 5K and Kid’s Fun Run took place on Sunday June 24, 2012 at the Hopatcong High School. The course was through scenic Hopatcong Borough with mile splits and water at the half-way point and finish. The start was at the Hopatcong High School track parking area and finished on the high school track. 178 runners of all ages and from all over the area participated, making for an exciting morning under the bright summer sun.
Tony Pinsonault getting the racers ready
Colleen McNamara reads from her letter Paul D. Pinsonault Memorial Foundation scholarship recipient, Colleen McNamara, read from her letter of thanks to the Foundation before the start of the race: “Your foundation has prompted me and inspired me to continue as a communal participant in this small borough of Hopatcong and therefore I will be “paying it forward” [Today] I will be joining the Chief’s Challenge Run, as a means of repaying a debt and continuing on the legacy of the late Paul D. Pinsonault. ……I even talked my family into joining the challenge as well. It will be exciting! None of us are runners, but it will be a chance to give back and say thank you because not only is your foundation a wonderful addition to our town, but, it is a lovely facet of the community which enables youth to pursue their dreams. Your foundation will help me to pursue my dream of a college education.”
Christian Pinsonault and daughter Nadia, 6
"Team Roadkill" - The Quinn family of Hopatcong
Michael Pachelia , 1st place photo Willa Scantlebury Men's top finishers: First place: Michael Pachelia, 23, of Ogdensburg, 05:09 Second place: Joseph Prestifilippo, 17, of Hopatcong, 5:44 Third place, Dylan Capwell,15, of Hopatcong, 05:51 Women’s top finishers: First place, Dianne Ross, 42, of Flanders NJ, 07:00 Second place, Jaquelyn Sobotka, 26, of Hopatcong, 07:13 Third place, Vicki Vara, 33, of Sparta, 07:29 For all results click here The mission of the Paul D. Pinsonault Memorial Foundation is to provide communities with opportunities for betterment; to facilitate constructive change for the community in which we live; to provide inspiration and stimulate personal growth; and create healthy and productive lives. Our current goal is to help communities raise funds needed to pursue civic causes in the areas of education and cancer research is to provide communities with opportunities for betterment; to facilitate constructive change for the community in which we live; to provide inspiration and stimulate personal growth; and create healthy and productive lives. Our current goal is to help communities raise funds needed to pursue civic causes in the areas of education and cancer research Net proceeds from this race will be awarded in the form of a scholarship to a graduating Hopatcong High School student(s) who have excelled both academically and athletically.
Race Volunteers Kathy Capwell and Willa Scantlebury