United Way of Wyoming Valley hosts 5K run starting on Public Square

United Way of Wyoming Valley Executive Director Bill Jones gets ready to greet a finisher in the 5K for United Way on Saturday in Wilkes-Barre. - Times Leader Photo

WILKES-BARRE – Nearly 100 runners turned out for the inaugural 5K for the United Way on Saturday.

In addition to the runners, a number of walkers, some dressed as storybook characters, participated in a 1-mile walk.

“We were looking for a way to engage more people so they understand what the United Way is all about, and create an activity that we could host,” Kathy Bozinski, director of marketing and communications at United Way of Wyoming Valley, explained earlier in the week. “Some members of our staff suggested a 5K walk/run. We thought it was a good idea. We’ve been working on this since early spring.”

The course started on Public Square and wound through Kirby and Nesbitt parks before returning to Public Square for the finish.

After the run and walk, participants were treated to an after-party at Rodano’s on Public Square.

Andrew Webb won the race in a time of 22 minutes, 33 seconds. The top female finisher was Tiffany Leventhal in 23:03.

The race was in partnership with the Keystone State Games, which are taking place this weekend throughout Luzerne County. Run participants received a Keystone State Games medal.

United Way of Wyoming Valley Executive Director Bill Jones gets ready to greet a finisher in the 5K for United Way on Saturday in Wilkes-Barre.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_20180728_094117-1.jpgUnited Way of Wyoming Valley Executive Director Bill Jones gets ready to greet a finisher in the 5K for United Way on Saturday in Wilkes-Barre. Times Leader Photo