Housenick, Wilson triumph in Friedman 5K

By Robert Miner - For Times Leader
Alla Wilson, of Dunmore, led the women’s field on Sunday and finished third overall. - Fred Adams | For Times Leader
Stephen Housenick, of Kingston, heads for the finish to win the Pauly Friedman 5K Family Walk/Run, just ahead of Paul Shaffer in second place. - Fred Adams | For Times Leader
A field of 183 people competed in the 10th annual Pauly Friedman 5K Family Walk/Run at Misericordia on Sunday. - Fred Adams | For Times Leader

DALLAS TWP. — Stephen Housenick and Alla Wilson ran to victories in the Pauly Friedman 5K Family Walk/Run on Sunday outside the Anderson Center at Misericordia.

Housenick, 49, of Kingston, crossed the finish line in 19 minutes, 45 seconds. It was his second win in three years in the event.

“I underwent hip surgery a year ago, so I missed running here last year,” Housenick said. “Today, I went out at my own pace and led most of the way. But (Paul Shaffer) passed me with about 200 yards to go. I caught and passed him back with about 100 yards to go.”

Then Housenick held on for the win. Shaffer finished second, a little better than a second behind.

Former Coughlin runner Cade Corcoran, 18, of Wilkes-Barre — who won top male honors in last year’s race — finished fourth overall and third among the men in 21:11.

Wilson, 30, of Dunmore, won top female honors, finishing third overall in 20:30. It was Wilson’s first time running in the event.

“I ran hard right from the start,” said Wilson, who only started running four years ago. “I moved into a nice pace at the turnaround. Then I just tried to keep the two guys running ahead of me in my sight. I finished strong. It was hard — but I pushed through it.”

Proceeds from the race go to Help Line/211, a program of Family Service Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Help Line is an information and referral service and a fast response point for crisis calls serving 17 counties. Help Line operates around the clock and can be reached by dialing 2-1-1 or by texting your zip code to TXT211.

Family Service Association CEO Mike Zimmerman thanked the Friedman Family and race sponsors for supporting the event in Pauly Friedman’s memory. He said this year’s race was expected to raise about $15,000. If that goal is reached, the race will have raised about $95,000 for Help Line in its 10-year history.

10th annual Pauly Friedman Family 5K Run results

Top 5 finishers

Stephen Housenick, 49, Kingston, 19:45

Paul Shaffer, 49, West Pittston, 19:48

Alla Wilson, 30, Dunmore, 20:30

Cade Corcoran, 18, Wilkes-Barre, 21:11

Stephen Filipiak, 35, Harding, 21:17

Male awards: Overall: Housenick. Age group winners: 15 & under: Bo Voelker, Harveys Lake, 27:02. 16-19: Cade Corcoran, Wilkes-Barre, 31:24. 16-19: 20-29: Tino Alunni, Forty Fort, 23:26. 30-39: Stephen Filipiak, Harding, 21:17. Masters division: 40-49: Paul Shaffer, W. Pittston, 19:46. 50-59: Joe Krans, na, 25:28. 60-69: Robert Miller, na, 27:15. 70 & over: Max Furek, Mocanaqua, 25:34.

Female awards: Overall: Wilson. 15 & under: Mya Corcoran, na, 31:24. 16-19: Caitlyn Bly, Hanover Twp., 22:55. 20-29: Kimberly Smith, Easton, 22:56. 30-39: Tami Thomas, Ashley, 23:04. Masters division: 40-49: Heather Dewees, Dallas, 23:28. 50-59: Sandra Federo, na, 28:48. 60-69: none. 70 & over: none.

Field: 183 (84 runners, 99 walkers). Official starter: Justin Sandy. Timing and results: Scranton Running Company (scrantonrunning.com). Event chair: Megan Kennedy. Race director: Amber Loomis. Family Service Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania CEO: Mike Zimmerman.

Schedule

Wednesday: Susquehanna River Runners Club’s Valley’s Fastest Man/Woman series: Race No. 2. SRRC 1-Mile Run on the Paved Track at Church Street Park, just off Third Ave., Kingston at 7 p.m. (second of three 1-milers in the series). Info: Chris Wadas, 570-592-2920.

Saturday, Aug. 18: Pittston Tomato Festival 5K Run, starting at Pittston YMCA at 10 a.m. and finishing near the entrance to the festival grounds, just off Main St. Info: Jay Duffy, 570-574-0463.

Wednesday, Aug. 22: Susquehanna River Runners Club’s Valley’s Fastest Man/Woman series: Race No. 3. Breaker Brewing Company Giants Despair Challenge (third and final 1-miler of the series), Northamton St., Laurel Run at 7 p.m. Info: Chris Wadas, 570-592-2820.

Saturday, Sept. 1.: Wyoming Valley Striders 44th annual Cliff Robbins Sr. Memorial High School Invitational Races at Letterkenny Fields, just off 42nd St., Dallas Twp. at 10 a.m. Info: Don Grose, 570-239-5792 or Karen Moskel, 570-406-4029.

Alla Wilson, of Dunmore, led the women’s field on Sunday and finished third overall.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_run3_faa-2.jpgAlla Wilson, of Dunmore, led the women’s field on Sunday and finished third overall. Fred Adams | For Times Leader

Stephen Housenick, of Kingston, heads for the finish to win the Pauly Friedman 5K Family Walk/Run, just ahead of Paul Shaffer in second place.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_run2_faa-2.jpgStephen Housenick, of Kingston, heads for the finish to win the Pauly Friedman 5K Family Walk/Run, just ahead of Paul Shaffer in second place. Fred Adams | For Times Leader

A field of 183 people competed in the 10th annual Pauly Friedman 5K Family Walk/Run at Misericordia on Sunday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_run1-2.jpgA field of 183 people competed in the 10th annual Pauly Friedman 5K Family Walk/Run at Misericordia on Sunday. Fred Adams | For Times Leader

By Robert Miner

For Times Leader