Some 1,200 Runners and Walkers Participated in This Fifth Annual Fundraising Event
NEW HOLLAND, Pa. – April 8, 2013 – Kenny Goodfellow, 23, of Rochester, N.Y., finished first in the fifth annual Garden Spot Village Marathon on Saturday, April 6, with a time of 2:35:30. Jennifer Terefencko, 34, of Pottsville, Pa., finished first in the Women’s Open Division and 19th overall, with a time of 3:14:00.
Michael Kubbutat, 52, of Schallstadt, Germany, won the Men’s Grand Masters Division for runners 50 years old and better, with a time of 3:25:43. Kathleen Sanders, 51, of Manheim, Pa., was the Women’s Grand Masters winner, finishing in 4:05:31.
“We were blessed with perfect running weather, the support of hundreds of volunteers who worked hard to make it a great event, and some 1,200 marathoners, half-marathoners and relay teams of all ages who came out to test themselves and support our Benevolent Fund,” said race director Scott Miller, himself a marathoner, who is also chief marketing officer of the retirementcommunity.
The oldest finisher in the marathon was Ian Sim, 80, from Alexandria, Ontario. The youngest marathon finishers were three 15-year-olds: Benjamin Bliss, of Corning, N.Y., Noah Buck, of Duncannon, Pa., and Presley Day, of Clifton, Virginia. Bliss and Buck both completed last year’s Garden Spot Village marathon as well.
TheGarden Spot Village Marathon is believed to be the first marathon hosted by a retirement community. Beginning and ending on the community’s 104-acre campus, the USA Track & Field (USATF)-certified course runs along rural roads through scenic Lancaster County, Pa. The consensus among participants is that the course is both challenging and exceptionally beautiful.
To encourage a broad range of participation, the event recognizes individual achievement in five-year age categories to ages 80-plus, and the course remains open until the last participant has finished.
The event is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.
First-place marathon finishers in each of four categories won cash awards: Men Overall, Women Overall, Men’s Grand Masters (50-plus) and Women’s Grand Masters (50-plus). The Garden Spot Village Marathon is unique in that the masters awards for runners 50-plus are the same amounts as the overall awards.
Proceeds from the marathon benefit the Garden Spot Village Benevolent Fund, which helps support residents who need financial assistance.
Founded on faith in 1990, Garden Spot Village is a licensed, non-profit provider of innovative housing and lifestyle services that enrich the lives of older adults as an expression of Christ’s love.
Its flagship community, Garden Spot Village, opened its doors in 1996. A resort-style community for residents 62 plus, it provides a dynamic environment where individuals and couples can pursue purpose-filled lives. Located on a scenic 104-acre campus in New Holland, Pennsylvania, Garden Spot Village features award-winning architecture, exceptional amenities, more than 40 social clubs and an abundant schedule of activities.
In addition to its residential offerings, GardenSpot provides healthcare services on campus, and Garden Spot Village At Home personal care and companionship services to residents of Garden Spot Village and the greater New Holland community. Garden Spot also owns and operates Maple Farm, a household-model skilled care campus in Akron, Pennsylvania.
The organization embraces teamwork, service, stewardship, innovation and integrity. Garden Spot Village is affiliated with the Lancaster Mennonite Conference of the Mennonite Church, the Atlantic Coast Conference of Mennonite Church USA, Mennonite Health Services and LeadingAge PA.