Feathers were flying as 75 runners and waddlers flocked to Point Breeze on the first day of spring to celebrate the 1st annual Migration Celebration & Running of the Birds 5K Fun Run and Waddle. Several feathered friends were in attendance including Mother Goose, a very large chicken, a flock of "Freebirds", a Cardinal, a Bluebird and a few hot Chicks. The official "pace nest" featured parrot Robyn Tufts and chickadee Brandon Brown. Runners were greeted on the first wing of the race by bagpiper Roger "Buzz" Cox.
The celebration was the first event of the season organized by the Oak Orchard Neighborhood Association. They teamed up with Healthy Communities Capacity Building Project of Orleans County and Albion High School Physical Education Teacher and Track Coach Mark Hryvniak to organize the Fun Run. $626.73 in proceeds was raised for Paws of Orleans County to help control the feral cat population. Event Coordinator, Lynne Menz, (left) presented the check to Paws representative, Yvonne Waterhouse (right).
The first place runners awarded in the Women's division were:
1) Trisha Byler: 17:40
2) Kimberly Mills: 17:59
3) Grace Rich: 20:09
4) Anna Rich: 20:14
5) Rebecca Atwell: 21:07
The first place runners awarded in the Men's division were:
1) David Rapplayea: 15:29
2) Bryan Deibel: 15:30
3) Theiron Sheik: 16:10
4) Joshua Platt: 16:57
5) Zach Nielans: 17:55
Click here to view the race results in PDF format. (Also listed on our Documentation page.)
The "Best Bird in Show" was awarded to "chickadee" Brandon Brown, 10, of Alexander, NY.
The celebration continued at the Black North with an outstanding performance by local musicians, The Blind Leading the Blind. Besides the event organizers, the contributors included Road ID, Lynne Menz Designs, Black North Inn, Lighthouse Restaurant, Captains Cove Resort, 4 C’s Marina, LARD Associates, DA Tufts Construction, Stasko Insurance, Genesee Feeds, MMHCS Community Partners, Sports Graphics, Fleet Feet Rochester, Brown’s Berry Patch, Xpress Fitness, Little Ceasar’s Pizza, Orleans Transit Service, OC Cornell Cooperative Extension, Point Breeze Yacht Club and the Orleans County Bluebird Society. Face painting was offered by Lynne Gambel and performance by "the Blind Leading the Blind". THANK YOU, CONTRIBUTORS & VOLUNTEERS!
Enjoy the following photos by contributors Ben Jones, Dave Yong, Michelle Stanton Jones, Robyn Tufts & Lynne Menz.