TAPInto East Orange/Orange Covers the 17th Annual Building Tomorrows Event

May 4th, 2015

Essex County's Brookdale Park was all abuzz with activity on Saturday, April 25 for a great cause. The Arc of Essex County, a 501c3 organization dedicated to helping children and adults with intellectual and development disabilities (I/DD), hosted a 5K Run/Walk to raise money for the agency's programs and services.

Cody Kingman, 17, of Charlton, Mass. and Jerika Lufrano, 14, of Montclair, N.J. were determined the winners of the 17th Annual Building Tomorrows 5K Run while raising more than $75,000 to support the agency’s programs and services.  Kingman, the overall victor and men’s division winner finished with a time of 17:21, while Lufrano finished 12th overall and first in the women’s division with a time of 21:13.

The USA Track and Field sanctioned 5K-race attracted nearly 500 participants in the simultaneous Two-Mile Walk and Family Fun Fest.

Lufrano, a Montclair Glenfield Middle School student, says that she enjoys running in races across the state. The women's division winner said, "I have run this race many times and other times I had races and couldn't come, so I feel great." This was her first time winning a first place recognition at the event. In past events, Lufrano had come in second and thrid place.

The Arc of Essex County is the state’s largest provider of services and supports to the Individuals with Developmental Disabilities community with programs that serve individuals from birth through their senior years.

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