The Arc of Essex County’s 19th Annual Building Tomorrows Event Raises More than $77K

May 1st, 2017

Article originally published on Livingston Patch on May 2, 2017

The Arc of Essex County, a 501c3 organization dedicated to helping children and adults with intellectual and development disabilities (I/DD) such as Down syndrome and Autism, crowned David Leiken, 34, of Morris Plains, N.J. and Larissa Hoffmann, 23, of Sussex, N.J. the victors of the 19th Annual Building Tomorrows 5K Run while raising more than $77,000 to support the agency’s programs and services. Leiken, the overall victor and men’s division winner finished with a time of 19:37, while Hoffman finished 6th overall and first in the women’s division with a time of 21:46.

The USA Track and Field sanctioned 5K-race held on Saturday, April 29 in Essex County’s South Mountain Recreation Complex attracted a broad field of competitors. More than 700 participated in the 5K Run, Family Fundraising Walk, and Fun Fest. The Building Tomorrows event is part of The Arc of New Jersey’s annual Step Up for The Arc statewide initiative of walkathons held locally by every county chapter. The Arc of Essex County is the state’s largest provider of services and supports to the I/DD community with a wide variety of programs that serve individuals from birth through their senior years.

Finishing on Leiken’s heels in the men’s division were Timothy McCarthy, 37, of Nutley, N.J. with a time of 19:45 and Peter Cullen, 48, of Verona, N.J. with a time of 20:36.

In the women’s division, Nicole Rong, 15, of Livingston, N.J. placed second with a time of 23:16 and Chloe Contarino, 28, of West Orange, N.J. placed third with a time of 24:20.

In addition to the USATF-sanctioned 5K Run, members of the community gathered to participate in a fundraising walk…

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