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VBF 2013 Albany Walk/Run Huge Success

VBF’s 5th Annual Challenge, a 5K Race, Community Walk and Kids Fun Run, was held on Friday, May 10th at The Niskayuna Soccer Complex in Niskayuna, NY. Once again, this family-friendly event was a great success with over 200 people in attendance! This event raised over $8,000 !


VBF would like to thank the 2013 Birthmark Champion, Alec Frazier and his family, and past Birthmark Champions, Chase Manny and his family, Kaylee Rippy and her family (The Wojciks), Ethan Watson and his family and Anna Joyce and her family who each had large teams participating at the event. Thanks also to our walk/run committee: Kyla Graziane, Tara Frazier, Kristin Krikorian, Nancy and John Wojcik, Kim Thurn, Holly Morizio, Lianne Chase, Erle Daniels and Race With Us, to our additional volunteers: Christine Shannon, Jim and Jimmy Joyce, Lily and Steve Ernst, Stefanie Roche, Irene and Fred Gadomski, AJ Palmateer, Fred Palmateer, Marty Morizio, the Kohls volunteers, Geoff Frazier, Scott, Gregory, Gary and Pat Krikorian, Travis Winglosky, Michelle, Hannah and Megan Combs, TJ Reichl and Mary Clark and to VBF staff: Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon, Basia Joyce, Lauren Palmateer, Colleen Reichl and Genevieve Malloux.


A very special thanks to our many sponsors, including Joe Condon and B95.5/Albany Broadcasting, DJ Krazy Keith, Coccadotts Cupcake Van, Tumbling Tykes, Funflatables and Changes Salon for donating their services in order to make this event successful.


Basia, Dr. Linda and the 5K Winner
Buddy Booby Cupcake
Basia, Dr. Linda and 1st Place 5K Winner, Noah Rhode and his parents
Buddy Booby cupcake made by Coccadotts
Christine Shannon Singing the National Anthem
Dr. Linda and the Fraziers
Fraziers, Joe Condon, Dr. Linda
Start of the Kids' Dash
2013 Kids' Dash
Changes Salon Hairstylists
Kids Fun Run
2013 Kids Fun Run
Past Champion Anna
Registration Activity
5K Start
Past Birthmark Champion, Anna Joyce (left) with her friend, Ashley (right) and Changes Salon hair stylists
Registration Activity
Start of the 5K
Start of the Walk
2013 Birthmark Champion Alec with Past Champion Ethan
Start of the Walk
2013 Birthmark Champion, Alec with (left) with past Champion, Ethan