Waves of Locals Catch-a-Cure


It was a great day to Catch-a-Cure. More than 300 people came out to the boardwalk to participate in a family 5k run/walk on Sunday, September 29, to raise money for local families dealing with cancer.

Rockaway came out strong on Sunday to show that cancer will not keep them down. Runners and walkers dotted the boardwalk between Beach 126th and Beach 102nd as they ran for family members and friends that are impacted by cancer and to raise funds for Rockaway WISH to help those families. This year’s race was run in memory of members of the community we recently lost to cancer including Ann Marie Sullivan of Broad Channel, Clare Droesch of Rockaway and Billy Kinane of Breezy Point. This year’s honorees included Teri Bautz of Broad Channel, Pat Orzano of Rockaway and Matthew Piccione of Breezy Point.

While the run was a fun run/walk for many, awards were available for those who went all out. The top overall male was Kiernan Smith, 17, who ran the 5K in 18 minutes, 53.532 seconds. The top overall female was Katie Henderson, 26, who ran it in 21 minutes, 35.972 seconds. The race included residents of all ages. The top female in the 0-12 age category was 12-year-old Marin Crowley and the top male was 11-year-old Petey Franchock. The top female in the age 80 and up category was 85-year-old Addie Antanoff, and the top male, in the 70-79 age category, was 73-year-old Peter Hayden.

Awards were given out at the Community House, where the after-party for the event took place.

Congratulations to Rockaway WISH on leading a successful event, and to all of the participants that came out to run and walk for those with cancer.

Photos by Ed Cashen.