Meridian Sponsors Team for 20th Annual Teterboro 5K

The Meridian 5K Team poses for a shot before the big race.

The Meridian 5K Team poses for a shot before the big race.

Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company, proudly sent a team of 8 runners to the 20th Annual Teterboro 5K. This year, the “must-run” summer event attracted nearly 1,000 participants as well as hundreds of volunteers and spectators. The USTFA-sanctioned course offers athletes a unique experience of being able to run on one of the busiest general aviation runways in the country. With the New York Skyline and dozens of private aircraft in the background, runners we’re tasked with a flat course that consisted of 5 turns, 2 water breaks, and mile clocks. While the course itself may not seem challenging to a seasoned runner, the summer heat reflecting from the sun-drenched tarmac is often the biggest challenge.

Team Meridian had an impressive performance this year and ended up placing 3rd overall in the team results! These results are calculated by using the top 3 running times from each team. Our final team score was 1.21.26 and our average finish time was 27.08.94. Below are the full results of all of our team members:

Peter Tomaszewski 23:45.63* (96th Overall)
Justin Schiraldi 26:14.32* (168th Overall)
Rachel Pennington 31:26.87* (300th Overall)
Kanhai Nelson 32:20.35 (318th Overall)
George Remache 33:02.79 (327th Overall)
Samir Varela 33:04.42 (328th Overall)
Maggie O’Connell 36.43.53 (328th Overall)
Dennis O’Connell 43:59.73 (423rd Overall)

For more information on the race and its results visit: https://birdeasepro.com/TeterboroAirport5k

The event itself is organized by and for Bergen County’s United Way and all proceeds benefit their “Compassion Fund”. The fund provides emergency financial assistance to families struggling to meet basic needs, including rent, utilities, medical, child care, and other foreseen emergencies that threaten the family’s stability and well-being. Since the dawn of this 20-year tradition, the Teterboro 5K has raised an astounding $750K for families in need. A special thanks to all who sponsored, supported, and participated in this important and timely philanthropic mission.

To learn more about Bergen County United Way, please go to:  http://www.bergenunitedway.org

Meridian proudly displays its award for winning 3rd place in the 20th Annual Teterboro Airport 5K.

Meridian proudly displays its award for winning 3rd place in the 20th Annual Teterboro Airport 5K.

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