Dime McCarren 5K ran its 10th Annual run to raise funds for community work
This year the Dime McCarren 5K finally returned to its usual Derby Day date, aka the first Saturday in May. This 5K had run virtually since COVID-19 hit, and returned to an in-person event this past October.
First to cross the finish line was Stephen Johnson. His time was 16:31:10. Kori Groenveld was the first woman to cross the finish line, 30th overall. Her time was 21:07:00.
The event also honors community members. Three awards for civic service were handed out to: Joanna Koszalka and Flushing Bank, Pamela Bradley, and North Brooklyn Mutual Aid. Koszalka and Flushing Bank were recognized for providing training to financial services trainees at the St. Nicks Alliance Workforce Center, hosting site visits, and hiring several graduates. Bradley’s work as an educator and education advocate brought her acknowledgment at this year’s Dime McCarren 5K. As part of St. Nicks Alliance’s Youth & Education, Bradley developed the literacy curriculum for K–5 students and leads professional development, coaches staff, provides reading interventions, and has been a partner for years in implementing a school success model. Bradley has also started her own consulting firm to help families access educational services for children. North Brooklyn Mutual Aid is a volunteer-led organization in North Brooklyn made up of community members with a big heart who provided much needed services during the COVID-19 lockdown like delivering food and PPE. They continue to bring aid to the community in many ways such as partnering with St Nicks Alliance to facilitate recreational and housing rights activities for the community.