Rain Can’t Stop This Run

Dime McCarren 5K ran its 10th Annual run to raise funds for community work

The Dime McCarren 5K ran through the drizzle on May 7

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. 

Dime McCarren M5K top male finishers (l to r) Kim Gabriel, St Nicks Alliance Board; Kevin Connors, 2nd place; Jonathan Wetzel, 3rd place; Stephen Johnson, 1st place; Richard Dodson, Dime Community Bank sr. v.p./regional dir.; and Lisa Gutting, St. Nicks Alliance Board


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.

Dime McCarren 5K top female finishers (l to r) Kim Gabriel, St Nicks Alliance Board; Kori Groenveld, 1st place; Puck Voorneveld, 2nd place; Marina Talalaeva, 3rd place; Richard Dodson, Dime Community Bank sr. v.p./regional dir.; and Lisa Gutting, St. Nicks Alliance Board

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.

Kevin LaCherra and Franklin Adam (3rd and 4th from left) accept the civic award for North Brooklyn Mutual Aid. Also pictured (l to r) Lisa Gutting, St. Nicks Alliance Board; Frank Lang, St. Nicks Alliance housing dir.; Richard Dodson, Dime Community Bank sr. v.p./regional dir.; Kim Gabriel, St Nicks Alliance Board; and Michael Rochford, St. Nicks Alliance exec. dir.
Presenting the civic award to Joanna Koszalka (third from left), also pictured: (l to r) Beatrice Brown, St. Nicks Alliance Workforce Development sr. mgr; Frank Lang, St. Nicks Alliance housing dir.; Lisa Gutting, St. Nicks Alliance Board; Kim Gabriel, St Nicks Alliance Board; and Richard Dodson, Dime Community Bank sr. v.p./regional dir.

Author: Lori Ann Doyon

Managing editor, head writer, and lead photographer of Greenline | North Brooklyn News since October 2014. Resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1990.

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