New Albany News

New Albany Independence Day 5K nets $25,000 for charity

The inaugural New Albany Independence Day 5K Run and Walk on July 4 netted more than $25,000 to be split between the New Albany Symphony Orchestra and LifeCare Alliance.

The symphony orchestra is a nonprofit group of professional, community and student musicians. It is supported through grants, fundraisers and donations.

LifeCare Alliance of Columbus provides meals, medical assistance and other services to senior citizens and "medically challenged adults," according to the organization's website.

Organizer Paul Naumoff said 600 people participated in the morning activities, which included a 5K run and walk, a 200-yard dash for children and a "kid crawl" and for children younger than 2.

The top finisher in the 5K was Blake Taneff of New Albany, with a time of 15:19. The second- and third-place males were: Kasey Kist of New Albany, finishing in 16:48; and Nathan Peck of New Albany, finishing in 17:16.

The top three female runners were: Molly Dengler of New Albany, finishing at 18:50; Elizabeth Dengler of New Albany, 19:11; Lauren Fischer of Newark, 21:24.

Naumoff said the event, organized by volunteers, raised $17,000 in donations from corporations and individuals. With race fees added, the total surpassed $25,000.

-- Lori Wince