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14th annual run and walk benefits CES schools and programs

Runners and walkers enjoyed a beautiful morning at Bridgeport's Seaside Park on Saturday, Oct. 16, for the 14th annual CES 5K Fall Classic. The run and walk raises funds that go toward the schools and programs at Cooperative Educational Services.
 
Anthony Chowanec of Bridgeport was the top finisher with a time of 19:27. Lauren Flament was the top female finisher at 20:47. Both have won the CES race in previous years. All of the runners battled a strong wind coming off Long Island Sound on the last half of the race and finished strong.
 
One of the runners, Michelle Puskar of East Hampton, hit a milestone when she completed the course. She ran with members of the Run 169 Towns Society, a running group that aims to run races in every Connecticut town, and the CES race in Bridgeport was her 169th, a feat that she said took several years to complete.
 
Platinum-level sponsors for the 2021 race are Gallagher Insurance and Consulting and People's United Bank. Other sponsors and donors are Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES) of Hamden, Bagel King of Bridgeport, Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo of Bridgeport, the Maritime Aquarium of Norwalk, Sacred Heart University Athletics Department, and W.B. Mason.
 
Runners at the finish line
Overall winner celebrates at finish line

Anthony Chowanec (19:27) was the overall winner of the 5K.

Runner at the finish line

Lauren Flament (20:47) was the top female finisher and third overall.

Runners on sidewalk near beach
Runner celebrates with friends after the race

Michelle Puskar celebrates with friends after completing the race. Michelle and her friends are in the Run 169 Towns Society and attempt to run a race in every Connecticut town. The CES race in Bridgeport was Michelle's 169th.

Runners on sidewalk near beach
Runners on sidewalk near beach
Runners on sidewalk near beach
Runners on sidewalk near beach
Runners on sidewalk near beach
Runners on sidewalk near beach
Runners on sidewalk near beach
Runners on sidewalk near beach
Runners on sidewalk near beach
Runners on sidewalk near beach
Runners on sidewalk near beach
Runners on sidewalk near beach
Runners on sidewalk near beach
Runner and dog at the finish line
Runner and bicyclist near the finish line
CES volunteers at registration table
Runner at the finish line

Willem Lecomte (20:03) finished second overall.

Runner and bicyclist near the finish line
Runner at the finish line
Runner at the finish line
Runner at the finish line
Runner at the finish line
Runner at the finish line
Runner at the finish line
Runner at the finish line
Runner celebrates at the finish line
Runners at the finish line
Runner at the finish line
Runner at the finish line
Runner at the finish line
Runner at the finish line
Runners at the finish line
Runner at the finish line
Runner at the finish line
Runner celebrates at the finish line
Runner with dog at the finish line
Runner at the finish line
Runner at the finish line
Runner pushes stroller at the finish line
Runners at the finish line
Young boy at the finish line
Runner at the finish line
Runner at the finish line
Runner at the finish line
Runner at the finish line
Runners at the finish line
Student in superhero costume
Runner pushes stroller at the finish line
Runner at the finish line
Student in superhero costume poses with parent
Runner at the finish line
Runner at the finish line
Runner at the finish line
Runner pushes child carriage at the finish line
Runner at the finish line
Walker and child at the finish line
Runner at the finish line
Runner at the finish line
Runner at the finish line
Runner celebrates at the finish line
Runner at the finish line
Walkers at the finish line
Runner at the finish line
Runner at the finish line
Walker at the finish line
Runner at the finish line
Spectators and runners watch the finish line
Runners at the finish line
Family poses after the race
Walker at the finish line
Runner at the finish line
Runners at the finish line
Runners at the finish line
Runners at the finish line
Runner at the finish line
Runners at the finish line
Runners at the finish line
Runners at the finish line
Student in superhero outfit runs at the finish
Walkers at the finish line

Six to Six parents celebrate at the end of the walk.

Walkers at the finish line

Six to Six parents celebrate at the end of the walk.

Walkers at the finish line

Spectators cheer the participants on at the finish line.

Walkers at the finish line

Runners and walkers approach the finish line.

CES employees wait for the start

Volunteers from CES helped make the event a success.

Runners and walkers wait for the start

Runners wait for the race to begin.

A student celebrates at the finish

A student celebrates after completing the course.

Participants and spectators wait for the strt
Six to Six students warm up

Six to Six Magnet School Assistant Principal Robyn Proto warms up student runners.

Dr. Dumais speaks to runners before the race

CES Executive Director Dr. Charles Dumais thanks sponsors and talks to runners before the start starts.

Dr. Dumais speaks to runners before the start

CES Executive Director Dr. Charles Dumais thanks sponsors and talks to runners before the start starts.

Runners wait to start their race

Runners get last-minute instructions before taking off.

Runners on the 5k course
Runners on the 5k course

Lauren Flament was the top female finisher and third overall.

Runners on the 5k course led by a bicyclist
Runners on the 5k course
Runners on the 5k course
Walkers start
Runners on the 5k course
Runners on the 5k course
Runners on the 5k course
Runners on the 5k course
Runners on the 5k course
Runners on the 5k course

2021 Sponsors

CES thanks the following businesses and organizations for their generous support of our annual fundraising run and walk: