Saturday, May 23, 2009

Running for Brittany

Running for Brittany | | Coshocton Tribune:

"COSHOCTON — Sprinting past the finish line, the number 25 proved to be a lucky one for Steven Wachtel.

That’s the number the 2007 River View High School graduate wore on his white T-shirt as he competed in the fourth annual Brittany’s 5K Run/Walk Benefit. His winning time was 18 minutes and 13 seconds.

“It feels good,” Wachtel said while still trying to catch his breath. “Whenever I get a chance to run I take it. It feels good to compete, but more than that running locally is about coming back to see friends and support a good cause.”

The yearly spring event was held Saturday at Lake Park to benefit the Williams Syndrome Association.

Williams Syndrome is a rare congenital disorder on chromosome seven that causes medical and developmental problems.

The event is named after 18-year-old Brittany Rogers who has the disorder. She is the daughter of Coshocton County Sheriff Tim Rogers and Nanci Rogers. Nanci serves as the president of the Williams Syndrome Board of Trustees.

“It’s a small association that is underfunded,” Nanci said. “Some of our philanthropic efforts include fundraisers to increase awareness, fund camps, conventions, research and education.”"

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