More than 200 runners and walkers gathered in downtown Northampton on August 26 for the Gándara Center’s 4th Annual Frozen Yogurt 5K Run/Walk. The event raised more than $20,000 to build a universally accessible playground at Gándara’s Mooreland residential group home for children aged newborn to 12.

“We’re still accepting donations for this incredibly worthy cause,” said Lisa Brecher, director of communications and development at the Gándara Center. “This playground will provide the youngest individuals we serve with some joy during an incredibly stressful time in their lives. Giving these children a safe and fun outlet in their backyard will help provide a positive light to their stay.”

Congratulations to this year’s medal winners:

Men 13-55: Michael Giles (19:03), Kevin Rogers (19:14), Mark Dinicola (19:56)

Women 13-55: Laura Christof (20:35), Abigail Tuohey (21:05), Sue Scott (22:19)

Boys 12 and under: Teddy Cyr (21:32), Billy Warren (25:03), Noah Smith (26:28)

Girls 12 and under: Sabrina Hopkins (28:17), Elizabeth Shaw (31:27), Rachel Huynh (31:34)

Men 55 and over: Alan Hunt (25:15), Herm Eichstaedt (25:14), Ken Tucker (27:19)

Women 55 and over: Candace Curran (27:48), Barbara O’Connor (28:54), Ann Van Dyke (30:53)

For any questions regarding the event—or for those interested in having their business sponsor next year’s race­—please contact Lisa Brecher at 413-296-6214 or

The Gándara Center would like to thank this year’s race sponsors: (Presenting Sponsor) GoBerry; (Platinum) W.B. Mason; (Gold) Insurance Center of New England, PeoplesBank, CIGNA, Country Bank; (Silver) Marcotte Ford; (Bronze) Skoler, Abbott & Presser PC, Whittlesey PC, Allied Flooring and Paint, Westfield Bank, This End Up, Merchants Fleet Management; (Road Race Signage) Copycat Print Shop, CheckWriters, River Valley Co-op; (Sideline Cheerleaders) Eastern Electronics & Security, Inc., Northampton Area Pediatrics.

Special thanks to our 20-plus volunteers!

Runners and walkers: your feedback is essential to helping us grow and make this event even bigger and better: please take our short survey at

For official race time and finish line photos, be sure to visit We’ve also posted more than 70 photos from the festivities on our Facebook page: Please like, share, and tag away!

medal winners


finish line