Memorial 5K races are not how most middle schoolers opt to spend a Sunday morning. However on October 15th, that is precisely what eighth grader and York Prep track runner Sam Carrigan did. With the support of his dad, Sam participated in the very first running of the Susan Baer Memorial 5K. The Newark International Airport Managers Council’s (NIAMCO) “Run the Runway” was a USATF certified course right on the EWR runway. Race proceeds went to Angel Flight NE, which arranges free flights for those requiring access to medical care.
The race’s namesake, Susan Baer, was an amazing woman with many accomplishments. During her career, Susan was responsible for all three major airports in the New York metro area. Also, she was the first woman to be named aviation director for The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. Tragically, she passed away in 2016 from breast cancer. “Susan was a second mother to Sam and one of my dearest friends,” explained Sam’s father Mr. Carrigan.
Surprisingly enough, the winner of the inaugural Susan Baer Memorial 5K was none other than our very own Sam! Sam was first out of a total 325 runners! Sam even wore his York Prep track uniform because he is proud of his team. Pictured while flanked by the 2nd and 3rd place finishers of Sunday’s race, Sam makes York Prep proud too. You can watch Sam run across the finish line in this youtube video at the 1:24 minute mark!