Greenbelt in 2012

A photo blog about Greenbelt, Maryland in its 75th anniversary year

SIDS 5K Run at Greenbelt Lake

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September 9

The mission of the annual SIDS 5K Run/Walk is to “to raise funds for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) research and support for families, and to help fund free Cribs for Kids for Infants at Risk & Teen Parenting programs in Prince George’s County.” This is the 9th year of the event, and except for the first year, when it was held in Baltimore, the run and walk have taken place at Greenbelt Lake on an early Sunday morning in September.

Run/Walk for SIDS banner at Buddy Attick Park by Greenbelt Lake

Runners put bibs on. The 5-kilometer run (two laps around the lake) starts at 8 a.m. and the 1.25-mile walk (one lap) is anytime between 9 a.m. and noon.

Girls from Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg pose for a photo before the run. These are the varsity and junior varsity field hockey team members.

Seton students wait before the start of the race.

Because the race is 5-kilometers or 3.1 miles long and one lap around the lake is about 1.25 miles, runners have to run two and a half laps. So in order to finish at Buddy Attick Park, they need to walk about half a lap to the start line.

Off they go, running clockwise around the lake.

From left are Ilona Horchler, Genevieve Horchler (175), and Gabrielle Christian (Horchler, 173). They are sisters and they lost their brother Christian Gabriel Horchler (March 8, 1991 – May 9, 1991) to SIDS. Their mother Joani Horchler started SIDS Educational Service (SIDS-ES) and this SIDS run.

William Gallagher of Cheverly, Maryland, leads after one lap.

Ted Poulos of McLean, Virginia is closely behind.

Molly Garrett of Ridgely, Maryland is first among female runners.

Adrian Atizaro of Cheverly, MD

Gabrielle Christian (Horchler) and Genevieve Horchler

Aileen Kroll of Greenbelt, MD

Two girls help out at the water station.

Ted Poulos of McLean, Virginia approaches the finish line first.

Ted Poulos finishes first. The clock behind says 18 minutes and 39 seconds. His official time is 18:38.3. In May, he also won the Greenbelt Nursery School’s Tortoise and Hare 5K here with a time of 18:55.1.

The first-place (Ted Poulos, right) and second-place (Will Gallagher) finishers shake hands. Gallagher says that he was second last year as well. His time has improved from 20:15.08 last year to this year’s 18:49.8.

Gabrielle Christian is an actress and the spokesperson for SIDS Educational Services. She graduated from Eleanor Roosevelt High School and has appeared in a number of films and TV programs. She changed her last name to Christian in memory of her brother Christian Horchler who died of SIDS in 1991.

Adrienne Newby and Marcus Johnson cross the finish line together.

Cutting off the chip after the race

Alan Dwyer is a former mayor of Cheverly (1987-1993).

Seton students take another group photo after the race.

Those participating in the 1.25-mile walk can start any time between 9 a.m. and 12 noon.

Water bottles for runners and walkers

Donuts and bagels are available for runners and walkers.

The female overall winner is Molly Garrett, and her time was 21:15. She receives a pot of mums.

Annie Metz is second with a time of 22:55.

Ted Poulos (18:38), the men’s overall winner, holds his mums.

William Gallagher (18:49) is second.

Justin Mentzer (22:55) is third. He is Gabrielle Christian’s husband.

Adrian Atizaro wins the men’s master race.

Alan Dwyer is third in the men’s master race.

Organizer Joani Horchler holds today’s program. It has information about SIDS and tributes to babies who died from it.

The groups reads “We Remember Them” from the Jewish Book of Prayer:

In the rising of the sun and its going down,
We remember them.

In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter,
We will remember them.

In the opening buds and in the rebirth of spring,
We remember them.

In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer,
We remember them.

In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of autumn,
We remember them.

In the beginning of the year and when it ends,
We will remember them.

When we are weary and in need of strength,
We will remember them.

When we are lost and are sick of heart,
We remember them.

When we have Joys we yearn to share,
We remember them.

So long as we live, they too shall live,
For they are now a part of us,
As we remember them.

The group then sings “Let it Be” in memory of babies died of SIDS:

When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be

Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

And when the broken hearted people living in the world agree
There will be an answer, let it be
For though they may be parted, there is still a chance that they will see
There will be an answer, let it be

Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

And when the night is cloudy there is still a light that shines on me
Shine until tomorrow, let it be
I wake up to the sound of music, Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be

Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

Jim Stemmle, Jack Stemmle, Louis Couvillon, and Eddie Arredondo perform after the race. They call themselves Cheverly Brothers. Many of today’s participants come from Cheverly because the Horchler family is from there.

Sign at the entrance to Buddy Attick Park


Written by eric

September 12, 2012 at 6:00 am

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  1. Brethren in Christ I am pastor rick Roland of the Kensington Community Church in usa. I m writing this letter to you all with tear and pain all over my eyes, because it is barely one month now i return fro(m a crusade in Nigeria west Africa , it was my first visit to that part of the world. It was a great miracle crusade and many gave their life s to Christ to the glory of God, indeed it was a miraculous crusade many healing s from various kinds of diseases and chronic ailment, i have not seen miracle like this in my entire life, I must say god love our brethren in Africa. Dear brothers and sisters in Christ it hurt me so much to see that the church which i was invited as a guest preacher as be burnt off by some Islamic fundamentalist due to the recent prophet Mohammad cartoon drawing in IRAQ and also some members lost their life s and the pastor was seriously burnt and it need a medical surgery urgently and the doctors report say that it will cost and also the cost of rebuild ing and the church will cost $150,000. Please brethren in Christ, i m appealing to you all on behalf of the church and pastor Gabriel to come to their aid to enable him undergo a plastic surgery and to see that the church is rebuild again. Dear brethren in Christ, i want you to know that as we Christians we are going through a difficult time in our life, even some of us has lost their life in this process. i want you to know that our father in heaven have not forsaken us, he love us and he want us to be united as one and render assistance to one another in times of need, so brethren in Christ, let us give as much as little we can so that the world will know that we christian are united. I want you all to give this as a seed offering unto God and the almighty father will bless you all openly and abundantly in Jesus name Amen . Please note that i do not received donation here in Alabama USA, all donation are to be sent to the assistance pastor of the church in Nigeria through mone y gram transfer or Coinstar Money Transfer . Please all reply to my yahoo mail box.Thanks MY BEST REGARDS.GOODWILL JAMES PASTOR rick roland Kensington Community Church please u can reply me on this is mail?

    pastore rickroland

    April 21, 2013 at 7:37 am

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