With the blast of an air horn by Mayor Kevin Hawk, the 6th annual Hawley Spring Run 5K Run/Walk- A Race Against Suicide bolted into action at Bingham Park, Sunday afternoon June 3.

HAWLEY - With the blast of an air horn by Mayor Kevin Hawk, the 6th annual Hawley Spring Run 5K Run/Walk- A Race Against Suicide bolted into action at Bingham Park, Sunday afternoon June 3.

There were 100 registrants this year, with four who did not appear. Weather was cloudy and cool, and rain-free. Runners and walkers left the park and entered the downtown, crossed the flood levee trail and over the Eddy Bridge to make a loop in the hill section starting with Oakland Avenue. Hawley Police assisted with traffic control.

The purpose of the event, which celebrates life with every step the runners and walkers take, seeks to raise awareness of suicide, steps of prevention and resources of where one can turn for help.

Proceeds benefit the Tyler Paul Whitman Memorial Scholarship. Tyler’s parents Charles and Sheila Whitman of Lakeville organize the event each year.

This year they raised $3,050 for scholarships, and the Whitmans decided to split it among all of the 17 applicants from Wallenpaupack Area High School. They each had to write an essay about suicide prevention. The top essay writer is to receive $1,000; the second and third place applicants each will receive a $500 scholarship. The rest will receive either $100 or $50 scholarships.

A team from Northeast Suicide Prevention Initiative, including Shelia, serve as judges for the essays. She said that the students did very good. They had to write about the warning signs of suicide among college-bound students, steps of prevention and where they can go for help.

They also host an open mic each year to raise funds. Mrs. Whitman said that four young people from Scranton, who have a band, were in the Hawley Spring Run open mic last year. The young people, ages 14-15, were so inspired, the held their own open mic this year in Scranton, and raised $1,200 for the Northeast Suicide Prevention Initiative. They came to the Spring Run this year and presented the check.

Among the race results, here are the overall winners and top five placements:

5K RUN
1. Seth Brown, male, by gender 1/25; time 19:45:1
2. Samantha Killiany, female, 1/31; 19:55:3
3. Alla Wilson, female, age 20-29, 20:59:8
4. Zane Hopkins, male, age 20-29, 22:24:3
5. Charlie Whitman, male, age 20-29, 2:24:3

5K WALK
1. Nicholas Hermann, male, by gender 1/14; time 38:15:6
2. Mark Asinski, male, 2/14; 42:50:5
3. Diane Carrotozzolo, female, 1/16; 45:38:9
4. Rich Carbone, male, 3/14; 47:50:7
5. Richard Freer, male, 4/14; 47:57:1.

For the full race results, visit: http://neparunner.com/2018/180603hsr.html.
Information about suicide prevention from the Northeast Suicide Prevention Initiative was available at the bandstand.

A toll-free “lifeline” is available to call for anyone that is struggling or feeling lonely, or is concerned about someone else. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Visit online at www.northeastsuicidepreventioninitiative.org and on Facebook.