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Photos: 2017 12th Annual Firemen’s 5K Fun Run and Pancake Breakfast

Story and photos by Ted Smith, Communication Committee Photographer

It was a beautiful day to be outdoors when the Governors Village community held its 12th Annual Firemen’s 5K Fun Run & Pancake Breakfast, Saturday, June 3, 2017.

Whether you walked or ran or you cheered on the runners, the event was great fun.

Sparky, the firemen’s mascot, was on hand to inspire the participants.

Everyone who took part was all smiles as they crossed the finish line and were greeted by cheers from the onlookers. Race results are attached below.

Each participant and volunteer was given a special edition T-Shirt.


After the run, everyone enjoyed a pancake breakfast, prepared by our Social Committee and served by the firefighters of the North Chatham Volunteer Fire Department.

Following the pancake breakfast, the Kids Triathlon was held. Participants ran, biked and finally dove into the pool for the swimming portion of the race. After everyone finished, prizes were awarded and each child who participated received a goody bag.


It is not too soon to consider volunteering to help next year with your favorite portion of the event.  Thanks to Shannon and Adam Novak for overseeing this function and organizing the 5K Race again this year.

Acknowledgements and thanks go to all the others who helped make this day an unquestionable success, including:

  • Leda Werrell and Lisa Marie Taylor, organizers for the kids triathlon
  • Mary Anne Hutton, coordinator for pancake breakfast
  • Terry Landers, designer for registration form
  • Allie Vivirito and Leda Werrell, social committee chairs
  • members of the Social Committee
  • and all other community volunteers.

Generous sponsorships helped make the event possible.

Finally thanks to the North Chatham Volunteer Fire Department and to everyone who made a donation to the fire department.

Please enjoy the pictures of this special day. Click on an image below to open the slideshow.

12th Annual Governors Village 5K Results (PDF)

Sponsored by the Social Committee.

Fun At 2012 Seventh Annual Firemen’s Breakfast, 5K Race and Kids Triathlon

In the early morning light of Saturday, May 12, 2012, fire trucks pulled into the pool parking lot. Large coffee urns were switched on in the pool house kitchen. A large, excited group of residents and friends of the Governors Village community gathered near the pool entrance.

Everyone was up early to participate in the annual Firemen’s Pancake Breakfast, 5K Race and Kids Triathlon.  This is the seventh year the Governors Village Social Committee has held this event to mark the opening of the pool season and to raise funds for the Chatham County Fire Department.

5K and Kids Triathlon

Dan Hirschman organized the 5K Race which drew 70 running or walking participants, some pushing baby strollers.

Ralph Howard was the Kids Triathlon coordinator with help from Jenny O’Brien and Jackie Moll.

The day’s weather was perfect for the races. Although the water temperature in the pool may have been a bit brisk,  the triathlon entrants were undeterred.

Participants were greeted at the Finish Line with boisterous celebration and the runners smiled broadly in appreciation. Race results for both the 5K and the triathlon are attached below.

Pancake Breakfast

Volunteers prepared a delicious breakfast of pancakes, sausage and fresh fruit salad, which was served by the attending firemen and their spouses.

Cooking pancakes Saturday were Social Committee members Barbara McCullen, Jo Watta, Mary Anne Hutton, Linda Kreiter, and Terry Landers with able assistance from Mary Roederer.

Among the community’s younger residents who pitched in this year was Olivia Draper, who oversaw the beverage table operations where coffee and juice were served. Valuable help also came from Andrew Conte and his friend, Jeff.

Chatham County Fire Department

Governors Village is grateful to the Fire Department for their help in staging this event. Residents climbed aboard the fire trucks, picked up safety tips and shared photo ops with the the firemen. Chief John Strowd and a large group of the firemen had to leave the event to attend to a structure fire, an unfortunate incident, but one that underscores the seriousness of the fire department’s mission.

Deputy Chief Mark Riggsbee watched and smiled appreciatively as a fireman’s boot filled with donations from residents for the Chatham County Fire Department.

The final tally will be announced later in the week, but early estimates are that Governors Village raised over $3,000 this year. Funds from last year’s event went toward purchasing a defibrillator and a gas detector.

Support From Area Businesses

Governors Village acknowledges generous contributions from business sponsors. Social Committee Chair Dominique Gignac reported, “We have had the most donations ever for the breakfast! We have been blown away by the generosity of the local businesses especially Domicile Realty, Subway and Governors Pharmacy. Also Fleet Feet Sports in Carrboro has been extremely generous in supporting the race.” The complete list of sponsors is attached below.

The Usual Suspects

Particular thanks go to Dominique and the members of the Social Committee who, along with many of their spouses, worked countless hours to make this event a success. Recreation Committee Chair Barry Bassett also helped out tirelessly.  Barry and members of the Recreation Committee have done a great job getting the pool ready for opening day.

Ted Smith, photographer for the Communications Committee, captured some great images showing the morning’s competitions, fellowship, smiles and fun. View the complete photo gallery from this event.

Thanks also to the many Governors Village community residents who supported the the Firemen’s Breakfast through their participation and generous donations.

2012 5K Race Results (PDF)
2012 Kids Triathlon Results (PDF)
2012 Business Sponsors (PDF)