BINGHAMTON — To raise money for organizations that combat drunk driving, 309 runners and about 400 walkers made it to the finish line at MacArthur Park during the 15th annual Danielle 5K Run/Walk on Sunday.
“This is the first time we’ve topped 300 runners,” said David Cody, deputy commissioner of the Broome County Department of Parks and Recreation. “It’s gratifying, for as long as we’ve been running, that we are still growing in that respect.”
Jordan Varano, 27, of Endicott, ran the 5K in 16 minutes and 33 seconds, the fastest time for the day.
The athletes raised $23,000, according to event workers. Past funds have been used for programs and equipment to fight drunk driving, including two $500 Students Against Drunk Driving scholarships, tools for the Binghamton police to video tape the arrest of drunk drivers, and the Periwinkle National Theatre presentation of a drug and alcohol prevention play.
The 5K is held in honor of Danielle Stento of Binghamton, who suffered traumatic brain injury and is cared for 24 hours a day after being struck by a drunk driver while walking across a street in Buffalo in 1989.