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Three-peat of Neighborhood Spirit

May 5, 2013

Sunday, April 28, 2013 marked the third successive year that the Highland Park Neighborhood participated in the  Neighborhood Spirit Contest held during the Unity Health System Rochester Flower City Challenge Half Marathon   As in previous years,  neighbors came out onto South Goodman Street starting at around 8 am and cheered, made noise and encouraged each and every runner as the marathoners made their way up the hill to Highland Park.

One comment left on our event blog, tells the tale of this years event.

As one of the runners in today’s half marathon, may I say a GIGANTIC THANK YOU!!! From the bottom of my aching feet. What tremendous support you gave. It didn’t matter that I was towards the end of the pack… it was an incredible feeling to be running through your neighborhood today. Many, many thanks. I hope to see you again next year!

After this annual race, participants are asked to complete a survey, indicating which neighborhood that they had run through displayed the most spirit and energy during the race.  The first year Susan B. Anthony Neighborhood  was ranked first based on responses, but in 2011 the Highland Park Neighborhood joined in the contest and gained First Place and then, in April of 2012, we came out again and repeated the victory.

Make it three years in a row!  Every year other great Rochester Neighborhoods join in to make this event even more competitive, but  when it comes to spirit, it seems that the Highland Park Neighborhood is a formidable participant.  And not only does this event bring our our residents out  to enjoy showing their spirit,  the winning streak has meant that the HPNA is once again the recipient of another $750 for a neighborhood beautification project.  Three monetary prizes are generously given out by the event sponsors.   The board of the association will be voting soon as to what project these funds will be used…stay tuned to our websites for that continuing start of the story.  Previous years projects funded in part by HPNA Spirit Contest wins include the Kiosk in Ellwanger & Barry Park and BoulevART 2013.

Many thanks for this year’s slide show which is courtesy Jill Carlier.

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