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Winners announced for Rotary’s ‘Race to Zero’ Purple Pinkie 5K

This year’s Yvette Palmer “Race to Zero” Purple Pinkie 5K and family fun walk in Doylestown – Rotary Club of Doylestown’s first year hosting the fundraiser – drew 71 runners and walkers for Rotary International’s “Race to Zero” effort to eradicate polio around the globe.

Top finishers were Travis Robison of Ambler and Courtney Sobolewski of Blue Bell. 

Local runner Skip Schanbacker opened with the “Star Spangled Banner” on trumpet and Mark Ullman of Doylestown Borough led the runners around the race course on his bicycle. 

The race, which included a one-kilometer wheelchair-accessible fun walk, was held on the campus of Delaware Valley University. Major sponsor was Penn Color.

Major gift-in-kind support came from professional road-runner coach and race coordinator Kevin Crail.

“The money raised by our race in entry fees, sponsorships and direct donations is hugely important,” says Gail Linenberg, president of the Doylestown club. “Every dollar sent to the Rotary Foundation for the eradication of polio worldwide will be tripled by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.” 

PHOTO CAPS: Travis Robison (left) of Ambler and Courtney Sobolewski of Blue Bell were the top male and female finishers in the Rotary Club of Doylestown’s “Race to Zero” Purple Pinkie 5K.