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South Fairfax Chamber Comes Alive

Gale Curcio
By Gale Curcio
Posted on Sep 27,2011
Filed Under News , Community, Entertainment , Local Style,
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Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Suzann Albanese gets her blood pressure checked by Sabrina Winbush.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Suzann Albanese gets her blood pressure checked by Sabrina Winbush.

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - The third annual South Fairfax Chamber Challenge 10K event, promoted by the South Fairfax Chamber of Commerce to benefit the Academic and Athletic Programs at South County Secondary School, was held Sept. 18 at South County Secondary School in Lorton. Vulcan Materials Company was the major sponsor.
 

Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Earl Reed and Sabrina Winbush man the Doctors Express booth.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Earl Reed and Sabrina Winbush man the Doctors
Express booth.

In addition to the 10K Race, which was run on a USATF-certified course with electronic chip timing, there was a One-Mile Fun Run for all ages on the South County track.
 
Elena Orlova was the winning female runner, while Jordan McDougal came in first in the male category.
 
The Fun Fair had plenty of activities for the children, including an Iron Man moon bounce, and games like Sombrero Toss, Quarterback Toss and Duck Pond. There was food, music, prizes and arts & crafts. Activities included an air guitar contest, a hula hoop contest, limbo contest and an Iron Man Challenge Inflatable Obstacle Course.
 
Participants received chair massages from Fairfax Station Chiropractic; had their hearing and sight screened by the Lion’s Club Sight & Hearing Van and their blood pressure and blood sugar glucose tested by Doctor’s Express Mount Vernon.
 
Other vendors included Fairfax County Health Department; Irma Clifton with the Workhouse Museum; Gold's Gym; LA Fitness; Silpada Jewelry; Gunston Physical Therapy; Red Cross Blood Mobile; Spinal Reflects Effects & Lorton Therapeutic Massage.
 

Photo by Gale Curcio<br />Peter Weyland and Tim Rizer enjoy themselves during the Challenge.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Peter Weyland and Tim Rizer enjoy themselves
during the Challenge.

The latter provided massages for the racers after the run. According to organizer, Diana York, “Charlie & Son Trash & Recycling Service, Inc. was a huge contributor, delivering trash containers for the duration of our event and then taking away all of the trash from our event so that we didn't have to hire FCPS custodians.”
 
This is the second year that York has organized the event even though her children have graduated from South County. She estimates that this year’s event will net $11,000; proceeds benefit the Academic and Athletic Programs at South County Secondary School and The South County Secondary School Athletic Boosters Club (SCSABC) and the Parent, Teacher, Student Organization (PTSO).
 
“It was very, very successful,” said York.
 
Tim Rizer and Peter Weyland, chair and vice-chair of the South Fairfax County Chamber, said, “We were looking to help the school and the community. The Chamber likes to get involved – there is good synergy here.”
 
Rizer estimates that there was a 20% increase in the number of runners this year. Jennifer Derasmo, who participated in the race and won a $40 gift certificate from Potomac River Running, said, “What a nice event.”
 
About 50 members of the South County Church had a booth with games, food and prizes.
 

Photo by Gale Curcio<br />Diana York with Sue and Chase Brindisi.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Diana York with Sue and Chase Brindisi.

Irma Clifton was there representing the Workhouse Museum. She said that she was always interested in history and joined the Heritage Society 30 years ago.
 
“We didn’t have much action here in Lorton,” said Clifton, “But Thaddeus Lowe launched a balloon reconnaissance from here. The air at that time was so clear that you could see all the way to Manassas, but unfortunately the government wasn’t astute enough to realize the value of the balloon and it didn’t last.”
 
For more information about the South Fairfax Chamber, visit http://www.southfairfaxchamber.org.  
 
Gale Curcio is an independent writer and public relations consultant in Mount Vernon.


Photo by Gale Curcio<br />Members of the South County Church gather for the event.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Members of the South County Church gather for
the event.


Photo by Gale Curcio<br />Children try their hand at the Sombrero Toss.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Children try their hand at the Sombrero Toss.


Photo by Gale Curcio<br />Earl Reed and Sabrina Winbush from Doctors Express Mount Vernon enter the event.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Earl Reed and Sabrina Winbush from Doctors
Express Mount Vernon enter the event.


Photo by Gale Curcio<br />Elena Orlova was the winning female runner.<br />
Photo by Gale Curcio
Elena Orlova was the winning female runner.


Photo by Gale Curcio<br />Jordan McDougal came in first in the male category.<br />
Photo by Gale Curcio
Jordan McDougal came in first in the
male category.


Photo by Gale Curcio<br />Runners cross the finish line.<br />
Photo by Gale Curcio
Runners cross the finish line.


Photo by Gale Curcio<br />Chris Kormis And Teri Walker sell Entertainment books to raise money for South County’s All-Night Grad Party.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Chris Kormis And Teri Walker sell Entertainment
books to raise money for South County’s
All-Night Grad Party.


Photo by Gale Curcio<br />Brianna DeGrave and Quinton Mackins man the Gold’s Gym booth.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Brianna DeGrave and Quinton Mackins man
the Gold’s Gym booth.


Photo by Gale Curcio<br />Michelle O’Brien is a local Silpada rep.<br />
Photo by Gale Curcio
Michelle O’Brien is a local Silpada rep.


Photo by Gale Curcio<br />Irma Clifton mans the Workhouse Museum table.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Irma Clifton mans the Workhouse Museum table.


Photo by Gale Curcio<br />The Ironman moon bounce was popular with the children.
Photo by Gale Curcio
The Ironman moon bounce was popular
with the children.





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