When Ed Kokoszka was in his twenties, he and a friend decided to get healthy. To do so, they started to run. At first, they walked and ran around a track, eventually getting fit enough to run without walking. Ed developed a love of running that blossomed into long weekend runs and races. Local in origin, they began in Media, but eventually Ed ran the Broad Street Run and the Jefferson Distance Run. His love of running and his desire to help others became a healthy marriage as he began to sign up for races that would benefit others in need.
When Dr. Christine Meyer of Team CMMD asked Ed, a patient of hers, to sign up for her running team to benefit the American Cancer Society, he did it without hesitation – true to his character. Ed was an integral part of the first Broad Street team, embodying everything about the people on it by being a leader through his positivity and his encouragement. He wanted his teammates to finish even when they felt they couldn't, and he would go the extra mile to ensure they did.
Sadly, at the age of 59, Ed died suddenly just before Christmas in 2015. Survived by his wife and three children, Ed is fondly remembered for his wonderful qualities and attributes by his friends, family and Team CMMD teammates. This run series will benefit a scholarship for his two youngest children and Team CMMD. Encouraging runners to achieve their best time and challenge themselves, the Speedy 5K series embodies what Ed believed in: that anything is possible if you believe in yourself.
A summertime 5k
benefits ED Kokoszka Children's Scholarship Fund and the Team CMMD Foundation
A chip-timed, professional 5K through Hibernia County Park on a paved but challenging trail; prizes awarded for top finishers; race shirt, time receipt and post-race snacks
WHO YOU'LL HELP
All proceeds benefit financial assistance programs for local cancer families and a scholarship fund for a fallen teammate’s three children.