Camp Jabberwocky 5k brings high spirits to the FARM Institute


Runners competing in Camp Jabberwocky’s annual 5k fundraiser run kicked up a trail of dust at the FARM Institute in Katama Saturday. Gathering on a sunny, blue-sky morning on a dirt road that runs through the fields and pastures off Katama Road in Edgartown, families and Jabberwocky campers mingled at the starting line and cheered on a group of children who kicked off the race with a quarter-mile fun run. A little after 9 am, the signal was given for the start of the 5k, and the pack of runners began a loop around the FARM Institute fields.

Joey MacNeil of Tewksbury was first to cross the finish line, with a time of 19:17, followed by Lawrence Czaplewski of Caldwell, N.J., with a time of 19:30, and Ann MacPhail of Plymouth, who was also the first woman to finish, with a time of 20:09. But more important to the run than the winning times was the camaraderie of the runners, especially a group of Jabberwocky campers who scudded triumphantly across the finish line in wheelchairs pushed by their counselors. Those campers were: Chris Martin (27:22), Kyle Gieselman (27:29), Michael Parsons (30:03), Sarah Cifonelli (31:21), and Athena Savides (31:24).