The 2006 Brookline Breeze 25th Anniversary!
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Runners and Walkers wind
 their way up Brookline Boulevard
 at the start of the 25th Annual
 Brookline Breeze 5K Run/Walk.

The 25th Annual Brookline Breeze was held on August 12, 2006. The sun was shining and the air was cool. It was a beautiful day to celebrate 25 years of running tradition in Brookline, and race organizer Debbie Brust went all out to provide the community with a celebration to remember.

The race attracted several runners from the Pittsburgh Metropolitan area, including hundreds from the Brookline community. Registrations swelled to over 400 for the first time in several years, and everyone was treated to a fine show.

The post-race awards presentation included a special award for three of the Breeze's founding fathers. Mike Radley, Danny O'Brien and Jim Turcol were all presented with a bottle of champagne, a glimmering party hat and the heartfelt thanks of everyone, past and present, who have benefited from their hard work and dedication over the past 25 years.

Following the awards presentation, a Community Festival was held in the adjacent park grounds. Live bands took the stage and filled the air with a timely mix of rock 'n roll classics. Special attractions included a petting zoo, pony rides, a moonwalk and balloon artists. The feature attraction was a climbing wall that towered skyward, and attracted quite a crowd of eager adventurers.

The 25th running of the Brookline Breeze was definitely a day to remember, and special thanks must go out to race organizer Debbie Brust, who worked tirelessly for several months to make this day possible. Thanks also to the sponsors, the volunteers, and Citiparks, whose generosity and assistance have made the Brookline Breeze one of the best community races in the City of Pittsburgh.

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* Photos provided by Clint Burton and Linda Andrews *

Brookline Breeze 1982-2006

The Race and Awards Presentation

Debbie Brust makes some final
 announcements before the start of
 the race. Long-time Breeze sponsor
 Anthony Castriota (in white shirt)
 stands ready to fire the pistol to
 start the 25th Brookline Breeze.

Josh Eddy wins a tight three-way
 contest in the men's category.

Ann Mazur crosses the finish line
 first for the second year in a row.

The Brookline Breeze
 Awards presentation - 2006

The top four male

The top five female

Debbie Brust presents champagne
 to three special awardees:
 Mike Radley, Jim Turcol, and Danny
 O'Brien. These three gentlemen
 have been a part of the Brookline
 Breeze for 25 years, and they
 are still running!

The Brookline Breeze
 Awards presentation - 2006

The Brookline Breeze
 Awards presentation - 2006

Celebrate Good Times, C'Mon.
 Thank you Jim, Mike and Dan!

The Citiparks Special Events
 Staff is always on hand to
 provide much needed logistical
 support, and a laugh or two.
 Jim, Pauline, Laura the Intern
 (now refered to as Laura the
 part-time non-profit management
 consultant), Kevin and Alex

Long-time Brookline Breeze
 sponsor Anthony Castriota, owner
 of Castriota Chevrolet speaks with
 Race Organizer Debbie Brust before
 the start of the 25th Annual race
 on Saturday, August 12, 2006.

The Community Festival

The rock climbing wall was
 a big hit with the kids.
 It towered high into the air.

There were several fun
 attractions for the little ones.

The petting zoo was
 another popular attraction
 for the young ones.

Pat Burton and her grandson
 Daniel Becze check out the animals
 while Victoria Andrews goes for
 a pony ride in the background.

The Moonwalk

The Pitch Burst

Smiling Faces!

Josh Eddy and Ann Mazur
2006 Brookline Breeze 5K Winners

Breeze winners Josh
 Eddy and Ann Mazur.

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