The 2007 Brookline Breeze
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Runners and walkers head up
Brookline Boulevard at the start
of the 26th Brookline Breeze.

The 26th running of the Brookline Breeze was held on August 11, 2007. After a week on strong thunderstorms the sky cleared and the sun shined bright as over 500 runners and walkers from the Pittsburgh Metropolitan area competed.

Eric Shafer completed the course first with a time of 16:09, and Ann Mazur became the first female runner in the history of the race to take home the winning trophy for the third time. Ann finished with a time of 18:49. Both runners are from the Pittsburgh region.

Following the awards presentation, the 2nd Annual Brookline Breeze Community Festival was held. Rock 'n roll music filled the air as the FBB Band took the stage. Other special attractions included a petting zoo, a moonwalk, face painting, balloon artists and a dunking area where water balloons were the foe and the kids had a ball. The feature attraction was a climbing wall that towered skyward, attracting quite a crowd of adventurous youngsters.

It was a great day for the community of Brookline and race enthusiasts everywhere. Special thanks go out to race organizer Debbie Brust, whose tireless efforts once again hit the mark. Thanks also to the many corporate and local 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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Crowd gathers for the
awards presentation following
the 26th Brookline Breeze.

* Photos provided by Clint Burton and Linda Andrews *

Brookline Breeze 2007

The Race and Awards Presentation

Runners and walkers gather for
the start of the 2007 Breeze.

Eric Shafer crosses the
finish line first.

Dan O'Brien completes his
26th Brookline Breeze.

It's almost as good as a ride
in Kennywood's Kiddieland.

Watermellon, Bananas and cold
drinks prepared by some of
our many volunteers. Thanks!

Runners await the sound of
the starter's pistol.

Annie Nelson the ex-intern
turned Rec Leader from Citipark's
Special Events staff handles
the late registrations.

Some of our many volunteers
who make this whole thing possible.
Maria Christopher, Mrs. El-Tahch,
Mrs. Folino and Mrs. Buskirk help
with handing out the race packets.

More volunteers. The balloon
crew is an indispensible part of
the program. There can never be
enough volunteers ... THANKS!

The Citiparks Spinal Tap Sound
Crew kept the festival rocking
with all the dials set to eleven.

Dodi Byrne heads the Citiparks
Spinal Tap Sound Crew staff.
Every year they do a great job.

Alex is Citipark's special weapon.
He seems to be everywhere, and
whereever he goes, all the women
sound off in unison 'HI ALEX!!!'

Breeze Race Director Debbie Brust and
Citiparks Deputy Director Mike Radley.

The Community Festival

The FBB Band played some good
old rock 'n roll to the delight
of all us middle-aged rockers.

The Ballon Artist was a
big hit with the kids.

The Moon Walk kept
the kids hopping.

The Petting Zoo featured
several different species
of furry beasts looking for
food. Please feed the sheep!

Face Painting by 'Grouper Bob'
and his Merry Pranksters.

Aim straight Jacob. A good shot
caused the balloon to fall.

Victoria Andrews directs
traffic at the Petting Zoo.

The Climbing Rock was the
main attraction, attracting the
largest crowd of adventurers.


The Winners

Breeze winners Eric
 Shafer and our first
 three-time women's
 champion Ann Mazur.

Eric Shafer and
Ann Mazur

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