November 2, 2008

More Than 3,300 Participants “Run the Bridge” to Support Local School for the Disabled

More than 3,300 runners and walkers participated in today's 14th annual Cooper-Norcross Bridge Challenge, presented by AmeriHealth New Jersey.

Adrian Blincoe, 28, of Bryn Mawr, PA captured first place in the 10K run, with a time of 32 minutes and 50 seconds. Jane Murage, 21, Royersford, NJ, led the women's division, coming in at 36 minutes and 59 seconds. These two runners led the way across the Ben Franklin Bridge to Philadelphia, then back toward the Camden waterfront where runners were treated to picturesque Delaware River sites, including the Adventure Aquarium, Tweeter Center, Battleship New Jersey and ending the race in Campbell's Field.

In the male division, 28 seconds behind Blincoe, Stephen Chemlany, 26, of Sleepy Hollow, NY captured second place. Second place finisher in the female division was Alemtsehay Misganaw of Langhorne, PA with a time 14 seconds behind Murage.

"AmeriHealth New Jersey is proud to be associated with the hundreds of volunteers and the thousands of runners and walkers willing to take on the bridge to help disabled students in our area," said Judith L. Roman, president and CEO of AmeriHealth, the presenting sponsor. "AmeriHealth has been a part of this world-class event for six years, and we have seen first-hand the difference it makes in the lives of the wonderful children and their families at the Larc School."

Prior to the race, Governor John Corzine urged participants to, "Run the bridge, run for Larc!" All proceeds from the race benefit the Larc School, which serves individuals with moderate to severe disabilities throughout South Jersey. With the record breaking number of participants and the strong support of its corporate partners, proceeds from this year's race are expected to be at an all-time high.

Larc School, a private, non-profit organization located in Bellmawr, NJ, provides educational, therapeutic and recreational services to over 125 individuals with severe disabilities from pre-school to adult. For 40 years, Larc School has provided service to its students and their families throughout South Jersey. To learn more about Larc School, go to

About AmeriHealth

AmeriHealth New Jersey provides health care coverage to nearly 230,000 New Jersey residents. The company's contracted hospital and physician network includes thousands of physicians at 76 hospitals throughout its service area.

AmeriHealth New Jersey has offices in Mt. Laurel and Iselin. The company's managed care plan, AmeriHealth HMO Inc. of New Jersey, has received the highest possible accreditation by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) by meeting NCQA's rigorous evaluation standards. AmeriHealth New Jersey is part of AmeriHealth, Inc, a growing group of insurance and health care companies whose product portfolio includes health insurance, workers' compensation, property and casualty insurance, and management services. For more information on AmeriHealth, visit our website at

About Cooper University Hospital

The flagship of The Cooper Health System is Cooper University Hospital. It is the premier university hospital serving South Jersey and the Delaware Valley. As the core clinical campus for the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Camden, Cooper is a national leader in medical education and research. With its comprehensive services and cutting-edge technology, the hospital is renowned for its prestigious Centers of Excellence in cardiology, cancer, critical care, trauma, orthopedics and neurology. Cooper has embarked on a $500 million expansion of its Camden Health Care Campus including a new $220 million Patient Pavilion which will open this year. Cooper and its community partners earned a 2008 Smart Growth Award from New Jersey Future for the vision of the Health Sciences Campus in Camden. Cooper was the recipient of the 2008 Best Place to Work Award from the Philadelphia Business Journal; the coveted 2008/2009 Consumer Choice award by the National Research Corporation and a 2008 "Most Wired" award from Hospitals & Health Networks.