Race to the Terminal a big success

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Port Authority General Manager Ed Harrison congratulates winner Taharyn Grant

NEW WINDSOR – Stewart Airport hosted the first ever “Race to the Terminal” event featuring participants from Braeside Camp in the Town of Wallkill.
The camp offers summer programs for underprivileged youths.
The Stewart Airport “Race to the Terminal” was created to
not only give the youths of the camp a fun physical activity but, to also
demonstrate the accessibility Stewart’s terminal, noted airport
Business Development Director Michael Torelli.
“It’s just really showing that the ease of access for Stewart; it’s real easy to access with kids, with adults, with elderly, you name it,” Torelli said. “It’s really a short distance from our main parking lot to the terminal.”
The race was a prelude to the New York Air Show to be held at the Newburgh area airport on the weekend of August 29 and 30.
Camp Director Udara Soysa said many of the children had never been to an airport before and were happy to have the experience.
“It was amazing,” said Soysa. “Just to see so much happiness and joy in these children and just so much teamwork and they were quite focused and really enjoying themselves.”
The first place winner, 12-year-old Taharyn Grant, had never been to an airport before but ran the distance from parking lot to terminal in one minute and 45 seconds. As an athletic youth, he wasn’t completely taken aback by winning the race but, said he was motivated to win for someone special.
“I just did it for my mom,” said Grant.
The race was not the only activity for the youth campers either. Officers from the New York State Police K-9 Unit gave a demonstration with one of their police dogs and participation prizes were given out to all campers.