By Stephen E. Lipken
The first annual “Yards for Yeardley” Run was held in Bronxville on Saturday,
October 14, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce; ACME Markets; Bronxville Auto Collision, Inc.; Bronxville Fitness Club; Ladle of Love; NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital and Pete’s Park Place Tavern.
Entry fees from the 150 participants running in the Race benefited the One Love Foundation, 119 Pondfield Road, P.O. Box 368, Bronxville, NY 10708, honoring the memory of Yeardley Love, Baltimore, a 22-year old University of Virginia, Charlottesville senior who was beaten to death by her ex-boyfriend on May 3, 2010, just three weeks before their graduation.
One Love was founded in 2010 by Yeardley’s mother Sharon Love and sister Lexie in Maryland. The Bronxville headquarters was established in 2014 when Katie Hood joined as CEO. Their mission is to end relationship abuse by educating young people about the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships (www.joinonelove.org).
“I am so proud and honored that One Love has headquarters in our Village,” Bronxville Mayor Mary C. Marvin stated. “This is a terrific event, sponsored by our loyal local merchants and of course, our Chamber of Commerce.”
Yeardley’s cousin and Vice Chair of One Love, Sharon Robinson noted, “Our mission is to promote healthy relationships and teach people about the warning signs of relationship abuse, so what happened to Yeardley won’t happen again.”
The 2.5 mile run started on Pondfield Road, following along Village streets and ending at Meadow Avenue by the Bronxville School. Immediately following the finish, runners were directed to Park Place, where sponsors had exhibits and each runner was presented a medal.
Brad Harrington, an adult garnered First Place, while students Montgomery Dube took Second; JW Henningson came in Third and Dallas Agnew took Fourth.
“We just opened a store at 46 Pondfield Road, selling One Love merchandise but we also want people to come in and just be a community space as well,” Kiki Yannantuono, One Love Operations Manager said. “The store features One Love-themed ties, sweat shirts, tee shirts, hats, water bottles, yoga mats, ‘onesies’ and journals (writing books).”