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600-plus runners help raise more than $9,500 for adoption support

Runners from Raleigh and Chapel Hill took home the titles and adoption
supporters took in more than $9,500 at the 10th annual Second Empire 5K
Classic, which was run on May 2 in downtown Raleigh.

The road race and related events, which included an expo with North
adoption-related organizations, are conducted by the Second Empire
Restaurant and Tavern, which released the fundraising total on Tuesday.

will benefit the programs and services
provided by Hopeful
, a nonprofit
organization that supports adoptive and birth families and assists
prospective parents, according to the event news release.

Iyer and Handfinger run to victory in Second Empire 5K

Srini Iyer and Tiffany Handfinger took top honors at the 10th annual Second Empire 5K Classic on Saturday in downtown Raleigh.

Iyer, a 20-year-old N.C. State student, completed the course in 16
minutes, 18 seconds. Dave Max, 34, of Goldsboro finished second in
17:01, and Daryn Labody, 39, of Raleigh was third in 17:44.

Handfinger, 29, of Chapel Hill had a time of 19:10 to finish ninth
overall among the more than 400 5K finishers. Debra Warner, 45, of Cary
was second in 20:42. Paige Woodard, 21, of Raleigh finished third in

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