HAVERFORD, Pa. – The Seventh Annual Haverford College Joe Schwartz ’83 Memorial 3K Run/Walk will take place on Sunday, April 27.
The race, supporting Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) research, will begin and end at Haverford College’s Founders Green for the second consecutive year. Post-race activities include a barbecue as well as a Kids Fun Run.
Anyone who is interested in particpating in the event and has not yet registered you may do so at the event on Sunday. If you are unable to attend but still want to help donate to the cause click here.
The six-year history of the event, which seeks to raise health and fitness awareness throughout the Haverford community, has seen over $23,000 raised in the fight against ALS with a record number of 224 people participate in 2013.
Joe Schwartz graduated from Haverford College in 1983. He was a committed member of Haverford’s cross country and track teams for the four years he attended Haverford, and he excelled in both sports. He encouraged those who won MAC Championships as well as students who were casual participants to be part of something bigger than themselves. From the moment he stepped on the Haverford campus, Joe was integral in building a proud tradition of athletic excellence at this school.
In 1995, Joe contracted Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) at the age of 34. He first noticed the symptoms when he was out training for road races. He courageously endured the hardships imposed by this cruel disease for thirteen years until his unfortunate death on March 2, 2008.
The Joe Schwartz ’83 Memorial 3K Run/Walk is designed to attract the running superstar and the walking novice because that is exactly how Joe would want it. He simply loved people lacing up their shoes and enjoying the freedom to run and walk, a freedom that was deprived from Joe by ALS. Proceeds from the Run/Walk will be donated to The ALS Association and directed towards ALS research. The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS. The cause, cure and means of control of ALS are unknown. Symptoms of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, include the wasting and paralysis of the muscles of the limbs and trunk as well as those that control vital functions such as speech, swallowing and respiration.