April 26, 2013

Joe Schwartz '83 3K set for Sunday

HAVERFORD, Pa. - The Sixth Annual Joe Schwartz ’83 Memorial 3K Run/Walk takes place on this Sunday, April 28 at 12:30 p.m. 

Members of the Haverford College community and family and friends will come together with the aim of heightening awareness and raising funds in the fight against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

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 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. Joe left behind two young sons, both of whom are avid runners themselves, one even a current member of Haverford’s team.

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.

The Joe Schwartz ’83 3K has attracted nearly 700 participants and raised almost $16,000 in proceeds over its short duration. Immediately after the race there will be  as well as a kids fun run for all children under the age of 12.

Prizes will be given to the male and female who finish in either first or second place in the following age groups:< 18, 18-22, 23-29, 30-39, 40-49 (Masters Division), 50-59 (Silver Division), 60+ (Gold Division). In addition, a team prize will be awarded. Three person teams must consist of at least one student, one member of the faculty/staff/alumni, and one female.

This year’s race will feature a new course beginning and ending at Founders Green. Prizes, games, barbeque, music, post-race fun run for children and more await the community gathering at the finish line.

It's not too late to participate. Online registration is available until 5 p.m. on Friday or participants can sign up on Sunday at the race.