Joe Schwartz '83 Memorial 3K Run/Walk
The 11th annual Joe Schwartz '83 Memorial 3K Run/Walk will be held on the campus of Haverford College on Sunday, April 15 at 12:30 p.m.
Other events that will occur on campus during ALS Awareness Week will include a 3v3 basketball tournament on Friday, April 13 at 8 p.m. inside the Gooding '84 Arena and the Susan Aronchick Memorial A' Capella Concert on Saturday, April 14 at 8 p.m. inside Marshall Auditorium. There will also be a bevy of pre-and post-race activities including a bubble soccer game, a free barbeque and a food truck.
Event Announcements for 2018
Pre-registration will end at 5pm on March 30th. All pre-registered participants will get a free race t-shirt. Race day registration will also be available from 11am-12pm on race day at the start line.
Furthermore, prizes will be available for the following race winners:
- Top overall male & female finisher
- Top male and female finisher in each age group
Last year, the race was a resounding success as the race and its accompanying events throughout ALS Awareness Week at Haverford raised well over $10,000 for the ALS Association.
The race, supporting the fight against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), has begun and ended at Haverford College's Founders Green for five consecutive years. Last year, the race had a record 378 registrants as well as a record 326 participants. A total of 128 participants completed the full course while the rest participated in a mile walk. Over the 10 years of the event, over $65,000 has been sent to The ALS Association to fund research of the disease and patient care.
Joe's son, Elliot Schwartz '14, won the event for the sixth straight year with a time of 10:24.0. Kristina Kronauer was the top female finisher, finishing in second overall (10:29.0). Rob Kresch '20 finished in third with a time of 11:10.0 while Nick Vechik '06 (11:36.0) was fourth and Peter Granville (11:37.0) rounded out the top five.
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. 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. Joe 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.
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