HAVERFORD, Pa. – The 10th annual Joe Schwartz '83 Memorial 3K Run/Walk will be held on the campus of Haverford College on Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. The race, supporting Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) research, will begin and end at Haverford College's Founders Green for a fifth consecutive year. The annual training program and contest will be launched on January 30.
In addition to the 3K Run/Walk, two other events will be held in conjunction with the event. The Susan Aronchick A Capella Concert will be held on Saturday, April 8th from 8:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. in Marshall Auditorium. In addition, A 3 vs. 3 Basketball Tournament will be held on Friday, April 7th in Calvin J. Gooding '84 Arena. Both events will have proceeds go directly to The ALS Association.
Last year, 332 participants gathered at Founders' Green with 93 runners finishing the 3K race and 123 finishers in the one mile walk. Over the nine total years of the event, over $55,000 has been sent to The ALS Association which will fund research of the disease and patient care.
Joe's son, Elliot Schwartz '14 won the event for the fifth straight year with a time of 10:07.9. Kristina Kronaur was the top female finisher in the fifth position (10:53.8). Russell Nicholson '18 (10:32.3), Henri Drake '15 (10:51.6) and Gil Antnez (10:52.1) finished in the second through fourth positions.
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 will be donated to The ALS Association and directed towards ALS research and patient services.
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.
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