HAVERFORD, Pa. - The 12th annual Joe Schwartz '83 Memorial 3K Run/Walk was held on a beautiful spring Sunday afternoon on the campus of Haverford College, with conditions absolutely ideal for running, jogging, or walking. All told, the race raised more than $10,000 dollars in income, with profits going to the ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter to help fund disease and patient care.
The race began and ended at Haverford's Founders Green for a seventh consecutive year. This year, 162 total participants competed in the 3K race as well as the mile walk, while overall attendance was noted at well over 300. In the 12 years of the event, the race has seen 2,293 total participants and raised more than $80,000 dollars for the ALS Association.
The overall winner of the 3K race was Haverford Men's Soccer alumnus Russell Nicholson '18, as he finished the campus course in 11:16.5. The top female finisher was Natalie Neuhaus, daughter of Executive Assistant to the Athletic Director & Intercollegiate Scheduling Coordinator Jason Rash. Neuhaus finished in 12:11.3. The top staff finisher was Haverford College Coordinator of Access and Disability Services Sherrie Borowksy (17:56.2). The individual winner of the training program was Hunter Holroyd '18, while the team winner was Kev's Choice Movie Club.
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.