TO THE EDITOR: At 5 p.m. Saturday, you have the opportunity to have some great family fun, get a little exercise and support an important cause.
The Run For Jon at Forrence Orchards on Mannix Road in Peru (off Route 22B) is a wonderful community event celebrating its 23rd year helping families who have children with serious medical needs.
The event started as a effort to help the family of Jonathan Evans — who died of cancer after a long struggle — deal with the overwhelming expenses associated with his care. Subsequently, the Evans family and many volunteers have continued the event in his memory to assist other families in similar circumstances.
Each year, we draw hundreds of spectators and participants of all ages: running, walking or pushing baby joggers. We have literally raised tens of thousands of dollars for these deserving and needy families. Last year’s race raised over $4,000.
Anyone can participate. There is a kids fun run, a lovely 1.25 walk and a 2.5-mile cross-country race.
For those who like to compete, the 2.5-mile run is a great race, sanctioned by USA Track and Field. The course is challenging and beautiful. Some past participants have gone on to the Olympics, national rankings and state championships. There are team, baby jogger and individual awards (ages 0 to 70 plus).
There are numerous door prizes for participants.
With your help, we hope to have a great turnout for this important, fun community event. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m.
To get more information about the Run For Jon, please contact Scott Woodward (834-7583), the Evans family (643-2414) or visit the www.runforjon.com website (for entry forms, photos, background information and to purchase Run For Jon dry-fit T-shirts).
THE EVANS FAMILY
Run For Jon Organizing Committee
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