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Joe Schwartz 3K early registration deadline is March 25

Register by Friday, Mar. 25 for the Fourth Annual Haverford College Joe Schwartz ’83 Memorial 3K Run/Walk and receive a free commemorative t-shirt. This race is for all members of the Haverford College community.

Prizes will be given to the male and female who finish in either first or second place in the following age groups: under 18, 18-22, 23-29, 30-39, 40-49 (Masters Division), 50-59 (Silver Division), 60-plus (Gold Division). A team prize will also be awarded. Three-person teams must consist of at least one student, one member of the faculty/staff/alumni and one female. Also included included in the registration is an invitation to the post-race BBQ and Kids Fun Run for all kids under the age of 12.

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 Middle-Atlantic Conference (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 the College.

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 13 years until his unfortunate death on Mar. 2, 2008. Joe left behind two young sons, both of whom are avid runners themselves, one even a member of Haverford’s team.

“Joe was the epitome of what a coach wishes for in a student-athlete,” said head cross country and track & field coach Tom Donnelly. “He was enthusiastic, supported his teammates and loved his sport and school. Someone like Joe comes along once in a lifetime.”

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 event 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 Memorial 3K Run/Walk has attracted 363 participants and raised roughly $11,500 in proceeds over its short duration. With your help, we can only do better! Entrance fee is $10 for adults and free for all students and family members under the age of 21. Additional monetary donations to ALS research can be added to the entrance fee and a pledge sheet is available to raise further funds.

Please contact Cory Walts, Fitness Center Director/Strength and Conditioning Coach, for more information on the race or training contest, which is ongoing.

The Climbing Stone, by Peter Rockwell '58, is located outside Magill Library.

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