HAVERFORD, Pa. – The ninth annual Haverford College Joe Schwartz ’83 Memorial 3K Run/Walk will take place on Sunday, April 24th with the race starting at 12:30 p.m.
The time has arrived to begin training for this exciting run/walk open to all members of the Haverford College community. A 10-week training contest, aimed at providing structure and incentives, launches on Monday, February 15. Points can be accumulated for any type of exercise, including participation in newly structured exercises classes, held every Monday through Thursday at noon in the Gardner Integrated Athletic Center Fitness Center or Gymnasium. Keep track of your points on the training contest poster in the Fitness Center and compete against other staff, faculty and students. Weekly prizes will be awarded to the highest accumulating individual, and grand prizes will also be given to the top overall individual and team--composed of faculty, staff, alumni and students.
Proceeds for the event will be donated to The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter and will directed towards both research and patients services. Amyotrophic Lateral Scleriosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a devastating progressive neuromuscular disease. Currently, the cause, cure and means of control are unknown.
Do not miss out on the opportunity to get involved in this rewarding healthy-living endeavor.
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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