You know race organizers are invested in the welfare of their athletes when the volunteers nearly exceed the race participants.
With over one hundred runners and more than fifty volunteers, the eighth annual RUN FOR CHUM Half Marathon and 5K, a fundraiser for C.H.U.M. Therapeutic Riding Inc. which provides equine activities and therapies for individuals of all ages with and without disabilities, was all heart.
“This race not only helps C.H.U.M. but brings the community together as well as two worlds, that of individuals with disabilities and those without,” conveys C.H.U.M. founder and co-race director, Bonnie DePue.
With their USATF certified half marathon and 5K along with two kids’ races, opportunities are plentiful for everyone.
“The small, hometown half marathon run on a beautiful, hilly course with lots of support benefitting a great cause,” is what brings half marathon finisher, Heather Durian, back year after year for this Dansville classic, and the day’s ideal sixty degree temperatures with cooling winds that subsided to a breeze only added to the appeal.
Children with and without disabilities were given the opportunity to run a quarter mile or 100 yard dash on the Dansville High School track.
DePue, who “sees miracles happen” every day with the services C.H.U.M. provides is thrilled to share these accomplishments with the entire community including race finishes by some who have only just begun to walk.
Victories in many forms were achieved throughout the morning including male and female half marathon champions, Brad Schmidt, 1:25:05 and Marcy Sacks, 1:39:00. Masters and Grand Masters honors were earned by Robert Cook, 1:37:55, Sherry Hilpert, 1:51:30, David Harbaugh, 1:39:01 and Angela Dardas, 1:58:03 respectively.
In the 5K, David Spinner, 18:46, and Megan Merrill, 24:07, lead and conquered, while Greg Whittarer, 20:25, Miya Warvel, 25:12, Ward Freeman, 21:43 and Louise Holman, 27:57 brought home masters and grand masters accolades.
Grateful for the many runners, walkers, volunteers and race sponsors, DePue’s, invaluable co-race director, Cindy Kezele, deeply emphasized their gratitude to the Ann Arbor Track Club.
“Without the help and gracious sponsorship of the Club, we would not be able to put on our race; we very much appreciate the Ann Arbor Track Club.”
For complete results and to learn more about RUN FOR CHUM 2018 please visit http://aatrackclub.org, while C.H.U.M. Therapeutic Riding information and opportunities can be found at https://www.chumtherapy.net.