Dr. David Miller’s daughter Dana Miller hugs her brother Nick, after presenting him with the first place medal for his age category, while J.C. Blair Marketing and Community Relations Director and run organizer Chris Gildea announces the winners.
Over 140 participate in Dr. David Miller Memorial Event
Over 140 people came out on Memorial Day, May 30, 2011, to participate in the 3rd Annual Dr. David Miller Memorial 5K Run, 1 Mile Walk/Run and Kids Fun Run on J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital Hill. Dr. David Miller was a family practice physician who died November 2, 2007, at the age of 62. He was an avid runner and a big fan of Huntingdon Bearcat athletics and the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins. His family, friends and patients have organized this salute to his community spirit.
Awards were presented to the top three overall male and female 5K runners and runners of eight different age groups. Overall female finishers were: first place: Amy Prokop; second place: Angel Burd; and third place: Ellice Smith. Overall male finishers were: first place: Kenny Goodfellow; second place: Aaron Keeney; and third place: Gary Ishler. Gold, silver and bronze medals with Dr. Miller’s picture were presented to the winners. Eighty seven runners registered for the 5K race.
Age group winners include: Female Under 12 – first place: Jacklyn Gaugler, second place: Tessa Keller. third place: Maddie Gearhart; Male Under 12 – first place: David Bukowski, second place: Daniel Bukowski; Female 12-14 – first place: Katherine Thurston-Griswold , second place: Tessa Keller, third place: Maddie Gearhart; Male 12-14 – first place: Brandon Raquet, second place: William Thurston-Griswold; Female 15-19 – first place: Brittany Greene, second place: Melanie Hawn; Male 15-19 – first place: Elliott Perow, second place: Tyler Runk, third place: David Glunt; Female 20-29 – first place: Dana Miller, second place: Wendy Walker, third place: Maddy Gildea; Male 20-29 – first place: Nick Miller, second place: Justin Price, third place: Shawn Bradley; Female 30-39 – first place: Liz Katrancha, second place: Tricia Keller, third place: Sybil Miller; Male 30-39 – first place: Matthew Guisler, second place: Glenn Katrancha, third place: Eric Banks; Female 40-49 – first place: Christine Borst, second place: Elizabeth Raquet, third place: Sherry Perow; Male 40-49 – first place: Robert Raquet, second place: David Borst, third place: James Mansberger; Female 50-59 – first place: Frances Vaughn, second place: Linda Gibbs, third place: Ricky Himes; Male 50-59 – first place: Henry Thurston-Griswold, second place: David Sowell, third place: Mike Miller; Female 60 & Over - no participants; Male 60 & Over – first place: Douglas Bradley, second place: Glenn Wright.
The 5K Run route started from J.C. Blair, through the campuses of Juniata College and Huntingdon Area High School and Middle School and back up Hospital Hill. Volunteers from Huntingdon Nursing and Rehab Center, Huntingdon Area High School Student Council and J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital lined the race route to direct traffic and cheer on runners. Huntingdon Area Middle School Student Council members staffed a water station half-way through the course.
The 1 Mile Walk/Run participants received a Dr. David Miller Memorial Walk/Run Ribbon and the Kids Fun Run participants received a gold medal. Members of the Miller family presented the awards.
Early estimates indicate that the event raised nearly $4,000 to benefit the Dr. David Miller Memorial Fund at the J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital Foundation. The Miller Family hopes to use the money to support the planned Emergency Department renovations at J.C. Blair.
Corporate sponsors for the event included Presenting Sponsors: Drs. Buza, Thomas and Bressler with Geisinger Cold Springs; Gold Sponsors: Huntingdon Nursing and Rehab Center together with Benchmark Therapies, Alice Miller/Miller & Exelby Families; Silver Sponsors: Huntingdon Gastroenterology Associates, Jim’s Anchorage, Robert Raquet, M.D., Cindy & Don Wetzel & Family; Bronze Sponsors: Adios M/D/S, Clearfield Bank & Trust Company, Fiore Fedeli Snyder Carothers, Drs. Frazier & Long Family Dentistry, Connie Mateer, and Modern Family Dentistry – Andrew T. Wilson, DMD.
The core planning committee chaired by J.C. Blair Marketing and Community Relations Director Chris Gildea included Marsha Hartman, Cindy Wetzel, Kim McGraw, Stacey Freitag, Monica Rabren, Tricia Keller and Nancy Miller.
“We are excited for such a great turnout,” said Gildea. “It’s so rewarding to see families participating in this community-wide fitness event while remembering Dr. Miller.”