Overall winners of the 6th Annual Scott Grugan Memorial 5K Run were, left to right, Jordan Hileman (3rd place female); Brooke Emery (2nd place female); Matthew Shrout (2nd place male); Matthew Wherley (3rd place male); Elliott Perow (1st place male); and Jill Keeney (1st place female). A complete list of medalists and hundreds of photos from the event can be found on J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital's facebook page.
J.C. Blair Reports 6th Annual Scott Grugan Memorial Event Results
Organizers of the 6th Annual Scott Grugan Memorial 5K Trail Run and 1 Mile Walk deemed the event "a huge success!" One hundred twenty four individuals registered for the event which was held Saturday morning, October 20, at Flagpole Hill in Huntingdon.
Early estimates indicate that the event raised nearly $3000 to benefit the Scott Grugan Memorial Fund which supports health and wellness initiatives in the community and an award to a graduating Juniata College student pursuing an advanced degree in a health field. People of all ages gathered together to enjoy a walk or run through the wooded Flag Pole Hill Trails in memory of Scott Grugan, a well-respected physician and friend of many participants. Runners from around the world participated in this year's event. Dr. Grugan's oldest daughter, Olivia (who designed this year's t-shirts) ran with a group in Jerusalem; family friends ran in Middlebury, Vermont; others ran in the Dominican Republic and North Africa; and co-organizer of the first Grugan Run Kayla Thompson ran in Akron, Ohio.
Awards were presented to the top three overall male and female runners of eight different age groups. Overall female finishers were: first place –Jill Keeney; second place –Brooke Emery; and third place –Jordan Hileman. Overall male finishers were: first place –Elliott Perow; second place –Matt Shrout; and third place –Matthew Wherley. First place finishers received a piece of pottery from renowned local potter Jack Troy. Second place finishers received hand tooled metal work by area artists Dave and Judy Burger. Third place finishers received stained glass art from Leah Davis Dell of Vintage Art Glass.
J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital was the presenting sponsor with support from the Juniata College HOSA Club. The Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association (HHWA) offered free homemade soup and bread at their center after the event. Corporate sponsors for the event included Silver Medal Sponsors: Dr. Elliott Bilofsky & Staff; Centre Pathology Associates; HUNNY 106 FM; Huntingdon Gastroenterology Associates; Kish Bank; Gregory Larson Architect; and Pediatrics & Beyond, LLC; Bronze Medal Sponsors: E.B. Endres, Inc.; Drs. Barclay – Family Eye & Vision Care; Garner Lumber Inc.; HealthSouth Rehabilitation; Hickes Associates, Inc.; Hoss's Steak & Sea; Parks Design and Ink; Price Motor Sales Inc.; John R. Wald Company Inc.; and Modern Family Dentistry/Andrew T. Wilson DMD.
The event would not have been such a success without the help of numerous volunteers. Core planning committee members included Chris Gildea, Marsha Hartman, Vicky Huggler, Rachelle Hopsicker, Holli Smith and Stacey Freitag of J.C. Blair. Additionally, numerous volunteers helped on the day of the event including a number of Juniata College HOSA students, Juniata Valley's girls' basketball players, Huntingdon Area High School student Tiffany Baker, Jim Foster and Delores Gahagan as timers, Tricia Keller from Huntingdon Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and various other individuals within the community.
"It is exciting to see the enthusiasm and support for this event continue year after year," said Gildea, "and we thank everyone involved who helps to make this event so special."