Uniting our community: The Joe Schwartz ’83 Memorial 3K Run/Walk

Hello my beautiful audience! It’s crazy to think that 1) this is the last blog post I will be writing for admissions, 2) this is the first week of finals, and 3) I AM GRADUATING IN JUST 13 DAYS! Literally this year is just flying by.

With our final week of classes, I am excited to tell you about an event I have been helping with for the past four years: The Joe Schwartz ’83 Memorial 3K Run/Walk. This event has two main goals 1) to raise money for The Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association and ALS research and 2) unite the greater Haverford community towards a greater cause. This Run/Walk was created in honor of Joe Schwartz ’83 who was diagnosed with ALS at the age of 34; the full mission statement can be found at the end of this post.

This past year we had the MOST participation we’ve ever had with over 300 individuals! We were able to raise over $10,000 which will all go towards the ALS Association and of course ALS research. President Dan Weiss and his family even stopped by to show their support for the event.

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The top finisher of the Run/Walk was Joe’s son, current senior, Elliot Schwartz ’14. This was Elliot’s third straight year winning this event with a time of 9 minutes, 37.3 seconds. Jackie Cox, Haverford’s field hockey coach, was the top female finisher with a time of 13 minutes, 16.9 seconds.

With local businesses donating prizes for the winners, countless members of the community enjoying a bbq post-run, and of course plenty of picture-taking, overall the event was an incredible success. The main coordinator of the event, Haverford College’s very own Strength and Conditioning Coach Cory Walts, and the other committee members (myself included), really put our hearts and souls into planning this event. It is incredible that we were able to both fight towards a cure for ALS and unite the community towards a common goal. It doesn’t get more Haverfordian than that, folks.

If you’d like to see pictures from the event click right here! Thanks for reading and it’s been a pleasure to blog for you all this past year. Good luck with your future endeavors and all the best. Cheers!

As promised here’s the mission statement of the event:

“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. 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. 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 Run/Walk 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.”