Historical society says thanks for support of 5K

To the editor:

The Mifflin County Historical Society would like to publicly thank all those who had a hand (and feet) in the success of the Logan Guards 5K Run/Walk for Lincoln on May 3 in downtown Lewistown.

Congratulations to Joe LaPolla of Leesburg, Virginia, who was the first to cross the finish line. His wife, Stefanie Rynkewitz-LaPolla was the first female finisher.

To the Juniata Valley Striders, the biggest thank you of all! We couldn’t have coordinated our third 5K without their help from start to finish. The participation of nearly 60 runners/walkers, with an additional 25 volunteers, was great for a community event.

The 5K started and finished near the monument, which features a stone from President Abraham Lincoln’s tomb. Mifflin County’s Logan Guards were the first to answer Lincoln’s call for volunteers in 1861.

Sponsors included: McVeytown Lodge 376 of the Free and Accepted Masons; Downtown OIP and Grille; Vince’s Pizza and Family Restaurant; Barr Funeral Home; Boulevard Station Car Wash; Lake Ford, Lincoln Inc.; Frey Motors, Chrysler, Dodge; Brookmere Winery & Vineyard; Juniata Valley Bank; Kish Bank; Mifflin County Savings Bank; Northwest Savings Bank; Kish Printing; Wilson’s Meats and Groceries; Metzler Forest Products; Calkins GMC Subaru; Sen. Jake Corman; Lerch RV; Crider-Mitchell Construction; Snedeker Energy; Lynn Aurand, Dodaro and Heverley families, and Forest and Dot Fisher.

Dunkin’ Donuts, Weis Markets and Giant – Burnham and Lewistown – provided food for the runners and walkers.

In addition to volunteers from the historical society, Fame EMS, Lewistown Fire Police, Mifflin County Ham Radio Club, and the Mifflin County High School Key Club all helped to provide assistance around the course on the day of the 5K.

Glick’s Shoe Fly, Lewistown, and Rapid Transit, State College, gave gift certificates to the overall female and male winners, and Recognition Engraving, Lewistown, provided discounted prices on the medals and plaques. Also, special thanks to Mifflin County art teacher Tim Reeder for designing the wonderful logo of a jogging President Lincoln featured on the front of the 5K’s T-shirts again this year.

All of these contributors and participants enabled the Mifflin County Historical Society to conduct an event for the community that was healthy exercise and fun, as well as educational for participants under age 10 to over age 70. The net profit of this 5K was $1,600. This will be used primarily on maintenance projects to help preserve the McCoy House Museum in Lewistown.

Plan now to participate in the 2015 race/walk, scheduled for Saturday, May 2, starting again at the Lincoln stone.

Richard Wilcher

Mifflin County Historical Society