Spring is on the horizon, we believe, and with that said, outdoor activities and events will be plentiful in the weeks and months ahead.
For those with spring fever, the third-annual Campbell-Dickinson St. Patrick Run/Walk is quickly approaching. Slated for March 16 and sponsored by the Toronto Coalition for Revitalization, the fundraiser once again will benefit the Trinity Foundation's Trinity Emergency Assistance Relief Fund, according to organizers.
The event, which includes a 5K course for adult runners and walkers and a 1K course for kids, is named for cancer survivor Jenny Russlee Dickinson, a teacher in Toronto, and the late attorney William "Pat" Campbell, both of whom received treatment at the Tony Teramana Cancer Center in Trinity Health System in Steubenville.
Gem City resident George Komar is the race organizer and coalition president, and we thank him and his assistants who have found an exciting event that's popular with area residents and has raised an exceptional amount of money in just a couple of years for the Trinity T.E.A.R. Foundation. In fact the Campbell-Dickinson event has raised more than $30,000 for the Trinity T.E.A.R. Foundation, which helps cancer patients with living and other expenses associated with treatments for the disease, including transportation costs, insurance and insurance co-payments, medical supplies, modest utility and mortgage assistance and even wigs or prosthetics.
Komar said approximately 800 runners took part last year, and he's hoping for 1,000 participants at this year's event, which is set to begin at 11 a.m. for children and 11:30 a.m. for adults. Registration is at 9 a.m. at the TEMS Joint Ambulance District Headquarters on South Fourth Street.
First-place adult walkers and runners will receive medals categorized by age and gender, and as an added incentive for participants, runners who register by Saturday will receive a free T-shirt and computer timing chip.
There's also a discount on the entry fee for those who register by Saturday, according to Komar, and registration forms can be downloaded or filed online at www.TheGemCity.org. Forms, along with a check payable to CFOV Cancer should be mailed to TCFR, P.O. Box 121, Toronto, OH 43964.
Also tied to the event this year will be a St. Baldrick's Day shave-off that day. Longer hair shaved will be donated to Locks of Love, an organization that provides wigs for children undergoing cancer treatment.
It's certainly not too early to be thinking about spring and activities, and it's always a good time to help out area charities, so plan to take part in this year's Campbell-Dickinson St. Patrick Run/Walk and the St. Baldrick's Day shave-off.