Congratulations to NHCO’s twenty-six runners who braved the cold weather conditions and Ran for the Hills in the 2017 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. One full marathon runner, eight half marathon runners, two 5K runners and three relay teams represented NHCO and grossed more than $7,500 for low-income families in need. #TeamNHCO consisted of:
Nick McClure and 4 friends
Jenny Leann Novak
Erin Gibbs Relac
Sixteen volunteers several layers of clothing to stay warm and work at the fluid station along mile 6.2 of the course. These volunteers set up the tables and cups, mixed Gatorade, poured water, handed the drinks to the runners, and cheered as they ran passed. Arriving at 5:30 am and working until 10:30 am were Girl Scout Troop 50371 (Christine, Jeff and Laura Krill, Sarah Horan, Michelle and Maggie English and Teagan Rowland), Cheryl Aloise and her grandson Colin Wilker, North Allegheny students Sanae Heist and Jetta Kroll, and Valerie Jacko, Jennifer Morrow, and Lori Bottles . Youth volunteer, Evan Relac was able to hand water to his mother, Erin, and Cindy Wilson was able to support to her daughter, April Brouwer and her relay team.
Thanks to sponsorship by Heritage Seubert Financial we were able to cover promotional expenses and all our runners and volunteers received NHCO 2017 Marathon t-shirts. For the first time, we were able provide incentive awards to the runners that raised the most funds within their categories. Thanks to the businesses and individual’s that donated;
Michael Howland was awarded a signed color print of a painting of Pittsburgh by artist Johno Prascak, and framed by Panza Gallery.
Jackie Boggs was awarded a personalized tour of WDVE studios and treated to lunch with DJ Sean McDowell.
Vicki Burstynowicz received a gift certificate to Brothers Keeper Tattoos and Piercing.
Chester’s Fabulous Five Relay Team received a gift certificate to Thirsty’s Sports Bar & Grill.
Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon in 1967, said, “If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon.” NHCO’s charity runners, volunteers and donors have proven once again that ours is a sharing community where no one should be cold, hungry or alone. We are people helping people!