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By: Stacey Walters |
December 19, 2019
The University of Pikeville
recently hosted its inaugural “Bear the 99” 5K race on November 2, 2019. The
event began at 9 a.m. at Benefactors Plaza.
Approximately 100 running
enthusiasts, virtual runners and community supporters participated in the family-friendly
event and raised approximately $18,000 for the alumni scholarship endowment.
Distinguished guests included
numerous UPIKE alumni board members, Alumni President Kay Hammond, City
Commissioner Allison Powers and Pikey the Bear.
All participants received
medals and awards were given for the top male and female within seven age divisions
from ages 14 and under, to 60 and over.
City Commissioner Powers
believes this 5K is important to UPIKE as well as to the community to help
raise money for student scholarships while offering the opportunity to increase
the health and fitness of the students and members of our community.
“On a personal note, this 5K
is one of the most enjoyable in Pikeville,” says Powers. “Pikey the Bear
encouraging the runners to finish the climb on the 99, is a highlight.”
Pharmacist, business owner
and community leader Joel Thornbury enjoyed working with the first-time race
director and Associate Director for Advancement and Alumni Relations, Lisa
Blackburn, and felt honored to design the race route and be involved from the
ground level of such a fantastic community event.
“It is always nice seeing the
City of Pikeville and the university function in harmony to benefit the health
of our community and future Bears,” said Thornbury. “Our event was a success
because we had strong participation on many different levels and from many different
Awards were given to the
following categories: Overall male winner, Tyler Jurecki, and overall female
winner, Tara Yates; age group 1-14 male and female winners were Jonah Hicks and
Allison Leitch; age group 15-19 male and female winners were Kevin Justice and
Hailee Reynolds; age group 20-29 male and female winners were Daniel Kenner and
Trinity Doan; age group 30-39 male and female winners were Daniel Anderson and
Amy Turner; age group 40-49 male and female winners were Mike Ball and Allison
Powers; age group 50-59 male and female winners were Brett Hall and Tammy Riley;
age group 60-98 male winner was Danny Adams.
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