Inaugural “Bear the 99” 5K raises funds for scholarships

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 people locally.”

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.

For an updated list of 2019-2020 alumni events, email or call (606) 218-5276.