15th Mumley Classic set for Saturday

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – The premier road race in Eastern Ohio will unfold Saturday morning as close to 300 runners and walkers are expected to take part in the 15th annual Samuel A. Mumley “Do It for the Kids” 5K Memorial Classic Run/Walk.

The St. Clairsville Sunrise Rotary, along with title sponsor Wheeling Hospital, are pleased to host the event which pays tribute to the late Samuel A. Mumley, a longtime Rotarian and true advocate for the youth of the Ohio Valley.

Since its inception, proceeds from the Mumley 5K have provided over 40 scholarships to St. Clairsville High School students, honoring Sam’s wish to “do it for the kids.” This year, two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to Red Devil graduates Derek Shunk and Allison Harrison. Race proceeds also provide support for numerous community-focused projects which extends Rotary’s mission of placing “Service Above Self.”

New this year is a Wellness Dash for Kids. Organizers thought this might help bring more families out to the event, which has been widely known as a family affair.

As of late Thursday afternoon, 196 entrants had pre-registered for Saturday’s race. Of that total, 112 were runners.

“These numbers are above what we’ve had in the past,”?Sunrise Rotary member Jessica Puglisi-Sanders said. “We’re really excited.”

Two new winners were crowned in the run portion of the event. St. John Central graduate Matt Riffle was the first to break the tape in front of the Belmont County Courthouse in a time of 17-minutes, 16.3-seconds. Finishing second was 2011 victor Cedric Robinson, who captured his second consecutive Betty Zane Days 5K earlier this week. He clocked in at 17:26.5.

Taking the women’s crown was recent St. Clairsville graduate Juliana Madzia, who was timed in 19:48.2, which allowed her to crack the top 15 overall finishers.

Not only did Riffle and Madzia win the overall titles, respectively, they also claimed the Mayor’s Awards sponsored by St. Clairsville Mayor Robert Vincenzo, and their respective age groups.

Former St. Clairsville cross country and track standout, Jamie Perzanowski, finished second in 19:53.4.

Taking the 5K walk championships were Moundsville’s Gary Bennett and Zanesville’s Kathy Ervin.

The 2013 run/walk will take participants through the streets of St. Clairsville and the bike trail. New this year is a free, non-competitive Wellness Dash for kids five and under. This 100 yard dash will kick off just after the 5K begins and is designed to promote healthy habits for future 5K athletes. Wheeling Hospital Physicians will be present to provide expert medical attention to those needing race related care.

Mumley 5K organizers credit the numerous sponsors for the success and longevity of the event and extend their sincere appreciation for the efforts they put forth in making this race a “must” for many in the area. Runners and walkers can look forward to receiving a commemorative t-shirt, refreshments and a chance to win great door prizes.

Sponsors include The Times Leader; 97.3 the Mix; WTRF-TV7; Lamar Advertising; Premier Bank & Trust; Trusted Choice Independent Insurance Agent; Kroger; City of St. Clairsville; City of St. Clairsville Police Department; Mayor Robert Vincenzo; thatprintplace; Forever a Masterpiece Studio of Photography; Walmart, Bordas & Bordas; St. Clairsville Chiropractic Clinic; Beck-Altmeyer Funeral Home & Crematory; Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Home & Crematory; Original DiCarlo’s Pizza; Cumberland Trail Fire District; Ohio Valley Athletic Conference; Stewart’s RV; Ye Olde Alpha; Park Health; Banker & White; Vaughn, Coast & Vaughn; St. Clair Cleaners; Drs. Favede & Associates; Harvey Goodman Realtors; Belmont Savings Bank; The Citizens Bank; Riesbeck’s; AAA-Ohio Auto Club; The Runner’s Connection; Michael J. Smith, CPA; Kirke’s Homemade Ice Cream; Steele & Cook Insurance; Fregiato, Myser & Davies; Ohio University Eastern, Thomas Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram; Toothman Funeral Home; Mamula Demolition; WesBanco; St. Clairsville Richland City Schools; Mike and Mary Maistros; The Eilert Family; Commissioner Ginny Favede; Pike Island Dental Associates/Chuck DeMatte DDS; Convenient Food Mart; and the Greg Ray Family.

There is still time to register for the race, which is also part of the Health Plan Grand Prix Series. The race kicks off at 8 a.m. in front of the Belmont County Courthouse.

For more information, please visit www.stcsunrise.org or call (740) 695-1691.

North can be reached at knorth@timesleaderonline.com