2020 P.S. I LOVE YOU
VIRTUAL 5K AND 1M RUN


REGISTER FOR THE 2020 P.S. I LOVE YOU VIRTUAL 5K AND 1M RUN


What is a Virtual Run?

A virtual 5K is the same as a regular 5K with a few very important differences.  Most obviously, we won't all be present in the same place at the same time to run our race.  Instead, you can run a 5K anytime, anywhere you like.  Our original date for 2020 would have been Saturday, September 12th but you can run anytime after you register and receive your shirt. Results must be submitted to us by September 30th to be counted in our "official results". 

How do I participate?

Register for the 5K here and either choose "packet pickup" at the Kohl Family YMCA or have the items mailed to you.  Since we need a before and after picture for our community art project, we will take your picture in your shirt at packet pick-up.  Don't worry; if you select to have your items mailed, you can submit your own "before" picture at the same time you submit your "after" picture.  Once you have your stuff, run or walk your 5K or 1M and time yourself using your phone or watch.  You can run anywhere you like but feel free to use our "traditional" course in Middlebury anytime or any other marked course you choose.  After your race submit your time and picture to us using one of the methods listed below. 


Download, Print and Submit a Paper Registration Form.


VIEW OUR TRADITIONAL 5K AND 1M COURSES
 OR RUN ANYWHERE YOU'D LIKE


What is this "community art piece"?

Each year, our participants come together to produce a community art project to be permanently displayed in the Middlebury neighborhood (pictured above).  This year, we will be producing a rainbow colored photomosaic collage featuring our runners wearing their different colored shirts (you'll randomly receive one of 6 different shirt colors). The final product will look similar to our art piece from last year. Local artist Mac Love, will again be overseeing the project.

How do I take part in the community art piece?

If you come to packet pick-up, we will take your "before" picture.  If not, you'll need to take a "before" picture wearing your shirt.  Everyone should take an "after" picture wearing your shirt when you finish the run.  All pictures should be submitted via one of the methods listed below.  Pictures should be from the waste up. 


How do I submit my time and pictures?

You can submit your time and photos 3 ways.

Email: email PSILoveYOU5K@akronymca.org

Facebook: Send a message to Kohl Family YMCA at University Park

Twitter: Tweet @AkronAreaYMCA using the hashtag #PSILoveYou5K


REGISTER FOR THE 2020 P.S. I LOVE YOU VIRTUAL 5K AND 1M RUN


SEE MORE PICS FROM 2019 RACE DAY.


THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS:


NECA/IBEW
Signet
Jackson, Dieken & Associates
Art x Love
Neighborhood Network
S&T Bank 
Oswald Companies
Brenna, Manna & Diamond LLC
Bindtech
Summa Health
Home Savings Bank
Niekamp, Weisensell, Mutersbaugh & Mastrantonio LLP
The Well CDC
Dan Steurer
Barb Brunt
All of the members of P.S. I Love You planning committee
  

THE MEANING BEHIND THE RACE NAME:

Patrick Steurer (P.S.) was a 1997 graduate of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School and a longtime member of the downtown Akron YMCA, where his father Dan Steurer has served in various volunteer roles including as chair of the YMCA’s Annual Jack-O-Lantern Jog 5K, which “ran” for 20 consecutive years and preceded the P.S. I Love You 5K.

In 2007, for a 10 year high school reunion Patrick decided to run in an “alumni run”.  He began his training by seeking guidance at the YMCA, and though this was his first competitive run in a decade, he placed second and a love of running was re-ignited from his youth.  That year, and many subsequent years, Patrick chose to run in the Jack-O-Lantern Jog.  He was often seen at the YMCA encouraging members at all stages of their fitness journeys and putting a smile on the faces of those around him.  

In 2012, he ran his first Akron Marathon relay and continued his growth as a runner by running the “Jack Jog” and several other 5K’s. In 2013 he completed his first half marathon in under 2 hours!  After suffering an injury in 2014 he was unable to compete in any of the marathon series events and missed most of the summer running season.  He chose the “Jack Jog” as his first race to return to running.  
In 2015, he planned to run his first full marathon but tragically, died during a training run and was not able to meet this goal.  Today, the sun is not as bright, nor the sky as blue as one of the happiest and gentlest people who ever called the Y “home” is no longer with us.  While Patrick overcame several physical challenges in his life, he always walked with a spring in his step and a smile on his face. 

Patrick Steurer, we love you.   

WHY MIDDLEBURY

The Middlebury neighborhood was the first settlement in what is now Akron, Ohio.  Middlebury has a rich history of manufacturing and was once home to grain mills, clay and rubber factories and a booming economy. Today, new investment can be seen along the E. Market St. corridor.  Middlebury is home to Summa Health, Goodyear, Keep Akron Beautiful, The Well CDC and many more community based bussinesses.  Spend a day in Middlebury tending to one of the many community gardens, grabbing a cup of coffee, shopping at a local business, or enjoying the outdoors on the Freedom Trail or the Little Cuyahoga River.