Saturday, September 14, 2019

benefiting the Kohl Family YMCA
and our Middlebury neighbors*
Race Starts @ 9 a.m.

Prefer a Paper Registration?
Download one here, complete it and send to:

Hermes Sports and Events
2425 West 11th Street
Suite 2
Cleveland, Ohio 44113

5K and 1M event that begins and ends at the Kohl Family YMCA / Summa Health campus in East Akron  (477 E. Market Street, Akron 44304) and travels through the Middlebury neighborhood, where they will meet and experience the people and businesses committed to the revitalization of this historic community . 

Participants will have the opportunity to “leave a lasting impression”  at the end of their journey by contributing to a public art piece by Mac Love.

5K Route 



5K Registration by August 15:  $20

1M Registration by August 15:  $ 5
5K Registration from August 16-September 13:   $25
5K Race Day Registration (8 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.):  $30
1M Registration after August 16:   $10

Packet Pick-Up on Race Day -- Beginning at 8 a.m.

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.