Shuma heart event scheduled for July 6

TORONTO – Runners and walkers should get ready to lace up their shoes for the first Gem City Day Mike Shuma Healthy Heart Run/Walk scheduled for July 6.

The city chamber sponsored-race, which takes the place of the former Robert Urich Memorial Walk/Run, will be a 5K course for both runners and walkers this year, according to co-organizer Mike Biasi.

“We’re going to be starting the race a little earlier this year,” said Biasi, adding the race begins at 8:30 a.m. for runners and 8:35 a.m. for walkers beginning at Toronto High School.

The course will be relatively flat roads through the city, ending at the Toronto High School Stadium, where awards for winners will be announced, according to Biasi.

Registration and race pack pick-up occur at the high school from 7 a.m. to 8:15 a.m., or those wishing to participate can pre-register for the race at and seek the link to the Gem City Day race, Biasi said. Additionally, a PDF download of the registration from can be found on the chamber’s website at, as well as both Toronto Kwik King food store locations, Biasi said.

Registration is $15 per person, and free commemorative shirts will be given to the first 200 people registered, he added. Timing chips also will be distributed to all participants, he said.

Pre-registration forms should be sent to Valley Converting, P.O. Box 279, 405 Daniels St., Toronto, OH 43964.

The race is named after the late Mike Shuma, a popular Toronto resident, TIMET Corp. employee and avid outdoorsman who died in 2012, according to Biasi.

“He was a die-hard Toronto guy and a graduate of Toronto High School,” said Biasi of Shuma.

This year’s emphasis will be on heart health, Biasi noted.

“We’ll also be passing out information on healthy heart habits,” said Biasi, adding a portion of the funds raised from the race will go to Trinity Heart Center as part of Trinity Health System and the Mended Hearts project, which creates pillows for those with heart problems. Funds raised also will go toward a new Toronto High School scholarship in Shuma’s name and toward future Gem City Day celebrations, Biasi added.

“We also are going to donate to the (new city) YMCA for its programs on heart health,” Biasi said.

For information or for a registration form, call (740) 537-2152.

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