TORONTO - The annual Robert Urich Memorial 5-Mile Run\5K Walk will take place July 7 as the city celebrates Independence Day.
The annual event, sponsored by the Toronto Ohio Chamber of Commerce, will be similar to those of years past, according to Mike Biasi, race organizer.
"The day will coincide with Gem City Day and the city's annual fireworks display," said Biasi, adding proceeds from the 11th-annual race benefit the Heather and Robert Urich Fund for Sarcoma Research, a Toronto High School scholarship to a deserving student and future Gem City Day celebrations.
"This year (those interested) can download a registration form at www.torontoohiochamber.com. They can't register online - they have to mail the form to me, at P.O. Box 279, 405 Daniels St., Toronto, OH 43952."
The annual race/walk named after the late actor will include runners beginning at 8 a.m. and walkers at 8:15 a.m. Registration the day of the race will be between 6:30 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. at Toronto High School, and the first 150 people registering will receive a free T-shirt with the name of the event and sponsors. The certified course begins at Toronto High School, winds its way through downtown and ends at Clarke Hinkle Field, said Biasi. The registration fee is $15, Biasi said.
Aid stations also will be at the course halfway mark and finish line, he added. Trophies will be awarded for first-, second- and third-place competitors according to sex and age, he added. Water will be available to walkers and runners throughout the course, and an aid station manned by personnel from the TEMS Joint Ambulance District will be on hand at the race's conclusion, said Biasi.
Computer chip timing with results posted on a website after the race will be part of the event as well.
The Sarcoma Foundation of America states its goal is "to advocate for increased research to find new and better therapies with which to treat patients with sarcoma. The organization raises money to privately fund grants for sarcoma researchers and conducts education and advocacy efforts on behalf of sarcoma patients."
Urich, well known and loved in the Gem City, died after a long battle with the disease in 2002. A veteran of movies and television, some of his better-known roles were in "Vega$," "Spencer for Hire," "S.W.A.T." and "The Lazarus Man." He also appeared in the films "The Ice Pirates" and "Magnum Force."
The mission statement of the Sarcoma Foundation of America states its goal is "to advocate for increased research to find new and better therapies with which to treat patients with sarcoma. The organization raises money to privately fund grants for sarcoma researchers and conducts education and advocacy efforts on behalf of sarcoma patients."
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