Give yourselves a round of applause. With a turnout of around 400 (we ran out of race bibs at 350), the very first Jersey Mike 5K race event grew into something beyond our wildest dreams, especially those of Mike's kids and family who were all in attendance. We were humbled by the support for the event — both in participants and volunteers who surprised us by coming together to pull off something really special.
We want to thank and recognize every person who was a part of our first event. We watched a community come together around a good cause and make it into something amazing.
We could never have anticipated the level of enthusiasm of our supporters. Our first race has raised upward of $10,000; a combination of registrations, individual donations, and donations from our cherished event sponsors.
The money raised by the Jersey Mike Memorial Rock + Run 5K is being used to build a 529 College Savings Plan, a special kind of savings plan that enables money to be saved to be used exclusively for college education. It has specific restrictions and tax-deferrence advantages, but is designed to build through accruing compounding interest annually. When Mike's kids are ready to continue their education after high school they will have this support to make the best choices for their college education, just like Mike would have wanted.
Overall Race Winners
|Overall Winner, Male||Jake Dicello||20:16|
|Overall Winner, Female||Melissa Kellogg||21:45|
Age 18 and under
|Gold, Boys||Corey Losch||24:06|
|Silver, Boys||Khalic Miranda||24:07|
|Bronze, Boys||E. Domanski||30:07|
|Gold, Girls||Amy Conboy||22:04|
|Silver, Girls||Ciana Conboy||23:01|
|Bronze, Girls||Allison Rebuck||26:35|
|Gold, Men||Nic Banting||20:52|
|Silver, Men||Greg S.||21:43|
|Bronze, Men||M. Lapkowitz||22:11|
|Gold, Women||Kelly Leighton||23:41|
|Silver, Women||Whitney Slaybaugh||24:00|
|Bronze, Women||Kathryn Tartoglia||27:31|
Ages 30 - 39
|Gold, Men||Chad Murren||22:29|
|Silver, Men||Chris Trogner||23:27|
|Bronze, Men||Josh Karns||23:30|
|Gold, Women||Rachel Shenk||23:05|
|Silver, Women||Emily Preate||23:12|
|Bronze, Women||Lindsey Philbin||24:49|
Ages 40 - 49
|Gold, Men||Des Conboy||23:03|
|Silver, Men||Jim Losch||24:30|
|Bronze, Men||Brian Fertenbaugh||24:30|
|Silver, Women||G. Newcomer||27:46|
|Bronze, Women||Kelly Cudnohufsky||29:01|
Ages 50 - 59
|Gold, Men||Mike Dicello||23:21|
|Silver, Men||Doug Rothfus||25:50|
|Bronze, Men||Neil Mosgolis||29:05|
|Gold, Women||Dione Rizzo||31:52|
|Silver, Women||Lynn Fleisher||33:04|
|Bronze, Women||Barb Bacion||39:16|
Age 60 and over
|Gold, Men||Rod Kuhns||32:24|
|Silver, Men||Les Ford||41:04|
|Gold, Women||Judy Kuhns||30:52|
See you thought we cheaped out right? Never. We have shiny medals for anyone who placed. If you see your name above but not a medal around your quick little neck, shoot us an e-mail and we'll figure out how to get it to you.
It's easy to get spoiled in the age of instant this and instant that. We had several different groups of photographers come and capture the event and will be posting pics and links in the coming days. Please give us some time to get everything together and check back often. We periodically send out updates for things just like this. You can be one of those special enough to be included if you sign up to receive event notifications.
Due to an overwhelming response to the 2013 Jersey Mike Memorial Rock + Run 5K we will be making this an annual event. Sign up to receive periodic updates and announcements of what we're doing and what's coming up
"Jersey" Mike Van Jura was a heck of a guy, involved in any number of good causes. He was always a positive thinker and lit up any room he entered. Unfortunately, good intentions don't necessarily make for a healthy heart.
Mike died far too young. HE WAS 36 YEARS OLD. While Mike had challenges to his condition such as surviving Lymphoma (cancer), his life may have been prolonged with regular exercise and a healthy diet.
This 5-kilometer (3.1 mile) race was developed by the K+L Guardian foundation, which was formed to benefit concert promoter "Jersey" Mike Van Jura's children after he died suddenly from a heart attack in 2012 at only age 36.
The race was designed to promote heart-healthy activities and to provide outlets for adults and children who have lost a parent or loved one manage grief through healthy, positive activities.
The Jersey Mike Rock+Run aims to call attention to lifestyle improvements that help stave off life-threatening conditions like heart disease and cancers. The best way we could think to introduce Mike's friends into thinking about changing lifestyle gently was to host this 5K race. Think about it — a 5K is just 3.1 miles. That's really not far. You can do it!
Next year is slated to be bigger and better in every way. Now that we know we have your support, we're going to pull out all the stops. Join us next year in April for another day of running, families, and rock + roll!
Registration for the 2014 Jersey Mike Memorial Rock + Run 5K will be announced. To be among the first notified, subscribe to receive periodic updates and announcements via e-mail:
This is a run-walk open to all levels of participation. However, if you absolutely cannot attend but would still like to do your part, you can mail a donation to:
K+L Guardian Foundation
1518 Green Street
Harrisburg, PA 17102
We would like to recognize our sponsors for their generous contributions. We urge you to celebrate their selfless community spirit as well by making their brands your first choices and recommending them often. Thank you so much gang!
We are partnering with local Harrisburg businesses and organizations to make sure this good cause event is successful. We offer a variety of sponsorship levels to make sure everyone can be included.
If you are interested in sponsoring with a monetary contribution or in-kind donations, please contact Jay Bowser, Director, K+L Guardian Foundation using this form.
Deadline for 2014 sponsorship is March 31, 2014.
Our supporting sponsors mean a lot to us. Many giving little can be powerful as one giving lots. Our supporing sponsors giving $50 or more will be mentioned in runner communications, and receive recognition on the event web page and event social media presence (Facebook).
We gratefully accept any merchandise or gift certificates that can be given as door prizes.
If your company would like to make a donation of a product or services, please contact us using the form below. You/your company will receive recognition across the spectrum of event communications both print and electronic.