Commissioners’ Cross Country Invitation Set for September 8th

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The annual Lackawanna County Commissioners Cross Country Invitational Race will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. to noon at McDade Park, Scranton, featuring high school athletes from a tristate area.

The top 25 finishers in the boys and girls junior high categories along with the girls and boys varsity divisions will be recognized. Winning teams in each of the race categories will also be honored.

Information on the meet is available from the County’s Parks & Recreation Department at 570-963-6764.

Pictured from left: William Davis, the County’s Deputy Director of Parks & Recreation; Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings, Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, and Mark Dougher, the County’s Parks & Recreation’s Buildings & Grounds Manager.

 

Annual Jog For Jude Race Scheduled for Sunday, April 23rd

Jog for Jude 2017 (2)Runners will lace up their sneakers and compete in the third annual “Jog for Jude” 5K run/walk on April 23 at the Dunmore Community Center. Unlike traditional races, runners will not be competing against each other but collectively competing against a rare and horrible disease known as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS.

SIDS is the number one cause of death in children under one year of age in the U.S. Over 4,000 lives are suddenly cut short each year due to SIDS; that equates to about one in every 2,000 children.

On July 23, 2014, the terrible disease took the  life of a 3-month old Jude Zayac. In wake of his unexpected death, his parents, Greg and Theo Zayac of Dunmore, founded the Jude Zayac Foundation. The mission of Jude’s Foundation is to raise funds to support SIDS research and to enrich the lives of living children in the community.

Jog for Jude 2017 (1)The first “Jog for Jude” event was held on April 19, 2015, at the Dunmore Community Center. Since then, the foundation has raised over $167,000 and hosted over 3,000 runners/walkers with the help of hundreds of community volunteers.

The foundation has donated $110,000 to the Boston Children’s Hospital, which stands at the forefront of SIDS research. Also, it has donated $30,000 to St. Joseph’s Baby Pantry, which serves infants from families in need. This year’s event will again benefit the St. Joseph’s Baby Pantry.

The foundation hopes that members of the community will join it in the upcoming 5K run/walk and help it spread awareness and fight SIDS.

Holy Cross student decides to run at Rider University

Holy Cross student Mackenzie Greenfield recently signed a decision letter for Division I Rider University for track and cross-country.

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Shown in the front row, from left: : Mrs. Marianne Greenfield, Mackenzie Greenfield and John Greenfield. Back row, same order: Al Callejas, Holy Cross athletic director; Alex Higley, Mrs. Ann Marie Rogers and Charlie Orlando, coaches, and Benjamin Tolerico, principal.