5k Walk/Run Celebrates Guthrie Family and Sara Herrell
The second annual J.U.G. 5K Walk/Run was held on Saturday July 23. Sixty-five walkers and runners turned out for the event held during the 2016 Peru Circus City Festival.
Jessica Monnot, an intern at the Miami County Community Foundation (MCCF), started the event in 2015 to give back and celebrate the life of local physician James U. Guthrie, who devoted himself to the practice of General Surgery.
Monnot received the 1st ever James U. and Betsy Guthrie Health Scholarship in 2014 and she was compelled to repay the generosity of the Guthrie family and the Community Foundation which holds the scholarship endowment fund.
There had not been a walk/run event at the Peru Circus City Festival for a few years, and this event has sparked new interest within the community and the hope is that it will continue for years to come.
This year the event also celebrated the life of Sara Herrell, a young girl who passed away last year and who participated in the 2015 event. “After last year’s J.U.G. event, a little girl filled with excitement asked if she could help in next year’s race,” said Jay Albright, Executive Director of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation the parent organization of which the MCCF is an affiliate member. “After the tragic loss of Sara, Jessica Monnot felt that it would be fitting to celebrate Sara’s life in the event this year, and we couldn’t have agreed more,” Albright continued.
“Thanks to the volunteers and those who participated in the event, we will continue to support the Guthrie Family Fund and the community now and forever,” said Jessica Monnot founder of the annual event. “I thank the Community Foundation for helping me bring my vision to Miami County and look forward to next year’s race.”
The top finishers for the event:
1st Male Runner- Jamie Francis 24:18.3
the Miami County Community Foundation
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So far, Miami County Community Foundation has dispersed nearly 5.2 million dollars in grants and scholarships. Currently the Community Foundation holds over $7.6 million in assets and administers over 140 funds.
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