37th Green Ridge Mile To Continue Mission For United Cerebral Palsy
This week, staff writer Laura Rysz talks with Jim Moran about the upcoming Green Ridge Mile, which raises money for United Cerebral Palsy.
Residence: Clarks Green
Professional background: Physical therapist, former runner, race official
Title: Co-race director with Don Surace and assistant race director Kevin Calpin
Q: What inspired this event?
A: Dan McGlynn owned Andy Gavin’s in 1981. He was a great Scranton Central athlete. He and two other area runners, P.J. Burke and Jack Neary, and the Scranton Area Organized Runners (aka SOAR) founded the first Green Ridge Mile. There were no mile races in the area back then. This will be the 37th Green Ridge Mile.
Q: Who is the mile race open to?
A: The one-mile race is open for runners 10 years old and under. There are age groups for women runners up to 70 and over and male runners up to 76 and over. The 400-yard youth race is open to runners 10 and under. It was one of the first youth races in this area 25 years ago. Last year, we had 273 runners in the mile and 25 runners in the youth run.
Q: What else will be on hand for the event?
A: Acoustics music will be provided by J.R. Huffsmith, a local musician and graphic artist. Also, his wife Desiree will be raffling off a basket of Gertrude Hawk Chocolate.
Q: How will the proceeds be used?
A: United Cerebral Palsy has been the beneficiary of the Green Ridge Mile for the last 25 years. Last year, due to the generosity of the runners and our sponsors, we were able to present Sarah Drob, executive director of United Cerebral Palsy, with a check for $4,000.
Q: What is unique about this event?
A: There are very few mile race in the area. Many former local runners are home for the holiday weekend. If the do not run, they come out to support and watch the race. Right now, I am amazed to see families with three generations of runners as repeat customers in this race year after year. Co-race director Don Surace owns Andy Gavin’s Pub and Eatery. He and his gracious staff provide a festive holiday atmosphere and great hospitality to all runners and spectators.
If you go
What: 37th annual Green Ridge Mile
When/where: Saturday, Nov. 24; registration, 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Andy Gavin’s Pub and Eatery, 1392 N. Washington Ave., Scranton; one-mile race, 1 p.m., 2300 N. Washington Ave., Scranton, to Andy Gavin’s; 400-yard youth run, 1:30 p.m., 1555 N. Washington Ave., Scranton
Details: Registration for the one-mile run costs $18 with a long-sleeve T-shirt and $12 without a T-shirt; the 400-yard youth race costs $1. Proceeds benefit United Cerebral Palsy. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.