To the editor:
The Mifflin County Historical Society would like to publicly thank all those who had a hand (and feet) in the success of the Logan Guards 5K Run/Walk for Lincoln on May 4 in downtown Lewistown.
Congratulations to Jeff Miller, who was the first to cross the finish line with a time of 15:37. Mary Batdorf was the first female finisher at 21:57. We also applaud Katherine Costa, who, at the age of 93, walked the five kilometers.
To the Juniata Valley Striders, especially Scott and Stacey Falkner, the biggest thank you of all. We couldn't have coordinated our first and second 5Ks without their help from start to finish. The participation of 60 runners/walkers, with an additional 25 volunteers, was great for a community event.
The 5K started and finished near the monument, which features a stone from President Abraham Lincoln's tomb. Mifflin County's Logan Guards were the first to answer Lincoln's call for volunteers in 1861. A highlight of this year's 5K was a visit by Civil War enthusiast Ralph Lincoln, a cousin of President Lincoln who was in Mifflin County for the annual "Sparks In The Park" Civil War encampment the same weekend.
Sponsors included: McVeytown Lodge 376 and Lewistown Lodge 203 of the Free and Accepted Masons; Downtown OIP and Grille; Vince's Pizza and Family Restaurant; Barr Funeral Home; Bobby Rahal, Toyota, Lexus, Scion; Lake Ford, Lincoln Inc.; Frey Motors, Chrysler, Dodge; Burnham Hardware; Juniata Valley Bank; Kish Bank; Mifflin County Savings Bank; Northwest Savings Bank; Kish Printing; Wilson's Meats and Groceries; Calkins GMC Subaru; Lerch RV; Crider-Mitchell Construction; Snedeker Energy; Lynn Aurand, Dodaro and Heverley families, Forest and Dot Fisher, and Sen. Jake Corman.
Dunkin' Donuts, Giant (Burnham and Lewistown), and Weis provided food for the runners and walkers.
In addition to volunteers from the historical society, Fame EMS, Lewistown police and fire police, Mifflin County Ham Radio Club, and the Mifflin County High School Key Club all helped to provide assistance around the course on the day of the 5K.
Glick's Shoe Fly, Lewistown, and Rapid Transit, State College, gave gift certificates to the overall female and male winners, and Recognition Engraving, Lewistown, provided discounted prices on the medals and plaques. Also, special thanks to Mifflin County art teacher Tim Reeder for designing the wonderful logo of a jogging President Lincoln featured on the front of the 5K's T-shirts again this year.
All of these contributors and participants enabled the Mifflin County Historical Society to conduct an event for the community that was healthy exercise and fun, as well as educational for participants under age 10 to over age 90. The net profit of this 5K was $1,700. This will be used primarily on maintenance projects to help preserve McCoy House. The 17 N. Main St., Lewistown museum is open to the public 1:30-4 p.m. Sundays.
Plan now to participate in the 2014 race/walk, scheduled for Saturday, May 3, starting again at the Lincoln stone.
Harvey C. Eckert
Mifflin County Historical Society
President and 5K Chair