'Life' race benefits Hospice

November 06, 2005|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

Tara Horst of Hagerstown picked the name for her fundraising running race first - then, the cause.

She liked how "Run For Your Life" sounded. Looking for a charity to match, she found Hospice of Washington County's Web site and was impressed with the organization's focus on the life, not death, of the terminally ill.

"It just kind of meshed well," Horst said.

On Saturday, an unusually warm November day, the fourth edition of the Run For Your Life 5-kilometer race went off at 9 a.m. at Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial Park in Halfway.

Horst said the field of about 80 runners was around 50 fewer than the race had the last few years.

So, the amount raised this year is likely to drop from 2003 and 2004, when each race produced about $2,000 for Hospice, she said.


"We really are very appreciative," said Dawn Johns, the community relations director for Hospice of Washington County.

Hospice of Washington County, a nonprofit group, comforts and supports terminally ill people and their families.

Saturday's race was won by the young.

The top men's finisher was Jake Green, 21, of Martinsburg, W.Va., whose time was 16:06.8, a pace of 5:11 per mile.

The best women's time, 21:12.7, belonged to Lindsey Banister, 19, of Hagerstown.

Seventy-nine people in 14 age categories finished, according to a results list.

Horst said Hagerstown Runs, a running club, handled the race the last two years.

The club disbanded at the beginning of this year, but some of the same people helped organize Saturday's race, she said.

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