For those interested, the Harrigan’s 5k charity run was started in the early 2000s by some very determined ladies who were then part of the Team in Training program (LLS - Leukemia & Lymphoma Society). Jeanie Wolslagel started Harrigan’s; in year two it was taken up by Susie Stein … she oversaw the event for several years, then turned it over to yet another Team in Training fundraiser named Scott Hall. Eventually, because of the workload to make it happen, he also decided to pass it on. The current organizers took over after the 2008 run which experienced about 300 runners.
Since 2009, the event has benefited four important local charities: the Alzheimer’s Association, United Rehabilitation Services, JDRF (Juvenile diabetes Research Foundation), and South Community. The race grew nicely in 2009 and 2010, and took a major leap forward in terms of participants in 2011 when we broke the 1000 runner barrier. In 2013 we attained 1215 registered runners, record proceeds, all supported by about 100 volunteers.
Also, during this time frame we have raised just under $55,000 for the four charities, thanks to everyone’s enthusiasm for running, volunteering, or both.
Pat yourselves on the proverbial shamrock – you do great things for your health and for our community! All 1300 of you — every year.