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Race Date: 12:00 AM Friday, July 30th to 10 PM Sunday, August 1st..
Location: Virtual - run or walk wherever you'd like!
For Scranton area runners and walkers, the Scranton Public Library will be at the Lackawanna Heritage Trail Pavilion on Saturday, July 31st from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM with a prize spin wheel and water bottles.
How It Works: Beginning at 12:00 AM on Friday, July 30th, run your virtual 5K wherever you'd like and then submit your results to email@example.com. Proof of your results must be a screen shot of your run through a running app such as Garmin, Strava, MapMyRun, etc.
Live Results: Live results for the race will be at the following link James D. Hill Run to Read Live Results. Please note that these are live and will update as race submissions come in.
Awards: Medals will be awarded to the top overall male and top overall female.
Proceeds Benefiting: YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY!!! Enter your library when registering and/or donating (Use "In Support Of" field) and encourage everyone you know to do the same. Each library that reaches a minimum of $1,000 in registrations + donations will receive 100% of their allocated funds. We will continue to support the following causes with all unspecified funds (no library entered) or those that do not reach the minimum:
Reading Is Fundamental, our nation's largest children's literacy non-profit
Scholarship fund for a graduating senior at Holy Cross High School (PA), where Jim was a volunteer assistant coach for the girls varsity soccer team.
Mission Statement: Our mission is to grow Jim's legacy of compassion and understanding, connecting people of all colors, shapes and speeds (running and reading), through our shared love for exercise of body and mind.
All those that knew Jim Hill well, knew his first and deepest love was for his family. But they also likely got dragged to a race or had to hear about a book or article, since he was eager to share his love for running and reading. His favorite part of road races was the sense of community and camaraderie; he was more than happy to start at the back of the pack and take his time. It was more about connecting and meeting new people than setting or breaking records. He participated in hundreds of races over the years, ranging from 5Ks to full marathons, even finishing the Steamtown Marathon in 2010 at age 67.
He loved libraries so much that we have pictures of him in front of countless libraries visited on trips all over the U.S. and a few in other countries. After he passed, people made donations to the Albright Memorial Library in his memory and in turn, the library set up the James D. Hill Memorial Fund. That generosity planted a seed for us to continue and grow Jim's legacy by organizing this race in his honor.
He would be flashing his bright smile to know that we are doing this, and especially for the benefit of children's literacy. He always loved and connected with kids and in fact, was a big kid himself - the below photo was taken at the Anastasia Island Branch of the St. John's County Public Library. It was his first time volunteering there and when they asked him to dress up for Halloween, he waddled right up!
Jim was the sweetest and most selfless man we'll ever know. We lost him on August 2, 2016, 10 days after he suffered a heart attack during a 5K race in Scranton, PA. Along the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail, you will find a tree we planted with a plaque in his memory.
Please join us in celebrating Jim and his love for life, running and reading!
With sincere gratitude and to sign off as he would have...
At Your Service,
The Hill Family
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