This August, Fleet Feet Sports and Mizuno asked the nation: Who are the runners that inspire you? We asked people all over Pittsburgh to nominate the runners in their communities who are changing their own lives and the lives of others through the awesome power of running.
We asked and you all answered ...
If you have ever run a Pittsburgh race, you've probably seen Stush. He's the shirtless guy who finishes the race and then doubles back to high five people as they near the finish line. He's also been known to run with people who could use a friend to motivate them in the last leg of the race.
Stush started running 12 years ago for his health, but he continues to run because it's what he loves to do. So the next time you see a curly-haired, bare-chested man cheering you on at a race, it's probably Stush spreading the joy of running to everyone he meets.
James Wolf's love of running inspired all three of his children to become life-long runners. Growing up, his daughter Sara says her dad use to encourage the kids to join him on his runs where they would tackle some "killer hills," together.
At age 40, James was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. But that didn't stop him from doing what he loves most. Since his diagnosis, James has run 19 marathons in 14 states. He continues to make running a family event and even runs the Pittsburgh Great Race with his grandchildren.
Vaughn Schmid was at an annual check up a few years ago when the doctor told him his blood pressure was too high and recommended medication. However, Vaughn decided to improve his health the old fashion way and started running.
Vaughn has trained with Fleet Feet Sports ever since. He often encourages others to start training and cheers on new participants. Having Rheumatoid Arthritis, Vaughn often runs to raise awareness and funds for the Arthritis Foundation. This past year he was named the Arthritis Foundation Adult Champion.
Join us in celebrating our nominees!
Please join us on Friday, October 7 at Fleet Feet Sports to toast our three nominees. This is an evening to congratulate the nominees, gather with friends and celebrate the Pittsburgh running community.
Doors open at 7:15 pm. Celebration starts at 7:30 pm. Please RSVP below so we know how much champagne to have on hand to raise a glass to our nominees!