¡ Love this volleyball tourney! by BETH ALTENA According to organizer Pete MacGregor, this year’s competition included 50-plus teams and added a whopping $12,300 to the dollars for Project Parent MD, an organization dedicated to finding a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The total for the five years of Volley for Mitchell is pushing $42,000 to Project Parent MD. This year there were 180 players ranging in age from 10 to over 50. “We will take any age and skill level,” MacGregor said. The event is an offshoot of the ever-popular and ever-growing Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford, in its 13th year. Named after Rockford resident Mitchell Peterson, now a 10th-grade student, the run has raised $625,000 over the past 12 years. Mitchell was diagnosed at a young age with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, the most devastating form of the disease, which always afflicts young boys. Over the years, Mitchell’s Run has become a huge event in Rockford and has raised awareness for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and the need to find a cure. “We are very thrilled with this year’s event,” said MacGregor. MacGregor, who is a former neighbor to the Peterson family, came up with the idea of Volley for Mitchell five years ago. He said not everyone is a runner, and he wanted to offer an alternative way to support the good cause of the Parent Project MD. The Score Restaurant was first to provide a venue for the competition, and MacGregor said he is very grateful for early supporters as well as new supporters—including AT&T, Integrated Strategies Inc., Walmart and St. Mary’s, who are all onboard for the first time this year. With clear skies and beautiful, if hot, weather, Volley for Mitchell went smoothly with youngest competitors playing at North Rockford Middle School and adults ending the day’s competition at The Score. Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford is racing right up and is scheduled for August 20. The run is a 5K run/walk beginning at 8:30 a.m. The race is a family-fun event with live bands, music and a radio feed from LAV. Those not into running will nevertheless enjoy the one-of-a-kind day in downtown Rockford. They can cheer on the racers as they cross the finish line at the Squires Street bridge, purchase […]
Mitchell Peterson, of Mitchell’s Run, pictured with some of the champion teams of this year’s Volley for Mitchell. “A lot of work goes into organizing this, but the day of the event it is all worth it.” Volley for Mitchell organizer Pete MacGregor said the four-on-four sandy volleyball tournament is a blast and for a great cause. In its third year this year the event raised $8,000 for Parent Project MD in cooperation with Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford. MacGregor said the idea came up while he and the Peterson family were hanging out by a backyard campfire. “It’ a way to be involved if you aren’t a runner or walker,” MacGregor said. This year’s event was Saturday, August 8, a rainy day. Sandy Peterson, Mitchell’s mother, praised participants. “It was pouring rain at 8 a.m. and of 50 teams, only one didn’t show up,” she said. “It was a great turnout. We were very lucky to have Score let us take over that part of their business. They were very generous,” Peterson said. Co-chairs of the event are Bill Jackson and Jeff Hartnagel.
In it’s 11th year and more popular than ever, Mitchell’s Run thru Rockford will be held Saturday, August 15 in downtown Rockford. The event is a family-oriented event with a silent auction, picnic on the banks of the Rogue River, a children’s run as well as the main event. Last year the run raised a record $74,000. The certified run/walk begins at 8:30 a.m. in downtown Rockford followed by the Kids for Kids races with three age categories. All events start and finish at the Rotary pavilion. According to City Manager Michael Young, the run and other events continue to be so popular because Mitchell and his story has touched so many lives. He called the event inspiring. “When you get out there and they play the national anthem, you get chills, you get goosebumps. Running through your town with your friends and neighbors is an amazing experience. For more information, visit Mitchellsrun.org.
Sun and fun and the new sand courts at the Score Restaurant and Sports Bar, 5301 Northland Drive, is the site of this year’s Volley for Mitchell. In its third year, this event is open to all, and organizer Pete MacGregor would like to see more teen teams sign up. Middle school and high school age kids will have as much fun as the “weekend warriors” on this one-day event. On Saturday, August 8, play will begin at 8 a.m. but the money raised will be appreciated forever. All funds go to Project Parent, a Rockford organization which donates money to find a cure for Duschenne Muscular Dystrophy. Rockford’s Mitchell Peterson, who will enter eighth grade next school year, has rallied the town while he fights the disease. Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford is coming up on Saturday, August 15 and is in its eleventh year. Last year’s event, which also included a family picnic, live bands, a silent auction and fun activities, raised an astronomical $72,200. Volley for Mitchell contributed $7,200 to that total last year and would like to top $10,000 with this year’s event. MacGregor said the day is sure to fun for all who participate. Last year over 150 people signed up for the four-on-four tournament. This year Score donated the use of its new sand, volleyball courts. There is a new sponsor, Timberland Pro, in addition to others, such as Print Rockford which donates printing, Rockford Ambulance, the Corner Bar and ChoiceOne Bank. State Representative Tom Pearce is expected MC again. The play is co-ed teams, although all-girl teams are accepted. It is rally-style scoring, points on every volley, first to 15, best two out of three win Match. First place wins a cool prize. The cost is $60 per team with another $25 to receive a t-shirt. More information is available at www.volleyformitchell.org. MacGregor said the idea was conceived when he was sitting around a campfire with Mitchell’s parents Sandy and Steve Peterson. MacGregor said he knows how much Rockford supports the family and their cause, and though this would be a good venue for those who aren’t runners. Watch for more on this year’s Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford or visit at www.mitchellsrun.org.