The 17th Annual Mitchell’s Run thru Rockford 5K Run/Walk & Kids for Kids K is taking place on Saturday August 15th in downtown Rockford. Each year thousands of spectators, participants, friends and families fill the streets of Rockford all with the hope of finding a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. They come together to support Parent Project MD, a non-profit organization dedicated to research for viable treatments to cure Duchenne MD, one of the most common yet devastating of the muscular dystrophies. The race is named after Mitchell Peterson now age 19 who was diagnosed just before his 3rd birthday in 1999; fast forward 17 years the race is no longer just about Mitchell but rather several other local area boys just like him who are also living with Duchenne. ACHIEVING THEIR GOALS Through the years one of the goals of Steve and Sandy Peterson hoped to achieve was bringing awareness of this disease which strikes males and a small percentage of females who can be carriers but do not show signs of the disease. They continue to bring awareness as evidenced by a show of other boys lined up at the start of the race during the National Anthem. Because of the Peterson’s continued efforts they have raised over $850,000 dollars in donations going to Parent Project MD. 100% of proceeds from the race and silent auction are donated in Mitchell’s name to PPMD who last year awarded the Peterson family and their event as being their longest running “grass-roots” fundraiser and supporter. NEW! VIRTUAL PACKETS! MRTR is going green this year by introducing a “virtual packet”. Friday, August 14th at the Footwear Depot they’ll have late registration and packet pick up from 4p-7p where you can sign up for the race and pick up your t-shirt and race bib. If you have participated in previous Mitchell’s Run races you will be notified by email with all the details for the race and also, special deals and coupons offered by various sponsors. If you choose to wait until Friday or the morning of the race to sign up, by providing your email address you will receive a message within the following week to take advantage of specials and coupons being offered. (Mitchell’s […]
Photos by TOM SCOTT It was another phenomenal year for Mitchell’s Run thru Rockford held Saturday, Aug. 20. More than an amazing fundraiser in the fight to find a cure for Duchennes Muscular Dystrophy, the event is in honor of Mitchell Peterson and other boys with Duchennes and a way to raise awareness of the need to find a cure. Over $61,000 was raised for Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy. Top racers in the 5K walk/run were Alex Wilson with a time of 15:14 in the men’s division, and in women’s Jennifer Adams finished at 17:31. Close behind in the men’s division were Drake Veitenheimer (15:20), Spencer Gerber (15:33), Drew Woznick (15:36), and Josh Miller (15:43). In the women’s division were Devon John (18:17), Taylor Manett (18:24), Kaitlin Diemer (18:41), and Holliann Willekes (19:31).
Stroll along beautiful downtown Rockford with a live band and deejay, and place bids in a silent auction with items including a Nintendo Wii, MSU/Michigan game tickets, a 32GB iPod Touch, a Trek Pure Sport Cruiser bike, or a one-week condo stay in Los Cabos, Mexico, and many local merchant gift certificates as part of the fun of the 13th annual Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford this Saturday, August 20. Twelve hundred runners are already booked to take to the streets and the White Pine Trail as part of the route for the annual race to raise awareness and funds to fight Duchennes Muscular Dystrophy. Named after Mitchell Peterson, who, along with fellow Rockford students Alec Lundy and Tyler Fehnesfeld, has Duchennes, the race has inspired other events geared toward the same cause, including Volley 4 Mitchell, Classmates for a Cure, Strides for a Cure, and Mitch Madness. To date, well over half a million dollars has been raised for Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy. It isn’t too late to sign up for the 5K run/walk that has become a signature event for Rockford. According to Sandy Peterson, Mitch’s mom, the 150 volunteers and multiple sponsors are responsible for the success of the well-run race. She also attributes the generosity of Rockford merchants and the help of the city. She is always quick to point out that the race is more about educating the public on the importance of finding a cure for Duchennes, although the amount of money raised for muscular dystrophy research is impressive. Runners and walkers can sign up at Mitchellsrun.org to register online or can sign up prior to the 8:30 a.m. race Saturday. The silent auction takes place before, during and after the race and ends at 10 a.m. Watch for runners on the team Classmates for a Cure, who have their own t-shirts and are donating money to the Rockford Education Foundation. “Maybe one of these kids will grow up to be a scientist and will find a cure,” said Sandy.
Mitchell’s Run thru Rockford, Saturday, Aug. 21, was another success in both the well-run race and the amount of money raised for Project Parent MD for a cure for muscular dystrophy. The day of the race results were over $77,000, exceeding the goal of $75,000 organizers had set for the twelfth annual event. Three-time Mitchell’s Run winner Josh Miller of Rockford took six seconds off his time to win again, this year with a time of 16:01. Coming in second in the men’s division was Dan Kasprouicz of Grand Rapids with a time of 16:04. From Belmont was third place men’s winner Drake Veitenheimer with a time of 16:18. Grant Gunneson, of Rockford came in fourth with a time of 16:29. Andrew Woznick, also of Rockford, was fifth in the men’s division with a time of 16:30. Taking top win in the women’s division was Jessica Roster of Grand Rapids with a time of 18:18. In second was Val Thomasma, of Belmont, with a time of 18:48. In third place was Mackenzie Adams, of Rockford with a time of 18:50. Taylor Manett, of Grand Rapids, was fourth with a time of 19:03. Amanda Surdenik of Rockford was fifth in women’s with a time of 19:04. The 5K run/walk, community picnic, silent auction and live music take place in honor of Mitchell Peterson, diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy in 1999. Parents Steve and Sandy want to raise awareness for the many kids who have the disease and the need to find a cure.
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.