The President's Corner
Saturday, July 1 will be here before you know it and that’s why now is the time to sign up for Parma’s famous Run-Walk for Pierogies. This year marks the 7th consecutive year for what has become one of the community’s premier family-friendly summer events. Sponsored by University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, Cuyahoga Community College’s Western Campus (11000 West Pleasant Valley Road) – the event’s venue – the Parma Observer, and Perla Pierogies (5380 State Road), among many other Parma businesses and elected officials, participants are treated at the finish with Perla’s homemade pierogies, courtesy of owners Daniel and David Serban!
Seven years ago I combined my love for running and pierogies and came up with the Parma Run-Walk for Pierogies. Thanks to the help of my Co-Chair Gary Uveges and many of our friends and sponsors, we host well over 800 runners and walkers each year and have been able to donate thousands of dollars to local charitable causes. In fact, this year’s charity partners include the Parma Charitable Fund, the Parma Senior High School Hockey Team, Parma Boy Scout Troop 221, and the Cuyahoga Community College Gap Scholarship Fund.
Participants may choose to compete in the 5k run, which is a chip-timed race, or they may walk the entire 5k (3.1 miles) or the shorter 1 mile course. The top male and female win the Golden Pierogie Award, as well as a $100 prize package. The top three females and males in the following age group divisions win pierogie necklace awards: 11 and under, 12-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and 70 Over. The first 600 participants to sign up are guaranteed our signature t-shirt, pierogies and other snacks and drinks at the finish, and a goody bag. There will also be many door prizes awarded randomly.
The Run-Walk will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. next to the lake in front of CCC-West and continues around the flat college campus. Pre-registration is $20 (ages 11 and under $10) and can be done by mail by June 28 or online by June 30. Onsite, day-of registration is $25 and can be done from 7:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.
Registration for 7th Annual Parma Run-Walk for Pierogies can be completed online at www.hermescleveland.com or call 440-885-8091 to be mailed a form. Questions about the Run-Walk, including sponsorship opportunities, can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling. Check us out on Twitter and Facebook at pierogie5k. See you on July 1!
Parma City Council President Sean Brennan