By BRIAN BOHNERT
To his family and closest friends, Jeff Shiff was always active.
An avid runner, he could often be found jogging at local parks, city reservoirs and at the community YMCA.
So when Jeff lost his battle with colon cancer in 2008, the Shiff family couldn’t think of a better way to honor him than with a run of their own.
Organized by Susie Shiff and her four children, the 5th Annual Run the Res 5K/10K will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday at reservoirs 2 and 3 down Fremont and Tiffin streets.
After running the Athens Marathon with her children in April 2009, Shiff said the family thought it would be a good idea to bring an event back home to benefit local cancer research and treatment.
“We just wanted to do something in memory of him and give back to the town,” said Shiff, Jeff’s wife.
The race will begin on West Fremont Street and continue around lakes Mottram and Lamberjack. Both 5K and 10K routes will be offered so participants can choose the course best suited for them.
For the third year in a row, the 5K and 10K races will be joined by a Kids Fun Run for ages 3-9. The race will begin at 1 p.m. and go from Center Street to the top of Fremont Street, and every child taking part in the fun run will receive a goody bag and a participation ribbon, Shiff said.
“It’s adorable,” she said. “We have somebody with a bullhorn that announces it and the adults cheer them on from one side … It’s awesome to see all these kids take off.”
Among the pint-sized marathoners will be Shiff’s three grandchildren, ages 3, 3 and 5. Twenty children are registered for the race, but Shiff said she expects more to join in the day of the event.
There are approximately 230 runners registered for this year’s race with more expected to sign-up the day of the event. Last year’s race hosted nearly 400 people, but Shiff said many donated without running.
Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Brick Shelter House at City Park on the day of the race. Shiff said people can also register online at www.runtheres.org, or by taking a completed registration form to Fifth Third Bank, the Geary Family YMCA, the United States Post Office on Center Street and the Kaubisch Memorial Public Library.
“It’s awesome to see everybody come out,” said Shiff. “We have a lot of friends that come from as far away as Colorado, Illinois and New York to do it. Jeff made a pretty good impression on a lot of people … It makes my children feel very happy to see all their friends come back and to see the community come support their dad.”
All proceeds from the event will be donated to the oncology department at ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital so the staff can continue to provide the same quality of care and treatment given to Jeff, Shiff said.
As a result of the 2013 race, the ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital Cancer Fund received nearly $6,000.
“Everybody was so nice to him when he was sick, so we couldn’t think of a more perfect place to give back to,” she said.
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