July 18, 2014 at 1:40 PM
The "On Your Marc" run and walk will be hosted on Aug. 2. Lower Providence residents can get a discount until Tuesday (July 22) of next week. Read below for more on the race, courtesy of a June 2 article on TAP Into Lower Providence:
Ideally, residents of Lower Providence Township spent last Monday enjoying their freedoms, thankful for the persons that paid the ultimate price for those abilities. Perhaps you spent it grilling at a barbecue or swimming with friends, but no matter what you did on your day off, remember the reason for the day off.
Memorial Day is designed to remember those that passed away in the line of duty. While Veterans’ Day is for all, Memorial Day was aimed to remember that some gave their lives for the freedoms of others.
Lower Providence has one such veteran in Marc J. Small. Small, a staff sergeant who gave his life while fighting in Afghanistan is remembered each year with the annual “On Your Marc” 5K run and walk.
“He was a special forces medic serving with the United States Army,” said Small’s sister and founder of On Your Marc Megan MacFarland. “His unexpected passing has been a tragedy to our family, but we know he would have wanted us to continue his memory in positive aspects.”
To that end, the foundation was formed six years ago. On Saturday, Aug. 2, at 8:30 a.m., the organization will host its sixth annual race. Registration for the race will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Lower Providence Fire Department in Eagleville. The running race begins at 8:30 a.m., with the walk kicking off at 8:35 a.m.
Funds raised by the event go to Small Steps in Speech, a foundation that Small’s own fiancée, Amanda Charney, created to “assist children with communicative disorders.”
“Since its inception five-and-a-half years ago, On Your Marc has raised over $164,000 for Small Steps in Speech in order to help children with the ‘small steps’ needed to improve their speech,” said MacFarland.
The race invites even the furry members of the family with “Doggie” registrations, allowing leashed pets to attend the walk and run. Teams may also register together. Children ages 6 and younger may participate for free.
To register, residents can click on the Lower Providence Township homepage here, and click on the “On Your Marc” link.
Killed in action in 2009, Small gave his life so that others could be free. His family hopes that residents of his hometown, Lower Providence, will get involved in remembering him.
“Please join us,” said MacFarland. “Have fun, and help out this important foundation.”
For more information about the race, contact race directors MacFarland or Wendy Christie at email firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone at 610-409-8143.
An accurately-measured 5K course is designed from the Lower Providence Fire Hall, through Eagleville Park and Lower Providence Township. Alternatively, there is a two-mile walking course.
Water will be available along the course, along with food, refreshments and entertainment at the finish. Results will be posted on the Pretzel City Sports website within 24 to 48 hours.
Parking will be freely available at the Fireman’s Fairgrounds, behind the fire hall located at 3199 Ridge Pike, Eagleville. Awards will be given for top male and female racers overall, along with the top two males and females in the following age groups:
· 7 to 14 years
· 15 to 19 years
· 20 to 29 years
· 30 to 39 years
· 40 to 49 years
· 50 to 59 years
· 60 years and over
Those that register prior to July 1 will be granted an early-bird discount of only $20. Those registering by July 22 will cost $25, while those from July 22 to race day will be charged $30.
All participants will be given a T-shirt for the event, while supplies last (not guaranteed after July 22). Dogs that register will get a bandana, and the cost is $15 for your K-9 companion to join you. Children 6 and under are no cost, and do not need to preregister.
An early check-in will be held on Friday, Aug. 1 at the fire hall from 5 to 7 p.m. Check-in on the day of the event will begin at 7:30 a.m.
A registration form is also available via this link, and checks can be made and mailed to Lower Providence Township, c/o On Your Marc. The address is 100 Parklane Drive, Eagleville, Pa. 19403.