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Race organizers share record proceeds from Albion run

Staff Reports Posted 15 July 2014 at 12:00 am

Provided photos – Albion Running Club leaders present a check for $1,000 to The Care Net Pregnancy and Family Center of Greater Orleans. Pictured, from left, includes Running Club leaders Brian Krieger, Jack Burris, Care Net nurse Sara Moore, and her husband Mark Moore, who is also one of the race organizers for the Strawberry Festival.

ALBION – Leaders of the Albion Running Club passed out checks to several local organizations, money that was raised from the June 14 Strawberry Festival 5k/8k.

The race had a record number of participants – nearly 300 – and that resulted in more money to give away.

Brian Krieger and Jack Burris present a check for $750 to the Rev. Randy LeBaron, pastor of the Free Methodist Church and Mike Neidert, who is going on the mission trip to Peru.

The Running club wrote five checks for $2,360 collectively. That topped the $2,100 given away last year when 274 runners and walkers completed the course.

The Running Club gave $1,000 to The Care Net Pregnancy and Family Center of Greater Orleans; $750 to support a mission team from the Albion Free Methodist Church that is heading to Peru for humanitarian work; $400 to the Community Kitchen at Christ Church; $160 to Hospice of Orleans; and $50 to Central Orleans Volunteer Ambulance.

The race was dedicated to the late Wayne Burlison and Judy Christopher. Burlison was one of the Running Club founders and an Albion music teacher. He died from cancer on March 26 at age 36.

Christopher, former owner of Phoenix Fitness, organized the race for about two decades. She died from cancer at age 70 on Aug. 3, 2013.

Mark Moore presents a check for $400 to Faith Smith, manager of the Community Kitchen. Brian Krieger and Jack Burris join Moore for the presentation.