KIPRONO KURGAT OF
KENYA BREAKS THE TAPE TO CLAIM
FIRST IN THE MENS HALF-MARATHON!
KAREN MITCHELL PHOTO
Mayor Nutter Gives High Five Award
to Deserving Runner During Gore-Tex
Philadelphia Marathon Weekend
BY DAVID BLOCK
PHILADELPHIA, PA--The elite runners biggest struggles can
range from failing to set a new course record, to failing to
rack up wins. Then there are those runners who struggle just
to put one foot in front of the other.
The GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon recognizes such individuals.
Since 2010, one special marathon entrant received the Mayors
High Five Award. Marathon weekend was Friday, November 21 to
Sunday, November 23, 2014.
The Mayors High Five Award recognizes a runner whose
pre-race journey to the starting line is as much of a victory
as crossing the finish.
Joshua Schrier of Blue Bell, PA was the 2014 High Five Recipient.
Joshua ran the marathon last year and was then diagnosed
with a brain tumor, said Philadelphia Mayor Michael A.
Nutter in an exclusive interview with this Runners Gazette
writer. Now hes back.
At the 21st Running of the GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon,
Schrier clocked 4:10:12, net time, and 4:12:15 gun time.
I felt honored to receive the award, said Schrier.
I wrote a letter [to the decision makers] nominating
him, said Joshuas wife Kimberly. I wasnt
sure if he would win or not, but his story was compelling.
According to Randy Giancaterino, spokesman for the GORE-TEX
Philadelphia Marathon, usually about 40 people vie for the award.
second in 3:12:24 and Jenny Goransson, 30, Arlington, VA, was
third in 3:14:24.