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KIPRONO KURGAT OF KENYA BREAKS THE TAPE TO CLAIM
FIRST IN THE MEN’S 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 Mayor’s High Five Award. Marathon weekend was Friday, November 21 to Sunday, November 23, 2014.

The Mayor’s 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 Runner’s Gazette writer. “Now he’s 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 Joshua’s wife Kimberly. “I wasn’t 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.

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