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Salem X-Tra Mile Club expresses gratitude

To the editor:

The members of the Salem X-Tra Mile Club would like to thank all who contributed toward making the 24th annual running of the Star Trax 5K Night Run a success. At 9 on the evening of Saturday, Aug. 5, a field of 479 registered runners raced out of Reilly Stadium onto the luminary-lined streets of Salem to benefit the Salem Senior High School’s boys and girls cross country and track and field programs. The 24th annual run honored Mr. and Mrs. Ted Yuhaniak, long time supporters and volunteers of the Star Trax 5K Night Race.

The Star Trax 5K Night run features a United States Track and Field certified 5,000 meter (3.1 miles) course making it one of the premier races in northeastern Ohio. This year’s race drew runners from as far away as Abilene Texas, Sleepy Hollow, Ill., Florence, S.C., and Bradenton, Fla. The field of 479 runners were once again strong and competitive and the men’s overall top runner for the 24th annual Star Trax race was Eric Rupe from Youngstown, Ohio, with a time of 15:54. The women’s overall top runner went to Sarah Bashinski from Poland, Ohio, with a time of 19:32.13.

We are indebted to all of our sponsors listed below who provided financial support as corporate T-shirt or trophy sponsors. It is because of you that our kids are well equipped, look great and most importantly represent the Salem City Schools and Salem community proudly! Thank you.

CTM Integration Inc., Hickey Metal Fabrication, Stadium GM Superstore, Youngstown Orthopedic Associates, Salem Elks Lodge #305, BOC Water Hydraulics Inc., Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sebo, Boardman Nissan, Butech Inc., Coke, Farmers National Bank, Kalra Orthodontics, Lincoln Machine Company Inc., Hunt Valve Company Inc., Morris Financial Group, National Healthcare Access Inc., Papa John’s, Promos Unlimited, Stratton Chevrolet, Ventra Plastics, Aarrow Disposal, American Legion Post # 56, Adamson Veterinary Services, American Tool and Cutter, Bailey Financial Planning, Bush Consulting Group LLC, C Tucker Cope and Associates, Charles F. Bricker and Son LLC, Country Saw and Knife, Church Budget Envelope Co., Envelope 1, DFC Celebrate Recovery 5K-Damascus Friends Church, Dental Health Group, Doug Davidson Trucking LLC, DT Moore and Company LLC, Dunkin Donuts, Eastern Gateway College, Emergency Medical Transport, Ezio’s Restaurant, Hannah E. Mullins School of Nursing, J.H. Lease Drug, Janney-Shawn Sauerwein, Josie’s Pizza, Kent State University at Salem, law office of Brian J. Macala, Nationwide-Jennings Insurance, Popa Trucking, Salem AMVETS Post # 45, Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, Salem Community Center, Salem Giant Eagle, Salem Hunting Club, Salem Orthopedic Surgery (Lee T. Simmons MD and Dominic Peters MD), Salem Propane, Salem Regional Medical Center, Salem Sewer and Drain, Salem Tire Pros and Auto Service, Salem Twin Cinema, Scullion Vision Clinic, Stark Memorial Inc., Tolson Comfort Systems, Tudor Physical Therapy Centers, Van Go Carpet Cleaning, VFW Post #892, Yerkey and Madjarac DDS. Inc., Mr. and Mrs. Lee-Fredrickson, Dr. and Mrs. Salvatore Apicella, Denny and Melissa Niederhiser, Dr. Paul K. Shivers DDS, Mrs. Jody Wright, Geoff and Kim Goll, Hal and Rhonda Gorby, George and Theresa Morris, Holloway Insurance Inc., Annabell’s Restaurant, MP Writing and Editing Services, Mark and Ross Ramunno, Dennis and Gail Keller, Jesse and Jessica Slocum, Sparkle Market, Salem Walmart, Jackson Auto Supply (NAPA), Johnston Accounting Services and Norkus Orchards.

Much thanks also goes out to the many race night volunteers. This event would not happen without you! Thank you to the following: Jim Phillis and the Salem City Streets Department, Salem Auxiliary Police, Salem Firemen, Salem Safety and Parks Department, Salem Independent Hose Club and members, EMT Ambulance for providing emergency medical transportation, the families providing our course “Water/Soak Station.” Most of all, thank you, to the community and residents living along the race course. Your enthusiasm and help in placing and lighting the nearly 800 candle-lit luminaries over three miles of race course is what sets our race apart from the others. Runners continually comment on all the support and words of encouragement that are offered during the run. These are the kind of things that make our community stand out and keep the runners returning year after year. Salem’s community support is number one.

Team running in Salem has a rich history of excellence including seven state titles in cross country and most recently a state runner-up finish in track and field. We’re very proud of our dedicated coaches and athletes and the Salem X-Tra Mile Club is proud to support them. We pride ourselves in putting on what we feel is a premier race designed around showcasing our beautiful community, hospitable citizens, and generous sponsors.

Next year’s race is our silver anniversary so please save the date of Aug. 4, 2018, and help us make the 25th year memorable. If you would like more information about the Salem X-Tra Mile Club or becoming a Star Trax sponsor please contact us through our websites, http://startrax5k.com or www.salemx-tramile.org or follow us on Facebook under “Star Trax 5K Night Run.” Thank you. Go Quakers!

John McClish, John Scheets,

Race Directors;

Lori Wilson, X-Tra Mile Club Treasurer;

Boys and Girls Cross Country and Track Coaches,

Rob Motz, Bethany Huston, Amie Cochran, Ted Yuhaniak, Bill Neapolitan

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