Area high school senior recipients received memorial scholarships recently from the Tamaqua Runners Club for last year’s Chris & Kevin Truskey Memorial Run / Walk. The awards consisted of $750 and $500 awards. First place spots received a $750 scholarship. Second place spots received a $500 scholarship, and so on.
Receiving the memorial scholarships were:
– First place Tamaqua male: Jacob Gursky, Tamaqua;
– Second place Tamaqua male: Joshua Ambrose-Manness, Tamaqua;
– First place Schuylkill League male: Johnathan Condly, Jim Thorpe;
– Second place Schuylkill League male: Jake Saxon, Jim Thorpe;
– First place Schuylkill League female: Jessica Yeneskie, North Schuylkill;
– Second place Schuylkill League female: Jenifer Beers, Lehighton;
– Tie first place secondary scholarship male: Matthew Werner and Sam Ramsay. Both are from Conrad Weiser.
The memorial scholarship presentation was in prelude to the 25th annual Chris and Kevin Truskey Memorial Run & Walk set for Saturday (August 29, 2015) at the Tuscarora State Park. The competitive event will consist of a 5K walk, 5K run and 10K run and travel through the park and macadam road surfaces of the scenic Tuscarora State Park. It will also include free food, beverages, door prizes for participants. In addition, plaques will be awarded to overall 5-K & 10-K winners, with medals given to other age categories.
Races are held in memory of Chris and Kevin Truskey, sons of Pat and Wayne Truskey, who were both tragically killed in automobile accidents 12 years apart. Both were active in running sports and wrestling as well as being very active in their church.
“This has been a very successful and well known run since 1991,” said Wendy Dunkelberger, President, Tamaqua Runners Club. Including this year’s scholarship, the races have given a total of over $70,000 worth of scholarships to runners that plan to further their education in a trade school or four year college.
The race was first held in 1991 to honor the memory of Chris Truskey, who died as a result of a car accident in September of 1990, only a few months after his Tamaqua high school graduation. Chris was a former high school cross country runner under coach Ray Edwards and ran practices at Tuscarora State Park. A family friend, Wendy Dunkelberger of Tamaqua, was approached about starting a memorial race for Chris Truskey. Dunkelberger got together with the Truskey family, Drew Benyo of Jim Thorpe, and other volunteers and friends to organize the run.
This also lead to the creation of the Tamaqua Runners Club (TRC). Serving in the club are officers Dunkelberger, who serves as President; Wayne Truskey (Chris’s and Kevin’s father), Vice President; Pat Truskey (mother), member; Debbie Thompson, treasurer; and Marie Houser, secretary.
In 2002, Chris’s younger brother Kevin, also a Tamaqua cross-country runner, died as a result of a car accident. Kevin was a former Schuylkill League Champion on the Tuscarora Park course. That resulted in the race to be renamed as the Chris and Kevin Truskey Memorial Run / Walk. Originally the scholarships were given only to a Tamaqua senior boy and girl.
“What started out to be a small race has grown throughout the past 25 years to be a much bigger event than was imagined, with numbers as high as 420,” said Dunkelberger. “This race has been made possible through the many contributions of local businesses and shirt sponsors, of whom have been sponsors since the first race 25 years ago.”
“We appreciated the dedication of all the volunteers who come together on race day to help,” said Pat Truskey, who added that hundreds of participants join in the race every year.
Organizers encourage participants to arrive early to register for the run/walk, which starts sharply at 10 AM. She added that volunteers are always welcome to show up early and help.
For more information about the event, call Wayne or Patricia Truskey at (570) 386-2922, via Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proceeds of the run /walk will benefit next year’s Truskey Memorial Scholarship Fund winners.
Click HERE for registration and other information about the upcoming Truskey run.
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