DELAYED POST: The first annual Suburban 5K Memorial Run was held October 17, 2015 at the Tamaqua Area Sports Stadium in honor and support of the late Thelma Urban, Tamaqua High School language arts teacher who passed away unexpectedly in June.
Half of the proceeds from the event benefited a college scholarship fund for Sean and Violet, Urban’s children. The other half will go towards a new scholarship that will be given in Urban’s name to a Tamaqua Area High School senior who is majoring in English and journalism.
A statement read to participants and supports during the event reads, “We would like to thank all for being here today to take part in the first annual Supurban 5K Memorial Run. The superhero theme of our event is a testament to the life of our beloved friend and teacher, Thelma Urban, who we lost this past June.
Thelma was not the image one might traditionally conjure up if asked to imagine Superman. She was not faster than a speeding bullet or more powerful that a locomotive. Nor could she leap tall buildings in a single bound. She did not wear red, yellow, and blue tights and a cape. (Indeed, her fashion sense was much too great for that.) She was not large in stature, nor did she have the power to intimidate and defeat dangerous villains.
But, Thelma did have the most important quality of all superheroes; she saved people. Each day and every year of her teaching career, Thelma touched countless lives. There were so many students who needed someone to listen, someone to care, and sometimes, someone to save them. She saved many with her kind words of encouragement, or her willingness to listen earnestly, or her courage to stand up for those who were unable to stand up for themselves. She save with her smile, and her laugh, and her positive attitude. She saved with her kindness and her compassion.
Even in death, she saved. She has left us with the example of her life, a permanent reminder to cherish our own lives and to be better human beings to one another.
Today, we come together in her memory to help support that which Thelam cherished so dearly; her children and education. Half of the proceeds from today’s event will go to the college scholarship fund for Sean and Violet, Thelma’s beautiful children. The other half will go towards a new scholarship that will be given in Thelma’s name to a Tamaqua Area High School senior who is majoring in English and journalism.
As we come together in this way, we can all continue Thelma’s legacy of kindness, generosity, and support. And, in coming together, we are reminded that we do not need tights, , a cape, and a mask to be superhero’s in someone else’s life.”
Some sponsors of the event included First Energy, Mud & maker, Stadium Hill Café, Funk Junk, Usborne Books, 14 Acre Farm, Pittsburg Pirates, Tamaqua Community Arts Center, Creative Changes Center for Arts and Humanities, Kupres Bros., Lucy Murphy, J.E.M. Hair Design, Citizen’s Fire Company, Momma C’s Bakery, ACIS, Boyer’s Food Market, Pepsi, Tulpehocken, Regina’s Oasis, La Dolce Casa, Iron Pigs Charities and others.