May 4, 2012
Runners and walkers in the 15th annual St. Joseph Home Incline to the Finish Line 5K were greeted at the finish line by a corridor of cheering staff and residents of St. Joseph Home.
“After completing the half-mile long hill at the end of the course, seeing that cheering section was just what I needed to re-energize,” said Michael Rench, President and CEO of St. Joseph Home. Rench is an avid runner, but admits “that hill is pretty tough.”
The annual event benefits children and adults with severe/profound developmental disabilities, who live at St. Joseph Home or visit the Home’s Harold C. Schott Respite Center. Many of the Home’s 48 permanent residents gathered at the top of the hill and lined the finish corridor to congratulate race participants. Some held large “Thank You” signs; others shook noisemakers or waved and cheered.
“Residents of St. Joseph Home are non-ambulatory and non-verbal, but they certainly felt the excitement of the race, and they each expressed that in their own way,” said Robin Valentine, St. Joseph Home’s Director of Nursing. “I think the runners and walkers appreciated seeing such an enthusiastic group of our staff and residents at the finish line.”
The Incline to the Finish Line 5K starts and finishes on the beautiful St. Joseph Home campus in Sharonville. Most of the course is flat or a gentle downhill, with a long and steep hill up Wyscarver Road near the end of the race. The race is followed by a Waffle House breakfast.
Over 330 people participated in the event, which raised $27,000 to benefit the residents and guests of St. Joseph Home. Event sponsors include the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, SC Ministry Foundation, Contemporary Cabinetry East, Waffle House, Phillips Supply Company, Schmidt Dhonau Kucner Funeral Home, TriCon, Home Care Pharmacy, UPS, PNC Bank, McDonald’s, and Evendale Medical Center.
Race results are available online at www.racedmc.com.
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