2021 5K FUN RUN
In Honor of SAMANTHA SCHMADER
for her Musical Service within the Community
Race results, Smiley Miles
2021 OVERALL FEMALES
1st place Michaela Higgins 20:35.99
2nd Place Tiffany Berry 22:03.79
3rd Place Olivia Mumford 23:27.53
2021 OVERALL MALES
1st place Jack Mumford 17:25.17
2nd Place Eli Schreiber 18:13.32
3rd Place Kaine McFarland 18:37.82
Samantha Schmader “Sam” was born and raised in the Fryburg area. She is the daughter of Sam and Ann Smerkar of Marble. She attended North Clarion Elementary and High School. She then studied music education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She couldn’t wait to accept her first teaching position and move across the country to Holbrook, Arizona, where she taught music and completed her Masters Degree at Northern Arizona University. She married Eric Schmader, her high school sweetheart, and they lived in Arizona for five years. When their daughter Abigail was born, they decided they wanted her to have a childhood like they had growing up, so they moved back to the state of Pennsylvania. After living and teaching in several communities, Sam was fortunate to move to Fryburg and begin teaching at North Clarion High School. She later became an elementary music teacher. Samantha and Eric welcomed a son, Collin, and he is currently a sophomore at North Clarion. Abigail is a senior at Grove City College and Eric is the CEO at Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Company in Marble. Samantha is a member of St. Michael Church in Fryburg, where she began playing the organ at the age of twelve. Moving back to the area seemed to be Samantha’s destiny.
Samantha was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in October 2018. Multiple sclerosis is an auto-immune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. After being diagnosed and becoming more informed about MS, Samantha realizes that her symptoms presented themselves as early as 2001. She is passionate that society creates an awareness of this incurable illness. “Every MS patient has a different response to the disease. Some patients only suffer from mild symptoms while others end up in a variety of highly debilitated states”. There is no cure for MS, but there are many treatments available to manage the disease. Samantha’s current treatment is a monthly infusion and she recently took an early retirement after twenty-five years of teaching.
The Mayfest 5K on Friday, May 28 will be held in Samantha’s honor. Along with her passion for MS awareness, she is focused on educating and promoting the youth in our local community. Some of the proceeds from the 5K will be donated to the North Clarion elementary music program. As a former music teacher, Samantha has personally seen how music education can improve memory, attention, physical coordination and mental development. It is a cause close to her heart.
OUR 5K FUN RUN/WALK STARTS PROMPTLY AT 7 PM IN FRONT OF THE ST. MICHAEL'S CHURCH ON ROUTE 208. RACERS WILL TRAVEL DOWN ROUTE 208 INTO MARBLE ONTO MARBLE ROAD, WHERE RACERS WILL THEN TURN AROUND AT THE END OF MARBLE ROAD, BEHIND MONTANA'S COUNTRY CAFE', WHERE THERE IS ALSO A WATER STATION. RACERS WILL THEN TRAVEL BACK UP 208 INTO FRYBURG PAST ST.MICHAEL'S CHURCH CONTINUING ON ROUTE 208, TURNING LEFT ONTO THE OLD FRYBURG ROAD, PAST THE FRYBURG CAR WASH. RACERS WILL TURN AROUND AT THE END OF THE OLD FRYBURG ROAD, WHERE THERE IS ALSO ANOTHER WATER STATION. RACERS WILL RUN BACK UP OLD FRYBURG ROAD ONTO ROUTE 208 AND BACK TO THE FINISH LINE AT THE ENTRANCE OF THE ST.MICHAEL'S CHURCH PARKING LOT ON THE LEFT OF ROUTE 208.
Check out the RUN RESULTS at www.smileymiles.com
2013 Hans Wentz a 15yr. old was the fastest ever to finish the tough MAYFEST FUN RUN with a time of 17:10.0!
Close behind in 2012 Christopher Delaney at age 21 had a time of 17:22.9. In 2014 Issac Wilson at age 16 had a time of 17:43.9
Females: 2014 Stacie Stevenson at age 26 had a run of 19:59.3 just beating out 2012 Ryan Zacherl had 18:25.50 in 2015 and Melissa Goodman at age 34 had a run of 19:59.4 In 2015 age 17 Abby Schmader had a time of 21:10.30 and in 2013 at age 15 had a time of 21:19.2
* In a slightly different course our first year Jamie Wright at the age of 23 had a time of 19:49.9 and Greg Bauer at 48 years had a time of 21:44