RunWalkRoll Sees 10th and Final Year in Wheeling

WHEELING — Dozens of people turned out in Wheeling on Saturday for the final RunWalkRoll 5K to benefit the Free Wheelchair Mission.

The race reached its 10th year under the effort of Chuck and Suzy Miller, who said it is now the right time for them to move on from the event. As a fundraiser, the 5K consistently assisted the Free Wheelchair Mission in its cause to provide wheelchairs for individuals in developing countries.

According to the organization’s website, it has provided more than 1 million wheelchairs in 93 countries since 2001 — including more than 150,000 in Vietnam and almost 100,000 in India.

“It has been our privilege to put on this event for the last nine years,” Suzy Miller said. “It is going to be hard for us to let it go.”

Participants started outside Generations Restaurant and Pub. Bordas & Bordas Law Office pledged to donate $5 for each of the first 300 people in the race.

William Wallace of Wheeling said his participation was a way to take part in a healthy activity while knowing his individual effort will benefit something beyond himself. This was his only time running in the race.

“Yeah, I regret not doing this before,” he said. “It’s a nice event and a nice asset for the city of Wheeling. It shows the people here care about others.”

Sponsors of the event included Kennen and Kennen Realtors, the Tri-State Medical Group, Ye Olde Alpha, Progressive Bank, West Liberty University, MedExpress, the Vineyard Church, Mountain River Physical Therapy, Wheelcraft, Road ID, Covenant Community Church, Steubenville Truck Center and Little Bees Graphics.