Ft. Thomas has always been a very active community. When the weather is nice, the streets are filled with residents out walking, jogging, riding bikes, or just visiting with friends. Grand Avenue's Steven Schwalbach is someone you have probably seen out running the streets of Ft. Thomas. However, Schwalbach's runs aren't solely for recreational purposes. Schwalbach has been training for the 200 mile Jackie's Run.
Schwalbach is using his love of running to bring attention to the Alzheimer's Association. According to statistics Schwalbach collected from the Alzheimer's Association, “Every 68 seconds an American develops Alzheimer's disease or a similar form of dementia. Alzheimer's is now the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. An estimated 5.2 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's and 200,000 of them are younger than 65 years old.” Jackie's Run was created by Schwalbach to help raise money for finding a cure for Alzheimer's and dementia.
Alzheimer's hits especially close to home for Schwalbach and his family. Schwalbach's mother, Jackie Schwalbach, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's over 10 years ago. Ft. Thomas resident Clem Fennell, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's 7 years ago at age 55, also motivated Schwalbach's involvement in Jackie's Run.
Beginning May 18, 2014, Schwalbach will be running the state of Kentucky over the course of one week. Jackie's Run will kick off at the Kentucky-Tennessee border in the city of Pine Knott, Kentucky. Throughout the week, Schwalbach will be running 7 marathons. Schwalbach, a former Highlands High School cross country team member, will be finishing his run at Highlands High School on May 24, 2014. Schwalbach plans to follow the running schedule below:
May 18: Tennessee-Kentucky border to Burnside State Park – 31.5 miles
May 19: Burnside State Park to South of Stanford - 31.5 miles
May 20: South of Stanford to South of Nicholasville - 32 miles
May 21: South of Nicholasville to South of Paris - 30 miles
May 22: South of Paris to South of Falmouth - 30 miles
May 23: South Falmouth to Alexandria - 31 miles
May 24: Alexandria to Highlands High School - 15 miles
You can support Schwalbach by cheering him on throughout the run, and also by donating to the Alzheimer's Association through Jackie's Run. You can find out more information about Jackie's Run and make donations by visiting www.jackieclemrun.com.