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Seth Menart Memorial 5K Race welcomes crowd to Mt. Pleasant Area

| Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 9:12 p.m.
John Poole | For The Mt. Pleasant Journal
Eric Porter crosses the finish line to earn first place during the Seth Menart Memorial Scholarship 5K last Saturday.
John Poole | For The Mt. Pleasant Journal
Jason Mellors (left) Anna Riddle and Don Porter, coordinators of the Seth Menart Memorial Scholarship 5K, hold a promotional sign for the event.
John Poole | For The Mt. Pleasant Journal
Participants in the Seth Menart Memorial Scholarship 5K kick off the event at Mt. Pleasant Area Junior-Senior High School.

The Seth Menart Memorial Scholarship 5K was held recently at Mt. Pleasant Area Junior-Senior High School.

The event was hosted by Mt. Pleasant Area junior Anna Riddle with the help of the district's varsity football program in honor of Menart, who died on May 17, 2009, from injuries he suffered in an automobile accident.

While Riddle never knew Menart, she participated every year in a soccer tournament also held in his honor to raise money for the Seth Andrew Menart Scholarship Fund.

“I really wanted to help out with the (Seth Andrew) Menart Scholarship Fund, and I couldn't do it by myself so I asked Don Porter, Jason Mellors and the football team to help out,” Riddle said.

Students participating in the event paid $10 while adults taking part paid $20. There were plenty of activities to go along with the 5K run/walk, including raffles, free face painting, the chance to grab a snack at a concession stand and to purchase 50/50 tickets.

The turnout was great, Riddle said, as nearly 100 people attended.

All of the earnings will be donated to the Menart fund and to the football program.

The 5K was separated into three divisions — children, high school students and adults.

Prizes were presented to participants in each division who earned first, second and third place.

The top three child finishers each received passes to Youngwood Area Park & Pool. For the high school and adult sections, top finishers all received trophies.

Eric Porter, a Mt. Pleasant Area graduate, won the event with a time of 16 minutes and 58 seconds.

Porter said he was glad that he won, but added that he knew that winning the race wasn't everything on that day.

“I really wanted to come out and perform, but it's more important to be out here for the cause and I'm glad I can say I was a part of this event,” Porter said.

Eric's dad, Don Porter, said the event is worth having again and again.

“We really want to make this an annual event, it felt really nice to help out the Menarts and the football foundation,” he said.

John Poole is a freelance writer.