PHOTOS IAN ANDERSON
In October 2013, Alternatives in Motion announced the winners of the 2013 A.I.M. High Endurance Awards, recognizing the efforts of local race directors, volunteers, endurance sport clubs, sponsors and participants who set out to accomplish their goals no matter how long it takes or how far they have to go. Last week, the winners were presented with awards.
In addition to recognizing the A.I.M. High Endurance Award winners, the program featured Tom Grilk, Executive Director of the Boston Athletic Association, as the guest speaker. Grilk discussed how the endurance community has supported the Boston Marathon since its inception in 1897, and particularly in the wake of the events of April 15 as both the B.A.A. and the how the running community is looking forward to the 2014 Boston Marathon.
AIM High Endurance Award winners are as follows:
• Individual Accomplishment Award: Libby Jennings
• Inspiration Award: Rick VanBeek (Team Maddy)
• Corporate Dedication Award: Metro Health Sports Medicine
• Moving People Forward Award: Johnny Agar (Team Agar)
Award recipients were nominated by their peers and selected by the A.I.M. High Endurance Awards committee.
In addition, 55 individuals who completed the Fifth Third River Bank Run 25K, half-iron or full-iron at the Grand Rapids Triathlon or the MiTitanium, and the Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon in 2013 will be recognized with the West Michigan Endurance Award.
“In 2012, we presented 20 people with West Michigan Endurance Awards at the inaugural A.I.M. High Endurance Awards event,” explains Matt Chapman, Interim Executive Director, Alternatives in Motion. “To see 55 athletes achieve the award this year speaks volumes about the endurance community here in West Michigan. We are honored to recognize this amazing group of individuals next Thursday.”
West Michigan Endurance Award winners are as follows:
Proceeds from the event went to Alternatives in Motion. Alternatives in Motion is a privately funded, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to provide quality used wheelchairs, and routine wheelchair repair services, to individuals and families demonstrating financial need in order to promote healthy, independent and active lifestyles. To date, Alternatives in Motion has assisted over 1,250 people from Michigan and 21 other states. Proceeds will help provide mobility and independence to individuals and families in need by giving Alternatives in Motion the precious financial resources required to continue an unwavering commitment to keeping people mobile.