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5K/10K race set to benefit Hospice of Huntington

Jul. 07, 2013 @ 11:01 PM

BARBOURSVILLE -- A 5K/10K race will be conducted at Barboursville Park at 6 p.m. Friday, July 12, with proceeds benefiting Hospice of Huntington.

The end-of-life care provided through the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House meant a lot to the family of George Allen Thornburg, who died in December at the age of 78.

And Thornburg meant a lot to Huntington, which is why the race is named in his memory. He owned and operated Thornburg's Food Market on 29th Street for 37 years. Thornburg and his employees served the east end community of Huntington, especially senior citizens because they offered delivery and carry-out services.

After his clientele began to age and business slowly diminished, Thornburg closed his business doors for good on Aug. 17, 2003. In 2007, he was recognized by the Huntington Neighborhood Institute as a leading volunteer, receiving the Positive Impact on the Neighborhood award.

He was a member and former chairman of the West Virginia Retail Grocers Association and was an active sponsor of the Grocer's Cancer Day, participating for 34 years.

"You didn't just shop at Thornburg's Market because you needed bread," said Tommy Cazad, Thornburg's grandson. "You shopped there because he would greet you, ask you how you were, and even if he didn't know you, he cared."

The race starts at 7 p.m. at the lake in Barboursville Park. After a lap round the lake, the route heads toward the soccer fields. There will be a 5K return point, while the 10K runners will continue on. All runners will do a final lap of the lake to complete their course.

The cost is $15 for those who register by Thursday, July 11, or $20 on race day. Groups of eight or more can pre-register for $12 each. T-shirts will be given to the first 150.

More information about how to register is available online at www.tristateracer.com or by calling Alan Osuch at 606-369-4403.

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