Written by Joe Rizza Friday, 27 November 2009 00:00
As mild fall air hung over the village, hundreds of runners and walkers made their way down the route of the annual run, perhaps for the final time. The Mineola Mustang Run Committee, which has been holding the run for years to benefit local organizations, has decided that the time has come for the annual November event to end.
For years, members of the Mustang Run Committee, led for a time by Scott Fairgrieve and then later by Linda Fairgrieve, has worked hard to hold the run, which benefits local organizations such as the Mineola Fire Department, Mineola Ambulance Corps and Mineola Auxiliry Police. This year the run benefited the the Mineola Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Mineola Athletic Association, Mineola Police Athletic League, Mineola Auxiliary Police, Mineola Fire Department for live-saving equipment, Mineola Youth and Family Services, the Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop University Hospital, Parent and Child Education Program (PACE), Mineola Junior Fire Department, the Wounded Warrior Project, and this year, the American Cancer Society.
Before the run, some of the participants had a chance to reminisce about the Mustang Run. One participant remembered Scott Fairgrieve running after someone who was jogging on a track just to give that person an application for the Mustang Run. That was the kind of commitment it took from volunteers to enable the Mustang Run to grow into an event that attracts over 1,000 participants and brings thousands of dollars into the village.
It is clear that the organizations that benefit from the Mustang Run will miss the money that comes in. However, the community will miss it too as it is an event that the entire village can get behind.
There has been speculation that an organization or group of organizations will continue the run so it doesn’t die. For now, though, it is appropriate to simply say congratulations to the Mustang Run Committee and all the volunteers; enjoy your retirement; you’ve earned it.