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A twist on tradition: Record 13th year for ‘virtual’ memorial run


Andy and Barbara Lorson, of Orrville, and their four sons: Joey, Mark, Oliver, and Charlie, won for Best Rich Dalessandro Memorial Theme in this year’s virtual race, and also won many awards for their races this year.

Sawyer Riggenbach, 8, of Canal Fulton, who attends Orrville schools is the 2020 Rich Dalessandro Memorial Run recipient.

Luci Fratena, 9, told her mom, Race Director Chrissy Fratena that she was determined to place first after winning third place overall last year. She won the overall female 2-mile in 15:23.

Even though the 2020 Rich Dalessandro Memorial Run saw only about half of its average number of participants, the 13th annual charity event made more this year than ever before.

Runners and walkers did not participate together on the same course in Dalton because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But that didn’t slow them down. They racked up miles at home on their own time – even in other states –and raised money to benefit the Northern Ohio chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and a local boy fighting lymphoma. This year, the fall race raised $21,078.

Read the complete story in the Dec. 16, 2020 edition.



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