SAN MARCOS, TEXAS
– The San Marcos Manufacturer’s Association (SMMA), in partnership with Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC), raised $9,136 for local scholarships when they presented the second annual Gear Up 10-Mile Run at Tanger Outlet Center this past February. Funds raised will benefit local students with ambitions to pursue higher education at a number of area education institutions.
“It feels good to give back to the community, and we feel this run has not only brought runners together but also our local businesses and community,” said race coordinator Lee Graham. “Many of our past scholarship recipients have gone on to successful and highly productive careers. With the higher costs of education, SMMA wants to increase scholarship awards to further assist students in covering these costs. Many students will graduate from a university and have a debt burden that will take years to pay off.”
Seventy-seven runners registered for in Gear Up this year, which was nearly double the participants of last year’s event.
This year’s top male runner was Richard Powell of San Marcos, who completed the 10-mile course in 55:36. The female champion was Diana Ruderman of Helotes with a time of 1:15:36. Andre McHenry of New Braunfels came in second place with a time of 1:00:47, and Taylor Stephens of Lockhart placed third with a time of 1:02:34.
All participants received a Gear Up padfolio, a hi-tech tee-shirt, a CREATION Health tote bag and other goodies, including haircut coupons, water bottles, Tanger coupon vouchers and more. Several door prizes were also raffled to runners at the event. CTMC and SMMA would like to thank this year’s sponsors:
Gary Job Corps
Ingram Family Foundation
Live Oak Health Partners
Barbara and Darrell Pierson
Gulf Business Forms
McCoy School of Business
Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union
TXI Hunter Cement
UTC Aerospace SystemsA special thanks also goes out to the following supporters:
Austin Canoe and Kayak – San Marcos
Chili’s Bar and Grill
Core Running Company
Dixie Cream Donuts
Fuschak’s Pit Bar-B-Q
Mamacita’s Restaurante & Cantina
Parkway Falls Apartment Homes
Quail Creek Golf Club
San Marcos Runners Club
Sullivan & Carothers Dental, PA
Texas Health and Racquet Club
Steve and Kelli Whigham
Plans are already underway for next year’s run, which is slated for Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 at Tanger Outlet Center. To view photos of this year’s race and future updates, follow www.facebook.com/smmagearup10milerun
The hospital, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, was restructured in 1960. The present facility was opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 700 employees works with more than 220 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families.
In addition, over 200 community members and interns from area educational institutions volunteer their services to the hospital. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County. CTMC also added a certified Chest Pain Center to its ER capabilities in 2011 and became an accredited Primary Stroke Center in 2013. In 2012, CTMC became the first operating room along the IH-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio to be equipped with a da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery suite.
CTMC is a member of the Adventist Health System (AHS), a not-for-profit healthcare organization that emphasizes Christ at the center of care. Founded in 1973, Adventist Health System is a national leader in quality, safety and patient satisfaction. Today, Adventist Health System supports 45 campuses in 10 states and employs nearly 70,000 individuals. Adventist Health System hospitals are comprised of more nearly 8,300 licensed beds, providing care for 4.5 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.About SMMA
The San Marcos Manufacturers' Association (SMMA) was formed in 1981 to provide a forum for local industry to communicate common needs, problems and objectives. SMMA is active in the community as well as at the state level, and works closely with Texas State University-San Marcos, San Marcos CISD, the City of San Marcos, the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce, Texas Workforce Centers, Gary Job Corps, CTMC, Texas Association of Business and Chambers of Commerce, Texas Alliance of Manufacturers Association, Economic Development San Marcos, Small Business Council, and state representatives. Many of these organizations are represented in SMMA as associate members.
The SMMA has maintained close ties with all local educational institutions for many years through programs such as sponsorships of scholarships. Seven annual scholarships are provided by SMMA. Graduates of Gary Job Corps and the San Marcos High School receive SMMA scholarships. SMMA also funds two scholarships for Texas State University - one for the McCoy's College of Business Administration, one for the Department of Technology and one SMMA Member Employee Scholarship.