Newman To Run Marathon For FCCFF
A graduate assistant at Penn State University’s main campus, Josiah “Josey” Newman has seen and felt firsthand the affect the Jerry Sandusky scandal has had on central Pennsylvania.
“Since last November, every time I have mentioned being a current student at Penn State or having earned my degree there, the conversation turns to some discussion related to child abuse. The Penn State community was painted as one that simply didn’t care about these victims, and that could not be further from the truth,” said the 25-year-old son of Dick and Bonnie Newman of Waterfall.
In fact, it’s his caring nature that prompted his recent decision to run for a cause. On October 7, Josey will participate in the 2012 Steamtown Marathon in Scranton. Donations obtained through this run will be given to the Fulton County Center for Families to aid its child abuse and parent support initiatives.
Residents of northern Fulton County know that running is in the blood of the extended Newman family. It was Forbes Road graduate and Josey’s first cousin Mike Newman who will go down in local history books as being the school’s one-man track team in the late 1980s. The proverbial torch was passed to Mike’s brothers, Chris and Zack, and eventually to cousins Josh and Josey.
Josey got his first taste of running when in 2003, cousin Zack came to him with a suggestion they train for a 5K in Gettysburg. A group of six friends competed in the race, and Josey was hooked thereafter.
His longest running competition would be in April 2006 when he finished a marathon in Charlottesville, Va. He started actively running again last November and finished the Chambersburg Half Marathon. By March 2012, he knew he would attempt a fullmarathon of 26.2 miles and started focusing his training efforts in June.
“I have put in a maximum of 49 miles in a week that have included a mix of speed work and long runs. I have had Mom drop me off at the top of Robertsdale Mountain a couple times and ran down to help with the downhill portions of the Steamtown course,” Josey told the “News.”
“ ... I wanted to pick out something to dedicate this to the whole time. For a while, I kicked around THON and the Sheetz Family Christmas, which are both great causes. After the Freeh report was released, and we heard another wave of how ‘Penn Staters only care about football,’ Fulton County Center for Families became an obvious choice,” he said of his decision to earmark the money for a family service organization back home.
Josey’s goal is to raise $1,000. He said if nothing else, raising awareness of the Center for Families and its programs is reward enough.
Individuals wishing to support Josey financially in the upcoming marathon can do so online at http://www.crowdrise.com/fccfmarathon/. Checks and money orders can also be sent directly to Fulton County Center for Families, 22438 Great Cove Road, Suite 106, McConnellsburg, PA 17223. Any size donation is welcome.
Donation jars are also slated to be placed at various local businesses in Waterfall and the surrounding area.
The initial response to the event has been wonderful, according to Josey, who said he has received a great outpouring of support from family and friends back home as well as from those he has met in Happy Valley.
Regardless of the amount of money raised or his overall time crossing the finish line on October 7, Josey urges residents to always keep the victims in the Sandusky case in their thoughts. “No one should ever be put through what Sandusky put them through,” he said.
Following Steamtown, future plans include doing a couple legs in the 50-mile State College relay, another half-marathon and possibility the Pittsburgh Marathon in May 2013.