Published on June 10, 2020

Annual Aliferis Race in Alpena Cancelled

Photos from the 2019 Aliferis Race.

Photos from the 2019 Aliferis Race

The 19th annual Aliferis Race at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena, scheduled for September 5, 2020, has been cancelled. After discussing many options for the race, and in light of the ongoing circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, the difficult decision was made to hang up the running shoes and abandon the bikes for the 2020 event.

Race organizers and Aliferis Committee members Joe Gentry and Barb Fox concurred, “We can’t ensure social distancing and it would be very difficult to safely hold any of the events, including the ½ marathon, 5k run or bike race.”

According to Ann Diamond, development director, MidMichigan Health Foundation, “This event has become a signature event on Labor Day weekend but it certainly could not be done without the support of our race organizers, participants, sponsors, and volunteers. To maintain the safety of all of our constituents, we have cancelled the Aliferis Race this year but truly look forward to a great celebration of our 20th year in 2021. We thank everyone who has supported us in our past events and we definitely will look forward to seeing you next year.”

The Aliferis Race was named in memory of long-time Alpena Pathologist Peter Aliferis who joined the hospital in 1963 after earning his medical degree from the University of Michigan. The race serves as a family event to encourage healthy lifestyles and to raise funds for the medical center. In the past 18 years, the Race has made more than $495,000 for new technology and patient upgrades.

Those interested in information about the 2021 Aliferis Race at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena or to support the event may contact Diamond at (989) 356-7738 or ann.diamond@midmichigan.org.