Published on August 25, 2021

Annual Aliferis Memorial Race Returns Sept. 4

Bike racers position themselves out of the starting gate for the 18.5 mile bike race during the annual Aliferis Memorial Race.

Bike racers position themselves out of the starting gate for the 18.5 mile bike race during the annual Aliferis Memorial Race.

MidMichigan Health Foundation’s Business Relations Committee will host the 20th Annual Aliferis Memorial Race on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. More than 100 cyclists, runners and walkers of all ages from the Alpena area and across the state are anticipated to participate in one or more of five events including a Half Marathon, a 18.5 Mile Bike Race, a 6.5 Mile Bike Tour, a 5K Run and a one Mile Run/Walk.

“We are very excited to host this event again this year,” said Ann Diamond, director of Fund Development at MidMichgan Medical Center – Alpena. “After having to cancel the race in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic, it’s great to be able to offer this family-friendly event once again in 2021. From the half marathon to the one mile walk and including a couple biking options, there is something for all ages and skill levels. I’m looking forward to seeing familiar faces as well as meeting some new friends.”

Aliferis runners begin the 5K race during the annual event

Aliferis runners begin the signature 5K race during the annual event.

Honorary chairs for this year’s event are Drs. Brendan and Leah Conboy, along with daughters Penelope and Charlotte. They have participated in the Aliferis Race for many years and this this year is no exception. At the conclusion of the race, the Conboy’s will pass out medals to top finishers in each age bracket as well as trophies for overall top performances.

The Conboy’s agree, “As physicians, but more importantly as parents, we recognize the importance of physical activity and healthy living for our families and our community. We strive to lead by example and hope to instill a tradition of fitness in our children and inspire our patients to make healthy living a priority. Whether we are hiking, biking, running or kayaking, we have found that exercise is a great way to spend quality time as a family.”

Race details, maps, honorary chair information and registrations can be found online at www.midmichigan.org/race. All pre-registrants will receive a t-shirt and a chance at several prizes which will be drawn during the awards ceremony. Registration can also be done on race day under the tent on the corner of Chisholm Street (US-23) and Johnson Street on the campus of MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena.

The Aliferis Memorial Race was named in memory of longtime Alpena General Hospital Pathologist Peter Aliferis, M.D., in appreciation of his many contributions during his 37 years at the Medical Center and his steadfast dedication to health and wellness. Dr. Aliferis retired in July 2000. All proceeds from this event benefit the Aliferis Scholarship Fund, the Alpena Cancer Center, new technology and patient enhancement projects in Alpena.

Those interested in more information may contact Diamond at (989) 356-7738 or email ann.diamond@midmichigan.org.