By Lauren Amico
On Sunday, September 15, 2019, Armonk’s seventh annual “Run for Love” race was held in Wampus Brook Park. This 5k race is held every year to honor Jamie Love, a passionate runner and former member of the Byram Hills cross country and track and field team who passed away in 2013 due to cardiac arrhythmia.
After high school, Jamie chose to continue his ongoing love for running during his time at the University of Vermont while he was studying mechanical engineering. He worked from a young age at Hickory and Tweed, a sponsor of the event since its commencement, helping the community while fulfilling his love for biking and snowboarding. The Byram Hills High School cross country team, including Jamie, participated in the Armonk Outdoor Art Show Road Race since its inception. It was renamed after Jamie’s death to remember his integrity, humor, and exuberance. The Byram Hills varsity volleyball team has also been involved in the event in past years. Michelle Love, Jamie’s mother, says that she is incredibly honored that people continue to love and support her son even years later. This event’s net proceeds benefit children’s programs at the North Castle Public Library, of which Jamie was an active member/patron, the BHPA and the Armonk Chamber of Commerce.
The race began with a 100 yard Donut Dash for kids ages 2-8. Then, the Macintosh Mile for boys and girls began at 9:25 am. Lastly, the 5K race commenced at 9:45 am with medals awarded to the top three in each age group. Sophomore Sara Grgurovic placed 6th in the Macintosh Mile and senior Kallie Hoffman placed 7th. Following the race, The Armonk Cider & Donut Festival and BHPA Fall Carnival began at 10am and ran until 2 pm. Festivities included carnival rides, live music, kids’ activities and, of course, cider and donuts. As usual, the annual pie eating contest was a big hit with all participants and their families. The day concluded with live music performances, entertainment, and a variety of featured events.
Sunday was a great day for all who participated and allowed the community to come together and honor Jamie Love.