The Miles for Michael non-profit organization is a way for family and friends of Michael Joyce to remember this extraordinary man in an extraordinary way.
Michael passed away Wednesday, June 28th, 2006 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township. He was 43. Michael was president of Joyce Financial Group, and was well-known across the region for his loving ways. The thousand-plus friends who attended his memorial service are a testament that his life was spent helping others and that there was never one person who came to him for assistance that he turned away.
It was that selflessness that led to the formation of the Miles for Michael event held on Saturday, June 17th, 2006. Throughout his 14 month battle with head and neck cancer, Michael never asked anything for himself, but asked his friends to provide support to other families who might not be as capable of handling the financial burdens of long-distance treatments. Although the original goal of the Miles for Michael Event was $10,000, more than $100,000 was raised. A large portion was given to the American Cancer Society - Wyoming Valley Unit for cancer research, and $50,000 went toward establishing a permanent fund within The Luzerne Foundation.
Addressing the needs of cancer patients and their families, this Fund will provide support for unexpected expenses such as travel, lodging, food, fas and tolls that will help families to remain with loved ones during treatment and recovery.
Saturday, August 19th, 2017 at 10am
(Pittston Tomato Festival Parade begins at 10:30am)
You can register starting at 8:30am at the Pittston YMCA located on Main Street in Pittston, PA. Runners will have full use of the YMCA facilities the day of the race.
The Run course is relatively flat with some moderate hills. A 5k loop around the perimeter of Pittston includes running over two bridges. The Walk course will be 1.5 miles. Streets will be traffic controlled and miles will be marked. The course begins just north of William and North Main Streets and ends at the Tomato Festival Grounds on South Main Street. Scoring and Timing to be provided by Scranton Running Co.
Runners who register before August 1st will be $25. The price raises to $30 from August 1st through day of the race. Walkers are $15. $4 per application will be donated to the Miles for Michael Fund.
Trophies to the top 3 Male/Female runners
Split time at one mile mark
Water Station at the 2 mile mark
Long Sleeve T-shirts (limited to the first 150 run, 25 walk entrants)
Water and other refreshments
Prizes awarded after the race at the Tomato Festival Bandshell
Award ceremony will be held 30 minutes after the race at the bandshell (no awards for walkers)
Medals to 1st place in each age category for male and female: