FIFTH ANNUAL LEPRECHAUN CHASE

HELD ON MARCH 16, 2019

 

Runners lined up on a sunny, crisp morning to participate in the 5th Annual Leprechaun Chase.  With temperatures in the upper 30’s, the trail was in great condition for the participants as they ran through the woods in St. Albans.

This year’s leprechaun was Matt Halstead.  With a 90 second head-start, the leprechaun led the field into the woods with the rest of the participants in hot pursuit as there were special door prizes for those who could pass the leprechaun on this rolling course that winds through the rugged trails at the St. Albans City Park.

The male winner of the challenging 5k course was Josh Holley with a time of 26:07.  The female winner was Silveria Graziano who completed the race in 39:47. 

Congratulations to all the participants and thanks for helping us raise money for the Almost Heaven Scholarship Fund.  These proceeds will help deserving West Virginia high school graduates attend college next fall in the Mountain State.

Join us on July 20, 2019 for the Almost Heaven 7(k) for another challenging event.  Additional information is available at www.aptiming.com. 

SECOND ANNUAL LEPRECHAUN DASH HELD

Nearly 50 participants gathered at Kanawha State Forest on Saturday, March 12 for the 2nd Annual Leprechaun Dash.  The race is a fundraiser for the Almost Heaven Scholarship Fund.

The event is an 8k road and trail run through Kanawha State Forest.  At 9:00 a.m., Tim Mayo, the Dash’s speedy Leprechaun, took off.  One minute later, the field left the starting line in hot pursuit.  Eighteen racers overcame the antics of the Leprechaun and finished before him.  These runners were entered into a special drawing for gift cards from Roberts Running Shop and Chili’s.  The remaining runners also had an opportunity for other awards and prizes.

                   The overall male winners were:                                                                      The top three females were:
                                    
                        Jacob Birurakis                                                                                                           Jenny Mayo
                        Luke Martin                                                                                                                  Alice Hu
                        Bill Hansen                                                                                                                   Elyse Kornmiller

Thanks to all the participants and volunteers that made this Leprechaun Dash a very special day.  The event raised nearly $800 for the Almost Heaven Scholarship Fund.
Be watching this site for information about upcoming events to benefit the Scholarship Fund.

4th ANNUAL LEPRECHAUN CHASE SCHEDULED FOR MARCH!

 

If you are ready for a challenge in March, come out for the 4th Annual Leprechaun Chase on St. Patrick’s Day!

The race has a new course this year as we will be chasing the leprechaun over the trails of the St. Albans City Park.  The 5k race will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the leprechaun getting a one minute head start.  Chasers will follow at 9:01. 

Be wearing the green on St. Patty’s Day as we run to help West Virginia students attend a college or university in this state.  The proceeds of the Chase benefit the Almost Heaven Scholarship Fund as we help students realize their education goals. 

Click the following link for an application or go to www.aptiming.com to register online.



Join us on March 17th at the St. Albans City Park for a great morning of chasing a leprechaun, winning door prizes and helping West Virginia high school graduates attend college.

If you have questions, email Steve Hewitt at shewitt@starusafcu.com.


See you on St. Patrick’s Day!

FAMILY FITNESS FESTIVAL BENEFIT FOR SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Thirty hearty souls ventured to Kanawha State Forest in Charleston on Saturday, October 3 to challenge the elements and the course in the first Family Fitness Festival 10k and 5k races.  The Festival helped raise money for the Almost Heaven Scholarship Fund.

While the 5k race was more family friendly with half the race on the roads and the other half on Davis Creek Trail, the 10k course had climbs with grades exceeding 18% which will challenge even the most fit racer.  Making the day even more difficult was the steady rain and the terrain which had been soaked by heavy rains on the previous day.

For complete results, visit www.aptiming.com.

As a result of this year’s event, which raised nearly $1,000 for scholarships for low income high school seniors in West Virginia who wish to attend a college or university in this state, plans are underway for next year’s Festival.

Be watching this site and www.aptiming.com for additional information.

SECOND ANNUAL LEPRECHAUN CHASE SCHEDULED FOR MARCH

This year’s Leprechaun Chase will be held on March 12 at Kanawha State Forest.  The leprechaun will be released at 9:00 a.m. with runners and walkers beginning their chase seconds later.

This unique 8k event will begin at the pool parking lot and travel paved and gravel roads as well as  the Davis Creek Trail.

Those that can finish before the leprechaun will be eligible for special prizes.  But, if the leprechaun beats you to the finish line, there will still be prizes available.

The 2016 Leprechaun Chase will benefit the Almost Heaven Scholarship Fund which provides scholarships to West Virginia high school graduates who will be attending a West Virginia college or university.

Be “wearing the green” on March 12 as we chase the leprechaun in order to provide tuition assistance to West Virginia students.

An application may be downloaded from this site or if you wish to register online, visit www.runsignup.com and search The Leprechaun Chase.

THE 2021 SHAMROCK SHUFFLE HELD ON MARCH 20

 

Runners and walkers gathered at Nitro’s Ridenour Lake for the Shamrock Shuffle 5k on a cold Saturday morning to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and raise money for the Almost Heaven Scholarship Fund.  With temperatures in the mid 20’s, the first day of Spring was celebrated on the challenging trails surrounding the lake.  The trails had recently been cut and cleared as this was the first running event held on the course.

Michael Louk was the first to cross the finish line in a time of 29:18.  Bethany Porter was the first female to complete the course in a time of 38:13. 

All proceeds of this year’s event will provide scholarships for high school graduates in the state that will be attending a college, university or trade school in West Virginia.  This is a needs-based scholarship that also considers academic success as well as work in the community.  This year’s scholarships will be issued in May.

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ALMOST HEAVEN SCHOLARSHIP FUND CHAIRMAN

ATTENDS ELKINS HIGH SCHOOL AWARDS CEREMONY

 

Frank Fazzolari, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Almost Heaven Scholarship Fund, attended the Awards Ceremony at Elkins High School on Wednesday, May 16.

Chairman Fazzolari congratulated the 2018 graduates of Elkins High School and then presented two of the Seniors with scholarships from the Almost Heaven Scholarship Fund.

A $1,200 award was presented to Olivia Ferguson who will be attending West Virginia University in the Fall.  A $600 scholarship was then provided to Brooke Nash who will also be furthering her education at WVU.



ALMOST HEAVEN SCHOLARSHIP FUND ISSUES FOUR AWARDS TO WEST VIRGINIA STUDENTS

Charleston, WV - May 19, 2017– The Almost Heaven Scholarship Fund has issued scholarships to four West Virginia high school seniors.

According to Vice-Chairman Dr. Darren Harris, this fund was organized in 2015 to provide additional means for high school seniors desiring to continue their education in West Virginia.  “We strive to accumulate the necessary funds to allow students to attend college in West Virginia with the ultimate goal of retaining qualified individuals in the Mountain State after graduation.”

Chairman Frank Fazzolari announced the award winners on May 12, 2017.   All the recipients are graduating seniors at West Virginia High Schools and will receive $1,200 scholarships for the first semester of their freshman year.

The first scholarship winner is Shannon Brunzo-Hager of Rupert, WV.  Mr. Brunzo-Hager will graduate from Greenbrier West High School and will attend West Virginia University. (Picture Left)

The second scholarship recipient is Emily Hunt of Clendenin, WV.  Ms. Hunt will graduate from Roane County High School and will be enrolling at West Virginia University.(Picture Middle)

The third scholarship was awarded to Stephanie Rogner of Lewisburg, WV.  Ms. Rogner will be graduating from Greenbrier East High School and plans to attend Marshall University.(Picture Right)

The fourth recipient is Courtney Hoder of New Martinsville, WV.  Ms. Hoder will graduate from Tyler Consolidated High School and will be attending Fairmont State University. (Not Pictured)

“It was our privilege to award four scholarships this year to these very deserving students,” added Chairman Fazzolari.  “We were extremely impressed with the quality of their applications and with the manner they distinguished themselves scholastically and within their communities.”

The Almost Heaven Scholarship Fund was organized in 2015 with the sole purpose of raising funds to provide tuition assistance to West Virginia high school graduating seniors who will continue their educational pursuits at a West Virginia college or university.  Additional information about the Almost Heaven Scholarship Fund may be found at www.wvalmostheaven.org.  If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Steve Hewitt at 304-357-2319 x158 or email at shewitt@starusafcu.com.

ANNUAL MEETING OF THE ALMOST HEAVEN SCHOLARSHIP FUND

OCTOBER 21, 2016

The 2016 Annual Meeting of the Almost Heaven Scholarship Fund will be held at 11:00 a.m. in the first floor Conference Room at One Cantley Drive in Charleston, WV.


All members of the Scholarship Fund are eligible to attend and receive an update on the financial status of the Fund as well as information about the three scholarships issued in May.
A slate of Directors will be presented for approval by those eligible to vote.

Nominees are:

          Mr. Frank Fazzolari, Executive Director, The Counseling Connection

          Dr. Darren Harris, M.D., Kanawha Pathology Associates, Inc.

          Mr. Michael Stolarczyk, Vice President, Veristor

          Mr. Daniel Smithson, President, Star USA Federal Credit Union

          Mr. Stephen Hewitt, Executive Committee, United Way of Central WV


If you plan to attend, please email your reservation to:

          shewitt@starusafcu.com or jscarberry@starusafcu.com

SCHOLARSHIPS TO BE ISSUED IN THE SPRING OF 2016!

The Almost Heaven Scholarship Fund will begin accepting applications for scholarships in March for the Fall Semester of 2016!

Scholarships will be awarded to West Virginia high school graduates attending a college or university in the Mountain State.  Applicants must meet low income standards as set forth in the Bylaws of the Almost Heaven Scholarship Fund.

Be watching this site for an application and additional information.


THE LEPRECHAUN DASH IS BACK

Due to the success of the first Leprechaun Dash, the second annual St. Patrick’s Day event has been scheduled.

The 2016 edition of this unique event will be held at Kanawha State Forest on Saturday, March 12, 2016.  This 8k road and trail run will give you the opportunity to catch the Leprechaun and be eligible for special prizes.  But, even if you aren’t as fast as the Leprechaun, there are prizes and awards for the rest of the participants.

More information will be available soon but plan on wearing the green and joining us as we chase the Leprechaun on March 12.  All proceeds of this event will benefit the Almost Heaven Scholarship Fund which provides tuition assistance to West Virginia graduates that meet low income requirements and attend a college or university in the Mountain State.

ALMOST HEAVEN SCHOLARSHIP FUND ISSUES THREE AWARDS TO MCDOWELL COUNTY STUDENTS

Charleston, WV - May 27, 2016– The Almost Heaven Scholarship Fund has issued scholarships to three high school seniors in McDowell County.

Chairman Frank Fazzolari announced the award winners on May 12, 2016.   All the recipients are graduating seniors at McDowell County High Schools.

The first $1,200 scholarship winner is Farrah M. Rose of War, WV.  Ms. Rose will be graduating from River View High School and plans to attend Concord University in the fall.

The second $1,200 scholarship recipient is Jeffrey T. Bennett III of Kimball, WV.  Mr. Bennett will graduate from Mount View High School and will be enrolling at Davis and Elkins College.

The final scholarship of $600 will be awarded to Melissa M. Kroll of Elbert, WV.  Ms. Kroll will also be graduating from Mount View High School and plans to attend West Virginia University.

“It was our goal to award two scholarships this year but these three applicants distinguished themselves and the Board of Directors decided to offer assistance to each,” added Chairman Fazzolari.  “We were very impressed with the quality of their applications and with the manner they distinguished themselves scholastically.”

THIRD ANNUAL LEPRECHAUN CHASE

Runners converged on Kanawha State Forest on Saturday, March 18 for the 2017 edition of the Leprechaun Chase.  For the third year, participants accepted the challenge of a brisk morning with cloudy skies and a course that was wet from rain and snow earlier in the week.  But, spirits were high as the Leprechaun “escaped” at 8:59 a.m. before the rest of the field took off in hot pursuit at 9:00.

Once again, the 8k course was decimated by George Washington High School junior Jacob Birurakis.  In addition to dominating this event the past two years, Jacob is the defending champion of September’s Capital City Challenge and is one of the top distance runners in the region.  His time was 29:35 on the wet and muddy course.

The second male finisher was Kane Dunlap while third was Steve Birurakis.

The female winner was Lisa Clonch as she handled the distance in 41:27.  The second female was Lindsey Barbey and she was followed by Barbara Dotson.  All the results may be found at www.aptiming.com.

A special “thanks” to our Leprechaun, Tim Mayo, for once again leading the race.

The proceeds of this event will benefit the Almost Heaven Scholarship Fund and a special thank you to everyone who came out to help us provide assistance to West Virginia High School students that may not have the financial ability to further their education.

Be watching this site for more information about the July 22nd Almost Heaven Seven at the St. Albans City Park and next year’s Leprechaun Chase.

LEPRECHAUN DASH RAISES FUNDS FOR ALMOST HEAVEN SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Nearly 50 hearty souls came to Kanawha State Forest on Saturday, March 14 to help raise funds for West Virginia students seeking to earn degrees from West Virginia colleges and universities!

Although the weather was anything but ideal, the participants smiled and cheered as they completed an 8k course that included everything from asphalt to gravel to rain soaked grass and even some mud on the trails of Kanawha State Forest.  Ten runners managed to cross the finish line before the Leprechaun and earned the chance to win special door prizes.  There were still plenty of prizes left for those that didn’t finish before the Leprechaun.

A great time was had by all and we thank everyone that participated and volunteered for this special event.  Be watching this website for announcements about our 2016 event which is scheduled to be held on Saturday, March 12.

As a result of the Leprechaun Dash, nearly $1,500 was raised for scholarships!

SECOND ANNUAL ALMOST HEAVEN 7 RACE SCHEDULED FOR JULY

The second Almost Heaven 7(k) will be held on Saturday, July 22 at the St. Albans City Park.  This is a beautiful, rolling course nestled in St. Albans that consists of primarily single track trails.  The race begins promptly at 8:00 a.m.  Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers and the top three in each male and female age group category.

We are also pleased to announce that the Almost Heaven 7 is part of the four race St. Albans series.  This is the first event for this series which also includes a 5k in August, a 2 mile race in October and the very popular Thanksgiving Day 5k.

The proceeds of this event will benefit the Almost Heaven Scholarship Fund which recently issued 4 scholarships to West Virginia High School graduates who will be attending college in this state.

For more information, be watching this website or visit www.aptiming.com.  You may register online at www.aptiming.com or you may request a paper application by emailing Steve Hewitt at shewitt@starusafcu.com.

See you on July 22!

FOURTH ANNUAL ALMOST HEAVEN 7 RACE HELD ON

JULY 20, 2019

The fourth annual Almost Heaven 7(k) was held on Saturday, July 20 at the St. Albans City Park.  The race began at 8:00 a.m. with “real feel’ temperatures hovering around 90 degrees.  Nearly 170 people registered for the event that circles the hill sides that encompass the City Park.

The course challenged the runners as it covered the primarily single-track trails throughout the Park.  The tree canopy helped keep the participants cooler on a very hot morning.  This was the first of the four race St. Albans series and helped prepare the runners for the remaining races in the summer and fall.

The first male runner was Andrew Bailey with a time of 29:27.  The first female runner was Tara Schneider who completed the course in 41:04.

The proceeds of this event benefits the Almost Heaven Scholarship Fund which recently issued 5 scholarships to West Virginia High School graduates who will be attending college in this state.

For more results and photo’s of this race, visit www.aptiming.com.  Be watching for next year’s event which has been scheduled for July 18, 2020.

FIRST ANNUAL “ALMOST HEAVEN 7” HELD

The St. Albans City Park was the site of the first annual Almost Heaven 7 Trail Run on Saturday, July 30.

Nearly 50 runners accepted the challenge of the 7K course that wound through the trails in the Park.  The course offered an array of climbs, descents, roots and rocks.  The race benefited the Almost Heaven Scholarship Fund as nearly $1,200 was raised.

For a complete list of finishers, results and pictures, visit www.aptiming.com and search Almost Heaven 7 Trail Run.

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5TH ANNUAL LEPRECHAUN CHASE SCHEDULED FOR MARCH!

 

If you are ready for a challenge, join us for the 5th Annual Leprechaun Chase on St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

The Chase will once again be located on the beautiful trails of the St. Albans City Park.  The 5k run will begin at 9:00 a.m. as the Leprechaun receives a one minute head start.  Chasers will follow at 9:01.

Wear the green on March 16 as we run to help West Virginia students attend a college, university or trade school in the Mountain State.  The proceeds of the race will help students realize their educational goals as the money raised goes to the Almost Heaven Scholarship Fund.

To register online, go to www.aptiming.com and search The Leprechaun Chase.  A paper app is also available on this website.

Join us on March 16th at the St. Albans City Park for a great morning of chasing a Leprechaun, winning door prizes and helping West Virginia high school graduates attend a college or university in this state.

Questions may be emailed to Steve Hewitt at shewitt@starusafcu.com.

See you on St. Patrick’s Day.

2020 ALMOST HEAVEN SCHOLARSHIP FUND

ANNUAL MEETING ANNOUNCED


The 2020 Annual Meeting of the Almost Heaven Scholarship Fund will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 16th.  The Meeting will take place in the first floor conference room at One Cantley Drive, Charleston, WV.

The Annual Meeting will offer an overview of the past year and an update on future plans for the Scholarship Fund.  If you are interested in learning more about the Almost Heaven Scholarship Fund or would like additional information about the 2020 Annual Meeting, please contact Steve Hewitt at shewitt@starusafcu.com.

                                                                       FIFTH ANNUAL ALMOST HEAVEN TRAIL RACE UPDATE

 

The fifth annual Almost Heaven Trail Race was held on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at the St. Albans City Park.  On a sunny, hot and humid morning, the race began at 8:00 a.m. with an uphill start to the challenging 5k (3.1 mile) course.  Nearly 160 people registered for the event that circles the hill sides that encompass the City Park.  With this being one of the first races held in the Kanawha Valley in 2020, more than half of those registered participated in the actual event while the remainder chose the virtual option.

The course traversed the primarily single-track trails throughout the Park.  With very little flat ground, the runners navigated the rock and root strewn course.  This was the first of the four race St. Albans series and helped prepare the runners for the remaining races in the summer and fall.

The first male runner was Jonathan Fee with a time of 22:21. The first female runner was Baylee Adkins who completed the course in 27:52.

The proceeds from this event benefits the Almost Heaven Scholarship Fund which recently issued 6 scholarships to West Virginia High School graduates who will be attending college in this state.

For more results and photos of this race, visit www.aptiming.com.  Be watching for next year’s event which has been scheduled for July 17, 2021.Type your paragraph here.

FOURTH ANNUAL LEPRECHAUN CHASE UPDATE

 

For the fourth year in a row, the Leprechaun Chase was met with perfect Irish weather – cold and damp.  As you can see from the pictures, runners were greeted with freezing rain at the start on a blustery St. Patrick’s Day.

Nearly 50 runners braved the elements and the mud to complete the challenging 5k course at the St. Albans City Park.  The trail run was made even more daunting with the steady rain that fell throughout the early morning.  All the runners were able to successfully navigate the trail which included 397 feet of elevation gain and 427 feet of elevation loss throughout the 3.1 mile course.

The overall winner was Sam LeRose, a student at Cabell Midland High School.  His time was 22:35.  He was followed by Eddie Neel in 24:21 and Trace LeRose at 25:38.  The female winner was Nicole Michaelis in 35:29 followed by Callie Harmon (36:04) and Rebecca Whitenton (40:13).

Jay Fazzolari was this year’s Leprechaun and 15 runners were able to cross the finish line in front of the speedy race guide.

The race benefited the Almost Heaven Scholarship Fund which provides financial assistance to West Virginia high school graduates who will be attending a college or university in West Virginia.  More information and an application may be found on this website.

Thanks to all who braved the elements to complete the 2018 Leprechaun Chase.  Be watching this site for more information about the Almost Heaven 7 on July 21 and the 2019 edition of the Leprechaun Chase which is scheduled for Saturday, March 16.  Race information is also available at www.aptiming.com.