The 9th Annual Run4Sam 10k, 4 mile run and 2 mile walk will take place on August 21, 2016 at Gring’s Mill Park in Wyomissing. The race honors the memory of Samuel Brooklyn Reed, a former Schuylkill Valley High School cross country runner whose life was taken September 1, 2007 by a hit and run, drunk driver while he was attending the University of Pittsburgh.
Over the past 9 years thousands have visited Grings Mill Park. Running the trails, fishing and admiring the landscape are just a few of the activities people enjoy on a daily basis. Walking through the park, most people may not recognize Peggy Reed. However, her dedication to improving Grings Mill to honor her sons memory has had a lasting impact on the community.
Peggy donates the profits from the Run4Sam race back to the park. Over the years she has funded everything from a Riparian Buffer along the creek, AED’s for the Park Rangers and most recently the 24 foot pavilion.
Her work isn’t done, future projects include installing a dock upstream from the dam for boaters to exit the water without walking through the weeds and trees.