Race for Love
In Memory of Jamie Love July 27, 1992 - February 17, 2013
September 18, 2017
Jamie Love was a member of the Byram Hills cross country and track & field team. He was an avid runner and chose to continue running in college at the University of Vermont where he studyied mechanical engineering. Jamie was also a responsible young man who worked from an early age at Hickory & Tweed where he delved further into his other passions of biking and snowboarding.
The Byram Hills High School cross country team, including Jamie, has participated in the Armonk Outdoor Art Show races since its inception. Now members of both the high school track team and volunteers of the art show join the Armonk Chamber of Commerce in memory of Jamie in the 5K Run for Love.
Hundreds of runners racesd the dash, the mile, and Jamie Love 5K Run. Many more people gathered at Wampus Brook Park on Sunday to cheer on the runners, enjoy the music, food and fun at the Armonk Chamber of Commerce's Cider and Donut Festival and Byram Hills Pre-school Association’s Carnival. The community event was wonderful for kids, family and community. Michelle Love, Jamie’s mother, has said, “The day is about our kids having fun experiences and that’s why everybody does it, and that gives us joy.”
Sean Ryan, North Castle Library trustee who has long been committed to the Run for Love, said Jamie was an active user of our library from an early age where he enjoyed all the children’s programming and had taken to E-books as a way to conserve and protect the environment.
The Armonk Chamber of Commerce and many volunteers put in the effort to raise money that directly benefits North Castle’s libraries. Ryan said the event helps with library improvements as Armonk Library has become one of the fastest growing libraries in the area. Not only does the money raised for the library branches in Armonk and North White Plains benefit the libraries, but the event raises awareness for their improvement plans. With the focus on renovations, the fund raising has had a dramatic effect on the libraries’ enhancements, especially this year’s focus that continues to be on the expansion of the North White Plains branch. This type of event provides our community an opportunity to work together and to make our community stronger and better, Ryan added.
Young families participated in the various runs as well. The Byram Hills Preschool Association was thrilled to partner with the Armonk Chamber of Commerce once again for a great day of races, carnival rides, donuts, activities, town spirit and fun. It was a grand a celebration of a what special community Armonk is, including support by local businesses.
With the kids and the runners on both ends of the park, Wampus Brook Park was an intermix of food, cider and donuts, entertainment, activities, and pie eating contests all made possible with a lot of effort from many people.
The preschool association always has new families from beyond our community from Thornwood, Pleasantville, Bedford and beyond who join and have the opportunity to participate in the 5K race.
Some snippets on signs on Jamie Love’s view of life over the years from sixth grade through college were seen hung around the 5K course and worn on arm bracelets. Everyone agreed once again that their favorite saying hung above the entrance to the Rainbow Bridge crossing, “Run for Love.”
Jamie Loves’s many words of wisdom were also read at the University of Vermont in 2014, during the College of Engineering’s graduation. Noelle Love, his younger sister, accepted Jamie's degree on his behalf, as he graduated posthumous.Race results are here.