Aliferis Memorial Race endorsed by Governor’s council


The Development Council’s 12th Annual Aliferis Memorial Race has been recognized as a quality physical activity event by the Governor’s
Council on Physical Fitness.

The 12th Annual Aliferis Race, hosted by the ARMC Development Council’s Business Relations Committee, takes place Saturday, August 31.

The race has been named in memory of longtime Alpena General Hospital Pathologist, Dr. Peter Aliferis. His work at the hospital of 37 years touched many people and the race is in appreciation of his contributions to the hospital and to the community. Dr. Aliferis retired in July of 2000 and passed away from cancer March 13, 2002.

New to this year’s race is a Duathlon (5K and 13.5 Bike Race). Other events include a 5K Run, 1-mile run, 1-mile Walk, 18.5-mile Bike Race, and the ever popular Tot Trot for those 9 and under. Registration fees are $30 for the Duathlon ($40 after 8/16); $20 for the  5K Run, Bike Race, or 1-Mile Run/Walk ($30 after 8/16), and new Family rate of $55 for immediate family members. The Tot Trot is free with an adult registration. Pre-registration is required for the Duathlon.

Participants can register online at, click on News & Events. Race forms are also available in the Development Department.

The Governor’s Council endorses local, regional and state events to acknowledge an organization’s ability to plan and carry out a quality event that significantly contributes to the health and well-being of Michigan residents. The Aliferis Memorial Race exemplifies this core value and is endorsed by the Governor’s Council.

“By endorsing local events all across the state, we hope to bring attention to the importance of physical activity and encourage our citizens to take responsibility for their health,” said Marilyn Lieber, president and CEO of the Governor’s Council. “These local events can have a tremendous impact on health care costs that present a significant challenge for our state’s economy.”

In order to become an endorsed event, an organization must complete an application form for review. Some criteria that is taken into consideration includes providing a positive, safe physical activity experience using qualified officials and benefiting a nonprofit or charitable organization.

“We are proud to receive this endorsement again this year. This is the tenth consecutive year the Aliferis Race has been endorsed by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness,” said Ann Diamond, ARMC Development Director. “Last year we had over 290 participants and as the awareness of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle increase, this event grows every year. We encourage everyone to join us on August 31 for a fun, family event.”