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Annual Aliferis race canceled amid COVID concerns

Amid the ongoing circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 19th annual Aliferis Race at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena has been canceled this year.

The race was originally scheduled for Sept. 5.

“We can’t ensure social distancing and it would be very difficult to safely hold any of the events, including the ½ marathon, 5k run or bike race,” race organizers and Aliferis Committee members, Joe Gentry and Barb Fox, said.

The race was named in memory of longtime Alpena Pathologist Peter Aliferis and serves as an event for families to raise funds for the medical center and encourage a healthy lifestyle. In 18 years, the race has raised nearly $500,000 for patient upgrades and new technology.

“This event has become a signature event on Labor Day weekend but it certainly could not be done without the support of our race organizers, participants, sponsors, and volunteers. To maintain the safety of all of our constituents, we have cancelled the Aliferis Race this year but truly look forward to a great celebration of our 20th year in 2021. We thank everyone who has supported us in our past events and we definitely will look forward to seeing you next year,” Ann Diamond, development director, MidMichigan Health Foundation, said.

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