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Harshman honored with Sherlock award

February 2, 2013 - Erik Brown
Last Sunday, the Hollidaysburg Area YMCA presented it's 2012 Community Wellness Challenge Series awards. New this year was the Mark Sherlock "Enjoy Life" Spirit Award which was established by the Y as a tribute to Mark, who passed away suddenly last year from a heart attack, leaving a legacy of friendship and goodwill in the local running community.

"You didn't know much about Mark unless you asked him, but he would always ask how you were doing and ask about you," said YMCA Wellness Director Tina Kunstbeck. "He was also the type of person to help make sure no one got lost on a group bike ride, or swim near the last person in an open water swim to make sure they were okay. He always had a smile on his face and always gave you a compliment."

The inaugural recipient of the YMCA's Mark Sherlock "Enjoy Life" Spirit Award is Bill Harshman. I recognized Bill in my last post as a local "Ambassador of Running". I wrote that Bill has an infectious enthusiasm for running, and life in general. Bill organizes the annual Tipton Run Club Food Bank Run which collects groceries for a local food bank each year, an annual "Pump & Run 5K" which combines bench pressing and running, and countless group training runs. I cannot think of a more worthy recipient of the Mark Sherlock award, and I'm glad to call him friend.

"I am truly humbled to receive this recognition in memory of Mark," said Harshman. "The running community, the Y staff, and my family and friends share this honor as well because you all understand that together we lift each other up. Physical wellness is a blessing, but spiritual wellness is treasure. I treasure all of you."

"Mark was one of those guys that would do anything for you and would help out anyway he could, and so is Bill," said Kunstbeck.

The plaque which will list the Mark Sherlock "Enjoy Life" Spirit Award recipients is on display in the lobby of the YMCA and reads as follows: "Mark Sherlock was a long time member and volunteer at the Y. He passed away suddenly on May 21, 2012. Mark was well known for his generosity, loyalty and team spirit. He showed kindness and encouragement to everyone. Mark's personal philosophy was "Enjoy Life". It was a message of hope and peace and a reminder that our daily journey in life and in training is just as important as the big events and races. The Mark Sherlock "Enjoy Life" Spirit Award is established to honor Mark's memory and spread the "Enjoy Life" message. The award is given to a participant in the CWCS who exemplifies Mark's spirit of teamwork, encouragement and positivity."

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Mark Sherlock getting some encouragment from Tina Kunstbeck.