A little over 4 years ago, a co-worker had been discussing with his Supervisor about running in the Toledo Glass City Marathon, in order to prepare him for another marathon that he was planning on running. The two decided to run it and talked about raising money for a charity. The charity they decided on was the Nathan Ashenfelter Memorial Scholarship which is given to a graduating Senior from Hilltop High School in West Unity, OH. The same high school that Nathan would have been a graduate of in 2006, where his father was a graduate from as well has his 3 brothers. 2012 was the first time that co-workers, friends and family participated in the Nathan Ashenfelter Memorial Scholarship Run, through participating in the Glass City Marathon. The first year raised approximately $800.
In 2016 we collected donations and sponsorships for runners and walkers in the Glass City Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay, and 5K. Forty-six people either donated or participated. Most did both. We were successful in raising $2500 for the scholarship which is triple from the first run in 2012, and over the course of the four years over $5000 has been raised.
Our entire facility (Air Traffic and Technical Operations, NATCA and management, and others) rallies around the event every year. It is certainly a point of pride for everyone, and we had twice as much participation as last year.
This is an amazing and humbling event for our family, to receive such love and support, is amazing to say the least.
Nathan has been gone for 13 years, and to have the support our family has and this event is a great honor and a great gift!