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Gear Up 10-Mile Run raises $9,000 for local scholarships

March 7, 2013


Rachel Nelson (512) 753-3616





SAN MARCOS, TX – The San Marcos Manufacturers Association (SMMA), in partnership with Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC), raised approximately $9,000 when they presented the inaugural Gear Up 10-Mile Run at Tanger Outlet Center on Feb. 10. Funds raised will benefit local students with ambitions to pursue higher education at a number of area education institutions.


“It feels good to give back to the community, and we feel this run has not only brought runners together but also our local businesses and community,” said race coordinator Lee Graham.


Forty-six runners participated in the event. Andrew McHenry of New Braunfels completed the Hill Country race course in 1:02:29, making him the race’s overall male champion. The overall female champion was Leslie Barclay of Austin, with a time of 1:22:09. Taylor Stephens of Lockhart was the second place runner, and Mike Lilly of San Antonio placed third. All participants received a goodie bag filled with donations from race sponsors, a long-sleeved high tech shirt, a padfolio, and all were entered into our raffle that consisted of over twenty donated prize items from area businesses. 


For the full list of this year’s runner results, visit


SMMA has been awarding scholarships to local students since 1985. Long-sleeved t-shirts that were left over from the Gear Up race were sold at the 29th annual Moe’s Better Half Marathon on March 3, raising an additional $200 for local scholarships.

“Many of our past recipients have gone on to successful and highly productive careers,” Graham said. “With the higher costs of education, SMMA wants to increase scholarship awards to further assist students in covering these costs. Many students will graduate from a university and have a debt burden that will take years to pay off.”


CTMC and SMMA would like to thank this year’s sponsors:


UTC Aerospace Systems
Seton Hays Medical Center
Barbara & Darrell Pierson
Altra Couplings
Century Link
Ingram Family Foundation
Live Oak Health Partners
Frost Bank
Gary Job Corps
Gulf Business Forms
McCoy School of Business
Sac N Pac
Sam’s Club
San Marcos Runner’s Club
Sign Crafters
Tanger Outlet Center


A special thanks also goes out to the following supporters:


Austin Canoe and Kayak
Anytime Fitness
Bragg & Allen PC
Carrie Anne Neilson
Clay Sullivan
Coleman - NB
Core Running Company
Dixie Cream Donuts
Free Birds
Heldenfels Enterprises
Huisache Grill
McCreary Veselka
Red Bird
Sullivan & Carothers Dental
Texas Health & Racquet Club
Will Conley Car Wash


Plans are already underway for next year’s run, which is slated for Feb. 9, 2014 at Tanger Outlet Center. To view photos of this year’s race and future updates, follow



About CTMC
The hospital, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, was restructured in 1960. The present facility was opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 700 employees works with more than 220 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families. In addition, over 200 community members and interns from area educational institutions volunteer their services to the hospital. In 2010 and again in 2011,   CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County.  In addition, CTMC added a certified Chest Pain Center to its ER capabilities in 2011. In 2012, CTMC became the first operating room along the IH-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio to be equipped with a da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery suite.


CTMC is a member of the Adventist Health System (AHS), a not-for-profit healthcare organization that emphasizes Christ at the center of care. Founded in 1973, AHS has quickly grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider in the nation. Today, AHS supports 43 hospitals and employs 55,000 individuals. AHS hospitals are comprised of 7,700 licensed beds, providing care for 4 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.

About SMMA
The San Marcos Manufacturers' Association (SMMA) was formed in 1981 to provide a forum for local industry to communicate common needs, problems and objectives. SMMA is active in the community as well as at the state level, and works closely with Texas State University-San Marcos, San Marcos CISD, the City of San Marcos, the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce, Texas Workforce Centers, Gary Job Corps, CTMC, Texas Association of Business and Chambers of Commerce, Texas Alliance of Manufacturers Association, Economic Development San Marcos, Small Business Council, and state representatives. Many of these organizations are represented in SMMA as associate members.

The SMMA has maintained close ties with all local educational institutions for many years through programs such as sponsorships of scholarships. Seven annual scholarships are provided by SMMA. Graduates of Gary Job Corps and the San Marcos High School receive SMMA scholarships. SMMA also funds two scholarships for Texas State University - one for the McCoy's College of Business Administration, one for the Department of Technology and one SMMA Member Employee Scholarship.