Bruce A. Waite Miles for Meso 5K Run/Walk
Returns on Sept 20, 2020 in Ontario, Ohio
Join the Waite Family for the 9th Annual Bruce A. Waite Miles for Meso 5K Run/Walk on Sept. 20, 2020 in Ontario, Ohio. The first 200 registered are guaranteed a race shirt. Last year, more than 350 people attended and raised $15,000 for the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. Cumulatively, the race has raised more than $90,000 for mesothelioma research.
Bruce A. Waite was a teacher at Mansfield Senior from 1959-1989 and an avid runner for over 30 years. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2002 and died in 2003. Mesothelioma is a cancer caused by asbestos exposure and can take take 10-50 years to develop. The Bruce A. Waite Miles for Meso 5K Run/Walk honors the life and legacy of Bruce and takes place at the high school where he taught. It also serves to support critical mesothelioma research that will hopefully someday find a cure for this fatal disease.
Date & Location
The 2020 Bruce A. Waite Miles for Meso 5K Run/Walk will take place Sunday, Sept. 20.
Ontario High School
457 Shelby Ontario Road
Ontario, Ohio 44906
- Present to Sept 8th: $20
- After Sept. 8th through Race Day: $25
Long-sleeved Miles for Meso T-shirt guaranteed for the first 200 registered. (Youth sizes available.)
Sept. 20 Race Day Schedule
1 p.m. – Race Day Registration begins
2:00 p.m. – 5K Run/Walk begins
3:00 p.m. – Awards Ceremony begins
Awards will be given to the overall top male/female finishers and for the below age groups.
Age groups include:
- 6 & Under
All proceeds from the race will benefit The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.
T-shirts are provided to all pre-registered 5k runners. Race day registrations receive shirts on a first come, first served basis.
Chip timing provided by Ohio Race Day at www.ohioraceday.com
Bruce A. Waite
Bruce A. Waite was a man among men. He stood strong in integrity in every aspect of his life.
As an educator, Mr. Waite focused diligently on his students, and their opportunities to learn. He taught English (Advanced Comp, Great Books, Practical Reading and Writing) from 1959-1989, and served as National Honor Society advisor. He believed in the structure of the language and the practice of speaking and writing well. Many college professors remarked that they knew when freshmen students had completed classes with Mr. Waite because of their command of the English language.
He did much more than simply teach – he imparted knowledge. He did not measure success by simply marking grades in a grade book, but by exacting a change in the lives of his students. And in keeping with his altruistic nature, Mr. Waite measured his success second to the successes of his students. His students were so important to him that he never forgot a name, even of those students from earlier years of teaching.
Bruce's Challenge to His Students
He was a mentor for his students and his colleagues, and continually set the example of humility. He was a well-respected man and he lived his life with impact, although his humility never allowed him to understand the magnitude of his sacrifices for others.
Bruce was an avid runner, never missing a day in over 33 years. Tendonitis (which required him to walk with crutches, and he put aside to run), illnesses, and severe weather did not stop his determination. He kept a running journal, in which he logged over 76,000 miles in numerous states. Nothing stopped him when he ran – the only time his step ever wavered was his encounter with a moose on the path while running in Wyoming. He ran as catharsis, and he did so with ease and freedom.
Nancy and Jill Waite, from left, along with other volunteers work the registration table during the 2019 Bruce A. Waite Miles for Meso 5K.
In 2002, his breathing became more labored and a series of appointments and surgeries led to the diagnosis of mesothelioma – cancer caused by asbestos exposure. His wife Nancy and daughter Jill by his side, Bruce’s runs became walks, and then his walks became just the effort to breathe. His commitment to running was his greatest weapon against the mesothelioma, and as he did in every aspect of his life, Bruce Waite faced his illness with determination, but the insidious effects of this ravaging disease had been forming in his body for 30-40 years.
Bruce Waite took his final breath on March 25, 2003, but his legacy continues on – through a scholarship, and now through this 5K. Organized in his name and honor, all proceeds from the race will be given to further research needed to develop better treatments and, someday, a cure for mesothelioma.
If Bruce’s legacy can assist one family to not endure what his did, then his suffering was not in vain.
On his chalkboard were written his own words by which he lived and a challenge to us all: