‘Opportunity of a Lifetime’
Published: October 24, 2013
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Some run to break personal records or fitness goals, others run to help change lives.
Old Forge residents Dave DiPipi and Dave Argust are running for a bit of all three reasons on Sunday, Nov. 3, during the ING New York City Marathon as members of a team lead by WNEP-TV’s Ryan Leckey.
DiPipi and Argust are two of 45 runners on involved in “Ryan’s Run,” an effort created in 2010 to raise funds for individuals with disabilities at Allied Services.
Since its inception, more than $500,000 has been raised to enable this local non-profit healthcare organization to invest in cutting-edge technology, staff and services that officials say are changing lives.
DiPipi lives in Old Forge with his wife Karen and daughter Maria. He is proud to be running for Allied Services. “We’re so fortunate to have Allied Services here in NEPA, and I’m humbled to be part of a team to help support this great organization,” he said.
While he was always an avid cyclist, he didn’t take up running until five years ago when his daughter, a member of the cross county running club at Holy Cross High School, asked him to join her on a training run. Since then, he has run numerous 5ks and 10ks, three half-marathons and the Steamtown marathon and is looking forward to running the New York City marathon for Allied Services
For Argust, one of 12 runners on the team who work at Allied Services, running the marathon is an opportunity to represent all those who can’t run. “Although I have always been an avid runner, it has been about 10 years since my last marathon and when Allied had an opening in the ING New York City marathon, I decided to seize the opportunity to run for all those in the Developmental Division that can’t.” He is currently vice president of financial services, but when he joined Allied Services in 1981, he served as a direct care worker at the residential facility for individuals with disabilities. “Having worked with and for individuals with disabilities at Allied for more than 30 years, I’m proud to have this opportunity to run for a cause that has been a huge part of my life” commented Argust. He lives in Old Forge with his wife, Nancy, where they are raising 3 children, Jillian, 24, David, 19, and Ariana, 18.
“Training for a marathon isn’t easy,” he added. “But the challenge of doing it and the fact that it is for a really good cause is a great reward.”
There’s an opportunity to wish DiPipi and Argust, along with their teammates, good luck in person during a special send-off party fundraiser this weekend, on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 5-8 p.m. at the Susquehanna Brewing Company, 635 S. Main St. in Pittston. Tickets are $20 and include beer sampling, wine, food and music.
To pledge your support for your local runner or to find out more about Ryan’s Run visit www.allied-services.org/ryansrun or call 570-348-1407.