EATON — For more than a decade runners and walkers alike have turned out to support the Ratt Race in honor of a local man who died unexpectedly 12 years ago.
This year was no different, as nearly 100 people participated to help raise funds for a memorial scholarship set up in his name.
Steve Pieratt passed away unexpectedly in September 2007 at the age of 48, but his memory continues to live on with the Steve Pieratt Memorial Scholarship Fund, and now with the “Ratt” 5K Race/Walk, which was held for the 11th time on Saturday, July 13, at Eaton High School.
The event is held by the Pieratt family and the Eaton Cross Country Parent Organization.
“We appreciate you guys, every year. It just continues to grow. I see a lot of familiar faces. It’s nice to keep this tradition going. It’s for the school. It’s for the community,” said Blake Pieratt, Steve’s youngest son. “We just appreciate everything you guys do.”
Steve Pieratt was known for his kind words, his good deeds and his hard work. Those who knew him best knew Steve devoted his life to his greatest love — his family — according to his bio on the Ratt Race website (http://rattrace.weebly.com/).
Growing up, Steve had a passion for sports and he was a gifted athlete playing baseball, basketball and football. Known for his ability to hit the key jump shot to win an EHS basketball game, Steve became a hero to some of the younger boys in Morning Sun.
Throughout his life, Steve worked hard for the community of Eaton, but he also continued to play hard. Always a lover of sports, Steve pitched for a local traveling softball team and played basketball with the Dixon alumni team.
Steve would encourage others to get involved. He often stated, “It’s for the kids.”
He had a true joy for life. He embraced the schools and community of Eaton, had a passion for sports and dearly loved his family and friends.
“We want to continue to keep it going for many years to come. So thank you very much. From everybody in the family, we really appreciate it,” Ryan Pieratt, Steve’s oldest son, said. “Everything you guys do help us continue to do that. We really appreciate the efforts.”
The proceeds of the “Ratt” Race benefit the Steve Pieratt Memorial Scholarship Fund. These scholarships are awarded annually to exceptional Eaton High School student-athletes bound for college.
Alysa Sorrell was the recipient of the 2019 scholarship.
Next year’s race will be held July 11.
Overall male winner, Seth Gard (16:12); Overall female winner, Zoe Utsinger (20:59); Overall master male (40+), Steve Elierman; Overall master female (40+), Kim McGuire.
9 and under – 1. Levi Johnson. 2. Ryan Schmidt. 3. Will Stammen.
10-14 – 1. Samuel DeHart. 2. Cooper Smith. 3. Matthew DeHart.
15-19 – 1. Alex McCarty. 2. Alex Newport. 3. Kolby Hamilton.
20-24 – 1. Dan Howard. 2. Brandon Pugh.
25-29 – 1. Chayse Hood. 2. Jaye Hood.
30-34 – 1. Aaron Turpin. 2. Simon Swartz. 3. Shane Manley.
35-39 – 1. Brett Stewart. 2. Chad Swihart. 3. Jared Spitler.
50-54 – 1. Jerry Dingledine
55-59 – 1. Steve Proeschel. 2. Scott Burnett. 3. Jeff Frizell.
60-64 – 1. Ron Bauman.
65-69 – 1. Dan Benzinger. 2. Steve Brower
70 and over – 1. Stephen Smith. 2. John Lowman. 3. Tom Pierce.
9 and under – 1. Melody Stewart. 2. Mary Schmidt. 3. Addison Stamman.
10-14 – 1. Grace Stewart. 2. Allie Schmidt. 3. Josie Eilerman.
15-19 – 1. Allison Mowen. 2. Abby McGuire. 3. Ileyona Stone.
25-29 – 1. Kristi Kiracofe. 2. Mariah Squire. 3. Lori Lowman
30-34 – 1. Mary Beth DeHart. 2. Mindy Black. 3. Mandy Pettit.
35-39 – 1. Ashley Maloney. 2. Jessica DeHart. 3. Anna Bauman.
40-44 – 1. Shawna Hargis. 2. Kim Schmidt. 3. Amy Robinson.
45-49 – 1. Joni Wilken. 2. Monika Hogan.
50-54 – 1. Jodie Speesen.
55-59 – 1. Linda Manley. 2. Lisa Wise. 3. Lynne Rossman.
60-64 – 1. Joy Yeazel.
65-69 – 1. Anita Brower. 2. Cheryl Schafer.
70 and over – 1. Barb Stonecash.
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