Dr. Jim Acklin grew up in Paris and for 34 years treated patients at Paris Community Hospital as a family physician.
Dr. Philip Holloway, podiatrist, “He was one of the physicians in the clinic growing up, so I had seen him many times as a child.”
Dr. Acklin was also a big supporter of high school athletics.
Dr. Philip Holloway, “He was always the team doctor I don’t ever remember him missing a game or cross country meet. He was always there.:
Dr. Acklin retired in 1994 and passed away three years ago. A three mile race is held in his honor. The event raises money for the Horizon Health Doc Acklin Scholarship. The race is open to everyone.
Erin Frank Horizon Health Public Relations and Marketing Manager, “You don’t have to be a runner of any sorts. Maybe you’re new, you’re going to walk/jog the course. That’s ok. If you want to be just a plan old walker or just come out and mare a donation to the cause and kind of observe things, it’s fun.
It seems fitting, the fundraiser that awards $1,000 scholarships to two Paris High School Seniors should be a race. Dr. Acklin was part of Paris High School cross country teams that captured four consecutive state championships in the 1940’s.
Dr. Acklin’s son helps kick the fundraising event off. Besides an open race, there’s also a cross country invitational for junior high and high school teams.
Dr. Philip Holloway, “The response we’ve had just in his honor has really been good and I think it continue will grow.”
This year’s race is Sat. August 25 at 7:30 a.m. at Paris High School.
The cost is $10 or $20 if you want a t-shirt. Registration must be received by August 10 to guarantee a race shirt. Otherwise, participants can sign up for the race up until or on the day of the event.