9th Annual - October 19, 2019
A run through peru's apple country in honor of robert "chip" hamilton
The Octoberfest Event is an annual event in Peru, NY to raise awareness and money to help the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation find a cure. It is a half marathon in which runners can enjoy an exhilarating walk/run/bike ride through Peru's apple country to benefit the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation in memory of Robert "Chip" Hamilton.
The Octoberfest Event is in memory of Robert “Chip” Hamilton, a local business man in the North Country owning the Hamilton Funeral Home of Peru, Keeseville, and Mooers. He was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) in 2008.
Over time, Chip's ability to do daily tasks became very limited. He would become short of breath with simple tasks, like brushing his teeth, answering the phone, and walking just a few steps. He relied increasingly on his portable oxygen tank.
In 2010, Ruth Hamilton LaClair began the Octoberfest Event while her father, Chip was in Pittsburgh, PA recovering from a lung transplant. After spending 4 months in the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital and his loving wife, Patti spending 4 months in a hotel with wonderful family and friends visiting, Chip succumbed to complications with the lung transplant on January 27, 2011.
Through the help and strength of family and friends, Ruth has continued the event each year in his memory.