George “Doc” Whitney was well known for his career as a runner in his senior years. Longtime residents will also remember him for the snake tent at the Orange Country Fair.
Doc died in February at age 94 just 7 weeks after completing the New Year’s Day Chilly Chili Run, one of his favorite races.
Soon after Jane Opper, Joe Ricchio and Doc’s daughters began planning a fundraising road race that they called Doc’s Race, which took place on June 30th.
All money from registration fees were earmarked for the Orange Country Fair.
On Wednesday, Aug. 14, the organizers of the June 30 “Doc’s Race” in Orange presented a $2,500.00 check to the Orange Country Fair.
Opper said, “We are all looking forward to this being an annual event on the last Sunday in June.”
are Walter Bespuda (Country Fair Committee), Jane Opper (Race Coordinator), Joe Riccio (Race Director) and Nancy Burke.