2015 Morningside Mile

5th annual Mile title

The Morningside Mile Honoring Those Who Serve is a one mile run/walk to promote fitness and build community through physical activity. The event is held in honor of those who courageously serve our country and communities.

The Morningside Mile debuted on Saturday, September 10, 2011 in commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 tragedy.  We are proud to hold the fifth annual Morningside Mile this September.

Date: Saturday, September 12, 2015
  • Race start – 9:00am (arrive by 8:30am to pick up your race number)
  • Awards ceremony – 9:45am (approximately)
  • Starting line –Jancey Street between Greenwood and Baker Streets
  • Ending line – Hampton Street near Heths Avenue
Organizers: The event is being held by the Morningside Area Community Council with support from the Morningside VFW Post 3945.
  • Public safety officers and families
  • Current and former military members and families
  • Residents of all ages from Morningside and nearby communities within Allegheny County
Honoree: Captain John Trenz
The Morningside Mile committee is pleased to recognize Air Force veteran and retired firefighter Captain John Trenz as its 2015 honoree. Captain Trenz grew up in Morningside, attended Dilworth Elementary School and Peabody High School. He is a member of St. Raphael’s Roman Catholic Church and a long-standing member of the Morningside VFW Post 3945, where he has been the Senior Vice Commander since 2011.

Captain Trenz joined the Air Force in 1968 and served in Vietnam. After returning from Vietnam, Trenz joined the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire. He describes his time on the Rescue Squad, a specially trained group of firefighting veterans, as the most rewarding and busiest time in his 32 years as a firefighter.

Captain Trenz and other members of the Morningside VFW actively volunteer to serve wounded veterans in the Pittsburgh area. Every year, the VFW partners with the VA Hospital to host a “fish rodeo” which helps wounded veterans enjoy fishing despite any limitations they may have due to their injuries. Trenz said that each year he is inspired, “by the veterans who refuse to quit, regardless of the obstacles they face that day or any day.”

Captain Trenz and his wife, LaVerne (Tortorea) Trenz, have lived in Stanton Heights since 1974. Their two adult children, Kristen and John, still reside in the Pittsburgh area.

Contact: run@morningside-pa.org, 412-874-7440
Register: Download and complete the 2015 Morningside Mile registration form.  Mail it along with your check or money order payable to Morningside Area Community Council – One Mile Run (do not mail cash) to:

Morningside Mile Honoring Those Who Serve
℅ Morningside Area Community Council
P.O. Box 90185
Pittsburgh, PA 15224-0185

Online registration coming soon.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Volunteers are needed to prepare for the race (distribute flyers in the community, stuff packets, etc.) and on race day.  If you have a few hours to share, call 412-874-7440 or send an email to run.volunteers@morningside-pa.org.

We appreciate your help spreading the word about the race to your friends, family and neighbors. You can download and print the 2015 Morningside Mile registration form or direct them to this website to share information.

Sponsorship Opportunities:
Each year, contributions from our sponsors make race participation affordable for entire families, reduce the cost to our public safety participants, and increase the portion of registration fees which can be devoted to our beneficiaries.  To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, including commitment levels, please download the 2015 Morningside Mile sponsorship letter and form.

Learn more about the 4th Annual Comedy Night Fundraiser to support the Morningside Mile.