Jefferson Award Winner: C. Clyde Jones

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From the 2019-2020 Honorees, a local panel of judges select one winner that will travel to the National Gala in Washington, DC. to represent Northeast Kansas.  From the nationwide winners, one will be selected for a national Jefferson Award.

C. Clyde Jones is living proof that age is just a number.

At 97-years-old, the Manhattan man knows his way around a cell phone better than most millennials.

He’s constantly sharing pictures, videos, and stories with his hundreds of followers and friends on his Facebook and Instagram pages.

At the moment, he’s using his social media accounts to get people to sign up for the 9th annual C. Clyde Fun Run and 5K.

The race was named after Clyde when Kansas State University’s College of Business celebrated their 50th anniversary.

Clyde was the first Dean of the College of Business, and the school wanted to do something to honor Clyde and help him raise money for a local non-profit he’s been passionate about for years.

“At that time, I don’t know of any other runs that were well regarded in the community,” Clyde said.

In the last 8 years, the run has raised around $160,000 for Shepherds Crossing, an organization that provides financial help to people who have fallen on tough times.

When Clyde’s describing what the organization does, he has a favorite go-to line he tells people, “It pays rent for an awful lot of widows and orphans.”

For the last few years, the run has included an additional competition called Midges Mile, which was named in honor of Clyde’s late wife, Midge.

The couple met in a Chicago bar back in 1944 while Clyde was in naval officer training.

“We both fell in love with each other during that time,” he said. “I tell people if you don’t believe in love at first sight just ask me.”

In 2016 Midge lost her battle to Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Clyde credits the reason he’s been able to live for so long being because he was married to the most wonderful woman for 68 years.

Now once a year, he keeps her memory alive with his run and Midges Mile.

It’s not too late to sign up for this year’s race, if you would like to participate or learn more about it click HERE.

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