PCHS Memorial 5K returns Saturday
May 31, 2011
The third annual Park City High School Memorial 5K event is scheduled for this Saturday, June 4. The run is organized by members of the PCHS National Honor Society.
The race is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at Dozier Field. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The registration fee prior to Saturday is $25 per person; on Saturday it is $30.
Senior Marla Kaye Nichols, one of six members of the PCHS National Honor Society involved with the event, said organizers have been trying to broaden the horizons for the event.
Nichols said this year the 5K will benefit community scholarships for graduating seniors and travel scholarships for students to travel to Peru and help build sister schools for children.
Nichols said other proceeds will go to the Homeless Youth Resource Center in Salt Lake City.
The memorial run was originally dedicated to five Park City High School graduates who died within a few months of each other in 2008. Nichols said the National Honors Society at Park City High School is doing its best to honor the Park City 5 and, at the same time, help others pursue educational and philanthropic opportunities.
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"The first race was solely about the Park City 5 kids," Nichols said. "We obviously still want to keep focus on them, but we want to open it up to the entire community."
Nichols said members of the National Honor Society have been sponsoring and making special banners for folks whose loved ones had passed away and she said the banners will have photos of those who have passed on with a three-word phrase below.
George Murphy, a teacher at PCHS and the advisor to the National Honor Society, said there will be roughly 30 banners around at Dozier. He said he has one in place in honor of his father.
"We feel like we’ve got a pretty good event and tradition in place," he said. "We do this to kind of remember and run for those who are gone.
"We’re just looking for this event to be an annual thing to help raise money, and that we can continue our projects and do the things we’ve been able to do."
Murphy said in years past the run has been on Memorial Day. He said he is glad pushing the date back worked out due to the chilly weather Monday.
"It’s Memorial week and it’s just a good way to end off the school year with our community," he said.
For information on how to register go to http://www.pchsmemorial.com .