Fifth Memorial 5K set for Monday
In 2009, the Memorial 5K began as a way to honor five current and former Park City High School students who had died between February and September 2008.
The parents of the five students banded together to form the PC 5, a group that raised money for students to go on trips overseas for service projects to areas of the world where people are in need.
So, the parents started the Memorial 5K to raise funds for scholarships to send students to these impoverished areas to build schools.
Though the students normally go to South American countries, PCHS National Honor Society president Zach Carfi said they’re doing something a little different this year.
"All the money we raise goes to help kids get scholarships to go abroad, or for supplies or whatever they may need," he said. "This year, they’re going to India to do some humanitarian work."
The group will be traveling to Chennai, India, to work with some leprosy colonies in the area.
In addition to remembering the PC 5, Carfi added that the Memorial 5K is about remembering all the loved ones lost over the years.
"It’s in dedication to the people we’ve lost in the community," he said.
This year’s event, the fifth anniversary, will be extra special, according to Carfi.
"It’s the fifth year, so it’ll be the last one," he said. "So we’re trying to get the biggest turnout ever. We have about 100+ people signed up, but we just want more."
All in all, Carfi said the Memorial 5K is about recognizing the bright spots in the community, while remembering the Park City 5.
"We love to highlight the good things that our community is doing," he said. "Humanitarian work and service abroad is just one of the many things we do."
The event starts at 9 a.m. on Monday at Dozier Field. Race day registration is available for $30. Online registration, which guarantees a T-shirt, is available before race day for $25.
Correction: The headline of this article previously stated that the 5k run will be held on Saturday, which is incorrect. The Memorial 5k will be on Monday, May 27.
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