Memorial 5K returns for seventh year
May 8, 2015
In 2009, the Park City High School National Honor Society started a 5K race to honor the families of the Park City 5, a group of five PCHS graduates who all died within seven months of each other in 2008.
Seven years later, the race now honors any community member who has died recently. Banners made in memory of lost loved ones line the PCHS track, where the 5K ends.
Still hosted by the PCHS NHS, this year’s race will take place on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25. PCHS NHS President Jayla Lundstrom said the money raised from registrations goes to a good cause.
"All the proceeds go to benefit the National Honor Society," she said. "We’re a community service-based organization."
The money will be used for two projects, primarily, Lundstrom said.
"In years past, I’ve gone on a couple humanitarian trips that the National Honor Society sponsors," she said. "Last year, I went to Haiti and the year before I went to India. This year, they’re going to Guatemala. They use a lot of the money from this event for in-country efforts on those trips.
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"We also have community scholarships at the school that us seniors just applied for. The National Honor Society gives out about six community scholarships. They just help any kids in the community who need extra funds for college, so a lot of the money goes to that, as well."
"Throughout the year, we do a lot of local projects helping out the community," PCHS NHS Treasurer Dominic Croce added. "We run a food drive for the Christian Center that goes on during December. Sometimes we use the funds to make a little station at a grocery store or something. But, the majority of the money raised goes to the scholarships and the big trip."
Lundstrom said the NHS is hoping to make this year’s race bigger and better than past years’ races.
"This year, we are trying to open it up more to the community," she said. "We might have live music and we typically do food and raffles. We usually get about 300 or so people coming out. We have a lot of people pre-registering, and everyone who registers gets a T-shirt."
The race course travels primarily through the Park Meadows area, Croce said.
"It goes all the way around the country club and comes back up to the high school," he said. "I think it’s actually a little bit longer than 5K."
Lundstrom added that the 5K is a great environment for runners of all abilities.
"It’s a timed race, so if you’re competitive, you can certainly do that," she said. "But a lot of people scooter it, roller blade it, walk it — stuff like that."
Registration is available online at http://www.pchsmemorial.us . Pre-registration is $22.50 ($25 day-of). There are discounts for groups of four or more that register together, as well — $17.50 each for pre-registration and $20 for day-of registration.
"If you register with a group of four or more people, you get discounted," Lundstrom said. "You don’t necessarily have to be family, we just do it to get more people."
The memorial banners that hang around the track are free, Lundstrom said.
"If anybody in the community wants a banner made, they can contact me," she said. "They’re nice, big canvas banners that we put up around the track."
Lundstrom can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 435-962-0026. She said she is hoping for high attendance this year.
"It’s open to everyone in the community and the money goes to a good cause," she said.
"It’s a 5K and somewhat competitive," Croce added. "But it’s also really important and meaningful to people who have lost someone recently."
The race is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on May 25 at Dozier Field. Day-of registration and packet pick-up starts at 8 a.m.
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