|'Pickle' run to honor Stearns|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Monday, 18 June 2012 09:18|
Organizers of the 7th annual Pickle Chase 5K and Bell Pepper Fun Run on June 23 are hoping to raise $5,000 to benefit three causes.
The run, created in honor of Jodie Stearns, an Elmwood High School graduate and an avid runner who was tragically killed in 2006 while jogging, has raised $46,000 in its first six years, according to Doug Cubberley, a race coordinator.
Proceeds from this year's race will benefit the Tom Waldock/Jodie Stearns scholarship fund at Elmwood High School, the Cocoon Shelter and the new track fund at Elmwood.
Stearns was a former private practice attorney and an assistant prosecutor for Bowling Green who handled domestic violence cases.
"We've been trying to keep the money local and give to charities she was involved in," Cubberley said.
The race will begin at Elmwood High School, 7650 Jerry City Road, at 8:30 a.m. with registration starting at 7 a.m. The fun run will begin at 9:15 a.m.
The race was first organized in 2006 when Stearns died. It has continued each year to honor her memory and love of running while benefiting local causes.
The name for the race was selected because Stearns comes from a family of pickle and bell pepper farmers, Cubberley said.
Registration the day of the race is $20 for the 5K and $8 for the fun run, which includes a shirt.
There will be door prizes and awards for top finishers in each age group.
For more information, visit www.picklechase5k.org.
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