Stockdale 5K set in memory of California University student
In 2011, Chaley Knight organized the initial For the Love of Lindsey Memorial Race in memory of her sister, Lindsey Popelas, who died Jan. 3, 2006, during a courageous battle with Hodgkin's disease.
The event, though, is held to celebrate her sister's life. Thus, it is held within the week of Lindsay's birthday.
So when the third annual staging of the race kicks off Aug. 31 from in front of the Stockdale Fire Hall, it will have the feel of a birthday party.
“My sister's birthday was Sept. 6, so it will always fall around her birthday,” Knight said. “We picked this date mainly for that reason.
“We're going to celebrate my sister's birthday,” Knight said. “We're going to have a cake and more food at the end of the race this year.”
This would have been Popelus' 30th birthday. Photos of her will also be displayed inside the Stockdale Fire Hall.
The 5K race begins each year at the Stockdale Fire Hall and proceeds through the streets of Roscoe and Elco.
A Roscoe native, Lindsey Popelas was a California University of Pennsylvania student at the time of her death.
Last year, nearly 300 runners participated. About half of those registered the day of the race.
Knight said she plans to make some additions to the event each year.
Water stations will be set up at each mile marker. Residents in the neighborhoods will spray hoses and sprinklers to cool off runners.
Live bands will play along the route.
A silent auction is also being staged.
This year, runners will receive a race bag along with their T-shirt if they register by Aug. 17.
Jon DiFilippo will DJ the event and serve as emcee again this year. In 2011, DiFilippo was a Lindsey Marie Popelas Scholarship recipient.
Proceeds from the event benefit two scholarships. One is awarded to a California Area High School graduate who will attend California University of Pennsylvania to pursue a degree in education, like Popelas was doing at the time of her death.
This year, a scholarship will be awarded to a nursing student who plans to specialize in oncology. Both are $1,000 scholarships.
Online registration will continue through Aug. 29 at http://fortheloveoflindsey.info. Otherwise, registration will be conducted race day. Registration is $15 until Aug 17 and $20 after.
Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or email@example.com.
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