CADYVILLE - When Stephanie Maynard thinks about her mother, the late Rose Rascoe-Maynard, she remembers her as a person who made you feel good to be around. And, that's how she wants others to remember her, too.
Maynard and her sister, Andrea, lost their mother in part of what was deemed a murder-suicide in March. The two have been looking for a way to help them cope with their loss, said Maynard, and, through their pain, they created an event they feel will do just that - the first annual Run for Rosie.
"She was always a runner in high school and it was something she got back into later in her life," explained Maynard. "She loved to run in the woods. It was relaxing for her."
Rascoe-Maynard would find contentment running through the trails of Cadyville Recreation Park, which is the reason why Maynard and her sister wanted to host Run for Rosie at the park.
"She just loved it out there," said Maynard. "It was where her escape was."
The event, which will be held Saturday, June 26, is on a date that also has special meaning.
"It's on her birthday," said Maynard.
It's also the first one her family will celebrate since her mother's passing, she said.
"Having all our family and friends around on her birthday is really going to help us," said Maynard.
Run for Rosie will also extend beyond helping Rascoe-Maynard's friends and family cope with their loss. It will help raise money for the Rose Rascoe-Maynard Memorial Scholarship Fund, which has been established at Seton Catholic Central School. Beginning next year, the fund will give a graduating student money for college in Rascoe-Maynard's memory.
"That's why I'm hoping it's a good turnout," said Maynard.
"We don't want people to remember our family because of this tragedy," she continued. "We would rather turn it into a positive thing and give back. My mother volunteered her time throughout her whole life and it's just right we give back to Seton Catholic with this scholarship because it was such a big part of her life."
Run for Rosie will begin next Saturday with registration at 12 p.m. and a 5-kilometer race, 1-mile race and 1-mile walk to begin at 1 p.m. Registration is $10, with the first 150 registrants to receive a free T-shirt.
For more information, call 335-9259.