PLATTSBURGH - The life of one North Country woman lives on through an event held in her memory.
The 3rd annual Race for Stace will take place this Saturday, April 24, at the PARC Oval, remembering the life of Stacey Lynn Frechette. Stacey was a 24-year-old woman who lost her life in a tragic accident on State Route 9 while traveling from Chazy to Plattsburgh in February 2007.
The event, which centers around a five-kilometer walk/run, has been held since 2008 and has grown ever since, said Stacey's brother, Justin B. Frechette.
"Last year, we had about 475 people participate, which was even better than our first year," he said. "This year, we hope to have more than 500. We want to keep building on what we've done."
The event raises money toward the Stacey Lynn Frechette Scholarship Fund, which gives $1,500 annually to a local high school senior and gymnast looking to further his or her education. Stacey, who was a teacher at Mooers Elementary School at the time of her death, was a former gymnast. Among other achievements, she was named an all-star scholar athlete while attending Seton Catholic High School, and became a six-time Section VII and Champlain Valley Athletic Conference gymnastics champion. Stacey continued to compete while attending the State University of New York at Brockport, until a severe back injury ended her gymnastics career.
The scholarship is just one way for Stacey to live on, said her brother.
"And, what's unique with this scholarship is that 100 percent of the money raised for it goes to help students," said Frechette, who added that is how his sister would've wanted the scholarship to help other promising athletes.
Last year's Race for Stace raised $8,500 for the scholarship fund, which is another number Frechette hopes to exceed this year, he said.
As another way of drawing people to the event, this year's Race for Stace will include a one-mile fun run for kids ages 12 and younger. The fun run will start at 8:30 a.m., followed by the 5k walk/run at 9 a.m.
Pre-registration will be held in the Emmaus Room of St. Peter's Church on Cornelia Street Friday, April 23, from 4-6 p.m. Forms will also be available in Plattsburgh at Warren Tire Service Center, 13 Broad St., and Bark's Convenience Store - the Shell gas station off Exit 36 of Interstate 87 - and Chazy Central Rural School, 609 Miner Farm Road in Chazy. The cost of pre-registration for the walk/run is $15; registration the day of the race will be $20. Registration for the one-mile fun run is $5.
The first 150 walk/run and 50 fun run registrants will receive free T-shirts commemorating this year's Race for Stace the day of the event. In addition, all participants will receive a free surprise gift.
Following the walk/run, this year's scholarship honoree will be announced. Participants will also be treated to refreshments courtesy of the event's many sponsors and entertainment will be provided. The after-event celebration will also include a silent auction, raffling of gift baskets, and giveaways.
"We want people to know this is a family-friendly event," said Frechette. "It's only as competitive as you want it to be. We just want people to have fun."
For more information, contact event organizer Jen Boyer at 562-0528 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information may also be found at www.slfscholarship.org.