Runners take off during last year's 5k and 10k race Strides for James.
CHAZY — Strides for James, a 5k/10k fun run to support the James Dean Wilson Scholarship Fund, will take place Saturday, May 9 at the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute in Chazy.
“It’s a great family-event we’re trying to create for a dependable, loyal and hardworking person,” said Jennie Cody, Wilson’s sister. “He was such a great person.”
The event will start off with a Children’s Fun Run at 9 a.m., Walkers 1 Mile (stroller friendly) at 9:25 a.m., Walkers 5k (stroller friendly) at 9:55 a.m. and the 5k/10k at 10 a.m.
Packet pick-up will be Friday, May 8 at the Joseph C. Burke Education Research Center from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and one hour prior to one’s desired race the day of the event.
Online registration ends May 2. Race check-in from online registration and day-of-race registration goes on from 7:45 to 9 a.m.
All proceeds from the race will go directly to the scholarship fund at Clinton Community College (CCC), hoping to double numbers in involvement, money for the scholarship and awareness from last year’s race.
This annual event, created by the James Dean Wilson Scholarship Committee, keeps the goal of continuing the scholarship fund to remember Wilson.
Wilson went to CCC and got an associate’s degree in industrial technology. He was a passionate runner and outdoorsman who died in June 2012 in a motorcycle accident at the age of 26.
“He was the type of person who would just walk into a room, and his smile lit up the entire room,” Cody said. “He would do anything for everyone; he put other people first, and you would never hear him complain.”
On May 11, 2013, the committee held its first annual race at Point Au Rouche State Park, where over 250 people attended. It raised over $5,000 and met the initial fundraising goal of $10,000 to establish the scholarship endowment.
To learn more about the scholarship, the race or registration fees, visit the website stridesforjames.org/register.
“It’s for a great cause, and it’s a lot of fun,” said Rachel Dutil, public relations and marketing coordinator at Miner Institute. “It’s a great opportunity to come out and enjoy what’s hopefully going to be, finally, spring weather.”