PLATTSBURGH — “The Race For Stace” continues to grow.
The sixth-annual event, held in memory of former Seton Catholic Central School standout gymnast Stacey Lynn Frechette, drew 200 runners/walkers in its first year of existence.
Last year, the number grew to 503 competitors.
“We’re very proud of that,” said Stacey’s brother, Justin. “It’s a family fun event, and we’re hoping to better the record again this year.
“The event symbolizes Stacey and who she was.”
Stacey was tragically killed in a car accident in 2007.
The run/walk takes place Saturday at the U.S. Oval. Proceeds benefit the Stacey Lynn Frechette Scholarship Fund.
“One-hundred percent of the proceeds go to the scholarship fund and local youth,” Justin said.
So far, eight students have been given $1,500 scholarships each from the fund, Stacey’s father, Blake said, from various schools around the region.
Most go to high-school seniors involved with gymnasts, he said, but as the number of students involved with the sport has dwindled in recent years, the family has given awards to other young women as well.
The Frechettes also present a yearly Sportsmanship Award to a gymnast in Section VII, presenting a plaque, bouquet of flowers and $100 check to the chosen student.
“It’s not about the best gymnast,” Blake said. “It’s about the girl who really means the most to her team.”
KIDS RUN, TOO
At Saturday’s event, the 1-mile kids fun run starts at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K walk/run at 9 a.m.
“This is the fourth year we’ve held the kids run, and it has been a huge success,” Justin said. “All kids get a free gift, and it’s a lot of fun.
“The 5K is as competitive as the runners want it to be. Runners will be timed, and there will be a free gift to everyone who finishes the race, as well as prizes for the top male and top female finishers.