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May 2, 2014

Annual run recalls giving nature of standout gymnast

PLATTSBURGH — The inaugural Race For Stace attracted 150 runners/ walkers.

The numbers have continued to grow over the years, and a new record was set in 2013 with 525 total participants.

The seventh-annual Race For Stace, an event in memory of Stacey Lynn Frechette, will be held Saturday, May 3, at the U.S. Oval.

“It’s as competitive as you want it to be,” said Stacey’s brother, Justin Frechette. “We have runners of all abilities and walkers. It’s a family-friendly event.

“We’ve been able to raise over $19,000 the past six years,” he continued, “and all the proceeds go to the Stacey Lynn Frechette Scholarship Fund. We started out giving one scholarship, but went to two a couple of years ago because of the success we’ve had.”

Stacey was a standout gymnast at Seton Catholic Central School, winning several Section VII championships, competing at the state meet for six years and named a state sportsmanship winner her senior year.

She graduated from Potsdam State and was a special education teacher at Mooers Elementary School at the time of her death in an automobile accident.

‘ALWAYS GAVE BACK’

The two scholarships are given to two local senior-high gymnasts who plan on attending college.

“Stacey was a great person and athlete, and was always giving back to the community,” said Justin Frechette, a history teacher at Chazy Central Rural School. 

“She was always helping others, and she would be proud to see how much this event has grown in her honor.”

On Saturday, the Plattsburgh Primary Care Pediatrics 1-mile Kids Fun Run will start at 8:30 a.m., with the 5K for adult runners/walkers at 9 a.m.

“Everything in the event is paid for by either members of our family or by donations from area businesses,” Justin said. “That’s why 100 percent of the proceeds go back into the scholarship fund.

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