Second annual Dr. Eric Dueno Memorial Run coming later this month with 5K, 10K

Published 4:27 pm Friday, September 14, 2018

Following the success of the first Dr. Eric Dueno Memorial Run held last year, friends of the late Bainbridge College professor are planning to keep on running while sponsoring a second Memorial run for Saturday, September 29, at 8 a.m.

Suzanne Angell, one of the organizers says, “We had a great turnout last year….ended up with 59 runners, and that was the weekend of the big hurricane scare last year, so there were several pre-registered runners that did not show due to the weather/travel conditions.   We were very pleased with that number.  Sponsor support has been incredible, this year and last…can’t thank those businesses and individuals enough!”

While last year was a 5K, this year they are offering a 5K and 10K.

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Friend and fellow runner, Angell, vividly recalls the day a strong 47-year-old man who regularly ran with her and a group of friends, was suddenly overcome with a heart attack and died on the Nature Trail, while others looked on helplessly, waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

It was a traumatic eye opening experience for all, and she admits it was hard for the runners to resume their running routine, but felt the best thing was to keep running in his honor. Thus, last year they held the first Dr. Eric Dueno Memorial Run.

They raised enough money to grant a $1000 college scholarship to a BHS graduating senior who participated in the cross-country program.

There are plans this year to give two scholarships—adding one for a Grace Christian Academy senior who participates in cross-country.

The course begins on Cox Avenue, with parking in the lot past the Humane Society.

Pre-registration costs are $20 for adults and $15 for youth 13 years and younger, with a deadline of Sept. 22. Race day registration costs will be $25 and $20, along with memorial shirts. There is also a no-shirt option for $15.

Race Day Packet pickup will be at the Bill Reynolds Sports Complex 2 at 1350 Cox Avenue, beginning at 7 a.m. The race begins at 8 a.m. on Cox Avenue, continuing through the Earle May Recreation Area and onto the Nature Trail.