2009-06-04 / Local & State

Community To Honor Late Ben Knepper

Fourth annual Ben K-5K set for July 25
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Plans are already under way to honor the late Ben Knepper later this summer through the fourth annual Ben K-5K, with all proceeds from the run/walk earmarked for the scholarship fund that annually recognizes seniors from the Forbes Road School District wishing to further their education.

Registration forms are available at several locations throughout the county for the Ben K-5K set for Saturday, July 25, according to event organizer and family friend Joshua Newman. Forms can be picked up at Newman's Market, Waterfall; Edgewood Pro Hardware, Hustontown; and Harryman Brothers and The Fulton County News, both located in McConnellsburg.

Newman stated in light of the current state of the economy, no entry fee will be assessed to anyone who preregisters. However, all preregistration forms must be received or postmarked by July 18. Anyone signing up following the deadline or on the day of the event between 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. will be charged a total of $5.

As a result of waiving the registration fee, event organizers have instead opted to sell race day T-shirts the day of the run/walk that will kick off at Center United Methodist Church at 8 a.m. Donations are also being accepted to help defray any costs associated with organizing and hosting the event, Newman stated. Furthermore, any resident, family or business contributing $100 or more to the event will have their name printed on the back of the race day souvenir T-shirt.

Awards will continue to be presented to several categories of runners this year. Among the age groups given awards to the top male and female runners are 17 and under, 18 to 39 and 40 and over. The awards will be bestowed on victorious runners immediately following the race at approximately 9 a.m. Refreshments will also be available.

Ben Knepper, who was from the Hustontown area, lost his life in a car accident within miles of the home he shared with his parents, Dick and Ruth Knepper. Ben was an employee at JLG Industries at the time of the tragic 2005 crash. In addition to being an avid hunter and athlete, he was also only six credits shy of completing a two-year program in business management at Penn State University's Mont Alto campus.

Any residents needing additional information regarding the Ben Knepper Scholarship Fund or the Ben K-5K event should contact Barry Knepper at 814- 685-3446.

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