2010-06-17 / Local & State

Community To Rally In Honor Of Late Ben Knepper

Fifth annual Ben K-5K set for July 31
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

The late Ben Knepper The late Ben Knepper Sunday marked the five-year anniversary of the tragic death of Ben Knepper. Family and friends will be rallying in honor of the late Hustontown area man next month with the fifth annual Ben K-5K.

Jarrod Sharpe, organizer of the 2010 event, reported following past practice the event will kick off at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 31, at Center United Methodist Church. All proceeds from the event will be earmarked for the Ben Knepper Scholarship that recognizes several members of the current Forbes Road School District graduating class who have dreams of furthering their education.

Registration forms will be available at several locations throughout the county, according to Sharpe, a longtime friend of the Knepper family. Forms can be picked up at Newman’s Market, Waterfall; Edgewood Pro Hardware and Keller’s Country Store, both in Hustontown; and The Fulton County News, located in McConnellsburg. For the second consecutive year, Sharpe noted, an entry fee will not be assessed to anyone who preregisters. However, all preregistration forms must be received or postmarked by July 1. 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 will again sell race day Tshirts commemorating the run/walk for a minimal fee.

Donations are also being accepted to help defray any costs associated with organizing and hosting the event. As a result, 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. Sponsorships should be submitted by July 1 to Barry Knepper at 2272 Dublin Mills Road, Hustontown, PA 17229.

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 upon victorious runners immediately following the race at approximately 9 a.m. Refreshments will also be available.

Ben, 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 June 13, 2005, crash. In addition to being an avid hunter and athlete, he was also only six credits shy of completing a twoyear program in business management at Penn State University’s Mont Alto campus.

Any resident needing an application or additional information regarding the Ben Knepper Scholarship Fund and the Ben K-5K event should contact Barry Knepper at 814-685-3087 or Jarrod Sharpe at 814-317-5377.

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