2011-06-09 / Front Page

Late Ben Knepper To Be Honored At Event

Sixth annual Ben K-5K set for July 31
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

The late Ben Knepper The late Ben Knepper Always in the hearts and minds of his family and closest friends, the late Ben Knepper will be honored by the community next month at the sixth-annual Ben K-5K.

Remembered for his dashing smile, sense of humor and love of the great outdoors, Knepper passed away on June 13, 2005, just miles from his Drifting Lane, Hustontown, home. The tragic car crash accident occurred while he was heading home after completing his shift at JLG Industries in Mc- Connellsburg. A storm had just passed through the area, leaving the local roadways rain-soaked.

According to event organizer and older brother Scott Knepper, the 2011 event scheduled for Saturday, July 30, at Center United Methodist Church will mirror past practice.

Participants are encouraged to preregister for free by obtainining a registration form at one of several locations. 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. Registration forms can also be obtained online by contacting Scott Knepper at spknepper@csborbisonia.com.

Any participants submitting forms postmarked after the July 8 deadline or on the day of the event between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. are required to pay a $5 registration fee.

Sponsorships are also currently being accepted to help defray expenses associated with the event. 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. Tshirts will be available for prepurchase and the day of the event, and additional monetary donations of any size are also being accepted.

Sponsorships should be submitted by July 8 to Scott Knepper at 1973 Dublin Mills Road, Hustontown, PA 17229. Checks should be made payable to the Ben Knepper Scholarship Fund.

Following music by the Forbes Road High School Band at 8 a.m., runners and walkers of all ages will follow the 3.1 mile race route toward the Dublin Mills Church and back to Center. Awards will continue to be presented to several categories of runners this year. Among the age groups are the top male and female runners age 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.

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. The scholarship was established by family immediately following the death of Knepper, who was only six credits shy of completing a two-year program in business management at Penn State University’s Mont Alto campus.

Any residents requiring additional information regarding the Ben Knepper Scholarship Fund or the upcoming Ben K-5K event should contact Scott Knepper at 814-685-1831 or Barry Knepper at 814-685-3087.

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