2012-06-07 / Front Page

Late Ben Knepper To Be Honored At 5K Event

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

The late Ben Knepper The late Ben Knepper Next Wednesday marks the seven-year anniversary of the tragic passing of Hustontown resident Ben Knepper. To honor his life and achievements, Ben’s family, friends and fellow community members will be gathering next month at Center United Methodist Church for the annual Ben K-5K.

The seventh-annual event set for Saturday, July 28, is open to both avid runners and those wishing for a leisurely stroll along the hillsides of northern Fulton County. Starting at the church where Ben attended weekly with his extended family, participants will follow the 3.1-mile race route toward the Dublin Mills Church and back to Center.

The event organized by Ben’s older brothers, Barry and Scott Knepper, will get under way at 7 a.m. with an hour-long registration period. The race itself will begin at 8:15 a.m. after the Forbes Road Junior/Senior High School band overseen by director Ryan Wade shares some musical selections with the crowd.

The race is expected to wrap up at 9:15 a.m. with refreshments and an awards ceremony that will recognize the top male and female runners in the following categories: 15 and under; 16 to 25; 26 to 35; 36-45; 45-55; and 56 and over.

Interested participants are encouraged to preregister for free before July 7 by obtaining a registration form at one of several locations: Newman’s Market, Waterfall; Edgewood Pro Hardware and Keller’s Country Store, both in Hustontown; and The Fulton County News, located in Mc- Connellsburg. Registration forms can also be obtained online by contacting Scott Knepper at spknepper@csborbisonia.com. Any registration forms postmarked after July 7 or turned in on race day should include a $5 registration fee.

In addition, sponsorships are also currently being accepted to help defray expenses associated with organizing and hosting 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. T-shirts are only guaranteed for individuals meeting the July 7 registration deadline, but additional T-shirts should be available for purchase the day of the event. Cost is $15 per shirt, which will feature a newly designed Ben K-5K logo.

Sponsorships should be submitted by June 30 to Scott Knepper at 1973 Dublin Mills Road, Hustontown, PA 17229. All checks should be made payable to the Ben Knepper Scholarship Fund.

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. In 2012, Forbes Road senior Ty Brantner was the lucky recipient of a Ben Knepper Scholarship as was classmate and runner-up Nichole Stoey. Several additional seniors, including Erin McQuait, Cassandra Mellott and Steven Varney, were given an applicant award through the scholarship.

The scholarship was established by the Knepper family immediately following the death of Ben, who was only six credits shy of completing a two-year program in business management at Penn State University’s Mont Alto campus. Ben passed away on June 13, 2005, just miles from his Drifting Lane, Hustontown, home. The car crash accident occurred while he was heading home after completing his shift at JLG Industries in McConnellsburg. A storm had just passed through the area leaving the local roadways rainsoaked.

Any residents requiring additional information regarding the Ben Knepper Scholarship Fund or the upcoming Ben K-5K event should contact Scott Knepper at 814-685-3108 or Barry Knepper at 814-685-3087.

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