With the sun shining down runners and walkers enjoyed the 5K, helping to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and distracted driving and keep Katie’s life shining brightly.
The June 8th half-day event is a celebration of the life of Katie DeCubellis. In October of 1999 a drunk driver killed the thirteen year old and her best friends mother Marsha Bowman. Since then the KDMF continues to raise awareness about driving under the influence and distracted driving.
“Each year, this race allows us to continue to celebrate Katie’s life and keep her spirit and legacy alive” said John DeCubellis, Katie’s father. Proceeds from the Race will be used to further the objectives of the KDMF and continue to support its scholarship endowment program that provides annual scholarships to deserving students throughout Rhode Island."
This year the top male winner is 25 year old Michael Pezzullo of East Greenwich who raced in at 17:26. The top female winner is 27 year old Kelsey Seddon of Westerly who clocked in at 20:28. This year KDMF is proud to announce 50 year old John Taylor of East Greenwich for the second year in a row is the KDMF wheelchair participant who came in at 48:25.
More than three hundred hundred runners and walkers participated, “It is so hard to believe that this is the 15th year of this event. It is truly amazing that year after year, so many of the runners and walkers, sponsors and vendors, as well as the volunteers that have participated since our very first race continue to support this event some 15 years later,”says KDMF Board Member and Race Coordinator Ken Rosbottom.
“This loyalty is a true testament to the mission of the KDMF thereby enabling the foundation to continue its work to promote youth leadership, support education, and generate public awareness of the dangers of drunk driving and substance abuse.”
In addition, to a competitive race and walk, the event is family friendly. Attractions included face painting, an inflatable bounce, free Brickley’s ice cream, pizza, hot dogs, raffles, and music. Among the raffle prizes an four P-Bruins game tickets. Ocean State Job Lot donated prizes that KDMF awarded to race winners.
The relatively flat course began at the Narragansett High School. Awards and prizes were given to the first three men and women runners in several age divisions from 10 to 70+ years, as well as a wheelchair division.
To date, The KDMF has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships, prizes and donations. John and Meg have given presentations in schools and conferences throughout the country, reaching more than 100,000 students and adults. Their message focuses on the choices each of us make every day, and how those choices can and will shape our lives, for better or worse. For more information about The KDMF log onto www.kdmf.org