In 2010, in the weeks following the passing of stand-out high school scholar and athlete Chelsea King, a handful of members of the San Diego running community were so affected by her loss that they asked some of their friends to meet one Saturday to finish the run Chelsea started on February 25 in Rancho Bernardo Community Park. Chelsea’s life was cut short by a heinous act committed by a known sexual predator while in the midst of her training run on that day in the park. Word quickly spread and on the morning of March 20, 2010 more than 3,500 community members joined together to run and walk in solidarity with, and in honor of Chelsea, who they adopted as one of their own.
The original grass-roots “Finish Chelsea’s Run” was such a moving and healing experience for the community that Kelly and Brent King decided to make it an official, annual tradition in San Diego hosted by the Chelsea’s Light Foundation, the organization they founded to make positive change for children. This annual run/walk is now the primary fundraiser for the Chelsea’s Light Foundation Sunflower Scholarship Fund, providing scholarships for San Diego County college-bound teens who have embraced characteristics that embodied Chelsea’s academic prowess and service-over-self ethic. The 2012 run/walk raised $120,000, providing eleven Sunflower Scholarships and the Foundation’s efforts to continue the expansion of Chelsea’s Law. One of our scholarship recipients is currently attending SDSU.
The more the merrier, so teams are welcome and encouraged — consider gathering your sports team, sorority/fraternity, recognized student organization, roommates or friends and come join us for a morning you won’t soon forget! For more information or to register for the event visit www.chelseaslight.org and to volunteer for the event you can go straight to http://www.chelseaslight.org/2012/08/27/finish-chelseas-run-volunteers/. Questions? Call 760.692.2900 firstname.lastname@example.org.