The fifth annual Luke Hoover Memorial 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk will begin at 10 a.m. May 24 on the Anne Springs Close Greenway to benefit the Luke Hoover Scholarship Fund for graduating seniors on the Nation Ford High School’s Cross Country team.
The 5K Run is a challenging and scenic course on dirt and gravel hiking trails. The event also includes a 1-Mile Walk around Lake Haigler. Awards will be given to the top male and female overall runners, top male and female master runners, top male and female in each age category, and special awards for the most spirited male and female runners.
Runners are encouraged to wear tie dye apparel and crazy, colorful socks – the late Luke Hoover ’s signature style.
Hoover was a 17-year-old senior at Nation Ford High School when he was killed in a car accident on Oct. 17, 2009. He was known as someone who reached out to those on the outside of the circle and made them feel a part of the team. He was also a member of the wrestling team and loved to run, especially on the Greenway. Hoover was an Eagle Scout and made many of the wooden directional markers on the Greenway trails.
To honor Hoover’s memory, the Nation Ford Cross Country Team, along with the Hoover family and many friends, organized the Luke Hoover Memorial 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk with the intent of making it a community event that includes everyone.
"The race’s main goal is to raise scholarship money for NFHS seniors who have a passion for running," said Angie Hoover, Luke’s mother.
All proceeds from the event benefit the Luke Hoover Memorial Scholarship Fund. Hoover’s parents award these scholarships to deserving Nation Ford cross country runners each year.
"It’s a time to get together with Luke’s friends and new friends to remember that laughing, crazy, wide open little boy who always made everyone smile," Angie Hoover said. "The Anne Springs Close Greenway is such a beautiful place and I know that Luke’s spirit is there."
The entry fee is $25 for the 5K Run and $20 for the 1 Mile Walk. Race Day registration and Runner packet pickup begins at 8 a.m. May 24 on the Greenway. Online registration for the event is available at sportoften.com.