NEW SHARON — Saturday morning was a perfect day for a run as people gathered at North Mahaska High School for the sixth-annual Jace Race.
The Jace Race is in honor of Jace Carrico, a boy who had lost his life to cancer. Due to the massive show of support during Jace’s illness, the Carrico family held the first race to give back to the community. Now, the race helps raise funds for local children in need.
“I can’t believe it’s been six years,” race organizer Alisha Briggs said. “It’s so well organized, it just happens. People from around the community help.”
Briggs said the race usually draws about 300 runners from New Sharon, Oskaloosa and people from out-of-state who have New Sharon ties.
“It’s an all-ages event,” Briggs said. “You see a lot of strollers and bikes.”
There is a 1 mile run/walk followed by a 5K run/walk, she said.
Jace’s father, Travis Carrico, was pleased with the turnout Saturday.
“I always love to see a big number,” he said.
Carrico said it feels good to see people wearing their orange T-shirts that bear his son’s silhouette.
“Everyone is remembering him,” Carrico said.
“We had over 500 (runners) the first year,” he added.
Carrico said that the North Mahaska Education Foundation uses the proceeds from the Jace Race to help needy students. The Foundation also helps organize the event, he added.
The Jace Race 5K is a timed event. There are computer chips in the runners’ numbers that allows for electronic time keeping and an accurate reading of the runners’ times, Carrico said. There are medals and gift cards for new running shoes awarded for winners of the different divisions, he added.
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