Third annual Nelson Fun Run/Walk set for May 14
The third annual Nelson Fun Run/Walk will take place Wednesday, May 14, at St. Croix Central High School’s cross country trail and track. Benefits raised from the run will go to Love For Loenser and the ALIVE fund.
Love For Loenser is an ongoing fundraising effort to help SCC Middle School sixth-grade teacher Karen Loenser, who is battling cancer. The ALIVE fund provides aid to local families in need.
The one-mile fun run/walk will begin at 4 p.m. Runners will take off for the 5K race at 4:30 p.m. To get a race number, runners must check in at the registration table by 4:15 p.m.
Cost for the event, sponsored by the SCC Wellness Committee, is $5 or a freewill donation. Checks can be made out to SCC Alive. Beverages, snacks and Love For Loenser T-shirts will be for sale at the concession stand.
A bus will shuttle elementary students participating in the event to the high school. They will be met off the bus and walked to the track. It is highly recommended that parents meet their child for supervision. Parents are responsible to pick up their child after the event at the track.
Deadline for registration for riding the bus is Friday, May 9.
The Nelson Fun Run/Walk is in memory of Julie Nelson, who died after a motorcycle accident in 2012, according to SCC Elementary physical education teacher Brenda Simone. Nelson’s husband Glen was seriously injured. They have two sons.
“Julie was a big part of the SCC community so the event was created in memory of Julie by the SCC Wellness & A.L.I.V.E. committees. Glen has stated that Julie would be very proud to know that this event takes place each year to help local families in our community,” Simone said.
In an email from Loenser, she said she is grateful for the support, both financial and emotional, that she has received from the SCC community, staff and students.
“I feel so very blessed and loved,” Loenser wrote. “I feel so fortunate to work with such a wonderful group of people that truly support me and care about how I am doing. … This makes me feel humble, connected.”
Loenser also wrote there aren’t adequate words to describe how the support has helped her and her kids through an awful time. She said the overwhelming financial support has taken away much of her stress.
“There are days that I really think about what is going on in my life and feel sad, perhaps depressed, then I receive an email or a phone call from a SCC staff member telling me that another fundraiser is going to happen and that so many teachers and students miss me and are continuing to pray for me. To me, this kind of positive reinforcement comes from a higher being, in my world, that is God,” Loenser wrote.
Loenser emphasized that the Nelson Fun Run is a time to show support to the Nelson family and remember the great times they had as a family. She taught Colin Nelson in sixth grade.
“My own children have participated the last two years,” Loenser said. “My son Adam has run 5Ks at local summer events ever since. So, support one another, run or walk, laugh and have fun!”