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Walk/run raises $7,500 for Frechette scholarship fund

PLATTSBURGH Everything seemed to come together as participants in the first annual Race for Stace, a five-kilometer walk/run filled the PARC Oval last Saturday. The event raised $7,500 for the Stacey Lynn Frechette Scholarship Fund in memory of a 24-year-old Mooers Elementary School teacher and former gymnast, whose life was tragically cut short in an automobile accident last year. Organizer Jen Boyer, a childhood friend of Stacey Lynn Frechette, said 349 people registered for the event, with even more walking in support of registrants. We had a great turnout, said Boyer. This was way more than we expected. The event, which both Boyer and the Frechette family are determined will be held annually, will be even bigger next year, she said. This years race served as a litmus test to see how people would respond and it passed by an overwhelming margin. Next year, the race will likely include prizes for the top finishers. We really want to make the run part competitive, because in this area, there are really no competitive runs for people to be recognized in the paper. There are so many runners who travel to do runs, so thats one of our goals next year, to make it more competitive and even offer prizes. Boyer emphasized the success of the event was largely due to the contributions of Brett LeClair and the staff at Studley Printing, who created and donated the flyers and registration forms for the event. Local businesses and volunteers from Chazy Central Rural School also made significant contributions, she said. Stacey Lynn Frechettes father, Blake Frechette, said he was overwhelmed by the response to the event, especially considering early forecasts of rain, which didnt pan out until later in the day. I think its just been magnificent. The weather cooperated it could be a little warmer, but its really beautiful out, he said. We have tremendous community support and nearly everything today has been donated. All the ingredients have come together for a great day. Frechette said his daughter would be proud of the amount of people who turned out for the event in support of not only her, but for the lives who will be touched by her memorial scholarship fund. Staceys smiling today, he said. Donations for the Stacey Lynn Frechette Scholarship Fund may still be arranged by contacting Blake Frechette at 562-0926.

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