Race returns to honor Stacey Lynn Frechette

PLATTSBURGH - People of the North Country are once again encouraged to walk, run and even cartwheel to an event that honors the life of a very special young woman.

The second annual Race for Stace, a five-kilometer walk/run event, will be held next Saturday, April 25, at the PARC Oval on the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base. The event is held in memory of the late Stacey Lynn Frechette, a 24-year-old woman who lost her life in an accident on State Route 9 while traveling to Plattsburgh from Chazy in 2007.

Justin B. Frechette, Stacey Lynn Frechette's brother, said the inaugural Race for Stace was such a success, he and his fellow family members wanted to continue the event.

"We were just overwhelmed with the support we received last year," said Frechette. "The response was absolutely amazing and this year, our goal is to raise as much money as last year."

Last year's event raised $7,500 for the Stacey Lynn Frechette Scholarship Fund, which annually awards $1,500 to a local high school senior and gymnast who exhibits the character, grades and traits Stacey Lynn Frechette had, who is looking to further their education.

"What's unique about the scholarship is that 100 percent of the money donated towards it goes to help students. None of it goes towards administrative costs like with some scholarships," said Frechette.

That's exactly how his sister, a former gymnast and educator at Mooers Elementary School, would've wanted it, he said.

This year's Race for Stace will have a few new features. The top three male and female finishers will receive cash prizes.

"It's something we want everybody to participate in because it's a nice walk for a good cause," said Frechette. "There is a competitive portion, but it's only as competitive as you want it to be. Bring your dog, bring your stroller. It's just a chance to get outside and enjoy a family-friendly event."

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