With each step, runners and walkers helped keep Katie’s light shining. Hundreds turned out to run, remember and reflect on what the Katie Decubellis Memorial Foundation stands for and continue Katie’s legacy.
The half-day event is also a celebration of the life of Katie DeCubellis. In October 1999, a drunk driver killed the 13-year-old. Since then the KDMF continues to raise awareness about driving under the influence and distracted driving.
“We have felt from the start that the Road Race / Walk is one of the most important and rewarding KDMF events. It not only provides us with an opportunity to continue Katie’s spirit, but also brings the entire community together to celebrate her life and the accomplishments of the KDMF! It is always a fun and memorable occasion,” said Katie’s parents, John and Meg DeCubellis.
This year the top male winner is 34-year-old Justin Bentley of Ashaway, coming in at 17:16. The top female winner is 25-year-old Cait Bradley of Charlestown, coming in at 18:02.
For full results from Cool Running, click here. The top male finisher from Narragansett was David Tetreault, with his 19:43 coming in fourth overall. Amy Rice of Kingston finished in 21:38, good for 20th place. Overall, 292 people ran the race.
Since it’s inception in 2000, this race has generated close to $200,000, which has been used to support the causes of the KDMF. This includes the awarding of $10,000 in scholarships each year to high school seniors throughout the state, according to KDMF Board Member and Race Coordinator Ken Rosbottom.
In addition to a competitive race and walk, the event is family friendly. Attractions included face painting, an inflatable bounce house, free Brickley’s ice cream, pizza, hot dogs, raffles and music. Among the raffled prizes are an autographed Providence Bruins stick, four P-Bruins game tickets and two P-Bruins hats.
Ocean State Job Lot has been a huge supporter and friend to the KDMF and donated more than $1,500 worth of prizes.
To date, the KDMF has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships, prizes and donations. John and Meg have given presentations in schools and conferences throughout the Country, reaching more than 100,000 students and adults.
Their message focuses on the choices each of us make every day, and how those choices can and will shape our lives, for better or worse. For more information about the KDMF, log onto www.kdmf.org.
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