ROCKSPRINGS — The Saturday after Thanksgiving will bring the 15th annual Keep Your Fork 5K road race to benefit the Brandi Thomas Memorial Scholarship Fund.
The race will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26, with registration from 8:30-9:30 a.m. The race begins and ends at Meigs High School.
The 5K has been held the Saturday after Thanksgiving each year in memory of Brandi Thomas, the daughter of John and Cheryl Thomas.
The Brandi Thomas Memorial Scholarship fund was established in honor of Thomas, who died in 2002 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Thomas was a member of the Meigs cross country and track and field teams. The fund is used to provide academic scholarships for Meigs High School graduates who participated in high school cross country and/or track and field.
According to previous Sentinel reports, “Keep Your Fork” is derived from an inspirational story sent to the family following Brandi’s passing. The story was about a young woman who upon discovering she only has three months to live decides to make her final arrangements. One of these arrangements was that she be buried with a fork. The reasoning behind the fork was that at most socials and dinners after the dishes from the main course are cleared, someone invariably says, ” keep your fork ,” because something better is coming, whether it be dessert or an afterlife.
The fork is a symbol that the best is yet to come which is the reason behind the race’s unique name.
The proceeds from this event, which is open to all runners or walkers ages six years and older, will be used to benefit The Brandi Thomas Memorial Scholarship Fund. Prizes will be awarded in various age groups in both female and male categories. Additionally, plaques will be awarded to the top three male and female runners.
The fee for participation is $20. The first 150 entrants shall receive a T-shirt. Checks should be made payable to: Brandi Thomas Memorial Scholarship Fund. Participants under the age of 18 must have their parent and/or guardian signature to run or walk. For more information, call Mike Kennedy at home (740) 992-7552, cell (740) 357-2723 or work (740) 992-2158.
The 2016 scholarship recipients were Colton Lilly and Sadie Fox.