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Spotsylvania High to host Spencer Hockaday Foundation Fun Run on March 8

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Spencer Hockaday

Spencer Hockaday

Just a couple of days remain to register for the second annual Spencer Hockaday Foundation 5k Trail & 1 Mile Fun Run at Spotsylvania High School on Saturday, March 8.

Tracie Hockaday, founder of the foundation and Spencer’s mother, said the event is family friendly and accessible for those pushing strollers or in wheelchairs.

The event, which runs from noon to 3 p.m., will also feature beverages, food from Panera Bread, music and games for children.

The run has a 5K option and a one-mile option.

Spencer was a Spotsylvania High School senior when he died in March 2011 at the age of 17 as the result of a weather-related traffic accident. At Spotsylvania High, he was a mentor to incoming freshman, a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and captain of the baseball team. He also worked as a coach and umpire with Spotsylvania Parks & Recreation, where he grew up playing baseball.

“He was genuine and full of love – love for life and love for others. Whether he knew you or not, his smile and personality could engage you so deeply that the one meeting left a lasting impression,” Hockaday said. “It was inspiring to know a young man of 17 could love like that and leave such an impact on thousands of lives in the short time he was on this earth.”

Hockaday said she started the foundation and the event “as a way to honor his life and to give back to the community that meant so much to him, and that supported us in every way during our family’s darkest time.”

Funds raised by the Fun Run will benefit the Spotsylvania High School Knights baseball program. The foundation gives a scholarship each year to a player who is going to play baseball at the college level. Another goal this year is to help send kids from Spotsylvania to camp through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

As a result of last year’s race,the foundation gave two scholarships, bought new infield tarps for the Spotsylvania Knights baseball team and donated to other youth charities.

Register online for the event here.