KINGMAN - Two national ultra-marathoners will be joining local runners this weekend for three races in the city.
Rosalynn Frederick and Jake Brown will be visiting Kingman as part of The USA Run for Youth Travel, which is taking them 3,200 miles from California to Connecticut.
The runners are raising money and awareness for The Youth Travel Fund, a nonprofit formed by Frederick in 2012 to make service-oriented overseas travel accessible to students who ordinarily wouldn't be able to afford it.
Frederick was a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, Africa, for two years and traveled to Europe as a high school student.
In 2011, Frederick was a high school Spanish teacher in upstate New York and wanted to take her class to Costa Rica.
She spent three months planning until, after more than half the students dropped out because of inadequate funding, she realized the trip would have to be scuttled.
Frederick said student travel may seem like a luxury, but it broadens young people's horizons and perspectives.
"The run will help me reach people I would never be able to reach through a traditional, local fundraising campaign," said Frederick. "That means raising more money, networking on a larger scale and opening up more opportunities.
"On another level, though, I want to do this run to show my students, and youth across the country, that anything is possible if you believe in it and work at it."
Brown, who runs barefoot, will participate in the Krazy 8 8K race for children and adults on Saturday. The children's one-mile race begins at 9 a.m. at Kids Little Smiles, 2202 Hualapai Mountain Rd. Registration is $15 per child, and there is a discount for more than one runner in a family.
The adult race, which encompasses almost five miles, begins at 9:45 a.m. at Kids Little Smiles and costs $30 for each participant. All money raised will provide scholarships for children who can't afford dental care. Registration for both races will take place at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Kids Little Smiles, where packets and T-shirts will be available for runners.
After the two races, Frederick will speak about Run for Youth Travel and her goals for the organization, and Brown will discuss barefoot running and training for ultra-marathons. Also, a free health expo will take place in the lobby of Mohave State Bank, 2202 Hualapai Mountain Road, that features about 15 vendors offering health-related information and products.
On Sunday, Frederick will join participants on a free 10-mile run that merges two local race courses, "Race to Remember" and "KRMC Race for Hospice." The "Race to Remember" course begins at 9 a.m. at The Lingenfelter Center, 1099 Sunrise Ave., and proceeds for four miles.
The "KRMC Race for Hospice" starts at 10 a.m. in the Walgreens parking lot at the corner of Stockton Hill Road and Andy Devine Ave., which is the halfway point of the 10-mile race. It will end at the Powerhouse Visitors Center. From there, participants will walk to Kingman Shift Training Center, 208 N. Fifth St., where they will enjoy a free potluck lunch at 11:30 a.m. and a raffle for various items. The public is invited to bring a dish to the potluck and eat with the runners.
"These two runners are traveling through town and want to share their journey with us," said race coordinator Anna Shuffler. "We hope the community comes out and shows that Kingman cares. I'm excited about their visit, because their stories are very inspiring."
Shuffler said local runners Hannah Herbine, Shirley Bowers and Chris Brady will be interviewed by USA Run for Youth Travel and featured on its blog. For more information, call Shuffler at (928) 279-2386.
Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2013
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Great time! Every kid had a huge smile as they started running...and even bigger when they finished. Even most of the bikers doing the run up to the Hualapai were looking and smiling. Both Rosalynn and Jake were the nicest people you could ever meet. How Jake does what he does (barefoot!) is just amazing. Well organized and managed, thank you Anna Shuffler and all the volunteers and supporters. Thanks to Kids Little Smiles and Mohave State Bank for the use of their facilities and all the hard work involved. Have to shout out to the young man (8 yrs old I think?) who ran the 8K and finished as strong as he started. Look for him to be a star when he hits high school.
Everyone who missed it needs to support this event next year.