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Nick Clare Memorial Run is May 1

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It's time to put on your running shoes and hit the streets once again for the ninth annual Nick Clare Memorial Run this Saturday.

The past few years Hastings High School has organized the event. This year, it's back in the hands of Clare's family.

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The run is a fundraiser for high school scholarships, but it's also how Clare's family remembers him and celebrates his life.

"We wanted to memorialize him in a way that expressed his lifestyle," Clare's sister, Jenny Wilcox, said.

Clare was an avid runner and participated in cross country, skiing and track at the high school. He was killed in a car accident in Montana in November of 2001, when he was a senior at Montana State University in Bozeman.

Clare's family not only wanted to celebrate his life, but also support a good cause. Funds from the race are used to offer college scholarships to high school students through the Nick Clare Foundation. Recipients don't have to be going to a four-year college. Any college will do.

"That part doesn't matter to us," Wilcox said.

Scholarship recipients are selected largely by their level of financial need, but they're also looking for students who do moderately well academically, are involved in sports and volunteer in the community. Basically, the Nick Clare Foundation is looking for students who have "a lot of the characteristics he had," Wilcox said.

This year's recipient will be the 10th to receive a scholarship from the race.

"The sole purpose of the race is to try to help others, because I think that's what he wanted," Wilcox said.

The 2010 race has a new venue. All three races - the 2K walk and 5K and 10K runs - will begin and end at the Hastings YMCA.

Clare's family decided to make the change "to bring more of a community aspect to the race," Wilcox said. "And the YMCA really does represent community," she added.

There are new routes this year, which can be viewed online at www.nickclare.com. Runners can also register at that site. The cost is $28 for the 5K and 10K runs and free for the 2K, so people in hardship can still participate, Wilcox said.

Registration and packet pick-up begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, May 1. The 5K and 10K runs begin at 8:30 a.m., and the 2K walk begins at 8:45 a.m. Races will be held rain or shine.

Volunteers are still needed for race day. Wilcox said she's still looking for people to man water stations and serve as course marshals.

Anyone who would like to volunteer should e-mail Wilcox at nickclarerun@yahoo.com or call her at 763-732-3596.

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Katrina Styx
Katrina Styx has been a reporter for the Hastings Star Gazette since 2010. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in journalism from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. Prior to coming to Hastings, Katrina reported for weekly newspapers in Jordan, Minn., and River Falls, Wis.
(651) 319-4501
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