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  • Erick's Run re-set for Jan. 12

  • Normally January is not the best time of the year for an outdoor foot race, but Erick’s Run is an exception.
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  • Normally January is not the best time of the year for an outdoor foot race, but Erick’s Run is an exception.
    For the past 22 years in Carthage, on the first Sunday of every January, athletes have assembled for a 5K run, as well as a fun walk. Due to predicted inclement weather, the event has been postponed to Sunday, Jan. 12.
    It is all in memory of Erick Grove, a 1990 graduate of Carthage High School who died in a work-related accident a year after his graduation.
    As in the past, this year’s proceeds from the event, which gets under way at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Fair Acres Family YMCA, will go toward CHS scholarships.
    The registration fee of $20 may be arranged and more details obtained by contacting Andy Youngworth through email at youngworth.a@carthage.k12.mo.us.
    The one-year scholarships are designated for CHS track and field athletes and cross country runners who exemplify Grove’s spirit and desire as they compete at the college level.
    Last year’s recipients, who are all freshmen in college this year, are Oscar Sarceno, who is attending Garden City Community College; Hannah Anderson, Culver-Stockton; and Hunter Blount, Pittsburg State.
    The age divisions for participation in the run are: 14 and under, 15 to 18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and up.
    Trophies are awarded to the top three finishers in each of the 5K divisions.
    Grove holds the mile record for CHS and was an all-state representative in cross country and track and field.
    He also played basketball for the Tigers.
    Grove’s parents, Rick and Donna, held the first race and kept it up for 10 years. Youngworth, Carthage cross country and track and field coach, has helped to keep it going since then.
    Youngworth estimates that the event drew 50 to 60 participants last year and put the highest number ever at 80 to 90.
    The weather is always a factor, he added, and may be this year with snow expected on Sunday.
    “If it is just snowing a little, we will run,” Youngworth said. “We have had brutal conditions in the past and one year even postponed it a week. Safety is our first priority.”
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