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JOHN DAY – Four years strong, the annual Brothers Run, a 5K walk and run, is set for 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, at Seventh Street Complex.
The John Day event celebrates two brothers: AJ Dickens, a 12-year-old Mt. Vernon resident, and the late Taner Scott Gilliam, who died in 2010 at age 17.
Proceeds from the event are split between the Muscular Dystrophy Association in honor of AJ and the Taner Gilliam Scholarship for Grant County seniors.
The brothers are sons of Art and Janice Dickens.
Sisters of the two brothers are Megan Workman and Erika Dickens, AJ’s twin sister.
“We’re really excited,” said Workman who spearheads the event. “Our goal this year is to donate $2,000 to MDA and $2,000 to the scholarship program.”
Last year’s event raised $1,500 for MDA and $1,500 for the scholarships.
Scholarship recipients this year were Grant Union graduates Caleb Batease and Samantha Snyder, and Prairie City graduate Karissa Richardson.
Each year a committee selects three scholarship winners, one girl, one boy and another girl or boy.
Students can learn more about the scholarships through their school guidance counselor or principal.
Registration forms for the 5K are available at Java Jungle in John Day and Prairie City.
Cost is $35 with T-shirt included; $30 for Grant County students (includes T-shirt); 12 and under are free or $20 with T-shirt. Sweatshirts may be purchased separately for $30.
The 5K starts by Malone baseball field with one loop around the Jimmy Allen Memorial Trail, a loop around the Prospector Trail and back to Seventh Street, ending at the softball field. Participants are also welcome to ride bikes in the event. (Note there is compacted gravel on the Prospector Trail.)
Workman said more volunteers are needed, and she may be contacted at 541-620-1822.
“Come out an help us reach our goal,” she said.