WILLIAMSTOWN - It has become one of the more popular road races in the area. However, it may very well be the final a time runners and walkers can compete in the Ryan Jobes 5K Memorial Run when the race begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18.
A standout athlete for the Yellowjackets, Jobes was attending the University of Richmond, competing in both cross country and track and field, when he was tragically killed in an automobile accident while returning home for the Christmas holidays in 2005.
"Ryan was just a very special individual," head boys' track coach Doak Markley said. "He gave so much of himself to his school and this community that it is just nice to be able to spend some time with those people who thought so much of him."
The race is a 5K flat, paved course, starting at the high school and looping around the town before finishing at the school's track. Registration is a donation of your choice. Checks should be made payable to the "Ryan Jobes Scholarship Fund".
Prizes will be awarded to the first overall male and female finishers in addition to the first finisher in each of the following age groups: 12 & Under, 13-17, 18-24, 25-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 & Over. Special prizes will also be awarded in some unique categories.
Individuals interested in competing can contact race director Jimmy Galloway at firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries will be taken in the school's old gymnasium until race 30 minutes before the beginning of the race.
"It has become such an event, it would be terrible for it to come to an end," said Markley. "Hopefully, a group will step up and take over the race."
The event has become a kind of reunion for alumni of the school as well as for area runners and walkers looking to get a race in during the winter months.
"As this may be the last year for the event, please come out and join us during this season of love and giving by either running or walking in memory of Ryan," said Brenda Jobes.