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Inaugural In Memory 5K Deemed a Success

Searcy (left) and Spears (right) pose with a banner during Saturday's inaugural In Memory 5K.
Photo courtesy of Alexandra Garnder.

ROCKINGHAM – Recognizing the life and memories of loved ones is sometimes difficult, but for two local women, it’s a healthy part of the healing process.

On Saturday, October 14, Debbie Spears and Sandy Searcy hosted the first “In Memory” 5K at Hitchcock Creek park. The 5K walk and run was created to allow people to participate in memory of loved ones, and the goal was to have at least 50 participants.

As Spears and Searcy were pulling the event together, they solicited the help of a race director from a company named Vac-n-Dash and spread the news of the event though Facebook, as well as word of mouth.

The “In Memory” 5K was deemed a success by Spears and Searcy. Approximately 60 to 65 walkers and runners, and another 20 people, came in support of the event and their families.

 “This was a vision I have had for many years, as my late husband was a runner,” Spears said.


Spears asked Searcy for help with planning the event, and her vision was one that finally came to life.

Spears wanted to also make note that both her and Searcy are, “humbled by a large number of friends and family who helped with registration, donations of food, a water station, and clean up.”

The proceeds from this event go to Spears and Searcy’s ministry Live4tHIM. Their hope is to give back to the community and help those who have lost love ones with financial support.

More information about this ministry will come in the next few weeks.

In regards to this event, Spears and Searcy could not be happier with the turn out and cannot wait to see the growth of the 5K in the next year.


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