A fundraiser for the family of Ace Garate will take place this weekend.
The Ace It Up 5K will be held at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Emporia High School.
Ace, 13, died from injuries he sustained in a car accident just outside Branson, Missouri, on May 15.
Co-Organizer Krista Russell said the idea for a 5K came because of Ace’s love for helping others.
“Ace was always one to do fundraising,” Russell said. “He was big into it. It didn’t matter what the organization was, who it was for; he was always the most up front with it.”
The event is also part of the Emporia Recreation Center’s 2019 Super Series of Races.
Russell said Ace was an avid rollerblader, who was often seen around town on his blades. Participants will be able to walk, run or rollerblade around the course, Russell said.
“We wanted something that we could incorporate into that and it just seemed like an appropriate idea,” she said.
The cost to participate is a suggested $25 donation. This year, all of the funds will be given to Ace’s parents, Carlos and Amy Garate.
“They are looking into options for what they want to do with the funds to help additional organizations,” Russell said. “Future fundraisers, we’ve talked about different sporting scholarships and things like that, but right now the fundraising will be going to the Garate family to do with what they need at this moment.”
Russell said she has known the Garate family for a long time. She remembers Ace as a happy kid who was always smiling. That is what makes this such an important cause for her.
“We joined Emporia Kids Wrestling Club the same time that they did, so we’ve known them for about 15 years,” she said. “We’ve been affiliated with them for many, many years and have watched Ace from the time he was a little, tiny baby grow up to be the young man that he was. We really felt like we wanted to do something. This just seemed like the something that there was to do.”
Registration and check-in will be open from 6 - 7 a.m., with the race set to start at 7:30 a.m.
Those who registered prior to June 16 will be able to pick up their T-shirts on Saturday. Russell said there are some extra shirts available that those who register that morning will receive.
“There will be T-shirts available for sale as well,” she said.
For more questions about the event, call Russell at 620-757-6763 or Amy Delgado at 620-340-7357 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.