Annual ‘Be Kind 5K’ To Be Held Saturday In Falconer

A chair and ottoman donated by Fancher Chair that participants will be able to win during Saturday’s annual Be Kind 5K race in memory of Rosemary Billquist. Submitted photo

FALCONER — Family, friends and co-workers of Rosemary Billquist will run, walk and celebrate in memory of “Rosie” on Saturday at Falconer Fire Hall, 115 David St., Falconer, to create a lasting memory of her work at UPMC Chautauqua.

Jamie Billquist, her husband, created a scholarship at WCA Foundation to help her co-workers who are studying medical record and transcription training to honor the work she did at the hospital.

Sign-up for the race is available on-line at RunSignUp.com where the Be Kind 5K race Saturday is listed or by calling Megan Barone to register, 664-8423. The race starts and ends at Falconer Fire Hall and pre-registration is available the night before where people can pick up race packets and sign up from 5-6 p.m. The basket raffle will be set up, so people can participate in that as well.

Saturday registration is from 7-8:30 a.m. The race starts with the timed 5K run beginning at 9 a.m. Walkers follow at 9:15 a.m.

Events during the morning include, Crown Street Roasting Company coffee, Alex’s lemonade stand, bake sale, basket auction, and Devan Payne’s DJ will be providing the music.

The pre-registration fee of $25, includes participation in the race, a T-shirt commemorating the event, and to the first 250 people that sign up, a Be Kind 5K swag bag. Registration day of is $30 and isn’t guaranteed a t-shirt. This event is pet friendly and pets may be registered for $5. Owner must identify name of dog, its breed, pet’s Veterinarian, municipality license and proof and date of their pet’s rabies vaccination. Online registration concludes on June 20 at 11:59 p.m.

The name of the race comes from the quote Rosie painted on a bench she created for patients to use outside UPMC Chautauqua where she worked. It reads: “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.” Rosie was a joyful, kind-hearted individual who loved to run, take care of her dogs and to help others.

Individuals or corporations wishing to become sponsors for the race may contact Barone at Baronema3@upmc.edu.