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Running For Rosie: Annual 5K Walk/Run Set To Return Next Weekend

Items purchased with money raised by events like Rosie’s Run, which will be held June 9, are pictured at a past giveaway. Submitted photo

SHERMAN — The annual Rosie’s Run 5K .Walk/Run is set to return this year at the beginning of June

Event organizer Jamie Billquist began Rosie’s Run as a way to honor his wife, Rosie who was killed by a hunter a few years ago while walking near their home. He said that he began the event and others that he has done since to honor his wife in order to raise money for those in need.

“It’s what she always wanted to do so I started this foundation to raise money to help families in need,” Billquist said.

This year’s run/walk is set for June 9. The run begins at the Sherman Fire Hall, Stanley Hose Company, 122 Park St., starting at 9 a.m. The cost is $20 without a shirt and $35 with a shirt. To sign up, visit Runsignup.com and search for Rosie’s Run.

Billquist said the event is important to him to continue to honor Rosie with this tradition.

“It’s a good chance for everybody to come together in memory of her,” Billquist said. “We keep the money locally to help families in the area like we have in the past.”

At the run prizes will also be awarded. Rosie medals will be awarded to the first 150 across the line and there will be awards for the first, second and third women walker, first, second and third women runner, first, second and third men walker and first, second and third men runner.

“Come out and have a fun day running and walking the trails like she used to,” Billquist said.

Another upcoming event Billquist does to honor Rosie is a golf tournament, as Rosie also liked to golf. The golf tournament is set for Aug 25 at Maplehurst Country Club. Money raised from this event will also go towards families in need.

Billquist invited everyone to come out to the events and donate, adding that they are always looking for volunteers to help out.

“Come and enjoy the day,” Billquist said. “Get out, see your friends, bring your pets and your kids if you want. Come get some exercise while raising money for a good cause.”

Billquist thanked everyone who has come to events in the past or who have helped volunteer in the past. He also thanked all of the sponsors over the last seven years.

“I’ve met some of the greatest people I’ve ever met through these events and I want to remember the people we’ve helped as well, though some have passed away,” Billquist said. “I appreciate the people who come out every year, because without them we would not be able to do anything.”

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