Kayla O’Mara Memorial Race set for Aug. 7

ATLAS TWP. — Registration is now open for the 16th annual Kayla O’Mara Memorial 5K and children’s half-mile fun run.

The race, which will begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, raises money for the Kayla O’Mara Memorial Scholarship.

“Thankfully, we’ve been gifted with some incredible sponsors who help us raise about $3,000 a year after all of the expenses are covered,” said Erin O’Mara, Kayla’s sister.

The funds pay for two or three scholarships, in varying amounts, annually, she said.

The route will be the same as always, starting in front of Goodrich High School and continuing east on Hegel Road to Clarence Street, then south to Huron Street, west to Ridge Road “where you get a nice little climb,” then back to Hegel Road and the high school track, Erin O’Mara said.

The route is the same that Kayla O’Mara ran to train for track and cross country.

This year, there will be a virtual option for runners who do not feel comfortable participating in a group. The virtual option is open from Aug. 7 to 31. Runners need not post their times, only say that they completed the course.

About 400 runners and walkers are expected to participate.

The cost is $25 for the 5K or $5 for the children’s fun run, which begins at 8:30 a.m. The adult price includes a T-shirt.

“It’s a fast and fun course,” Erin O’Mara said. “We’ve had everything from young people running to break 15 minutes and people running to break an hour. There’s something for everyone. And we have a really nice custom memorial medal that all finishers will receive.”

Participants may register at kaylarun.com.

The race takes place the same day as the Good Times in Goodrich festival.

“It’s a really fun day in Goodrich,” Erin O’Mara said.

Kayla O’Mara was an all-state track and cross country runner at Goodrich High School. On Jan. 24, 2006, she and her twin sister, Kaitlyn, were passengers in a vehicle driven by a 17-year-old friend when the vehicle went out of control and spun into the path of an oncoming pickup truck. The crash occurred on Baldwin Road between Vassar and Saginaw roads in Grand Blanc Township.