Those with a love of supporting community high school students, ready your running shoes.

The Karen Ebert Memorial Fun Run is Saturday Aug. 31 and has been a popular event for community members and visitors during the Paul Bunyan Days festivities.

This is the 12th year the fun run has taken place during Labor Day weekend and Paul Ebert, the organizer and husband of the late Karen Ebert, puts the event together each year to help raise funds for scholarships for community high school students and to honor his late wife.

“Karen spent most of her short adult life working with young woman helping them to become better people and helping them earn scholarship money,” Mr. Ebert said. “That’s what she did, that was her focus and we wanted to continue that legacy.”

The fun run raises money for scholarships that are awarded at the St. Maries Distinguished Young Women program, the memorial fund also generates scholarships for local first generation college students.

Mr. Ebert says about 100 to 150 participants register every year and the event alone generates $1000 to $1500 toward the scholarship fund.

The scholarship fund was established in August 2007 after the passing of Mrs. Ebert as a way to honor her name and memory. Mrs. Ebert spent 20 years committed to the young woman participating in the St. Maries Junior Miss program and to helping those with financial need reach their education goals.

Since 2008 the memorial fund has raised a total of $28,550 in scholarship funds.

Those who pre registered will only have had to pay $20 to enter the race, and the day of registration cost will be $25. Those who pre registered for the event will receive a race day t-shirt on race day.

Attendees that sign up on the day of the race will still receive a t-shirt, but it will be mailed to their address a few days after the race. Mr. Ebert said the day of registration fee, which is the extra $5, pays for the cost of shipping on the t-shirts.

The Karen Ebert Memorial Fun Run takes place this Saturday at 9 a.m with registration starting at 8 a.m at the High School gymnasium parking lot.

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