The family of former Wesleyan Christian Academy teacher and alum, Lee Rickman, and the Piedmont Race Series are once again teaming up to create a fun-filled day for families, friends and runners on Saturday, November 10, at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market. With a 5K Road Race planned for serious runners, a 5K Relay for teams of four and a Kids Dash, there is truly something for everyone and all abilities of runners at this year’s Run.
Lee’s Legacy Run was birthed after the tragic death of Lee Rickman who was chaperoning a Wesleyan mission trip in Jamaica when a large limb fell on Lee, killing him instantly. In his memory and in his spirit, the focus of the event has always been about what Lee’s life so valiantly demonstrated: doing big things for the Cross.
“Lee’s entire life was about giving to others and lifting others up while glorifying the God he loved so much,” shared Tim Rickman who is Lee’s father and Wesleyan’s High School Principal. In that same vein, the proceeds from this year’s race will help fund a needs-based scholarship for a Wesleyan Christian Academy student and establish a scholarship fund at Lee’s collegiate alma mater, Bryan College, in Tenn.
When asked about his desire for the year’s event, Rickman responded, “I hope that we honor Lee’s memory but even more than that, I hope that each person who attends this race is reminded always that it’s not what Lee did for all of us, but what God did for Lee that makes this a special day for everyone.”
This year, the Piedmont Triad Farmer’s Market in Colfax will be the host site for the event. “This location provides us greater flexibility for the entire event. We will be able to offer more parking, an asphalt surface and more to do for kids and families who attend,” explained Tim Rickman.
“For example, the 5K Relay is a great addition this year,” shared Rickman, “This race will be run on the inside of the property of the Farmer’s Market so that families, friends, classmates, teammates—you name it—can come out, create a 4-person team, have each person run .8 mile and have a great Saturday morning together. Families will not want to miss this!”
"We are truly blessed to have the Lenny Peters Foundation and Bethany Medical Center returning as our presenting sponsors this year," stated Rickman. “We look forward to working with them to expand the race and involve even more runners and families throughout the Piedmont Triad community this year and in the years ahead.”
To register, runners can visit LeesLegacyRun.itsyourrace.com. Online registration will close November 6 and race packets may be picked up at Dicks Sporting Goods on November 8 and 9. Registration will also be open on race day, so mark your calendars and plan to join us to remember Lee, glorify our Lord and raise monies for this important cause.