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Race attempting to make most of life without Myers

April 08, 2011|By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com
  • Ryan Myers
Ryan Myers

HAGERSTOWN — “Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond to what happens,” Scott Myers said.

A life lost was what happened to Myers on April 9, 2009, when his younger brother, Ryan Myers, was killed in a motorcycle accident. Ryan was 23.

“A young person’s death is always a tragedy for any family to experience,” said Myers, 36, of Clear Spring. “But it was very important that we could take a very negative thing and bring something very positive from it.”

The second annual Race for Ryan 6K cross country race and 2K fun run will be held April 23 at Grace Academy, where Ryan graduated in 2004 and later helped coach junior high boys soccer.

Proceeds from the event will be used by the Community Foundation of Washington County to fund the Ryan Myers Memorial Scholarship, which will be awarded annually to a graduating senior from a Washington County public or private school or an accredited home-school program to help further his or her education.

“We wanted to do something that would be long-lasting,” Scott Myers said. “We said, ‘Hey, let’s do a scholarship and make it a community event. ... Let’s make it Race for Ryan — it flows and it sounds good.’ And last year we pulled it off.”

Last year’s event had more than 200 participants.

“We just want to build it little by little,” said Myers, who is the area director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which organizes the race.

He said the scholarship is “worth $1,000 per year, up to four years, if they continue their education.”

Last year’s scholarship recipient was Dulaney Williams, a 2010 South Hagerstown graduate who’s now a freshman at Shepherd University. He was chosen from 33 applicants.

“The (Community Foundation of Washington County) said they had more applicants for this scholarship than any other in their foundation last year,” Myers said. “It was a lot to read through, I know that.

“One thing that makes this scholarship unique is that we base a lot of it on character — community service, church involvement, that they’re giving back. We want to see kids who are leaders who are giving back. We don’t just want to see straight A’s, but that you’re making a difference.”

Race-day registration begins at 7 a.m. on April 23 at Grace. The 2K (1.24-mile) fun run starts at 8:30 and the 6K (3.73-mile) race starts at 9.

For more information about the event, contact Myers at 301-331-9174 or smyers@fca.org or visit www.westernmdfca.org.

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