Final plans are quickly coming together for the third annual Jacob Pettitt Memorial 5K. Organized by Jacob Pettitt’s parents, Chrystal and Jason Pettitt, along with friends and supporters, the walk/run will take place on Nov. 5 at Fairview United Methodist Church.
The event serves as the only fundraiser for the Jacob Daniel Pettitt Memorial Scholarship Fund, which each year provides a scholarship for a graduating East Surry High School student.
The scholarship honors the memory of Jacob Pettitt, who died at the age of 15 after an automobile accident on Sept. 3, 2013. An East Surry sophomore, Pettitt had remained in a coma for 19 days as fellow students, friends and community residents prayed and reached out in support of the Pettitt family. He died on Sept, 22.
The event will take place one day before what would have been Pettitt’s 19th birthday. Allison Dotson, who was Jacob’s youth director at Fairview United Methodist Church, will serve as event director.
Day-of-race registration will begin at 7 a.m. with the 5K scheduled to start at 8:30. Cost will be $30 per adult participant or $20 for ages 18 and under.
Early Bird registration is underway and will continue through Oct. 25 at a discounted adult price of $25. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Pettitt scholarship fund.
The scholarship will be awarded based upon an application process which will include an essay to be written on one of several available topics. Topics will reflect Jacob Pettitt’s interests, involvements and aspirations. Entrants will be judged anonymously, with the selection to be made by Pettitt’s parents.
Based upon Jacob Pettitt’s well-rounded diversity of interests and proficiency in academics, the scholarship bearing his name will consider GPA as well as a desire to seek further education in medicine, biology or the sciences. Another consideration will be a reflection of Jacob’s active involvement in his church.
“We’ll be looking at academics,” Chrystal Pettitt noted, “but we’ll also lean heavily on the essays that are written.”
To honor Pettitt’s memory during the year in which he would have graduated, the Jacob Daniel Pettitt Memorial Scholarship Fund began the annual presentation earlier this year by awarding a pair of scholarships for the Class of 2016. Initial recipients were Blake Marion and Devin Fogleman. Plans are for one scholarship to be awarded each year.
“At last year’s 5K,” Dotson said, ”we were able to raise $4,000. We’d love to exceed that amount this year.”
Additional information and early registration instructions can be found by visiting www.itsyourrace.com and using the key word, Jacob.
Fairview United Methodist Church is located at 3692 Quaker Church Road, in the Shoals community of Pinnacle.
“It continues to warm our hearts to see how people respond to this chance to remember Jacob,” Chrystal Pettitt said. “He would have liked nothing better than for a bunch of friends to come together for a run on his birthday.”