Students at The High School of St. Thomas More have organized a 5K race to remember Morgan Buerkett and to raise money for a scholarship in her name.
The Morgan Buerkett Memorial 5K is at 9 a.m. Saturday at the high school. The school’s National Honor Society organized the race.
“We knew that we wanted to do something to help raise money for the Morgan Buerkett scholarship that was started after the accident,” said Nick Gallivan, a St. Thomas More senior and member of the National Honor Society. “We knew that Dana (Buerkett, Morgan’s mother) was an avid runner, so we decided a 5K was something we could do to bring everybody together and celebrate their lives.”
Morgan Buerkett was a 2010 graduate of St. Thomas More, and a volleyball player and member of the track team there. She was killed in a plane crash in July 2011, along with her parents, Dana and Jon Buerkett.
Gallivan said his brother was good friends with Morgan, and his parents were friends with the Buerketts as well.
“People seem excited about (the race). Hopefully we get a lot of turnout from the STM body,” Gallivan said. “I think everyone is really excited and really glad something is getting started. The Buerketts were pivotal in starting the school. This is the least that we can give back in their memory.”
The goal is to have between 100 and 200 runners for the race’s first year, and to raise $3,000, Gallivan said. The entry fee for the race is $25 and all the proceeds go to the scholarship.
Gallivan said members of the school’s cross country team helped put the course together for the race. Students asked athletic directors at area high schools to give information about the race to their students.
The race has on-site registration only, from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. Saturday at the St. Thomas More gym. In addition to the 5K run, there is a 1-mile walk.
Go to the school’s website, at www.hs-stm.org, for more information.