Victoria and I volunteered for the 2016 Finish Chelsea’s Run 5k.
If you don’t know the story behind Chelsea’s Light Foundation and the annual 5k:
Chelsea, a 17-year-old senior from Poway High School, disappeared on Feb. 25, 2010, after going for a run at Rancho Bernardo Community Park. Five days later, on March 2, her body was found in a shallow grave near Lake Hodges.
An investigation led to the arrest of 31-year-old convicted sex offender John Gardner. He eventually pleaded guilty on April 16, 2010, of killing and raping Chelsea and 14-year-old Escondido resident Amber Dubois.
In 2010, in the weeks following the passing of high school scholar and athlete Chelsea King, a handful of members of the San Diego running community were so affected by her loss that they asked some of their friends to meet one Saturday to finish the run Chelsea started on February 25 in Rancho Bernardo Community Park.
Championed by the King family and Chelsea’s Light Foundation, Chelsea’s Law was founded on the belief that violent sexual predators who go after children are a uniquely dangerous problem. Signed unanimously into law in September, 2010, the newly-enacted California legislation ensures that the state does everything it can to keep sex offenders who target children from engaging in even more atrocious crimes upon release, and that those who commit the worst violent sexual crimes against children are put away for life.
“It’s better to light a candle than curse the darkness.”
This is a beautiful event in celebration of her life, memory, and the accomplishments the family and community have made. Consider running, walking, or volunteering next year!
We got free cookies, Lara bars, and photobooth photos as well as the opportunity to purchase lovely sunflowers to benefit Chelsea’s Light Foundation’s Sunflower Scholarship Fund.