LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nearly 2,000 runners and walkers are expected to turn out for the 4th Annual 5K Run/Walk In Honor of Conor event on Sunday, October 26 in Sherman Oaks, California. The fundraiser benefits the Conor Lynch Foundation, a non-profit organization which supports new and existing organizations and seeks to raise awareness and promote the safety of pedestrians, runners, cyclists and young drivers.
Looking to surpass last year’s incredible turnout of more than 1,000 participants, the race will cap off the Annual National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW), occurring from October 19-25, 2014.
“Our 4th Annual 5K Run/Walk In Honor of Conor is just 6 days away, and we are already approaching our goal of 1,500 participants this year,” said Conor Lynch Foundation President Jeri Dye Lynch, who lost her son during NTDSW in 2010. “We’re thrilled with the outstanding support we’ve received in raising awareness of the dangers of distracted driving.”
Conor Lynch was killed in a hit and run on October 19, 2010 in Sherman Oaks when a distracted and unlicensed teen driver failed to yield to the 16-year-old when he was crossing Woodman Avenue with his high school cross country team.
Pedestrian and cyclist fatalities are increasing nationwide, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and Los Angeles and New York City have the highest rates of those deaths. Across the country, 11 teens die every day as a result of distracted driving including texting, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Fatality Facts.
“We are happy to participate and support the important efforts of the Conor Lynch Foundation in raising awareness and safety for youth and drivers,” said LAPD Captain Ivan Minsal who will be at the event. “The annual event is a fun activity for the local community and we look forward to a fantastic turnout.”
This year’s race features David and Leigh Koechner as Super-Grand Marshalls of the event, known for their roles as comedy actor and parenting guru, respectively. David Koechner starred in Anchorman and The Office, while Leigh is a Huffington Post columnist. They have five children and are active proponents of family causes including road safety. Singer Ben Vereen will perform the National Anthem and Frank Buckley of KTLA Morning News is the event host. The Safety Fair will take place on race day this year, with activities for the whole family, including face painting, games, and a raffle with prizes ranging from bicycles to gift cards from local shops and restaurants.
Register to walk or run in Honor of Conor by Friday, October 24th by visiting Active.com to register as an individual or group. Same day, in-person registration is also available, at a higher rate, from 7 to 7:30 a.m. at Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks Park, 14230 Magnolia Blvd., Sherman Oaks, Calif. The Run/Walk begins at 8:30 a.m. and the Kids Run begins at 9:30 a.m.
About The Conor Lynch Foundation
The Conor Lynch Foundation supports new and existing programs that raise awareness and promote safety for pedestrians, runners, cyclists and young drivers. Conor Lynch was killed instantly by a distracted teen driver in 2010 during National Teen Safe Driving Week. His mother Jeri Dye Lynch, President of The Conor Lynch Foundation, is also President of Pinecrest Schools, a six campus private school in the greater Los Angeles area. For more information about the Conor Lynch Foundation please visit www.inhonorofconor.org.
Follow the Conor Lynch Foundation on Twitter at @inhonorofconor and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/InHonorOfConor.