LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On Sunday, October 23, 2016, more than 1,500 runners and walkers will join together to raise awareness for road safety at the 6th Annual 5K Run/Walk/Expo In Honor of Conor. The fundraiser benefits the Conor Lynch Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and promoting the safety of runners, pedestrians, cyclists and young drivers.
At the young age of 16 while training for cross country, Conor Lynch lost his life instantly when a distracted and unlicensed teen driver failed to yield as he was crossing Woodman Avenue in Sherman Oaks. To honor his life, the Conor Lynch Foundation was established to support diversified road safety programs and events that educate drivers and help prevent future tragedies.
The annual 5K Run/Walk/Expo In Honor of Conor is the Foundation’s signature event promoting the importance of road safety and driver awareness so that lives may be saved. This year, celebrity participants include:
- Claudia Wells, actress from Back to the Future fame;
- Michael Aston, musician from Gene Loves Jezebel;
- David and Leigh Koechner, actors, writers and producers;
- Frank Buckley, co-anchor of the KTLA Morning News;
- Cortes Alexander, who has toured with Liza Minnelli, will sing the National Anthem; and
- The KIIS-FM Street Team.
Register to walk or run in Honor of Conor at Active.com now. Same day registration is also available from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. at the Little League Fields at Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park, 14230 Magnolia Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423. A commemorative t-shirt is included with the entry fee of $45, and medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in all age divisions. Be sure to dress up for this year’s ’80s theme with your retro fitness gear like vintage Dolphin shorts, aerobic leotards, leg warmers and Sony Walkmans. Parking is free and the event will feature chip timing, live music, classic cars, sponsor booths, refreshments and goodie bags. The event will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. rain or shine.
This year’s race caps off the 10th Annual National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW), from October 16 – 22. NTDSW is conducted annually during October in the United States to advocate safe driving among teen drivers and their parents. Conor’s Angel Day of his passing is October 19, the day he was fatally struck by a distracted driver during 2010 NTDSW.
“Our sixth annual run and walk in Honor of Conor is just around the corner and we look forward to an action packed morning to underscore the critical importance of driver awareness and safety,” said Conor Lynch Foundation President Jeri Dye Lynch. “We are so grateful to our wonderful lineup of celebrity guests and all the participants who have already registered. Please join us in achieving our ultimate goal of Super Safe Streets in Los Angeles and all our cities nationwide.”
As part of NTDSW, Jeri Dye Lynch will speak at Notre Dame High School on October 20th where she will be joined by April Rai of the National Organization of Youth Safety and California Highway Patrol and on October 21 to students of St. Cyril of Jerusalem school, Encino.
Support the Conor Lynch Foundation through uBack
For those who cannot attend the 6th Annual 5K Run/Walk/Expo In Honor of Conor, it’s easy to make a donation to the Conor Lynch Foundation through uBack. Download uBack in the App Store and on Google Play. There’s no charge for the donor to use the App and it takes less than a minute to download and donate to CLF. With uBack, our organization makes it easy for donors to “Start the Spark” and make an impact for the safety of runners in our community within seconds. It only takes a couple of screen taps to support the Conor Lynch Foundation, but most importantly, stay connected (anytime, anywhere) to our organization and the work we do.
About The Conor Lynch Foundation
The Conor Lynch Foundation supports new and existing programs that raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving 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 Driver Safety Week. For more information about the Conor Lynch Foundation please visit www.inhonorofconor.org.