Friends and supporters of Chelsea King will be gathering at Lake Hodges on March 20 to take back the park and finish King’s run.
"We are so appreciative of these efforts to honor Chelsea's love of running,” Chelsea’s parents, Brent and Kelly King said in a news release. “She would have admired your determined spirit and the community's collaboration to make a statement for change. We wish all of you a great run and a wonderful experience."
Chelsea was a member of the Poway High School cross-country team who was last seen alive when she went for a run after school on Feb. 25 around Lake Hodges. After an extensive search, her body was found in a shallow grave near a tributary about 15 feet from the lake's southern shore.
According to event organizers, the course is a three-mile route mapped out by Chelsea's high school cross country coach. The walk/run takes begins at 9 a.m with a short ceremony, followed by the race. The event is free.
Organizers note that parking is limited around Lake Hodges and participants are encouraged to park at North County Fair and utilize a free shuttle service the event will provide. It’s recommended that participants arrive early to allow time for the shuttles to take people over.
Organizers also ask that participants bring water and that those on a high school track team or running team wear their uniforms. Others are asked to wear blue, orange or anything else they are comfortable in.
The event is supported by Chelsea’s Light and is organized by San Diegans who have never met Chelsea, but now love and support her family.