NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WPRI) — The Katie DeCubellis Memorial Foundation held its 16th Annual 5K Road Race Sunday, in memory of Katie DeCubellis.
DeCubellis was killed in 1999 when a drunk driver struck the car she was in. Her best friend’s mother was also killed.
“If Katie is looking down on us as we embark on this year’s KDMF road race, I am sure she would truly feel blessed and overwhelmed by the way her legacy continues in this way and by the love and support that she continue to receive after all these years,” states KDMF Executive Director John DeCubellis.
Thousands competed in Sunday’s race in Narragansett.
According to the foundation, race day serves as an “annual family day,” that “helps the Foundation spread its mission to promote awareness about the dangers of drinking and distracted driving.”
During this year’s race, the foundation welcomed a new sponsor — Sketchers — which donated items to the race. Sketchers also awarded the top overall three male and female winners with a pair of Sketchers Performance footwear.
The top male winner was 19-year-old Adam Thies of Cranston. Thies, a runner at the University of Rhode Island, finished the race at 17:19. The top female runner was 20-year-old Allie Hackett of Cranston, who crossed the finish line at 18:45.
“Katie always exhibited a passion for community service and helping others, and would be very grateful in knowing that this event brings the community together to further those pursuits,” said DeCubellis. “No doubt, Katie would be very honored and humbled by all the runners, walkers and their families who participate in the race year after year, rain or shine, as we combine our efforts to try to make a positive difference throughout our community.”
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