The second annual Run For Rhys 5K will take on a slightly different profile this year with the inclusion of a 1 mile fun run. Scheduled for Sunday 26 August, the race has been organised to celebrate the life of the Liverpool youngster, whose life was tragically cut short at just 11 years old.
In 2007, Rhys was walking home after football training in Croxteth and was shot after being caught in the cross-fire between two rival gangs. Last year’s Run For Rhys event was staged just a matter of days after the 10th anniversary of his tragic death.
The event, which has been co-ordinated with the support of race organiser BTR Liverpool, will be both a celebration of his life and a fundraiser for the Rhys Jones Community Centre CIC in Croxteth. The centre, opened in August 2013, aims to raise aspirations, give hope and strengthen community unity in Croxteth.
For 2018, organisers are keen to expand the event and encourage its family feel. Following the 1 Mile and 5K fun runs, the event will continue into the afternoon with stalls, entertainment and fun activities for all the family including arts and crafts, and sports demonstrations.
Karen Harper, a director of the Rhys Jones Community Centre, commented: “We are delighted to officially announce the second annual Run For Rhys 5K and 1 Mile fun runs. Last year’s incredible turn-out of 700 people to celebrate Rhys’ life and remember him through something fun and sporty was extremely touching for everyone involved, including Rhys’ parents Mel and Steve.
“This year, we’re extending the event into the afternoon with lots of fun activities planned. The Rhys Jones Community Centre is a vital and much-needed hub in the Croxteth community – so please come and join us for what promises to be a special legacy event in Rhys’ memory.”
Registration is available here.