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Lovelock Event Raises Scholarship Money; Honors Teachers

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There's no shortage of fun ways to help great causes here in northern Nevada, like the Mustang Stampede 5K.

Lovelock residents are gearing up for the inaugural race, which is being put on by high school alumni.

"We have a lot of fun things in the park," Wendy Nelsen, Event Organizer said. "We have a lot of games that are centered around the youth. So, it will be a fun day, not just to race, but they can come with their entire family."

The race is a tribute to Mary Ryan and Luetta Thomas. The two Lovelock teachers passed away in the last year-and-a-half.

Thomas died unexpectedly in her home in March.

"We started calling her 'Ninja Lou' because she had eyes in the back of her head and she always knew what we were doing," Stephanie Knight said. "And the name just kind of stuck."

Ryan was killed when a driver under the influence of drugs ran her off the road, in December of 2011.

"Mary Ryan was the most kind-hearted, loving person I have ever met in my life," Knight said. "She was so cheerful. She just made everybody feel good."

"She's been through so many generations of people here that a lot of people will remember her and will be glad to come back and run the race," Carl Wagner said.

The race costs $35 per person or $25 for someone on a team.

Kids seven and under are free, and breakfast and a T-shirt will be provided for participants.

All the proceeds will go into a scholarship fund for two graduates of the class of 2013.

"It's everything," Wagner said. "It's what it should be. These days it's very important to get to college, so providing that support is awesome that we can do that as a community."

Organizers say the race is getting a lot of attention, statewide, and people as far away as Canada have signed up.

They say it brings new visitors into town, as well as some familiar faces.

"It's a great chance to see the seniors that just went to college and are coming back," Nelsen said. "It's just a great time for families to get together. So, everybody's really excited about it."

The event is on June 8 and they say they would like as many people as possible.

Of course, if you're not a runner, you can walk or simply donate.

Following the race, there will be a party in the park, complete with live music.

Written by Paul Nelson 
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