The annual Run for Grace and Andy, honoring Hiram College students Grace Chamberlain and Andy Hopkins, will take place Saturday, October 6, 2012. Registration for the 5K run or one-mile walk starts at 8:30 a.m., with the start of the race stepping off at 10 a.m.
Participants should gather at the intersection of State Routes 700 and 82/305. Race begins at Martin Commons and ends under the arch on Martin Commons.
Grace and Andy were first-year Hiram students killed in a March 2006 accident when their car was struck by the vehicle of a drunken driver who had eleven previous DUI convictions. Evan DaSilva was seriously injured but has recovered and has graduated from Hiram College.
Proceeds from the run and walk each year benefit the College’s Grace Chamberlain and Andy Hopkins scholarship funds. The cost to register is $10 for students, $15 for early online registration, and $20 the day of the race.
In the years since Grace Chamberlain and Andy Hopkins died, their memories continue to live on.
The Grace Chamberlain Prize in Creative Writing and the Andrew Hopkins Prize for Outstanding Instrumentalist scholarships were established in their names and are regularly awarded to Hiram College students.
Grace and Andy’s deaths were also the catalyst for Senate Bill 17, which passed in 2008. The law requires repeat drunk driving offenders to submit to a breath-alcohol test if they are suspected of driving while drunk. Until this law passed, they could refuse the test when pulled over.