Proceeds from annual race to benefit Sandy Hook shooting victims' families

March 26, 2013

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Proceeds from the upcoming Jeremy Herbstritt Memorial 5K Run/Walk will be donated to the families of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. on April 16 on Curtin Road near the Intramural Building on the University Park campus of Penn State.

Cost for early adult registration is $15 by April 1 and $20 thereafter. Registration for children 10 and under is $8.

Participants may register online or by downloading a form and mailing it in.

The run/walk is named for Jeremy Herbstritt, a 1998 Bellefonte Area High School graduate who died during the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings.

Jennifer Herbstritt, Jeremy's sister, said, "When we learned of the elementary school shootings in Newtown, Conn., at the end of last year, so many of the memories and emotions we felt on April 16, 2007, and in the days and weeks thereafter, returned to our hearts. With Jeremy's race quickly approaching, we couldn't imagine not donating the money raised to the families affected by this unspeakable act of violence. It was the least we could do, a reciprocal gesture of compassion and empathy to a community facing a type of profound grief we are all too familiar with."

Herbstritt earned his undergraduate degrees in civil engineering, biochemistry and molecular biology from Penn State. He was a civil engineering graduate student at Virginia Tech.

To honor Herbstritt, who was an avid runner, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Nittany Valley Running Club established the walk/run event. Proceeds from the annual event went to the goal of building a community track facility in his memory at Bellefonte Area High School.

"When friends or family members were in need, Jeremy was the first to offer up his help, whether it was physical labor or good company or an open ear," Herbstritt said. "His character displayed selflessness and understanding. So donating the funds raised in this year's running of his memorial race only seems fitting."

Donations are also being accepted at

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Last Updated April 30, 2013