The Dash -
The Dash 10k, 5k Run and 1 mile walk is an event to honor the memory of Chris Kiefer. It was founded by four close friends of Chris. Proposed to be an annual event, the Southmoreland National Honor Society planned and managed the race. All proceeds from the event benefit the Chris Kiefer Memorial Scholarship.
2013 Race: August 18, 2013
Join us on August 18, 2013 for the 2013 Dash Memorial 10K/5K/Fun Walk.
2012 Results now available: Click Here
The Story Behind “The Dash Memorial 5K Race and Fun Walk” and Its Shirt Design
After Christopher’s tragic death by car accident in November of 2006, his parents wanted some way of keeping his memory alive which related to some of the activities he loved. They began to work on putting together a 5K race—Chris had been a dedicated and talented cross country runner for his high school. He had also planned to run in college.
The National Honor Society (NHS) chapter at his high school was looking for an annual fundraising event to sponsor. Since the faculty advisor for the NHS was one of Chris’ favorite teachers, he requested permission for the NHS to “take over” organization of the race. The profits generated by registration fees and by community sponsorships are all donated to the Christopher Kiefer Memorial Scholarship Fund. Money from that fund is awarded to selected qualified students who graduate from Chris’ high school each year with plans to attend a four-year institution.
The first Dash race was held in June, 2007. Members from one neighboring school district’s NHS also participated in the planning and execution of the race. It was well-attended for a “premier” event—several of the high schools Chris’ team had run against brought portions of their teams in to run. Many of his classmates, and all of his family members also participated in the event.
The current shirt design (four student forearms/hands, each wearing a “LIVE YOUR DASH” wristband) was inspired by a photo which was taken by a high school newspaper staff member for the final issue of the 2006-2007 school year. The photo was the centerpiece for the front page of the “Senior Edition” section of the student-created newspaper (May 2007).
Christopher was a very popular student, and the tragedy of his death deeply affected his classmates, the rest of the high school, and the community. The students reached out to each other, and the solidarity shown by the “four arms” photo represents the positive feeling which has come from such a traumatic experience. Many of his friends, his family, and the community are now wearing those white wristbands: both as a tribute to Chris, and also as a reminder of how uncertain life can be.
Live Your Dash … and now Run/Walk The Dash ...
In Memory of Christopher Ray Kiefer
11/26/88 – 11/16/06