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Inaugural 5K held to benefit memorial scholarship

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A cold and snowy Saturday morning did not stop several people from participating in the inaugural Barry Weyer Jr. Memorial 5K in Brookland.

The event was organized by Barry and Mechelle Weyer in memory of their son, who was killed in a car crash in 2014.

The money raised from the race will be put toward a scholarship endowment at Arkansas State University.

That is where Barry went to college. He was the football team’s equipment manager.

It will be an academic scholarship that is available to equipment managers of any sport, who Barry’s parents say don’t always get financial support.  

“He was lucky enough to get a scholarship and he knew what kind of work was involved to keep that scholarship,” Barry Weyer, Sr. said. “He couldn't mess up, he had to follow all the team rules along with keeping his grades up and traveling with the team and making meetings and everything. He knew what kind of hard work was involved in keeping that scholarship and that's what we want to instill in other people is that work ethic that he had.”

The family has five years to raise $25,000 to establish the endowment.

Barry, Jr. was an exercise science and physical education major and loved to run, so his parents said this fundraiser represents him well.

“We love doing the pork steaks, Boston butts and stuff like that but we also want to do something that's going to keep what he stood for, which is physical fitness,” Barry Sr. said. “We want to keep that alive as well.”

They plan to make this race an annual event along with other fundraisers, including an upcoming pistol shoot. 

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