A good cause, a sunny day, a group of motivated participants and a truck bed full of food were the components of Saturday’s Liam Day event at Upjohn Park.
More than 70 people turned out for a 5K run food drive that will benefit the Salvation Army’s pantry. The run is part of a project coordinated by Sharon and Travis Canfield, in honor of their son Liam, who died after he was born too early due to premature labor.
Travis Canfield thanked the people who had assembled and donated food on Saturday prior to the 5K’s start. He noted that rather than dwell on the loss of their son eight years ago, “we decided to do programs to inspire the community” and honor Liam’s memory.
Following Liam’s death in April 2010, the Canfield clan have done numerous service projects around the day he died. Those included collecting donations for the Loma Linda Ronald McDonald House, making hygiene packets for the Women Center High Desert’s women’s shelter, a food drive for All Souls pantry and more.
Ridgecrest Cinemas and Pizza Factory donated the prizes for the two top boy and girl finishers in the 5K. Cupcakes of different varieties were available for runners afterwards.
Runners launched from the starting line at Upjohn Park, and wrapped around through the desert, along Sunland Street, Bowman Road and Upjohn Ave before ending the race.
Burroughs High School cross-country runner Josh Washburn finished first with a time of 17:52.
“I just heard about the run and our cross country team came out to support it,” Washburn said. “It was a really nice course.”