The 5K trail run at Wilson Christian Academy May 6 is about more than physical fitness. The inaugural event will honor the memory of a former student, the late Landen Bass, and help fund a scholarship in the 11-year-old’s name.
“We felt it would be a good way to honor Landen and the time he spent here,” said teacher Beverly Efird, whose nephew was a friend and sports buddy of Landen’s.
She said the 5K will help keep Landen’s memory alive and show people what a good kid he was.
Landen died last month, a few days after an ATV accident.
He went to school at Wilson Christian until this current school year, when he transferred to Rock Ridge Elementary School, just down the road from his home.
Efird said Landen always liked to help out at Wilson Christian and would arrive to school early to help teachers get ready for the day.
“He wanted to help,” she said. “He did it with a good heart and a sweet spirit.”
Brian Trull, administrator of athletics, said almost 70 people have registered so far, and he expects that number to rise as the event gets closer. Monday is the deadline to register for runners who want a T-shirt.
In planning the event, Trull talked to Landen’s parents, Brian and Kristie Bass, about ways to remember Landen and for his memory to influence the community as a whole.
“He loved life,” Trull said. “He loved Wilson Christian and the people around him.”
He said the school would like to honor that, and the scholarship provides the opportunity to help students in the future.
Trull said the scholarships will be given to elementary school boys and girls who are new or returning students. The school board will oversee the dispersal of funds, with input from the family.
Brian and Kristie Bass plan to run the 5K on May 6.
“I think it will be emotional for Brian and me, but we are going to do our best,” Kristie said.
They have taken an active role in the event, helping put out posters and securing sponsorships.
The Basses say it’s very special for them that the school wanted to create a scholarship in their son’s memory. And a run was a good choice because they ran as a family.
The 5K will take place on the cross country trail on campus at 1820 Airport Blvd. There will also be a 1-mile fun run. Walkers and runners are welcome
Registration cost for the fun run is $15. The 5K registration fee is $30. Medals will be given for the top three in each division.
Registration ends May 1.
Visit https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Wilson/LandenBassMemorial5KTrailRun to register.
Another fundraiser will be held on Thursday for the Landen Bass Scholarship Memorial Fund. This event is at Chick-fil-A from 5 to 8 p.m.
Kristie said she and her husband appreciate the outpouring of support from the community and schools since their son’s death.
They were also very pleased that Landen’s initials, LB, are on Wilson City Little League baseball uniforms this season in his memory. The initials are just above the number on the back of the jerseys.
Brian threw out the first pitch during opening ceremonies, and there was also a moment of silence in Landen’s honor. Landen played city league baseball as well as travel ball.