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Attendees at the first iteration of the Jillian Young 5k, held in 2013. That year, The Journal reported the event had raised $4440, and had over 200 people in attendance. 

For the first year since it began, the 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Jillian Young Foundation will be moving from Elsberry to Troy, with the hopes that the change in location will bring larger crowds to support the foundation’s goals. 

Jillian Young, an Elsberry girl, was killed in a car accident at the age of 17 in 2013. 

“Ever since then I’ve hosted this 5K, it goes towards the Jillian Young Foundation which then leads to an Elsberry High School Senior receiving a scholarship,” said race organizer Amy Oxley. 

Last year, Kara Lovelace and Nicholas Stone received scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each through the foundation; Oxley said the run is only one of the annual events the foundation does to raise funds, others include a trap shoot and golf tourney. 

“It’s [the 5K] always been held in Elsberry, this year we decided to move it to Troy, just to kind of get a little bit more people involved, and we’re hoping to get it as big as it was the very first year that we had it,” Oxley said. 

The whole point of the 5K is to keep Jillian’s name alive for her family, Oxley added.

Since the initial run, attendance has slowly declined, but Oxley said the hope is a new localization will engage more runners from around the area.

“We have 20 people signed up, which is pretty good two months out,” Oxley said. 

The run will be doing a raffle for a $50 Hibbett sports gift card for the first 25 people who register, and there will be another drawing after that. Every participant receives a t-shirt as well.  The run is on May 2, starting at 8 a.m.

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