Kent State Hosts Fifth Annual WhiteHot 5K Race to Remember Late Alumna
By Luke Armour
Kent State University’s Department of Military Sciences will host the fifth annual WhiteHot 5K on Saturday, April 30, in honor of the late Kent State alumna Ashley White-Stumpf, `09.
The race, which begins at 8 a.m. at Terrace Hall, celebrates the life and commitment of Army 1st Lt. White-Stumpf, who graduated from Kent State and was commissioned as an army officer through Kent State’s Army ROTC in 2009. She was killed in action in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Oct. 22, 2011.
“For me, the race is about preserving Ashley's memory,” says Joe Padydock, Kent State’s ROTC training officer. “We want to remind ourselves and others that freedom has a cost and one of our own gave all for freedom's sake. The race gives us a platform to come together as a community to celebrate Ashley's life.”
Proceeds from the race benefit the Ashley White Memorial Scholarship Fund, which is awarded annually to an outstanding ROTC cadet at Kent State.
“Last year, we had a record attendance of 330 people, and we would love to crush this record,” says Patrick Fox, senior construction management major.
Participants can register online at www.RSRACINGSYSTEMS.COM. The cost is $25 per person, and group discounts are available. Discounts also are available by registering for the Freedom Run Series at https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/Kent/TheFreedomRunSeries, which includes races throughout the Northern Ohio area. WhiteHot 5k is the first race in the series.