The Conor Irwin Memorial Classic Race honors Conor Irwin, an intelligent, funny, kind, and amazingly fast young man who passed away tragically on December 5, 2016 at the age of 14 well before his time in a skateboarding accident. All proceeds from the race go directly to the Conor Irwin Memorial Fund which provides scholarships to deserving students.
For 2023, the Conor Irwin Memorial Classic will again offer both a live and a virtual option. The live event is at the Ledyard High School on June 10, 2023 at 9 AM. The race takes place on the Conor S. Irwin Memorial Cross Country Course. Awards will be given to the top winners in their age groups. For the virtual event, participants can complete the 5K in any way they would like - running, walking, swimming, rowing, etc. The virtual event will be open from registration until June 11, 2023 and can be completed anywhere.
T-shirts will be provided to those participants (either live or virtual) who would like one, or you can select "NO SHIRT" at registration. We love to see people wearing their "Conor Shirts", but you can also send all of the $35 registration fee to the Conor Irwin Memorial Fund by not getting a shirt. In addition, the website allows you to donate any desired amount to the Fund if you prefer not to participate. If you desire a T-shirt you must register by June 2, 2023.
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We would like to take today to announce the 5th Annual Conor Irwin Memorial Classic 5K run. Conor was born on May 3rd, 2023 at 12:50AM and we are opening registration at exactly that time. We hope many friends old and new will sign up at that time in celebration of Conor. It should be Conor's 21st birthday. The support for Conor, and Conor's scholarships from his home in Ledyard, Connecticut, to his birth place in Michigan and all the travels in between helps the hearts of each one of us. Being a Coast Guard kid allowed for him to make friends literally around the nation and in a few instances around the world. The wonder each year, who will live the farthest away and virtually run? Who will live the farthest away and join us at the in-person run? Who will come in first? Who will have a PR (personal record)? Who will join us that is new to our story and who will join us that was there when our lives changed forever? Who will be the most creative with the virtual? And who will drop their shoes for the last little bit on the in-person track to honor Conor's dedication to the sport? What ever the answers, Our family is so thankful for each and every person that remembers Conor.
This year's Conor Irwin Memorial Classic Virtual Run will be held June 3, 2023 through June 10, 2023. The Conor Irwin Memorial Classic in-Person Run takes place on the Conor Irwins Memorial Cross Country Course at the Ledyard High School in Ledyard, CT on June 10, 2023 at 9:00 AM. Please consider wearing your favorite bow tie, Conor was known for his impeccable choices of bow ties. We have three prizes for the best bow ties once again for virtual participants (running, biking, hiking, rowing, skipping, walking, your 5K in the shape of a bow tie). Conor would have loved all the different and creative ways people completed their 5Ks, and we greatly appreciate your participation. There are also medals and awards for the In-Person race in all age groups. Again we are giving away 2 Weeks at Conor's Cottage in Traverse City, Michigan.
The money raised from The Conor Irwins Memorial Classic funds scholarships for students to attend college, trade schools, and the Northwest Kingdom Running Camp (NKRC) in Vermont in Conor's name as a way to keep his outgoing spirit alive. Conor liked helping people without any need for recognition. Doing for others made him feel good. It just came naturally to him. He would be proud of every individual participating in this event and so humbled to see the amazing support. Our family is honored to bring his compassion and kindness to light by having this run in his name.
Last year's academic scholarships went to Kandyce Jackson, Ryan Tomis, and his favorite person and best friend, his sister Gretchen Irwin. NKRC Scholarship went to Auguste Estriplet. As always, our goal is to raise $1.00 more than last year and have one person more to compete. We hope you will join us.
The Irwin Family
Conor Irwin Memorial Cross Country Course at Ledyard High School
24 Gallup Hill Road
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