Lane remembered

On a sunny day in Aug. of 2013, Christopher Lane was fatally shot. Although it was a terrible and tragic day, Tara Harper, the mother of Lane’s girlfriend at the time, has made it her goal to see something positive come out of what happened. Once a year since then, she organizes the 5K Lane Memorial Race, where you can run, walk or crawl to the finish line.

The money raised at the race is donated to schools in Lane’s name and used for scholarships for students in need of financial help.

“We wanted to take something negative that affected everyone and turn it around into something positive and help people who need it,” Harper said.

This September, there were about 120 people who showed up, and roughly 80 who participated. Besides the 5K, there is a one mile option for those who didn’t quite want to do such a far distance.

Through the process of setting up the race, and the event itself, Harper has seen an array of emotions come out of the community and people she worked with.

“It was mainly support and love. The incident rocked the whole community and affected everyone in so many different ways. We saw so much support and it was nice to see everyone coming together for a good cause,” Harper said.

Another event that takes place in honor of Lane is an annual baseball game. This year the game will take place on Oct. 14. It will be at 6 p.m. at Sportsman’s Park and East Central will play against Redlands Community College. Although athletic director Zack Hood believes the crowd will be small, it’s still a wonderful way to remember Christopher Lane and he’s looking forward to the game.