The North Atlanta Soccer Association, Big Peach Running Co., mix1, Publix, North Cobb Christian School, RoadID and Fontis Mountain Springwater are hosting the first-ever Coach Jay 5K and Croc Walk on April 22 in memory of the late Jay Ingram.
Proceeds from the event will benefit Ingram’s family: his widow, Corrine; and his two children, Kailyn and Aiden.
Kailyn Ingram attends North Cobb Christian School, school spokesperson Leigh Ann Geter said.
“We just wanted to be supportive,” she said. “We have just all been very saddened, and … we try to rally around when anyone is going through any hardships.”
Geter said the school looked into sponsorship as soon as they got information about the event.
“This is something to let the family know that the school is behind them,” she said.
Kate Brun, special events manager for Big Peach Running Co., said about 100 people have already signed up at their Kennesaw and Marietta locations.
Registration for the event is $30 to participate in the 5K run and $20 to participate in the one-mile walk. It can be done either online at www.coachjay5K.com or at either of the Big Peach Running Co. locations in Kennesaw, 1625 Ridenour Blvd. or in Marietta, 1062 Johnson Ferry Road.
Each participant will receive a T-shirt, and awards will be given to the top male and female 5K and top age group finishers in 13 different age groups.
The start location for the race has not been set, but it will end at the NASA United Quest Soccer Fields at 650 Hawkins Store Road in Kennesaw. The course will be flat, off-road and grassy throughout the United Quest and Noonday soccer fields.
Ingram died Jan. 27, the day after he was hit by a car in the pre-dawn hours while running along North Booth Road in Kennesaw near Bells Ferry Road.