Coach Jay Run set for Sunday
by Lindsay Field
April 17, 2013 12:24 AM | 3623 views | 3 3 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Family and friends will have a benefit run this weekend to celebrate the life of an area soccer coach, Jay Ingram, right.<br>Special/Scott Greene
Family and friends will have a benefit run this weekend to celebrate the life of an area soccer coach, Jay Ingram, right.
Special/Scott Greene
Family and friends are conducting a benefit run this weekend to celebrate the life of an area soccer coach and Kennesaw Charter School teacher.

The second Coach Jay Run on Sunday morning will honor Jay Ingram, who was killed in a hit-and-run incident in January 2012 while the 32-year-old was on his morning run along North Booth Road in Kennesaw.

All proceeds from the run will benefit Kate’s Club and The Jay Ingram Family, his widow, Corinne, and their two children, Aiden and Kailyn.

Kate’s Club is an organization that provides grief counseling for children who have lost a parent or sibling.

“This organization has been a help to Mrs. Ingram and her family,” said event coordinator Dean Harris.

There are three different runs scheduled, the “Yeah Baby” 10K, a 5K and “Mohawk Mile.” The 10K is considered a challenging road course, followed by the road course for the 5K and a one-mile run on the grass soccer fields.

The runs begin at 7:30 a.m. at the NASA United Quest Soccer Fields off Hawkins Store Road in Kennesaw.

The 10K was added to the run this year because it was Jay Ingram’s preferred race.

“We added this to draw in a bigger audience, more serious runners because people looking for a longer run and just to stay true to Jay,” Harris said.

She said 1,200 runners participated last year, but they are hoping to see twice that many this year.

“With a memorial, it has a tendency to decrease over years, but Coach Jay has had such a huge following, we’d love to see the numbers double,” she said.

Harris said Ingram was a pivotal part of his school, church and soccer communities.

“We’re just hoping that anybody who knew Jay and loved Jay would come out and support him again this year,” she said.

Vendors are also welcome, and bounce houses will be set up for kids, as well as a DJ with music and games.

Individuals who were close to Ingram are also raising money on their own to donate to the cause.

Olivia Durham, one of Ingram’s former soccer players, created what teammates are calling “Jay’s Jars” to collect change for the two organizations.

“He was really fun to be around, and he was always somebody that made you feel special and always very encouraging on and off the field,” she said. “We really miss him.”

Her mother, Marsha Durham, said the girls chose to collect change because Jay “changed” all their children’s lives.

“We were trying to come up with a creative way to collect and make it really meaningful,” she said.

Olivia chose to collect her change from home, by cleaning out the couches, washer and dryer and finding it wherever she could.

“Every night we would dump our change in the jars,” Marsha Durham said.

The 10K will cost $40 to register through April 20 and $45 on race day, $30 for the 5K or $35 Sunday, and $20 for the Mohawk Mile and $25 the day of the race.

Registration can be done online, by mail or in person at Cobb’s two Big Peach Running Co. locations, and anyone willing to volunteer in order to support the cause can sign up at

Awards will be presented to the overall top man and woman for the 5K and 10K and the top age group finishers in 14 age groups.

For more information, visit the Coach Jay 5K website at
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very strange
April 17, 2013
They are honoring a hit and run fatality with a run? Rather than being so painfully ironic, why not honor him with a charity bus ride instead?

How many people will drive to this run? All of them? Will they kill anybody on the way there or back?

How many more people died driving to the Boston Marathon than got blowed up AT the Marathon?

Why do we think so upside down when it comes to our cars? Why are we all wearing blinders about what our cars do to us and those whom we love?

Why don't we all realize we are terrorists in bombs on wheels that kill and/or disfigure millions of ourselves every year?
April 17, 2013

It wasnt actually a hit and run, the driver stopped and called 911. It was a very foggy morning and it was an accident. Jay died doing what he LOVED and we choose to honor him by doing what he loved!

By choosing to be scared to do marathons or go to the movies or drive your car is choosing to live in fear and let evil win. Accidents happen, bad things happens, God is still in control! Jay saved so many lives in his death, not only through organ donation but how he lived and loved others!

This is an AMAZING event that doesn't need any negativity! It only needs support and love from people who truly care about helping others, this amazing family and a great organization!
Not Strange At All
April 19, 2013
Very Strange: When I read your comment I was first motivated to respond rudely, but I think that would have been a mistake. Its clear you just don't know anything about Coach Jay. Unfortunately neither did I, but I do know some of his family, so I had the privilege and honor to be at his funeral. Had you been there you would have been amazed to see how many lives he touched. As KPitts007 said, the event is meant to honor him by doing something he loved. Please do not try to criticize it. Instead, maybe come to the run and learn about what kind of man he was. I am sure you will come away from it as a better person.
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