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Amelia Islander

Ben Byrns Runway Rally

Sep 04, 2013 02:00AM
The Ben Byrns 5K Runway Rally will be at 8 a.m. Saturday, September 15 at the Fernandina Beach airport, on Airport Road just off the Amelia Island Parkway. Registration forms are available at Current Running, 815 S. Eighth St., the Pipeline Surf Shop, 2022 First Ave. at Sadler Road and at www.ameliaislandrunners.com Registration is $20 through September 1st, and $25 thereafter. The fun run and walk will not be competitive, but a race clock will be at the finish line, and the first male and female finishers will receive a certificate for a sightseeing flight around Amelia Island. Participants will also receive T-shirts. The run/walk will start and finish at the airport gates near the Airport Administration Office east of the main terminal.

Ben Byrns, a Fernandina Beach High School graduate, was attending Florida State College and living in Jacksonville Beach when a roommate found him on a Saturday morning last February. The cause of death was listed as an overdose of a pain-relieving drug. He left behind a grieving family, a multitude of friends, and questions that can never be answered. His parents, Ken and Laurie Byrns of Fernandina Beach, are determined that something good must come of the tragedy: "Something horrible happening to Ben has just got to help someone else," his mother said. The Ben Byrns 5K Runway Rally will raise money for the Nassau Humane Society, honoring Ben’s love for animals, and the Boys & Girls Clubs.