South Congaree, SC (Angelica Iglesias) – The Run Ella Run Memorial 5K will be held Saturday, June 3 at the South Congaree Arena on 395 Oak Street in West Columbia. Registration is from 6:45 am to 7:30 am, and the race begins at 8:00 am. The cost is $30. Registration is also available at
Children ten and under can participate in the race for $8.50, but there will also be a free Kids' 1K Fun Run. The awards ceremony will be held after the Kids 1K. Awards will be given to the top three overall male and female runners in three deep male and female age groups. The race will be officially timed by FasTrak Timing.
The Run Ella Run Memorial 5K is a memorial 5K for a reason. Gabriella “Ella” Shumate was a precious four-year old who had her life tragically taken on May 16, 2011. Ella was riding home with her father when they were hit head on by a drunk driver. The collision killed Ella and left her father critically injured.
The Gabriella Shumate Memorial Foundation was established to honor Ella by bringing joy to other children. However, they are also committed to promoting safe driving and the prevention of unnecessary deaths. The Run Ella Run Memorial 5K is a running/walking event that raises funds for the foundation.