July 9th, 2011
On June 3rd, 2011, Lisa A. “Nettie” Peterson-Hankins left behind three small children. The event that lead to her death had many of us in shock and disbelief. I didn’t know Nettie and I have never met her children. From this tragedy, a young man, Benji Koontz, is running a race to raise funds so Nettie’s children can go on vacation.
Last year Benji ran from Losantville to Wes Del Little League Complex to raise money for Ryan Berry who is battling cancer. Mr. Ryan’s family got a vacation. Benji will be doing the same run this year for Nettie’s Kids.
Benji’s scheduled run is listed and the end of this post. At each stop, you can greet him, offer support and make a donation. Let’s make this vacation possible for three beautiful children.
Ryan Berry said the support from the community is “exploding.”
“It’s kind of taken a life of its own here,” he said. “You have many people saying, ‘I’ll do whatever. You tell me what and I’m there.’ It’s been huge.”
The July 9 event will include a cookout with a carnival atmosphere at the Wes-Del Little League Complex after the run. Admission to the carnival will cost $5, which will cover food and activities. T-shirts will be for sale for $10. Organizers are asking anyone who can help them get a bounce house, dunk tank, cotton candy, games, tournaments or any other novelties to call Audra Koontz at (765) 722-0008.
Benji Koontz will be running that day, and members of the public are welcome to join him, either on bicycles or on foot, for as long as they wish. Berry and his family plan to ride bikes along the route with Koontz, and Kris Berry’s brother, Ryan New, will be riding an adult-sized tricycle.
Benji’s Running Itinerary:
Click on the link for the itinerary in a printable PDF Another Berry Long Run Netties Kids pdf
» Losantville Trail Head (start), 7:30 a.m.
» South Prairie Creek Reservoir Post, 8:50 a.m.
» Memorial Drive, 9:47 a.m.
» Greenway Depot (Muncie), 10:05 a.m.
» McGalliard Road, 10:19 a.m.
» Riggin Road, 10:30 a.m.
» Wheeling/County Road 400-N Post, 10:43 a.m.
» Delaware County Road 500-N, 10:55 a.m.
» Wes-Del Little League Complex, 11:25 a.m.