The Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Run 5K and 1 Mile Walk will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Student Center at Urbana University.
The Walk/Run for Peace is a family event with live music, lots of post-race refreshments, door prizes, raffle items, face painting and other children’s peace-building activities.
The Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund was developed in fall 2001 to commemorate Alicia Nicole Titus, a longtime member of the community and a graduate of Graham High School and Miami University.
“She was a flight attendant on United Flight 175 on Sept. 11, 2001. Alicia was deeply involved in the community and a consummate peacemaker in all she did. She totally opposed violence, hatred, prejudice, killing or any unkind act against another living thing. Her true nature and human existence were totally opposite of the evil forces that took her life,” said her father, John, at her memorial service.
The fund was established by the Titus family and church friends to carry out the legacy and spirit of Alicia’s life by sponsoring programs for the university and the community that promote and support a culture of peace.
The course starts and finishes at the Student Center and passes through Monument Square and Freedom Grove. To honor first responders, the team with the most participants will be awarded a cross made from the steel beams of the South Tower of the World Trade Center. The Champaign County Sheriff’s Office won this traveling award at the last Run in 2014.
Registration costs are as follows:
•5K Walk/Run: $25 prior to Sept. 7 (T-shirt not guaranteed after Aug. 24)
•5K Walk/Run: $15 (UU students and Boy Scouts of America)
•5K-Race Day: $35, begins at 8 a.m. (T-shirt not guaranteed)
•1 Mile Walk/Run: $15 prior to Sept. 7 (T-shirt not guaranteed after Aug. 24)
• 5 years of age & under – no charge
Proceeds go to the Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund and Scholarship Fund. To register, go online at www.cantstoprunningco.com or download the registration form and mail form with entry fee (payable to The Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund) to Can’t Stop Running Co., 321 N. Main St., Piqua OH 45356. For more information call 937-778-1515.
The Titus family expressed appreciation to all who have contributed to events, including the Urbana Police and Fire divisions, the city of Urbana, the Sheriff’s Office, Urbana University and corporate sponsors From War to Peace, Parker Trutec, KTH Parts Industry, PN 2 East Lawn and Garden and Johnson Welded Products Inc.
On Sunday, Sept. 11, there will be a “Community Day of Remembrance” at 3 p.m. at Urbana University’s Student Center. New York Times best-seller author Marianne Williamson will give the keynote address. The World House Choir, a 100-member choir under the direction of Dr. Catherine Roma will perform. John and Bev Titus, parents of Alicia, will share brief comments. A welcome from Mayor Bill Bean and UU President George Lucas will begin the event.
This event sponsored by The Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund is free and open to all community members. For more information, contact Bev Titus at 937-663-5360 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Tammy Leiker at 937-772-9246.
Submitted by the Titus family.