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5K race will raise money for diabetes, honor friend

Published 1:17pm Wednesday, October 9, 2013

SOUTH POINT — Brian Trent died of complications from diabetes this past spring. He was just 41 years old and left behind his 8-year-old daughter, Bailey.

Trent was hired as part of the original crew at Sam’s Club in South Point in the summer of 1991. A former coworker of Trent’s has organized a 5K run/walk at 9 a.m. Saturday at The Point industrial park in South Point.

Toni Crank, now a registered nurse at King’s Daughters Medical Center, worked with Trent at Sam’s for more than 17 years. She has organized this inaugural event to raise money and awareness.

“I see the effects of diabetes every day,” Crank said. “This run is to honor a great guy and bring awareness to the community about this horrible disease.”

The race cost $25 per runner. Preregistration is over but anyone who wants can register between 8 and 8:30 a.m. at the Greater Lawrence County Area Chamber of Commerce next to the site of the race.

Crank said 54 people signed up through Tri-State Racer and the first 100 runners will be guaranteed a free T-shirt.

“I want this to be an annual event,” Crank said. “He was a great guy and a great coworker,” she said. “He was so young. His death is such a tragedy.”

The race will begin at approximately 9 a.m. from the parking lot of the chamber and go around the park and back to the chamber. Racers can use the lot at Southern Baptist Church for parking.

Lawrence County Commissioner Freddie Hayes Jr. will present a proclamation to Trent’s family prior to the race. Hayes will declare Saturday “Brian Trent Day”.

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