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Run will once again honor murdered jogger Sarah Hart, benefit special scholarship fund


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The “Run with all your Hart” logo is made up of Sarah Hart’s children’s handprints and footprint.


 

One year after Sarah Roberts Hart was tragically killed during a morning jog her family is keeping her memory alive while also supporting her community.
 

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The second “Run With All Your Hart” will take place Aug. 10 in Russell County – where the pregnant mother of four was robbed and killed during a morning jog – and will benefit the Sarah Roberts Hart Fund that gives scholarships to students pursuing careers in health care, something Hart’s family embraced.
 

Hart’s accused murderer is currently being housed in the Russell County jail awaiting a trial that was pushed back from September 2013 to around May 2014. He is also being charged for the robbery and rape of Hart.
 

“After (Hart) was murdered everyone in the community wanted to know what they could do to help,” said Hart’s sister Elizabeth Roberts, who is helping organize the event. “(The run) came from that… it gave the community something active to do.”
 

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Sarah Roberts Hart and her family (Photo provided)

The event will have both a competitive four-mile race with awards for winners in each age and gender group, and an uncompetitive one-and-a-half mile “fun run/walk,” which will not be timed or have awards.
 

It will be almost identical to last year’s event, according to Roberts had been jogging with Hart the morning of the murder before eventually going separate ways. One addition is a performance by Christian music artist Mark Shultz.
After expenses are paid for, money from registration will go to the Sarah Roberts Hart Fund, which has already given scholarships to four students.
 

Last year more than 4,000 people ran in the event and many from all 50 U.S. states and six foreign countries chose to participate as “virtual runners,” said Roberts. They sent in the application, got a T-shirt, and ran wherever they were.
 

Although only 250 people have signed up to run so far this year, Roberts said that she is confident that more people will sign up closer to the date of the race, with participants equaling last year’s total.
 

“Depending on participation and sponsors… we could keep doing this for a few years,” Roberts said. “We just want to see how it goes this year.”
 

If successful, Roberts said they may expand the fund to help build up the community, which she says lost something when it lost Hart.
 

“We see needs in the community,” she said. “If we raise enough money… we might be able to give some money to help meet those needs.”
 

The race is not just a way to help others by raising money in Hart’s name, it is also a way those who were close to her can remember her. Hart was an avid jogger and outdoor enthusiast, so forming a race only seemed natural, Roberts said.
 

“She left a huge hole,” Roberts said. “Not just (in) me… but (in) the whole community as well… she was a fun-loving woman… and everyone loved her.”
 

The race starts near the Auditorium/Natatorium Complex in Russell County Saturday, Aug. 10, at 8:30 a.m. Registration currently costs $20 for adults, and $10 for children 12 and under. The price will increase up to $30 and $20 as the race date approaches.
 

For more information and to register: click here and here.
 

Judah Taylor is a journalism student at University of Kentucky.
 

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Most Encouraging Kentuckian: A message from the heart of the Harts
 

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