When the first inspiration came for Libby Richardson to do something to honor the son she lost in a car crash last July, she had no idea how overwhelming the showing of support would be. More than 500 runners and walkers came out to participate in the Inaugural CGR Relentless 5k Run and 3K Fun Walk in memory of Cody Richardson and to support the newly formed Cody G Richardson Scholarship Fund. (Remember to view the slideshow at the bottom of the article)
“I am in awe,” said Libby Richardson shortly after finishing the 5K run, “We were hoping for 200 when we started this. I had to stop counting last night at 425 because there were so many online registrations, and I have no idea registered on site this morning.” Led by Cody’s parents Glen and Libby, the group listened to the National Anthem, prayed, walked together to the starting line on Aiken Avenue in Perryville, worked their way through town, ran along the Susquehanna River and then back to the starting point of Perryville Middle School.
Participants included many former teammates of Cody Richardson from the Perryville High School Track and Field team and may athletes from other local high schools who competed against Richardson. Jordan Dodson, the current 1600m 1A State Champion and former teammate of Richardson won the women’s division finishing with a time of 20:27.
On the men’s side, local Rising Sun distance runner Austin McGinley finished the way he started it, in a full sprint, to clock in at 16:22. After the race McGinley said, “I wanted to run in memory of Cody and I wanted to run as fast as I could in honor of Cody.” McGinley added, “I thought it was important to have someone from Cecil County win the first one. I never ran against him, but we competed in the same meets and I always got to see him compete.”
The proceeds from this run and walk will provide scholarships to high school athletes from Cecil and Harford County who pursue a college career. According to organizers, this first running of the CGR Relentless 5K was a success, but they are already looking to next year to build the legacy of Cody Richardson.