Runners hit the road to raise funds for Chardon’s Living Memorial Park

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CHARDON, OH --  It might have been raining outside, but that didn't stop many devoted runners from taking part in the Chardon Half Marathon and 5K on Sunday.

"We're donating some of the money to the schools and then we are also trying to help raise money for the Chardon Living Memorial Park, which they've been trying to fund since the school shooting over four years ago," said Race Director J.T. Whittman. "It's really focused on remembering the victims of that day and also celebrating the survivors."

Whittman said the memorial park will sit right next to Chardon High School, and will cost about $300,000 to build. So far, they've already raised more than $100,000.

"The memorial park will have a walking and running trail, it'll have an outdoor fitness area, it'll have a reflection center, and just a whole lot of nice outdoor activities and ways to celebrate this great community that really came together during a very difficult time," he explained.

Runners like Tim Spisak remember when the shooting first happened. He said it was an absolute tragedy.

"I'm from Mentor, so of course I heard all about it and you know it's sad to see, but the community is so great and everyone's coming together as one," said Spisak."

To donate to the Chardon Living Memorial Park, click here.

And after the race was finished, Chardon Police reported a bit more good news on their Facebook page:

Congrats to all!

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