Lucas Pfander Race Grows in 5th Year

Half a decade since its inception, the Lucas Pfander Memorial Alumni Race -- and support for its cause -- continues to grow with the rising legacy of the race's namesake.

The 5th annual iteration of Chaminade Julienne’s summertime tradition took  place on campus Saturday, Aug. 10. More than 170 runners and families participated in the 1-mile youth walk/run and 2-mile adult run. Proceeds from donations and t-shirt sales at the free race supported the Lucas Pfander Scholarship.

The annual scholarship is awarded to a rising CJ senior who exemplifies the traits of the beloved teenager who passed away on July 11, 2008 -- a month prior to the start of his senior year. While at CJ, Lucas was an honor student who had completed 150 hours of community service, had perfect attendance, and played a sport (cross country, swimming and volleyball) every season.

Since the scholarship was introduced for the 2009-10 school year, the annual award amount has tripled to $3,000 and become one of the largest endowed scholarships available at CJ. This year’s recipient is senior Kyle Shoup ‘14.

Likewise, attendance at the race named for Lucas has continued grow both in downtown Dayton and places around the country thanks to the continuation of the "Virtual Lucas Pfander Alumni Race." For the second consecutive year, the CJ alumni office invited anyone who couldn't make it to campus to instead print a race bib and run for Lucas from anywhere.

Posted August 8, 2013