Van Buren “Lights up the Knight” with First Annual 5k Race

. July 1, 2016.

Lace up your running shoes, there’s a new 5K race coming to Van Buren!

Light up the Knight 5k (named for the Van Buren High Black Knights), a fundraiser for the Jennifer Masters Scholarship Fund, an exciting way to introduce your family to the sport of running while supporting a cause close to the Van Buren community’s heart. 

A Worthy Cause

Jennifer Masters was a Van Buren graduate who passed away in a car accident in 1996. Her father, Don Masters, wanted her to be remembered for her vibrant life so he founded The Jennifer Masters Memorial Scholarship. Jennifer was an athlete, participating in track, cross-country, and basketball at Van Buren High School. The scholarship is awarded each year to a Van Buren senior who maintains a 3.0 GPA and has a varsity letter in either track or cross-country. A committee reviews each application and Don Masters himself presents the scholarship at a senior awards ceremony.

An annual dodge ball tournament, open exclusively to Van Buren students and alumni, has been the main and very successful fundraiser for the Jennifer Masters Scholarship Fund. “It’s a fun and unique event that draws the community together,” explains Brooke Forsyth a high school friend of Jennifer’s and co-coordinator of the Light up the Knight 5k. The idea for a new fundraiser, a race, grew from a desire to include those outside of Van Buren and as a nod to Jennifer’s love of running. 

Register to run

The chip-timed race will take place at 9pm Aug. 6, and participants are invited to wear neon colors and bring glow sticks. The course begins at the Van Buren High School track, directing participants through the Van Buren State Park and back to the high school track to a fun and festive atmosphere. The race committee plans to have booths featuring kid-friendly activities set up around the track, and age group awards and refreshments available for participants.  Kids are welcome to walk or run alongside a parent, and there will be pizza for everyone.

To sign up for the race, visit
Cost is $20 before July 31, $25 by Aug. 5 and $30 on the day of the race
and includes a t-shirt
Van Buren High School, 217 S. Main St., Van Buren
For more information visit “Jennifer Masters Memorial Dodgeball Tourney”
on Facebook or email