Kevin O'Sullivan Classic

Runners hit the track at the 2019 Kevin O'Sullivan 5K Classic, an annual event that raises funds for the Five Aces Scholarship for Concord University students.

ATHENS — The life of the late Kevin O’Sullivan featured emphases on both with his time as Concord (College) University’s Director of Student Affairs and his role as an organizer of the Southern West Virginia Roadrunners and the Pipestem Pumpkin Run.

On Saturday, March 21, at the Concord University track, dozens of runners and others, including members of the O’Sullivan family, will gather for the Sixth Annual Kevin O’Sullivan 5-K Classic to raise funds for the Five Aces Scholarship created by O’Sullivan and several other CU officials in the early 1980s to give deserving local students the opportunity to continue with their Concord education.

Organizer Colin O’Sullivan, Kevin O’Sullivan’s son, said Wednesday, “We’re refining the event each year. People have told us they feel our event is the most family-oriented race they participate in, plus the best Irish-themed event they attended.”

The Five Aces Scholarship was born, Colin said, for the sole purpose of assisting these hard-working dedicated West Virginia students who are enrolled, in good standing and actively pursuing their academic degree at Concord University but have simply fallen on difficult times. Five Aces Scholarship Fund is there to keep dreams alive and your support of this ongoing effort helps deserving students remain focused on their future.

The event, he said, will feature a 5-K run, a 3-K walk and an 800-meter fun run.

“We’ll have people dressed in green garb and Irish music along the course, with Maggie Justiel playing the bagpipes at the start of the event and Irish music at our two watering stations,” he said.

Colin concluded by saying. “We want everyone to have a great experience.”

Kevin O’Sullivan’s granddaughter, Erin O’Sullivan, will return to competition after working behind the scenes last year to defend her course record.

The event’s registration will be at 8 a.m., with the 800-meter run starting at 9:30 a.m. and the 3-K walk and 5-K run starting at 10 a.m.

Jeff Harvey is a freelance reporter and columnist for the Princeton Times. Contact him at delimartman@yahoo.com

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