BETTENDORF, Iowa (AP) - Two foundations plan to continue a 5-kilometer run that has funded scholarships for 30 Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley high school seniors since 1998.
The run is in memory of Carl Schillig, who was killed by a reckless driver at age 15. His father, Dick Schillig, announced before the 20th annual ‘Run with Carl’ race on Labor Day that the family was stepping away from the event, the Quad-City Times (https://bit.ly/1sHRH7L ) reported.
On Wednesday, Schillig said Bettendorf Community Schools Foundation and Pleasant Valley Educational Foundation will work together to continue the event.
“I’m sure in some way we’ll still be involved, but we’re not sure what that will be yet,” Schillig said. “Our objective now is to pass the legacy on, and this partnership will guarantee a continuation.”
Carl Schillig was a freshman at Pleasant Valley High School in 1994. He was participating in Civil War re-enactment in Davenport as an infantry drummer when he fatally hit by the driver. He would have been 35 this year.
Many remembered him as “the guy with the big wave” blond hairstyle, while others knew him as a cross country runner, reader and history buff.
President Dave Borcherding of the Pleasant Valley Educational Foundation called the partnership with the Bettendorf charity a “no brainer.”
“We compete on the fields, the courts and so many other levels, so it’s nice this brings us together, and we feel this is in spirit of cooperation that will always enhance students in the community,” Borcherding said.
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