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Gone but not forgotten

Brent Kelly’s memory lives on with 5-mile run

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
April 24, 2017

SAINT JOHN, N.B. – It’s been 13 years since Brent Kelly passed away, but hundreds of runners continue to honour his memory every year.
Brent was only 12 years old at the time of his unexpected passing, due to the rare heart disease Giant Cell Myocarditis.
“After Brent died, we all felt a tragic sense of loss,” said Marta Kelly, his aunt. “He was a fun-loving youngster with loads of energy and a great sense of humour. We miss him very much.”
Wanting to do something to preserve his memory and his spirit, Marta came up with the idea of holding a memorial run/walk in his memory.

Four of Brent Kelly’s friends have taken part in the annual Brent Kelly Memorial 5-Mile Run/Walk in each of the 12 years it has been held, (from left) Jake Melanson, Drew Carr, Stephen Enman and Marcus Howe.

Photo courtesy of Marta Kelly

The 5-mile course takes place across the beach road at Saint’s Rest Beach, running clockwise around the road at the Irving Nature Park and back across the beach road to the finish.
The event has typically drawn more than 200 participants each year, but Marta said that number has declined in recent years, likely due to more events being offered at the same time of year.
“As of today, we are at 111 registered and we hope to get at least 150,” she said. “There are always some race day registrations – local runners tend to watch the weather before committing.”
For more information on the Brent Kelly Memorial 5-Mile Run/Walk, visit here .
The Brent Kelly Memorial 5-Mile Run/Walk is held every year at Saint John’s Irving Nature Park, and is scheduled this year for Saturday, April 29.
“As a youngster, Brent loved to hike along the Irving Nature Park with his family and it was always a special place for him,” said Marta. “Brent also enjoyed running and competed in cross-country and track for his school. It is a natural fit to hold a memorial run for Brent at the Irving Nature Park.”
All proceeds from the event go to the Brent Kelly Memorial Fund, which is being used to benefit youth in the Saint John area by donating to programs, organizations and institutions such as P.R.O. Kids Saint John, Beaconsfield Middle School, St. Patrick’s School, and the Lancaster Minor Basketball Association.