Record number of X-C runners raise $10,000 in Katie Caples race

Record number of X-C runners raise $10,000 in Katie Caples race
At least 2,400 runners participated in the Katie Caples race.

The 21st Annual Katie Caples Cross Country Invitational was held at Bishop Kenny High School on Sept. 21.  Known as the “Night with Lights” race because it takes place in the evening on the St. Johns River, the invitational took place between 5:30 and 9 pm.  A record number of runners – 2,400 athletes representing 79 middle and high schools from Florida and Georgia – participated in the annual race raising over $10,000.

Bishop Kenny was one of 79 schools participating in the Katie Caples Cross Country Invitational.
Bishop Kenny was one of 79 schools participating in the Katie Caples Cross Country Invitational.

The Proceeds were donated to The Katie Caples Foundation which was established in 1998 by David and Susan Caples of Fernandina Beach.  The Caples started the foundation in memory of their daughter, Katie, a member of the 1996-98 Bishop Kenny Cross Country and Track teams.  Katie suffered critical injuries in a car crash, and in accordance with her wishes, her organs were donated, and from that decision she gave life to five others.

The Bishop Kenny community is thankful to all the volunteers, sponsors, teams, parents and coaches that participated in this important event.  “This is always such an emotional event filled with love for the Caples family and the gift of life that Katie was able to give to others,” said Kevin Currin, Bishop Kenny Cross Country and Track head coach.

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