Dauphin Island, AL (WKRG)
A beautiful day turns into a fitting tribute to the youngest victim of the Dauphin Island Regatta tragedy. Today runners gathered for the first “Live on Adam Memorial 5k” on Dauphin Island. It began with an informal start. There were no loudspeakers. It was just Adam’s father Jason yelling “start” to begin the 5k. It was a race guided by gratitude and prayer.
Adam Clark was just 17 when he was killed with five others in the 2015 Dauphin Island Regatta disaster. His father Jason spent the last six months organizing this charity run.
“We just want to Live on Adam, and everything we do will raise money to help others and that’s what he would have done, he was that kind of person,” said relative Emoline Tew. As people put their running feet forward, runners remember Adam Clark as a young man who put his best feet forward socially and academically.
“Whenever I was teaching my students I had to do something a little extra for Adam because he always thought outside that box and he made me be a better teacher,” said Baker High School Teacher Scott Nelson. Runners crowded near the same buildings Adam Clark’s family spent nights waiting and praying following the disaster. Family members say a race to help others is a fitting tribute.
“So I got to see the whole crowd lined up in front of me and it’s pretty amazing I know we had at least 250 registered,” said Jason Clark.
Jason Clark said he’s very heartened by the turnout and hopes Live on Adam will live on in another race next year. Money raised will be split between three charities. Portions go to the Adam Clark Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America and the South Alabama Chapter of the American Red Cross.