By Jennifer Kotila
A year after the death of Dassel Elementary third-grader Mileka Hall, a run/walk will take place Mother’s Day in her honor.
The 5k run/walk will raise money for scholarships to be offered to seniors graduating from both the Glencoe-Silver Lake and Dassel-Cokato school districts through Mileka’s graduation year, 2020.
Mileka passed away May 7, 2011, from injuries sustained in an all terrain vehicle (ATV) accident.
Mileka’s family, parents JoAnna Hall and Kyle Wawrzyniak, and siblings Justin Wawrzyniak, and Brianna and Ashley Hall, have planned Mileka’s Run to celebrate her life.
“We decided as a family to do something for Mileka every year,” JoAnna said. “Mileka would accompany me on all the 5k races I ran, and cheer me on.”
She had been at the finish line at a 5k run, clapping and cheering for her mother the morning of the accident.
“We did everything together,” JoAnna said. “When I would run outside, she would ride her bike or scooter right alongside me.”
Mother’s Day was chosen as the day of the run, because Mileka passed away Mother’s Day weekend.
“We want this Mother’s Day to be one that we can celebrate her life, and spend the day with family and friends who have helped us, and continue to help us, through our grief,” JoAnna said.
The family chose to provide scholarships to students at DC and GSL because Mileka attended school at DC, but lived in Silver Lake and participated in youth activities through GSL, as well as church activities in Silver Lake.
“She was a giver, and now, she will continue to give, with our help,” JoAnna said.
The 5k run/walk will take place Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13, beginning at the Silver Lake City Park in Silver Lake.
A kids’ mile run (for those under 12) will begin at 10:30 a.m., with the 5k starting at 11 a.m. A light lunch will be provided following the race.
The registration fee for the kids’ run is $10, and the registration fee for the 5k is $20. Registration forms are available at all of the schools in the DC and GSL districts.
Runners registered before April 20 will receive a T-shirt, but registrations will be accepted through the day of the run.
Anyone with questions can contact JoAnna Hall at (320) 327-2628.