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More Than 600 Fire Up for 5K in Albertville

The morning included memorials for the late Timothy Larson, and an emotional sendoff for runners from friend and colleague Blair Kelley.

On a picture perfect November morning, hundreds of St. Michael-Albertville runners and walkers gathered to remember fallen STMA Middle School West teacher Timothy Larson. 

"Some of you knew Tim, and some of you did not. But the fact that all of you are here speaks volumes to the impact this had on the community," said Fire Up! 5K organizer Blair Kelley in an emotional sendoff for participants. "The support we've seen from this community is just unbelievable. 

To the many who participated, watched or cheered - submit your photos here. 

For the record, my time was 29:08 - ish. And it was an honor to run today. 

Karee November 12, 2011 at 04:45 PM
What a morning. Can honestly say we had never met Tim or his family, but it was an honor to run with so many people out running/walking to show their support. We live in an awesome community.
Tricia Uecker November 13, 2011 at 12:51 AM
I came from Winthrop mn to run in this event to show my support for a family and friends of a amazing man I did not know!!! To be a part of something like that was truly an unforgettable experience!!!
Mike Schoemer (Editor) November 13, 2011 at 04:14 AM
Thanks so much, Tricia.
Manda Riebel November 13, 2011 at 02:32 PM
I was at the run and the dinner and found both to be emotional events. It is an honor to live in a community that can come together for such an important reason. We live by wonderful people!
ana radloff November 14, 2011 at 03:58 PM
It was truly amazing to see the amount of support within our community. I also did not know Tim, but I certainly feel cheated out of that opportunity. It was wonderful to see all of the support, but I have to say I was truly amazed by my 5 year old daugther, who ran the entire 5K in 32 minutes who chanted as she started to want to give up, "I'm running for the teacher, I'm running for the teacher...."
Mike Schoemer (Editor) November 14, 2011 at 04:06 PM
That ... is awesome.
Chance Larson November 12, 2012 at 03:34 PM
I really miss my Uncle Tim:(

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