More than 500 runners took to the streets of Albertville again this year as the community poured out more support for the family of the late Timothy Larson.
This year's Fire Up 5K has to battle with a bit of a dreary morning on Saturday, Sept. 28. But organizer and Larson family friend Blair Kelley said the run continues to be a huge benefit for the family Tim left behind.
Among those that continue to support the run in droves are students from Larson's former school, St. Michael-Albertville Middle School West. Dozens were decked in blue and orange t-shirts for this year's Fire Up run.
"A lot of students never had him as a teacher, never really knew him in the classroom," Kelley told Patch in 2012. "But his impact on the students, out in the hallway or in homeroom or in other settings, can't be argued. He was such a positive guy."
"He was just an uplifting person," said Andrew Merfeld, principal at Larson's former school. "Everyday, you'd ask him how he's doing, and he'd respond, 'I'm blessed. Just so blessed'"