Nicci Scanlan is looking for some help in keeping the memory of her husband alive.

Nicci Scanlan is looking for some help in keeping the memory of her husband alive.

John Scanlan, Nicci's husband, died of cardiac arrest in September 2008 at age 44. In his honor, Nicci Scanlan is planning a memorial 5K run and walk for the morning of Sept. 5.

The event will start at 9 a.m. on the village square in front of the Sunbury Administration Building. The route will head east on Granville Street to state Route 37. It will then turn south to Arbor Drive, through the Sunbury Gardens and loop to the north end of Sunbury before ending on the square.

The event will support Big Walnut Friends Who Share, Scanlan said.

Scanlan is still looking for volunteers and people to donate to the event's raffle, she said. Interested people can call her at (614) 205-4469.

John Scanlan was an avid athlete, she earlier said. He was very active in youth basketball and football. He was president of each league for a year and coached both of his children -- son Griffin and daughter Madison.

The cost to register is $25, she said. People can register by logging on to www.runforjohn.com and can register at the event.

Participants will get a T-shirt and post-race refreshments. The raffle will include gift cards from area merchants in the area. Nicci Scanlan said she is trying to keep the vendors as local as possible.

Despite the painful circumstances, Scanlan said it's been fun putting together the event.

"John's family and some friends have been working closely (on the event)," she said.

"The response has been enormous. The village has been unbelievably cooperative."

"The goal is just to raise as much as money as we can for Friends Who Share and to encourage people to get active," she said. "John was a tri-athlete and that was important to him. He liked to encourage people to be active."

Sunbury Village Council president Tom Hatfield said he will participate.

"I'm excited about it. I think it's a great cause. John was a wonderful person within the community, especially within kid organizations -- basketball, track, football," Hatfield said.

"He was involved in a leadership role in all of those organizations and this is really helping memorialize him and (about) really being there for his wife Nicci and the family. I hope we have a really large turnout.

"I went to school with his wife. Over the latter part of the years, I was involved with him in Big Walnut football. He was in a basketball program and in a leadership program there with my brother," Hatfield added.

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