Paul Colello never ran races before participating in the one in memory of his son, Kyle.
Now he runs every year in the 5K for Kyle Colello and Lyndsey Rice, a Dublin Scioto High School couple who were killed in an automobile accident Nov. 28, 2009.
Kyle never quit anything he started, Colello said, and that gives him the push he needs to complete the race every year.
Seeing those who come out in support of Kyle and Lyndsey before the race itself is also an experience, he said.
"That kind of touches you," Colello said.
Colello again will be running in this year's 5K to honor Kyle and Lyndsey, who were 18 and 15 years old, respectively.
This year's event will be held the morning of June 10 at Scioto High School, with proceeds going toward Kyle and Lyndsey's memorial scholarship funds.
Money from both funds has been used to provide about 75 student scholarships worth a combined value of more than $115,000, Colello said.
The scholarships are presented to students who intend to go to college, Colello said.
"We're really looking for someone who reminds us of Kyle," he said.
The Colello family awards five scholarships every year totaling $1,500 each.
Recipients of scholarships from Kyle's memorial fund must have a good grade-point average, have played at least one varsity sport for two years and have participated with a church or youth group, Colello said.
Meeting the recipients makes the scholarship awards a meaningful experience, Colello said. This year, one of the students was a brother of one of Kyle's friends.
Some of the students who have received scholarships have kept in touch, Colello said, and return from college each year with updates about what they're doing.
Lyndsey's father, Tom Rice, said students who receive his daughter's scholarships are very appreciative.
"It's a great feeling," he said.
This year, the family awarded six scholarships at about $1,500 each from Lyndsey's memorial fund, Rice said.
Recipients are chosen based on characteristics of Lyndsey, who was caring, giving and helping, he said.
For Paul Colello, the annual events in memory of his son and his son's girlfriend mean a great deal, and remind him that people still remember Kyle and Lyndsey.
"That's what gives us comfort," he said.
In addition to the annual 5K, a golf outing is held in Kyle and Lyndsey's memory. This year's event, to be held at noon July 7 at the Golf Club of Dublin, is sold out, Colello said.
A night of remembrance is also held every Wednesday night before Thanksgiving at Buffalo Wild Wings in Powell.
Dublin City School District's annual dodgeball tournament also annually has given a portion of the money raised to Kyle and Lyndsey's memorial funds.
"That means a lot to us," Colello said.
This year's race and walk will begin at 9 a.m. at Scioto High School. A 1-mile walk starts at 9:05 a.m. More information can be found at premierraces.com.
Information for this year's golf outing can be found at lyndseyandkylememorialscramble.weebly.com