Marching Mizzou members Sean Radcliff, Jeremy Porter remembered at 5K

Sunday, August 26, 2012 | 5:10 p.m. CDT
Jennifer Porter registers for the Sean and Jeremy Memorial 5k at the MU Student Center. Porter's son, Jeremy, was killed in a car accident last June. Porter registered for the 5k to save the number for a scrapbook. "He's my son so I wanted to be here to support and be here with all of these wonderful kids," Porter said.

COLUMBIA — On Sunday morning, 51 people participated in the Sean and Jeremy Memorial 5K.

The run was hosted in memory of Marching Mizzou members Sean Radcliff and Jeremy Porter, who died in a car accident last year. Sunday's race raised more than $2,500, said Tyler Rooney, an MU senior and member of the event's planning committee.


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Rooney plays the mellophone, an instrument similar to a French horn, for Marching Mizzou, where he met Radcliff and Porter.

So far, the group has raised nearly $7,000 to support the two memorial projects, a music composition and a memorial bench on the Francis Quandrangle, said Ashley Otte, a planning committee member and high school classmate of Radcliff. Throughout the past year, the group has raised money through different events, including a benefit concert and raffle and restaurant fundraisers.

Sunday's race was originally scheduled for April 14, but was postponed because of inclement weather. 

"My expectations were 40 to 60 runners, and I think we met that," Rooney said.

Family and friends of both students were at the race. Members of Radcliff’s family walked the course, while Jennifer Porter, Jeremy Porter's mother, stood on the sidelines supporting participants and talking with volunteers.

"I didn’t know what to expect," Jennifer Porter said. "It’s a great turn out."

Before the race, Rooney made a brief speech about the importance of the event.

"We will never forget Sean and Jeremy," he said.

Sunday’s race was especially important to Jennifer Porter, who said the amount of support she's received has been phenomenal.

"It’s been overwhelming in a good way," she said. "It means the world to me. It reminds me that (Jeremy’s) spirit remains much alive in Columbia." 

Supervising editor is Zach Murdock.

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