December 6, 2013 Sections
Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Winnipeg’s annual Empower Run is changing its name in memory of a race organizer killed in a car crash.
The run, organized by the Concordia Foundation, will become the Diana Stevens Empower Run.
Stevens, 51, who worked as executive director of the run for three years, died in a car crash on May 15.
She was on her way to Bottineau, N.D., for her daughter’s wedding when her SUV was involved in a head-on crash with a semi-trailer on Highway 10 just north of the U.S. border.
The run will take place on Sept. 15 and raise money for the Concordia Foundation, which promotes various health, research and educational activities, according to its website.
Manitoba Runners' Association board member Jeff Vince said the decision was made to honour Stevens’ dedication in the nine years she worked with the 10-kilometre provincial run.
"A couple of the road runners mentioned to me, and I’ve kind of been floating the idea around, and we got in touch with the family and they wanted to do it," he said.
Vince said he knew Stevens personally and the news of her death impacted him heavily.
"I was absolutely devastated," he said.
"She was an amazing lady. Really a dedicated person and a family person."
Vince said Stevens, the executive director of Athletics Manitoba at the time of her passing, was the driving force in the sports of track and field, road running and cross-country and its athletes throughout Manitoba.
Updated on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 8:04 PM CDT: