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WINNIPEG'S annual Empower Run is changing its name in memory of a former executive director 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 health, research and educational activities, according to its website.

Manitoba Runner's Association board member Jeff Vince said the decision was made to honour Stevens' dedication for the nine years she worked with the 10-km 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 "devastated" him.

"She was an amazing lady. Really a dedicated person and a family person."

Stevens was also the executive director of Athletics Manitoba and a driving force in track and field, road running and cross-country.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 20, 2013 A2

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