WOODSTOCK – A recent Woodstock North High School grad has organized a glow stick run and walk to honor the ailing wife of his former cross country coach.
The Run for Jodi Glow Stick 5K Run/Walk is set to start and finish at Woodstock North, 3000 Raffel Road, on Saturday, Aug. 3.
The proceeds will go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in honor of Woodstock resident Jodi Farris, who was diagnosed with the disease more than 15 years ago.
Farris is the wife of Woodstock North cross country coach Bruce Farris, who coached event organizer Alex Geisler.
"Bruce is kind of, locally, he's known by everyone," Geisler said. "I feel like they have just given so much to the community."
Jodi Farris was born in Elgin but has spent more than 30 years in Woodstock.
She'd been working as a hairdresser and office manager in her husband's dental office until her condition became to physically debilitating.
"I kind of put A and B together, and said it'd be cool to link this fun idea with a person who's in a time of need," Geisler said.
The 18-year-old and a friend first had the idea to do a glow run a couple years ago. The race starts at 8:15 p.m., with each runner and walker receiving two glow sticks.
Other glow sticks and glowing items will be available for purchase at the site.
Participants can pre-register online, at a discounted rate, at runsignup.com/Race/IL/Woodstock/RunforJodi. Race day registration starts at 6 p.m.
Links to register, donate, or volunteer are online at www.runforjodi.com. The website also provides more information about the event.