The community came together in a big way this past weekend to make the first ‘Race for Grace’ 5k an event to remember, according to Megan Sanders Crane of Dawsonville Fit Body Boot Camp.
“The first annual Race for Grace 5K was a huge success,” Crane said. “A sincere thank you to all of our sponsors, vendors, volunteers and participants that made this event possible. With such a positive atmosphere we were easily able to feel Grace’s presence.”
The fitness center sponsored the first of what will surely be many races in honor of Grace Sheer, a Dawson County High School senior who died in a car wreck in February. A scholarship fund has been set up in her name and will provide a scholarship for one female athlete at DCHS who exemplifies Sheer through her work ethic, kindness and dedication not only to athletics but also academically and with her outstanding character.
Fit Body Boot Camp and Five Star NTP hosted the race at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Dawsonville on July 14.
Though official numbers aren’t in yet, Crane said that the race raised around $7,000 for the fund.
“We are excited to keep this a tradition for many years to come,” she said.
Crane said that Sheer’s mother Robin is a member of Dawsonville Fit Body, and that she noticed how deeply upset the gym family and the community were about the 18-year-old’s passing.
“I instantly started brainstorming with our gym owner, Sierra Nobles, about what we could do,” Crane said. “We wanted to offer something that would allow Grace’s joy to shed light on our community in their time of hurt while also building a legacy for Grace.
“Being an alumnus of Dawson County athletics myself, I was very passionate about offering a scholarship opportunity for the female athletes of Dawson County. I am super excited to watch this foundation grow and see how many more lives Grace continues to touch.”
Robin and Jason Sheer, Grace’s parents, said they wanted to thank Nobles, Crane and the whole Fit Body Boot Camp family for their work setting up the 5k.
“We were thrilled and honored at the turn out for the race for Grace 5k in Dawsonville,” they said. “Our community has been nothing short of miraculous for our family throughout all of this. Grace would have been so pleased. She would have absolutely loved it.”