Teen remembered at 5K run in Jefferson City

2 years 1 month 1 week ago July 19, 2014 Jul 19, 2014 Saturday, July 19 2014 Saturday, July 19, 2014 11:36:00 AM CDT in News
By: Eric Kelly, KOMU 8 Reporter

JEFFERSON CITY - Runners gathered Saturday morning for the 8th Annual Kyle Billington Memorial 5K in Jefferson City. 

The event is held to honor Billington, who passed away on June 24, 2006 in a single car accident. Friends and family said before his death Billington was heavily involved in the Jefferson City Road Runners club and became passionate about running. 

Several event coordinators said that the event has grown in attendance since it first began, especially over the past five years. Billington's mother, Debbie Jungmeyer, said she was surprised, but happy about the increased support.

"I'm just overwhelmed. Grinning from ear to ear. I'm just so pleased," she said.

The run raises money for the Jefferson City High School cross country team. It also provides funding for a pair of $500 scholarships that go to two Jefferson City High School students, one male and one female, who are active in cross country.

"I believe the kids appreciate what we've done, and it's all for them. That's what I do it for now, for the kids," Jungmeyer said.

While the cross country team appreciates the funds, coach Brett Phillips said the race is about more than money.

"It's a celebration about those who want to stay physically fit and healthy and promote a healthy lifestyle. That's what Kyle was passionate about and that's what Debbie and the family are now passionate about and, you know, we are too," Phillips said.

The event has raised over $40,000 and provided 14 scholarships to date.

[Editor's note: This story has been edited to correct the age of Mr. Billington and the number of scholarships.]  

More News

Grid
List
SIKESTON - The Missouri State Highway Patrol issued an endangered person advisory for a 14-year-old girl who was last seen... More >>
49 minutes ago August 29, 2016 Aug 29, 2016 Monday, August 29 2016 Monday, August 29, 2016 9:21:00 PM CDT in News
PLATTE CITY (AP) — Prosecutors said a Florida man has been charged with trying to bribe three Missouri State Highway... More >>
2 hours ago August 29, 2016 Aug 29, 2016 Monday, August 29 2016 Monday, August 29, 2016 7:18:12 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A new law went into effect Sunday that now requires students across the state of Missouri to say... More >>
4 hours ago August 29, 2016 Aug 29, 2016 Monday, August 29 2016 Monday, August 29, 2016 6:10:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Lester Turilli (right), the Independent candidate for Missouri Governor, held a press conference outside the State Capitol... More >>
5 hours ago August 29, 2016 Aug 29, 2016 Monday, August 29 2016 Monday, August 29, 2016 4:13:00 PM CDT in News
SPRINGFIELD - A Sedalia man on supervised release after spending time in prison for receiving and possessing child pornography might... More >>
6 hours ago August 29, 2016 Aug 29, 2016 Monday, August 29 2016 Monday, August 29, 2016 3:11:00 PM CDT in News
CAMDENTON - Firefighters found two bodies after a mobile home fire in Camdenton this morning. Due to the suspicious circumstances... More >>
7 hours ago August 29, 2016 Aug 29, 2016 Monday, August 29 2016 Monday, August 29, 2016 3:04:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
COLUMBIA — A new bill went into effect Monday, modifying anti-bullying policies in schools across Missouri. HB 1583 is... More >>
8 hours ago August 29, 2016 Aug 29, 2016 Monday, August 29 2016 Monday, August 29, 2016 2:01:00 PM CDT in News
ST. JOSEPH (AP) — Authorities say a body found last week in the Missouri River was that of a 24-year-old... More >>
9 hours ago August 29, 2016 Aug 29, 2016 Monday, August 29 2016 Monday, August 29, 2016 12:44:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A transgender inmate is suing the Missouri prison system for refusing to provide hormone therapy as... More >>
9 hours ago August 29, 2016 Aug 29, 2016 Monday, August 29 2016 Monday, August 29, 2016 12:40:59 PM CDT in News
FULTON — Two Fulton schools were placed on lockdown Monday morning after the Fulton Police Department received a call from... More >>
9 hours ago August 29, 2016 Aug 29, 2016 Monday, August 29 2016 Monday, August 29, 2016 12:19:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police are searching for suspects after a Molotov cocktail was tossed into the SUV... More >>
10 hours ago August 29, 2016 Aug 29, 2016 Monday, August 29 2016 Monday, August 29, 2016 11:38:56 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man is charged with second-degree murder in the beating death of his son.... More >>
10 hours ago August 29, 2016 Aug 29, 2016 Monday, August 29 2016 Monday, August 29, 2016 11:34:42 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri auditor says the Republican-led House and Senate should be more transparent and should stop... More >>
11 hours ago August 29, 2016 Aug 29, 2016 Monday, August 29 2016 Monday, August 29, 2016 10:59:02 AM CDT in News
PORTAGE DES SIOUX (AP) — The pilot of an ultralight, experimental airplane is shaken but OK after a crash landing... More >>
11 hours ago August 29, 2016 Aug 29, 2016 Monday, August 29 2016 Monday, August 29, 2016 10:54:59 AM CDT in News
CAMDEN COUNTY — The Camden County Sheriff's Office said Monday that it was investigating a suspicious fire south of Camdenton... More >>
11 hours ago August 29, 2016 Aug 29, 2016 Monday, August 29 2016 Monday, August 29, 2016 10:32:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — The FDA now recommends screening blood and its components for Zika as it begins to hit the United... More >>
13 hours ago August 29, 2016 Aug 29, 2016 Monday, August 29 2016 Monday, August 29, 2016 8:53:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is seeking the input from people who use the Eagle Bluffs Conservation... More >>
13 hours ago August 29, 2016 Aug 29, 2016 Monday, August 29 2016 Monday, August 29, 2016 8:38:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two women are dead after a quadruple shooting in the city's Dutchtown neighborhood. The shooting... More >>
14 hours ago August 29, 2016 Aug 29, 2016 Monday, August 29 2016 Monday, August 29, 2016 7:53:49 AM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 76°
10pm 80°
11pm 78°
12am 75°
1am 75°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

10:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 10
10:35p
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
11:37p
Late Night with Seth Meyers
10:00p
Cougar Town
10:30p
Cougar Town
11:00p
Raising Hope

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
American Ninja Warrior
9:00p
Running Wild with Bear Grylls
7:00p
Supergirl
8:00p
Supergirl
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld