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The milestone year of 25 has family considering making 2021 the final one of the popular July 4 event

MADRAS PIONEER FILE PHOTO  - Runners at the start of the 10-K part of the 2019 Todd Beamer Memorial Run. The 2021 event may be the last event honoring Beamer and raising money for a scholarship in his name. Todd Beamer died in 1997. He was running with family dogs along an irrigation canal and drowned, it is suspected, when he entered the high-flowing canal to try and rescue at least one of the dogs that was having trouble with the current.
The 25th Annual Todd Beamer Memorial Run takes place on July 4 in Madras.

Races include a six-mile walk, 5K run, 10K run and a two-mile fun run.

The race will be headquartered at Sahalee Park in downtown Madras. Key times for race day include: day-of-the-race registration begins at 6:15 a.m.; start of the six-mile race at 7 a.m.; bus leaves for 5K and 10K races at 7:30 a.m.; start of 5K run at 7:45 a.m.; start of 10K run at 8:15 a.m.; start of two-mile fun run at 9 a.m.; awards ceremony at 9:30.

There will be awards, ribbons and coasters for overall winners and top three in each division. All proceeds go to the Todd Beamer Memorial Scholarship fund.

The cost to participate is $20 for adults, free for those 12 and under. Preregister by June 28 and the cost is $15. T-shirts are $15 and feature a special motto this year.

This is a COVID-conscious event, and masks and distancing will be mandatory on the bus rides and encouraged at registration.

The run celebrates the life and spirit of Todd Beamer, who was raised in Madras and was a teacher on the Oregon Coast when he tragically drowned while running with family dogs near an irrigation canal while visiting Madras in 1997. Beamer likely entered the canal to rescue one of the dogs, but then got caught in the current himself.

Todd's father, Dr. Bud Beamer, has been the key organizer and operator of the run since it was established in the days following Todd Beamer's death.

Dr. Beamer recently addressed the circumstances of the tragic loss of his son.

"He chose a bad day to go for a run. The ditch riders were on strike, laterals were all closed, canal up to its banks, flowing like a freight train. They didn't have a chance."

After 25 years, this may be the last Todd Beamer Memorial Run. Dr. Beamer said the family plans to step away from the event following this milestone year. He said the MADras Runners Club may take on the event but the club hasn't made that announcement official. Club president Jamie Hurd said that if the club does take on the run, it's likely it will maintain the event as the Todd Beamer Memorial Run.


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