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Family remembers Cameron Bean, killed while running, in a race of his own

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A memorial now stands on the side of Moccasin Bend Road. It was put there about 10 months ago by two cyclists who found Cameron Bean, 28, lying in the ditch after being hit by a car.

"The lady that hit him left him here," Cameron's mother Lisa said, "So Kim and Ben found him and I don't know how quickly the cross came up.

Cameron's parents are now planning two races in his honor and want hundreds of people to run by Cameron's cross, at the same place where he died.

"Just a reminder to people who pass by, you know that's where he lost his life, doing exactly what he loved," Lisa said.

The last race Cameron won before he died will now take on a new name, "The Cameron Bean Memorial 5K."

The race has been transformed to celebrate his life and love of running. His parents hope anyone with a passion and anyone who's willing to give it a try, will run with them.

"But I think he'll be most proud of somebody who chooses to come that day and this is their first 5k, whether they're walking, jogging or running I think he will be cheering loudest for that person," Lisa said.

While the Bean family is focusing on honoring Cameron's legacy, the woman charged in his death is expected to go on trial soon.

Valerie Bray, 59, is charged with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident.

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"It's just unbearable and unbelievable," Lisa said of the upcoming trial, "We kind of want it to come and go, but we want the outcome to be what God chooses it to be."

Lisa and Steve Bean say above all, they want to see others to run, just like Cameron loved to do.

"Cameron would not want anyone to stop running because of what happened to him," she said.

All of the money raised at this running event will go to benefit young local runners through the Cameron Bean Memorial Fund.

Both races are on August 27th. The 5K starts at 8:00 a.m. Click here for more details.

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