The Cam Run returns to Chattanooga to honor a beloved runner
This weekend hundreds will run the streets of Chattanooga in memory of a man who made a difference in the lives of others.
Cameron Bean, who was an avid runner was killed by a hit and run driver three years ago. The community organized "The Cam Run" in his honor.
The last race Cameron won before he died was the Fast Break 5k and Moon Pie Mini Mile, since then it's been renamed to the Cameron Bean Memorial 5k. Now in its third year, the goal is to celebrate his life and love of running.
"It is hard every day and the longer he's gone the harder it is," Lisa Bean said.
There isn't a day that passes by that Lisa Bean doesn't think about her son.
"Just very passionate, just lived every day like it was his last," she said.
The 28-year-old runner was killed by a hit and run driver and was discovered by cyclist going by.
"Going from he was hit, he's probably going to be okay to receive that news that life is going to be different for everyone forever," said Alan Outlaw.
Outlaw was Cameron's friend and boss at Fast Break Athletics. He helped organize a race for the bean family to honor Cameron's legacy.
"The race is more than just a memorial 5k, it's a healing process for the family and for the community," he said.
Over the last three years, the race has grown, and to this day, people continue to support the Bean family; friends and complete strangers.
"I can look at the race registration, I don't know probably maybe but half of them, but they've heard about Cameron, or the reason that we're hosting it, and they show up and it means the world to our family," Lisa said.
For people who have run this race in the past know how special it is. Proceeds benefit the Cameron Bean Memorial Fund, supporting the next generation of runners.
"In the worst of times, there are the best of times, and Chattanooga's running community has really stepped up," she said.
The back of this year's shirt says 'resilient,'it was a word Cameron lived by and what he would want each runner to know as they cross the finish line.
"He would want to see the fastest runner and he would also want to see the last person that comes in and he would've said something and congratulated them for finishing," his mom said.
Cameron's personality was infectious and vibrant. Running was his passion, but he put others first and that's how his mom hopes he will be remembered.
"First of all he loved god, he loved people and he loved our family and we feel the same about him," Lisa said.
The Bean family says they are overwhelmed by the support from the community. If you want to participate in the Cam Run, you can register online or show up on race day.
Saturday starting at 8 a.m. drivers will need to watch out for runners on Hamm Road and Moccasin Bend.
The 5k course will take you out to Moccasin Bend Road where you will go south towards the Hospital, past the memorial for Cameron, turn around and head back the way you came to the start/finish on Hamm Road.
The top 25 men and top 25 women in the 5k will qualify to run the Magnum Mile Saturday night at 8pm, during the River Gorge Omnium Criterium, downtown Chattanooga. A one mile run for all kids, ages 12 and under. Everyone gets a medal and a t-shirt!