Group runs in Chattanooga Marathon to honor Normal Park teacher who died in January
Hundreds of people participated in the Erlanger Chattanooga Marathon Sunday.
One group called Running for Bethany ran in honor of Normal Park teacher Bethany Schklar, who died in January from injuries she sustained in a car crash.
Rob Lowe put the group together and said Bethany will always be in their minds and hearts.
"She's going to be in my mind and in my heart while I'm running. And as long as all the people that came here together for her. So, we are just thinking about her,” Lowe said.
Lowe and a dozen others got together and dedicated the race to their dear friend, Bethany Schklar.
He said he couldn't think of a better way to honor her memory.
"Everybody connected with her so well. And I had a connection with her with running. So, I just thought it would be a great idea to put some shirts together, get her friends together. And just pay tribute to her by doing this race,” Lowe said.
Lowe said she was a passionate runner, but she was also a passionate teacher who loved her students.
"She connected with her students on a tremendous level, and I know they really loved her. She's just going to be...missed tremendously,” Lowe said.
They took donations throughout the weekend for the Moms for Social Justice Classroom Library Project.
They hope to install a library in a classroom at Orchard Knob Elementary, where Bethany started her teaching career.
Lowe said no matter the race, they will always be running for Bethany.
"We love her. We are excited to race for her. We just wish that she was here because she would be running with us,” Lowe said.
They are still taking donations for the project on GoFundMe.