Bubba Bye 5K-9 attracts 467 runners

by Nathan Warner
Contributing writer

The second annual Bubba/Baseball 5K-9 Run benefitting the Glen Bye Remembrance Scholarship Fund and the Zimmerman High School baseball team soared from the starting line at Zimmerman High School Saturday morning, April 28 and raced through nearby Zimmerman neighborhoods.

Immediately after the 5K race, the 5K-9 run commenced, which was a more relaxed rendition where participants could walk and jog the course with their dogs.

Zimmerman High School junior Chelsea Schleigel and senior Jesse Wentland won first place and a prize pack worth $100 in the April 28 5K-9 run. Photo by Kara Stritesky

“We had 467 registered runners and at least 550 people in attendance,” Glen Bye’s mother, LeAnne Bye, said.  The first-place winner in the men’s division was Zimmerman High senior Jesse Wentland, who ran the course in 18 minutes, averaging 5.8-minute miles.  Close behind Wentland was first-place winner in the women’s division, Chelsea Schleigel, junior at Zimmerman High School.  Both Wentland and Schleigel received a prize pack worth $100.

LeAnne Bye and her niece, Amanda Collins, organized the race with the help of many volunteers.

The Glen Bye Remembrance Scholarship raised an estimated $4,000 at the event and the Zimmerman High School baseball team raised around $3,700.  In order for students to be eligible for the Glen Bye Remembrance Scholarship, they had to fill out an application and write an essay explaining what they thought about Glen Bye’s life and the legacy he left behind, while also writing about how they plan to live their lives to leave behind a positive legacy in their communities.  Graduating seniors who win the Glen Bye Remembrance Scholarship this year will be awarded laptops on Scholarships and Awards Night, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. in Zimmerman High School’s auditorium.