POPLARVILLE, Miss. — Pearl River's men's soccer team is typically up early this time of year, running before daybreak in preparation for the impeding season.
The Wildcats ran for a greater cause Friday morning as they participated in the inaugural Boston Comeaux Memorial 5K Run/Walk.
The "virtual run" is in memory of Boston Comeaux, a Poplarville native who was killed as the result of a car crash last year. Boston had just celebrated his 13th birthday.
"It was an honor to have our team run in the memory of Boston, and help raise money for the scholarship in his name," PRCC coach Drew Gallant said. "This was something small, but we want to honor his name and help continue his legacy. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."
The 5K began August 21 — Boston's birthday — and runs until September 14, "the day Boston became a hero."
Already a hero in the eyes of so many, Boston became an even greater hero because his family chose to donate his organs so that others could live on.
Entry is $30, with proceeds going toward creating a memorial scholarship in Boston's honor through the PRCC Foundation. Participants can walk or run — anywhere, hence the virtual nature of the event — and will receive a shirt and medal in the mail.
HOW TO HELP
For more information on the virtual 5K, or to donate to the scholarship foundation, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/MS/Anytown/BostonComeauxMemorial5kRunWalk.