BUCKHANNON –The Tappan Squires Memorial Run/Walk is set for June 1 at Buckhannon-Upshur High School Track and Upshur County Recreational Park Pool to support the Catherine “Splash” Williams Scholarship fund.
The event is a tribute to Tappan Squires to raise money for the scholarship named for her mother.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the run/walk scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and swimming laps set for 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Laps for Taps is in memory of long time Buckhannon-Upshur educator Tappan Squires. She passed away on Dec. 31, of last year after a valiant battle with cancer.
Laps for Taps is a labor of love for a few of the friends, co-workers and classmates of Tappan Williams Squires and the passionate legacy she left for Buckhannon-Upshur sports swimming and her community as a whole.
She was loved by both students and her coworkers for her dedication, commitment and deep caring for her school and community.
Tappan grew up in Buckhannon, graduating from Buckhannon-Upshur High School in 1976. She went on to attend West Virginia University’s School of Physical Education and graduated in 1980. She later completed master’s degrees in Special Education in 1989 and School Health Education in 1998. Tappan began working in the Upshur County School system in 1985 in special education and later physical education. She coached various sports in her career including women’s basketball and swimming as well as volunteered at the youth levels for swimming and soccer. Tappan committed her life to promoting physical and mental health through her passion for students and adults in her community. She was an original member of the B-UHS Hall of Fame Committee, served as Student Counsel Advisor, and was the department chair for the Physical Education and Driver’s Education department at B-UHS. She was named B-UHS Teacher of the Year in 1999-2000 and 2017-2018.
There will be a memory board at the field for pictures and letters that participants are dedicating their efforts to with organizers hoping to see an outpouring of love and support for the healing of the community at this event.
The event will also include Boston marathon running coach, motivational speaker and 1976 B-UHS graduate Rick Muhr.
Muhr has been a marathon runner for 41 years and has been a professional running coach for the Boston Marathon for 23 years.
He has also been instrumental in raising more than $70 million for New England charities, providing hope, opportunity and the gift of life.
In this spirit, and as a lifelong friend of Tappan’s, he will be running in the event to support the efforts of the scholarship fund.
The event will include a number of other activities including concessions, raffles and a 50/50 drawing.
For more information, or to preregister for the event, contact Jack Reger at 304-997-9883 or Kelly Queen at 304-439-8068.
You can also learn more about the event by finding it on Facebook.