Thousands hit the pavement for ‘Finish Chelsea’s Run’

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SAN DIEGO – The 5th annual "Finish Chelsea’s Run" at Balboa Park grew to around 7,000 runners this year.

“It’s like watching Chelsea grow,” said Brent King, Chelsea’s dad.

Chelsea King’s life was cut short in 2010 while running in a Rancho Bernardo public park.

“She was abducted and raped and then murdered by a previously convicted sex offender,” said Kelly King, Chelsea’s mother.

Even with so much taken away, her mom and dad wanted to give back. They named the race they started in the cross country runner’s honor, “Finish Chelsea’s Run.”

Chelsea was also a former Girl Scout, and the organization is now a partner in the race.

Chelsea’s parents were just months away from sending their Poway High School student to college, so now they’re helping dozens fulfill the dream Chelsea never could. The money from the race goes toward the Chelsea Light Foundation’s Sunflower Scholarship Fund.

So far there are forty recipients and the first, Katie Hoskins, recently graduated from UC Santa Barbara.

“She – in perfect Chelsea fashion – graduated early,” said Chelsea’s mom.

“The Chelsea’s Light Foundation has had a huge impact on the ambition that I carry today and the optimism and enthusiasm I try to apply every day,” said Hoskins.


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