Both Events Benefit the Foundation and Promote Road Safety
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Participating in a sport Conor Lynch loved so much, hundreds are expected to grab their running shoes for the 2nd Annual 5K Run/Walk In Honor of Conor event on Sunday, October 14. The fund-raiser benefits the Conor Lynch Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the safety and awareness of pedestrians, runners, cyclists and young drivers.
Looking to surpass last year’s incredible turnout of more than 1,500 participants, the race will kick off the 6th Annual National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW), occurring from October 14-20, 2012. Meanwhile, capping off the week will be a Teen Driver Safety Fair, hosted by the Foundation and The Automobile Club of Southern California.
Conor was killed instantly on October 19, 2010 in Sherman Oaks when a distracted and unlicensed teen driver failed to yield to the 16-year-old when he was crossing Woodman Avenue with his high school cross country team.
“The Run/Walk event is a special event to us,” said Conor Lynch Foundation President Jeri Dye Lynch, who lost her son during NTDSW. “This will be the first time we’ll be taking it to the streets of Sherman Oaks, and runners will be passing by Conor’s memorial bench on Woodman Avenue near Addison Street. We’re thrilled with the outstanding support we’ve received and that awareness of the dangers of teen texting and driving increases with each passing day.”
In 2010 in California, 191 teens from ages 15 to 19 were killed and another 24,616 were injured in traffic crashes, and of those individuals, 39 teens were killed and another 7,120 were injured in traffic crashes in Los Angeles County, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Register to walk or run in Honor of Conor by October 12. Go to Active.com using keyword “Conor” now. Same day registration is also available, at a higher rate, from 7 to 7:30 a.m. at Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park, 14230 Magnolia Blvd., Sherman Oaks, Calif. The run begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk starts at 9 a.m.
On Saturday, October 20, the Teen Driver Safety Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Notre Dame High School, 13645 Riverside Drive, Sherman Oaks. The free event will focus on this year’s NTDSW theme of “Share, Not Scare.” Those interested in attending the safety fair can register at aaa.com/Safety4Teens.
“The teen driver safety fair focuses on proven ways that teens and parents can work together to help teens become safer drivers, and it will also provide take-home resources aimed at keeping teen drivers safe,” according to Anita Lorz Villagrana, manager of the Auto Club’s Community Programs & Traffic Safety Dept. “Teen driver safety is everyone’s concern from parents to teens to friends of teens. The fair will highlight key issues affecting teen drivers today such as what puts teens at increased risk and discuss other teen driving habits like not wearing a safety belt, speeding, texting and DUI.”
About The Conor Lynch Foundation
The Conor Lynch Foundation supports new and existing programs that raise awareness and promote safety for pedestrians, runners, cyclists and young drivers. Conor Lynch was killed instantly by a distracted teen driver in 2010 during National Teen Safe Driving Week. His mother Jeri Dye Lynch, President of The Conor Lynch Foundation, is also President of Pinecrest Schools, a nine campus private school in the greater Los Angeles area. For more information about the Conor Lynch Foundation please visit www.inhonorofconor.org.
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