Runner who Died after Half Marathon to be Remembered with 5K Race

NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. (May 8, 2017) – Brandon Russell’s Flash Dash 5k will take place May 20, in memory of the runner who died at the Rock the Parkway half marathon in Kansas City, Missouri. The Flash Dash will take place just two days before Russell’s 35th birthday.

The race will begin at 8 a.m. at 18th & Swift in North Kansas City, Missouri. Registration includes participation in the 5K run/walk or a one-mile walk and a family-friendly after-party.

Within days of his death, family and friends had started planning Brandon Russell’s Flash Dash. Russell’s fiancé, Taryn Klein, believes a race is the best way to honor his memory. "He was definitely an avid runner, and he ran in all kinds of races and marathons,” Klein said. “I think it showed a lot of his personality that no matter what he did, it was 100 percent.”

While the event began as a memorial run for family and friends, it quickly expanded and has already brought in $45 thousand through a GoFundMe campaign. Organizers now hope the Flash Dash will draw runners from all over the metro area.

“Brandon will be remembered for bringing people together and making every gathering a great time. That is exactly what the Flash Dash is about,” said James Reyes, a close friend of Russell’s.

Proceeds from the race will go to The Brandon Russell Memorial Foundation, enriching lives and helping fulfill the full potential of humanity through compassion, fitness and forging lasting bonds. A portion of the proceeds will also go toward The Global Orphan Project, caring for children and families in crisis. Both are Kansas City-based 501(c)(3) organizations.

Those interested can register to participate in the Flash Dash by visiting www.flashdashkc.com. Those not participating can still donate at https://www.gofundme.com/brandonflashrussell

About Brandon Russell Brandon Russell was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on May 22, 1982. On April 8, 2017, at the age of 34, he passed away doing one of the things he loved most: running. Russell collapsed just after completing the Rock The Parkway half-marathon with a chip time of 1:41:13.4. Russell graduated from St. Pius X High School and earned a master’s of accountancy from the University of Missouri at Columbia. He was employed by Burns and McDonnell as a Contract Analyst, a job he truly loved. Brandon’s first love was his fiancé, Taryn and his second love was running. Brandon had a zest for life and was a best friend to everyone. Family and friends were very important to him. He also enjoyed reading and was a movie buff. Brandon was an avid sports fan, especially the Mizzou Tigers, Royals and Chiefs. Brandon was charismatic, witty and his personality was contagious.

About Brandon Russell’s Flash Dash What: 5K run/walk and one-mile walk with a family friendly after-party Where: 18th & Swift in North Kansas City When: May 20, 2017 at 8 a.m. Beneficiaries: Proceeds to benefit The Brandon Russell Memorial Foundation & The Global Orphan Project

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