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FSRC Memorial Scholarship

The Rick O'Donnell 5 Mile Trail Run and Ultra-Challenge was started in 2013 in memory of Rick O'Donnell, Steeplechaser member, friend, devoted husband and father who lost his battle with Bile Duct cancer in the spring of 2013.  

In 2015, we lost Larry Key, another friend and beloved Steeplechaser.  Larry died of a heart attack while out on a run.  

​In 2021, John Godinet, a true character in the running community, succumbed to ALS.

Rick, Larry, and John embodied the true spirit of what it means to be a runner and a friend, and we honor their memory.

In 2016, the FSRC Memorial Scholarship Fund was initiated, dedicated to the memory of Rick O'Donnell.  Net proceeds from the annual Rick's Run are used to fund the scholarship, awarded to Frederick-area high school seniors who, like Rick, Larry, and John, have made a difference in the running community.

Since 2016, the Frederick Steeplechasers have awarded scholarships to 36 local students, totaling $60,000. For the full history of scholarship recipients and more information about the scholarship program, see the FSRC Memorial Scholarship Page on the Steeplechasers' website.

​Click here for the article published in the Frederick News Post on August 12, 2016.

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