The Frazine Fun Run is open to the community and is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12, at the West Michigan Academy of Arts and Academics in Ferrysburg.
Frazine worked at the charter school as an interventionist before her unexpected death late last year. The 39-year-old Fruitport woman died Dec. 9 after she was struck by a car while jogging along Pontaluna Road, not far from Fruitport Middle School. Police said an 18-year-old Norton Shores woman lost control of her vehicle and hit Frazine.
While there isn’t a cost to participate in next Saturday’s run, donations are being accepted. Participants can buy raffle tickets for a chance to earn prizes such as school apparel, games and gift certificates. Proceeds and donations will be given to the Frazine family.
Second-grade teacher Stephanie Berg said they had a joke that Frazine liked to run but didn’t love it. Berg said her friend ran to be healthy and she enjoyed being outdoors. She ran 5k races with friends.
Over the years, Berg and Frazine became friends outside of school. Frazine was also the reason she ran and participated in 5k races, Berg said, including fun events like a turkey trot. Running played a role in Frazine’s journey to get healthy and fit.
Berg said that Frazine was a special person, who went “above and beyond” to help others.
“She really touched the lives of so many people,” Berg said.
Theresa Braun and Frazine were best friends for 33 years after meeting as children. Their children also became close friends.
When the academy’s staff told her about the event they were planning, Braun said she thought it was great they were honoring Frazine and her children. She believes Frazine would have loved the event.
After Frazine made a decision to live a healthier lifestyle, Braun said Frazine was her motivation to get back into running. Frazine often signed them up for 5k races.
Braun plans to participate in next weekend’s event with her children, as well as Frazine’s children.
Participants won’t be timed as they walk or run the courses.
The 1-mile course will take participants from the charter school on Hazel Street to West Spring Lake Road where they will turn on Royal Lane and loop back to the school. The 5k course will take runners from the school, to West Spring Lake Road, to the Spring Lake Yacht Club, and then back to the school.
The event will be held rain or shine.
Berg and a group from the academy participating in the run plan to wear headbands with the phrase, “You’ve got this, girl,” which is something Frazine always said.
Berg said she hopes the community and families will help remember Frazine next Saturday, and know that she enjoyed being outdoors and staying healthy was part of her life, and she wanted children to be healthy.
“My hope is that this event will kind of continue that, instill that in them, and continue it for the future,” Berg said.