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Sean A. Hughes Memorial Fund 5K Raises Funds, Builds Community

More than 300 walkers and runners gathered in the crisp, clear autumn air on the morning of October 22, 2023, to remember late Lower Merion High School principal Dr. Sean A. Hughes and raise money to build a memorial to him on the LMHS campus.

The runners took part in either a 5K race or 1-mile walk, beginning on the track at the high school's Arnold Field, continuing through the neighborhood and then returning to the track for the finish line. 

Student volunteers from LMHS helped with registration, directing runners through the course, selling raffle tickets and handing out post-race refreshments and awards.

Kristi Hughes and the Hughes children were in attendance. Daughter Kate helped draw the winning raffle tickets. The awards ceremony was held on the hillside between Lower Merion High School and the District Administration Office building, which is the site for the planned Sean A. Hughes Memorial Garden.

Generous sponsors, including the Lower Merion Education Association; Lundy, Beldecos, Milby Law; Lower Merion/Harriton Alumni Association; Camp Tecumsah; Primo's Hoagies; and Acme Markets, donated race t-shirts, food, drinks and raffle prizes, all of of which made the day a success. A raffle of Philadelphia Eagles' items, donated by Kylie Kelce, provided a huge fundraising bonus.

The Sean A. Hughes Memorial Fund is planning its spring fundraiser, which will be a golf outing, to be held on May 13, 2024, at Green Valley Country Club.

Donations for the Fund are being collected via the Education Foundation of Lower Merion and can be made here

Click through the slide show below for photos from the race. Thanks to student photographer Aaron Silber for many of the pictures.

Runners waiting at the start line on the LMHS track
Runners on the track
A large group of runners takes off on the track
Students running on the track in their race t-shirts
A young runner on the track
A young runner is helped along the race by his parent/guardian.
Student runners in their race t-shirts cross the finish line
Student runners crossing the finish line
Several runners on the track
Runners starting to race on the track
Two runners in bright orange tops on the track.
A runner on the track
A photo of the run t-shirt and the runner's bib
Walkers on the LMHS track
Walkers on the track
Runners as they begin the neighborhood loop
Two runners on the road
Four runners on the track
A young walker in a blue shirt
Runners exiting Arnold Field onto the road
Several students running, one waves
Runners in the neighborhood, including one in yellow %22Pitt%22 shirt
A runner goes by the camera in the neighborhood
Runners in the neighborhood loop
Two student volunteers in yellow vests direct runners along the route
A pair of runners in their black race t-shirts in the neighborhood
A young girl and a man run in the neighborhood
A runner in the neighborhood loop waves as he passes
Two runners in the neighborhood loop
Two walkers on the neighborhood loop wave at the camera
The black tumblers with the race logo that were awards
The awards table
The awards table with the letters %22HUUUUGHES%22 and the prizes.
Student volunteers hand out medals to young Fun Run participants
Students sit on the hill during the awards
Students sit on the hill during the awards
Runners and volunteers at the tables with donated post-race food
Runners sit on the hill during the awards
Mrs. Kristi Hughes and daughter Kate pose next to the awards table.
With colorful trees in the background, runners sit on the hill for the award ceremony
Mrs. Hughes and daughter Kate
After the race, runners gather on the hill that will become the memorial garden
Mrs. Kristi Hughes speaks into the microphone
A runner accepts his tumbler award
Two walk participants from the back
Mrs. Hughes in front of some students
Two students, one of whom looks at his race medal.
A smiling runner
A race organizer greets a man holding a little girl in his arms.
High school students distribute medals to children who did the fun run.
A 5K winner holds up his award, a black tumbler with the race logo
Kate Hughes, Amy Buckman and Kristy Hughes call out a raffle number
A group of students pose holding up their black Hughes 5K t-shirts

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