5k for kelsey

Kelsey Michelle Nalepa was a daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, and friend to all. Kelsey loved playing softball, basketball, and soccer and had the biggest heart of any 8 year old around. On April 6, 2017 the Nalepa’s lives would be turned upside down when they were hit from behind while driving to Kelsey’s softball game. As a result of the wreck, Kelsey sustained massive head trauma, and would pass away two days later on April 8th. It was an unexpected tragedy that forever changed the lives of the Nalepa Family, as well as so many others. The world will never be the same without Kelsey in it, but we hope that by honoring Kelsey we can change the world through her memory.

How 5k for kelsey started

The 5K for Kelsey was founded in 2017 with the simple intention of showing love and support towards the Nalepa Family in the midst of tragedy. However, it quickly became much more than anybody could have anticipated. The amount of support, love, and true selflessness was incredible. The community came together in a way we had never seen before. It was overwhelming in the best way possible and to say it was rewarding would be an understatement”. Since our first event the 5K for Kelsey has not only raised over $20,000 for the Kelsey Nalepa Scholarship Fund, but has year after year been an outreach in our community to raise awareness and support about the effects of drunk driving; but more importantly, it’s a day to come together and honor sweet Kelsey Michelle.

meet the founder

“I have never wanted to get any credit, that isn’t what this is about.  If I prioritized recognition, then I shouldn’t be doing this at all. That’s not why I do this and it never will be. Honestly if I were to tell you that just thinking about how Kelsey is smiling up in heaven isn’t rewarding enough, I would be lying.” Evia Yoes was just 14 years old when she had the idea about giving back in a way no middle schooler had done before.

how to get involved

We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without our awesome volunteers! We welcome anybody big or small who wants to be a part of making this special day possible. There are endless ways to be involved and we would love to help! For more information please email 5k4kelsey@gmail.com