Black Hills State University will hold the 26th Annual Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Run/Walk Saturday, April 16, before the Lakota Omniciye spring powwow. Registration begins at 10 a.m. in Salem Park.
The Memorial Run/Walk is held each year in memory of Kevin Whirlwind Horse, a former BHSU student who was killed in a car accident in 1984. Marla Herman, a fellow student and member of the Lakota Omniciye at the time, organized the race the following spring and it has been held every year since then.
Whirlwind Horse was an active and respected student leader, and the Memorial Run/Walk fundraiser serves to recognize the achievements of students who are working to improve their campus, community, and world through the active pursuit of higher education.
Each year, one $500 scholarship is presented to a Native American sophomore who demonstrates outstanding academic ability and leadership skills.
There are race categories for all ages. The course is run using the Spearfish run/walk path through the City Park and out towards Spearfish Canyon and back to the starting point. A map of the route will be posted at the Salem Park for viewing prior to the race. The registration fee is $15 and all participants will receive a t-shirt while supplies last. Proceeds will go to the Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Scholarship fund. For more information call BHSU Student Support Services at 642-6294.