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West Virginia 4-H hosts 4th annual Rush Run 5K in memory of Monongalia County 4-H’er

Morgantown, W.Va.—Registration is now open for the 4th Annual Rush Run 5K run/walk, held Friday, Aug. 18, 7 p.m. at Hazel Ruby McQuain Amphitheater at the Wharf District in Morgantown.

Organized by Monongalia County 4-H Teen Leaders, a program of West Virginia University Extension Service’s 4-H unit, the race was created in memory of West Virginia 4-H’er Sydney Rush, who died following a tragic car accident in September 2013.

A dedicated 4-H member, Rush attended Clay-Batelle High School where she was a member of the state championship cheerleading squad, Young Life youth group and a state track champion. 

According to Monongalia County 4-H Teen Leader Angie Inskeep, the event is a way to honor and remember Sydney by uniting in celebration of two things she loved—running and West Virginia 4-H.

“Our 4-H members and campers miss Sydney so much, and this event has served as a positive way to take the time and remember her,” said Fint-Clark. “We are able to provide 4-H camp scholarships in Sydney’s memory because of the great support we receive from community members, organizations and businesses that come together and support the race. We are grateful for those who support the run/walk and we are looking forward to the race this year.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Sydney Rush Monongalia County 4-H Teen Leader Memorial Fund, which helps provide four camp scholarships to Monongalia County youths each year. As of 2017, the Monongalia County Sydney Rush Teen Leader Memorial Scholarship is endowed and youth camp scholarships are fully funded.

Early registration cost from now until Friday, Aug. 4 is $20—registration from Saturday, Aug. 5 to race day is $30.

Children can join in on the miniRush, a kids-only dash that begins at 5:30 p.m.

For additional information or to register, visit

For more than a century, West Virginia 4-H has focused on agricultural science, electricity, mechanics, entrepreneurship and natural sciences. Today, 4-H out-of-school opportunities also exist in subjects like rocketry, robotics, biofuels, renewable energy and computer science.

To learn more about new opportunities in the 4-H program, visit, or contact your local office of the WVU Extension Service.



CONTACT: Brittany Dick, WVU Extension Service Writer/Editor, 304.293.8701,

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