Nolensville's Shelli Huether, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Tennessee Air National Guard who died in a plane crash with two other service members, will be remembered with a virtual race this weekend.
The Shelli Huether Honor Run, Walk and Fundraiser is organized by race director Anita Daneker who has called Huether a friend since 2018.
All three were members of the Tennessee Air National Guard’s 118th Wing based out of Nashville.
Participants will need to log their miles (by using something like a pedometer app found on most smartphones) with the goal of walking or running as many miles as you can in the 55 hour time span from 7 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21 and 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 23.
Daneker said that the virtual/solo format was chosen in part due to the ongoing pandemic, but has also given people across the country the ability to take part in the event, adding that people are participating in 15 states including in Tennessee, California and Ohio.
"Shelli always loved a great challenge, so it's kind of my goal here to get people who wouldn't normally go outside and get some miles to go out and get those miles and get some exercise, and it's a great way to raise some money and honor someone," Daneker said, adding that her personal goal is to complete 101 miles.
Money raised will benefit the United Service Organizations, which provides programs for service members, and Lantern Lane Farms, which provides counseling services in Mt. Juliet with the use of therapy animals including horses.
The race has a $75 fee which will also see participants receive a t-shirt and medal, with a special medal awarded to those who complete 100 miles or more.
Registration can be found here, and since the event is virtual a participant can register online even after the start time on Saturday.
There is also an option to donate to both the USO and Lantern Lane Farms without participating in the race here.
More information about the The Shelli Huether Honor Run, Walk and Fundraiser can be found here.