The 7th Annual Jack Smith Memorial RAP River Run To Be Held On June 14, 2014
New Port Richey, FL – March 13, 2014 – RAP River Run announced today the race is being re-named to the Jack Smith Memorial RAP River Run to honor one of its founders, Jack Smith who passed away in November of 2013.
Jack Smith was a well-known community banker in Pasco County, who served on the Boards of numerous organizations devoted to area children – most notably Trinity Rotary Club and Youth and Family Alternatives (YFA), the parent of RAP House.
“I still remember the day when Jack brought a group of 23 civic-minded individuals together for a formal introduction to the RAP House. We discussed the business of the RAP House and YFA, and then he invited us on a tour,” said Victoria Barley, RAP Chair and Real Estate Professional at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services. “Upon our return to the board room, Jack asked if we would become the Leadership Council for the RAP House. Seventeen of us remained. I was nominated to Chair, and the idea of a 5K Race to raise awareness and maybe some funds for RAP House was discussed. That day RAP River Run was born. Seven years later, over 400 children have been helped, 6000 runners and walkers have crossed the finish line and over $500,000.00 has been raised. Thank you Jack for bringing us together, and we all remain honored to be part of your race.”
The 2014 RAP River Run will be held on Saturday, June 14, 2013 at Sims Park in downtown New Port Richey. RAP House is Youth & Family Alternatives short term shelter for runaway and at-risk youth ages 10-17. Started in 2007, RAP River Run has raised over $500,000 for RAP House. For more information on the race, visit www.RAPRiverRun.com.